trumpet was another instrument I picked up in high school for fun. l really enjoy teaching trumpet.
I am experienced at teaching all levels of players. I studied sax, woodwinds, brass and piano performance at West Virginia Wesleyan College and Berklee School Of Music, and I have a Bachelor of Arts Degree. In addition to all the book knowledge, I have vast experience in performance - where it counts! Having played in bands since high school, moving on to Boston and performing with the most sought-after band, Eye2Eye, for 10 years then on to Arizona, playing and singing live in countless venues.
*** Lesson Details *** I have an easy-going personality and people are comfortable with m
e and I offer great direction and expect students to do their part in order to grow. For beginning woodwinds and brass, I use the Standard Of Excellence series and once students advance we go to a variety of scale, etude and performance pieces and songs. I prefer to teach classical (legit) music and techniques in conjunction with ear-traing and "street-knowledge" for pop and jazz music. After several months, students will have learned a great deal of technique and will be able to play increasingly challenging music. (trying to keep this brief since I teach a wide variety of instruments and skill levels)
*** Studio Equipment *** Wurlitzer piano.
*** Travel Equipment *** Students provide their instrument and instrument books.
*** Specialties *** all styles
Carter A. August 26, 2015
In home Verified Student
Very patient and kind. It was our son's first piano lesson and he is looking forward to the next one.
I began piano lessons at four years of age, and was blessed to have an amazing piano teacher, who taught me for 14 years. She gave me a passion to teach others and impart to them a love for music. I have carried on that calling and taught hundreds of adults and children over the last 30 years. I am very thorough in my method and customize each lesson around the goals and dreams of each student. I incorporate theory, ear training and technical into all my lessons, regardless of the style of music they are learning. This gives my students an all-round musical education and appreciation for this
wonderful gift they have in their hands.
I have experience in the professional music world as a pianist and french horn player, performing with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Australian Opera Chorus and Orchestra, Sydney Sinfonia, Sydney Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir, as well as productions of "Cats", "Phantom of the Opera", Sesame Street, and touring all over Australia, U.S.A. and Israel. I have also been a part of the worship teams at Hillsong Church and C3 Church Australia.
I studied at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, and also received my Licentiate Diploma from the Trinity College of London (L.T.C.L.) in French Horn (Teaching) and Licentiate Diploma from the Trinity College of London (L.T.C.L.) in Piano (Performance). So my experience not only comes from an inspiring teacher, but also from hundreds of performances on stages across the world working with the finest of musicians, singers, conductors and worship leaders.
I love music, and more so, love imparting it to others.
*** Lesson Details *** Students come away from their lessons inspired and excited about their ability to accomplish their dreams. Whether it is to play 'Phantom of the Opera' or an Adele song, Debussy's Claire De Lune or Jingle Bells, I show them how to do it and help them get there. I am very thorough, taking no short cuts, but making it fun to learn an instrument. You will be amazed at what you are playing in three to six months!
*** Specialties *** Classical, Jazz, Rock, Contemporary Christian
Renee M. October 19, 2014
Acoustic Guitar ·
In studio Verified Student
We LOVE Peter! He has such an easy going personality and his instruction in learning the guitar makes it easy to pick up. I would recommend Peter to any age who has the sincere desire to learn an instrument. I know I can trust him with instructing my son, as well as any member of my family.
Richard S. July 15, 2014
In home Verified Student
As an adult student (52) returning to the arduous task of learning the piano, Peter has been a blessing after four different piano teachers. Peter is patient, kind, inspirational, and probably most important for a budding musician, is not shy in emphasizing the necessary discipline necessary in performing a piece of musical as it was written. I'm quite confident that I will be able to reach my goals with Peter's instruction.
Richard S. June 3, 2014
In studio Verified Student
Have taught all the brass instruments for over 20 years. The trumpet is the soprano of the brass family and a wonderful instrument to play.
*** Travel Equipment ***
Kristi B. October 30, 2014
In studio Verified Student
Our son is taking trumpet lessons with William & is learning rhythm, etc. Those things he didn't get in Kansas; the elementary school students learned just the basics. We know the kids have to start somewhere, but we're so glad our son is learning things he won't find in school. William has an impressive teaching background; it blows my mind that he can play all of these instruments!
Jerry D. July 7, 2014
In studio Verified Student
I've had 3 lessons with Bill. He is very knowledgeable and believes in teaching the basics of music so that you have a better understanding of how it all goes together. It is a great pleasure to work with him and I expect to do so for a long time. By the way I am nearly 78 years old and have played the clarinet off and on since I was in 5th grade. And now I am being taught the foundation of music for the first time which I have always needed. It is going to make my appreciation of playing so much greater in the future.
I can teach beginning level trumpet levels to about a 2nd year level. We will work on tone, and expanding your register. We will learn and review basic scales, arpeggios, and technique. I also incorporate music theory, conducting, and music composition on the side depending on the student's interest. I look for music that interests the student.
I currently teach over 30 students ages 4-75 piano, flute, saxophone, clarinet, recorder, and singing. This is my full time job, this is not a side hobby to make extra cash. I am a professional teacher with a big schedule and flexibility. I do not travel, students come to my home.
TEACHING EXPERIENCE: I have taught general music K-8 in a charter school and basically had to build a music program with no funding and almost no supplies. I left this job in favor of teaching privately because the staff and administration were horribly disrespectful and unappreciative of what I did for t
heir school. Teaching privately allows me to teach music passionately without limits (and without administration who know nothing about music telling me what to do!). I can also focus on one student at a time, rather than try to manage an entire class.
I have taught private lessons for about 13 years. These have mostly been clarinet lessons because that is my primary instrument, but in the last three years, I've expanded what I can teach. At one time, I was teaching several high school students music composition, music theory, and ear training to prepare for college entrance as music composition majors. One of them did get into the Juilliard school and was actually placed in advanced classes because of the theory and ear training work I did with him. I've also taught one of my flute students for years, starting her at an early age first on recorder, switching to fife, and then on to flute. I currently teach several students from 4 yrs old-adult various levels flute, clarinet, and piano.
I have been a music theory/ear training TA at ASU for four years. I can definitely prepare anyone for college level music academics. Most high school band programs do not prepare students for the academic side of music study in college.
LESSONS I TEACH: Clarinet: All ages (starting 4th/5th grade) and levels Flute: All ages (starting 3rd/4th grade with fife), beginner to high school level Piano: All ages (starting at age 4-5) and levels Recorder: All ages (starting 2nd grade) and levels Trumpet: All ages (starting 5th grade) beginning only French Horn: All ages (starting 5th grade) beginning only Music Theory/Ear Training: recommended for HS students looking for intensive music study in college Music Composition: recommended for HS students or adults who want to write music, or pursue music composition in college
WHY I TEACH MUSIC: I love music, and I enjoy passing my passion and knowledge on to others. Watching a student, grow, explore, and enjoy music is a great reward. Music gave me a voice to express myself, and a creative outlet, and I want others to have the same opportunity. I also enjoy the social interaction with students.
WHY YOU SHOULD TAKE LESSONS: I have a lot to offer students (check out my specialties). A school music teacher or band director doesn't have the time to give one-on-one attention. Nor do they have the chance to go deeper into music with students. I will help you find music that you like at your level, and I will also teach you how to practice and correct bad habits.
MY STUDIO: I teach in the music room of my house, which is clean and cozy. If you are a parent, my couch in the living room is a comfortable place to wait during the lesson, or you may sit outside on the porch (weather permitting). I live in a safe neighborhood close to downtown Phoenix.
LESSON DETAILS: I am a firm believer in the humanistic approach to learning. I want to teach you what you want to learn, the way you learn best, doing activities that keep you engaged and add growth as a musician. Come to me with your questions, curiosities, and requests for what you want to learn ("How do I play two notes at the same time on the clarinet?" "What is this key for?" "I really want to play Sleigh Ride"). Please bring in any musical goals you may have for yourself. I incorporate meaningful scales and exercises that apply to the music that you are working on (they are not chosen at random). Conducting, ear training, music theory, and music composition are all incorporated into lessons over time (depending on the student's interest). I am aware of the state standards (they are my instinct anyway), but I ultimately analyze your interests and abilities and follow your lead, acting as your guide along the way. My teaching and activities are age appropriate.
If you are interested in music composition lessons, I give advice on your work, give ideas to continue your music, educate you on instrument capabilities, help with orchestration, open your ears to music by others, teach theory/counterpoint/form, give you advice on how to get your music performed, help you use Sibelius software, and help prepare a college portfolio if you are pursuing music composition in college.
STUDIO EQUIPMENT: ~2 different toy pianos (Schoenhut and J. Chein) ~88key Yamaha digital grand piano ~Macbook computer with Sibelius 6 (for writing music) ~Music for Little Mozarts starter pack with the cute puppets and music board (for young beginners on piano) ~Music stand, clarinet stand ~Log Drum
~SPECIALTIES~ TEACHING TO CHILDREN AT YOUNG AGES: If your child is showing interest in music at an early age, I can start as early as age 4 on piano. I use the "Music for Little Mozarts" series that come with cute little puppets, and the storybook lesson style is perfect. I also have 2 nice toy pianos that can be incorporated into the lesson. If your child wants to play a wind instrument at an early age, I start them on recorder at about age 7. I can then switch them over to fife (a smaller simpler flute) in a year or so, and then to flute -or- they can go from recorder to clarinet at about 4th or 5th grade.
INCORPORATING CONDUCTING TECHNIQUES: If taking lessons on a wind instrument, I teach conducting patterns and techniques so the student learns how to follow a conductor and what it means to lead musicians visually without speaking. Musicians rely a fair amount on body language to communicate while playing together. I've also found that incorporating conducting makes lessons fun, and it improves the student's sense of rhythm and control.
INCORPORATING MUSIC THEORY/EAR TRAINING: Music is more than just breathing and moving fingers up and down. Great musicians understand music and have good listening skills. Knowing how music works (music theory) actually helps students recognize patterns and learn music faster (or spend less time practicing). Ear training helps with intonation and playing music with others (you'll sound better and notice more detail in music!). I do activities that are age and ability appropriate; most young students love listening games with their instrument.
INCORPORATING MUSIC COMPOSITION: For variety, I teach students how to use Sibelius (using my computer) to write music for their instrument. This encourages creativity, an awareness of how music works, and helps them learn technology. Plus, they get the pleasure of writing their own music and playing it! I print the music, and it looks like real published music!
SHEET MUSIC: I love thrift shopping, and I collect lots of music for my students. Some music is copied, and some music I sell at the great price I paid ($1 or less!). Music can be expensive, so I try to save you the time and money if possible. I only get used music in good condition.
Candice D. April 2, 2015
Dr Jeff has been doing an amazing job with my 6 year old son. He listens to what my son has to say and really encourages him to learn the musical notes as well as how to play correctly. He is very encouraging and patient.
Dr Jeff's philosophy is really great for fostering a love of piano playing. We recently had to miss a piano lesson but were going to do something else that was fun as well. My son's reaction was, "Aw. That'll be fun, but I wanted to go to piano." In my opinion, very rare is the piano teacher who can encourage that enthusiasm!
Ram P. March 13, 2015
My son takes Piano Classes from Dr Jeff.
He has lots of knowledge and is very good at adopting to the students skill level. Super good with younger kids, makes learning music a fun and encourages them a lot. one of the best teachers my son ever had. Class schedule is flexible. Definitely recommend to any one.
Benjamin B. December 21, 2014
Dr. Jeff has helped bring music back in my life. I have always wanted to learn how to play the piano and had been trying to teach myself because of my past experience (played trumpet from elementary school– 2 yrs of collage). Learning that way was not ideal though and I was really not progressing at all. I finally decided to start lessons and I can’t tell how grateful I am that I did. Dr. Jeff has helped me learn and practice correctly and I really feel that I am progressing well. I am having so much fun learning and playing.
I am a foremost a performer and entertainer that has specific knowledge and skill on the trumpet. The past 15 years of my life have been dedicated to learning and mastering this intensely hard instrument. My background in behavior health and elementary education have provided me with the right tools to teach any personality and age group and provide a foundation of fundamentals that will last.
I offer lessons in basic, intermediate, and advanced trumpet fundamentals as well as jazz theory and improvisation. To help you reach your goals with school band, personal trumpet development, or just to have fun. Students may be required to purchase their own practice materials.
Curriculum is designed specifically for the unique individual and their goals.
Looking to get ahead of your band mates? Want to play higher? or softer? or louder? Want to learn jazz theory and improvisation? Played in high school 30 years ago? Want to pick it up again? Want to learn the basics or improve on what you already know?
I am providing trumpet lessons in the Phoenix and surrounding areas!
For the past 15 years I have been playing and practicing trumpet and have learned many styles. I have extensive experience playing in jazz groups, orchestras, wind ensembles, polka bands, rock bands, salsa bands and tribute groups.
What I offer:
90 minute lessons Curriculum designed for the specific and unique individuals Jazz theory and improvisation Sound concept Fundamental Embouchure evaluation and tweaking Warm up and practice routines Experience with special needs students
The best part? I will come to you!
I look forward to meeting you and providing you with the tools necessary to succeed in today's competitive music world!
Torrey M. July 24, 2014
very flexible, relaxed yet punctual, and has great and constructive advice to offer to any ages. has great experience, and knowledge to offer beginners to advance players. all around just a great guy
Students are raving about their Trumpet instructors on TakeLessons.
Check out some of these recent reviews.
Review by Rhonda
"Jesse is the perfect instructor for my family. We have been with Jesse for 9 months and my 11 year old son still looks forward to his lessons and practic
ing. We started at beginner trumpet, then added voice lessons and will soon start the family guitar lessons. Jesse's lessons are never boring. He always does something new and always asks what the student wants to play. Jesse is more than an instructor because he has taught my son to love music. He has exceeded my expectations."
San Jose, CA teacher:
Review by Nathan
"Greg was warm and just a pleasure."
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Christina
My son decided to start playing the trumpet this year, in 7th grade. He was significantly behind his peers since most of them have been playi
ng since 4th grade.
Last month, he started taking lessons via Skype with Chuck. He has been a wonderful teacher. He's very patient and thorough. In just a few lessons, my son has made significant improvement. His band teacher has even noticed and commented on it. My son is very excited with what he has learned from Chuck each week. Chuck is always on time with the Skype call and we love the convenience of not even having to leave the house!
Also, my son is on the autism spectrum (Asperger's) and Chuck has been fabulous with him. He's kind and very patient. He puts things in terms that my son can understand and goes at his pace.
All in all, we are very happy with Chuck."
Boston, MA teacher:
Review by Ellen
"My 14-year-old loves his lessons with Michael. Michael makes learning the trumpet fun because because they play the music my son is interested in learning
. We no longer fight when it's time to practice."
Boston, MA teacher:
Review by Liza
"Puts a student at ease!
When I started lessons with Michael, I was experienced on one brass instrument and a beginner on another one. He was able to show
me some useful things about the instrument I was new on, and help me keep going on the one I was already familiar with.
One thing that really stood out for me: I've always been too embarrassed to improvise musically, especially in front of anyone, but Michael got me improvising--and enjoying it!--during our very first lesson. I was impressed!"
Boston, MA teacher:
Review by Tyler
"Ralph is very knowledgeable and is a great teacher. He has many different techniques for both intonation and range that have helped me improve as a trumpe
t player. He is also very flexible with his schedule. I have had a great experience working with Ralph for the last few years and would recommend him to anyone."
Washington, DC teacher:
Review by Matt
"First and foremost, Rick is a nice guy with a patient demeanor. I can't imagine finding a more welcoming, easy going teacher who also knows how to push hi
s students to excel when they need it. He takes care to explain concepts to his students in a detailed, timely fashion that is never confusing, rushed or complicated. There are no uncertainties in learning with Rick. He lays out concrete harmonic concepts and rhythmic ideas that help to demystify what are often enigmatic, and hard to grasp ideas such as improvisation and musical style. If you take these concepts to heart and practice them in a conscientious manner, you will certainly achieve your musical goals. I studied with Rick all through college and for several years after graduating. Initially, I was not a great trumpet technician, nor did I have any jazz theory under my belt when I first started studying with him. Nonetheless, Rick helped facilitate my growth both as a trumpet player and as a jazz musician. I firmly believe that it is because of Rick's guidance (a template for how to learn and practice music) that I am still playing today and continue to grow as a musician."
Rochester, NY teacher:
Review by Andrew
"Kyle is a great instructor that notices my bad habits and fixes them. He is good at using excercises and warmups to build technique, and selecting pieces
of music to apply those techniques. He also gives advice on how to practice and cares about whether or not I am improving."
Chicago, IL teacher:
Review by Saygin
"My first lesson with Shai went pretty well. He has deep knowledge of trumpet and I was happy also about his teaching methodology and the way he explains t
he very fundamentals. Glad I am learning from a jazz musician who plays in the best venues of LA and NY."