I basically focus on fundamental skills. Trumpet is a tough instrument to play: it only has three keys but has to play a wide register like other instruments. It is common for students to get bored with playing basic etudes, therefore I would award them by teaching pop songs or whatever pieces they like for meeting the week’s progress. I normally teach classical trumpet, marching trumpet and beginner’s jazz trumpet.
I am a trumpet instructor with global experience and an approach to learning that is encompassing and fun for all ages. I was born in Taiwan and have studied in both Asia and the U.S., where I last earned my Master of Music degree from the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University. Students have described me as someone who is out going, someone who is laid back and fun and someone who likes to listen and communicate with my students. I have been teaching trumpet and piano since sophomore at college, in private one-on-one lessons or as a trumpet sectional coach at elementary schools
or middle schools.
I believe that being an educator is about the communication and the relationship that exists between a teacher and a student. The art of being a good educator exists in the difference of “speaking to” a student versus “speaking with.” If you can build a good relationship with your student, the student will be more willing to listen and practice. My teaching style is one that is based on encouragement and creating a light-hearted atmosphere, although appropriate structure and pressure is applied with students performing or competing. My belief with learning music is that if you can foster their interest through the appropriate environment and encouragement, they will naturally spend time to practice; therefore, I like using a fun but structured environment to foster the student’s own interest to improve.
In my musical career, I had plenty of opportunities for performing when I was at Soochow University, including performing at the National Concert Hall each semester. I was admitted to the Soochow University Orchestra and Wind Ensemble as a principal trumpet since my junior year, which was when I had the chance to performed as solo trumpet in Pictures at an Exhibition at the well-known Musashino Academia Musicae during our concert tour in Japan. It was a great challenge for me both on developing the skills needed on the piccolo trumpet or training to be a soloist. In addition to having performed in orchestras and ensembles, I was also invited by composition teachers in school to perform their new works, which earned me a lot of experiences on interpreting contemporary works as well as playing chamber music.
Furthermore, not satisfied with the excellent performance as a soloist, I participated in any kinds of performances both on and off campus, including playing at the National Concert Hall and places around Taiwan on a regular basis within a semester. In 2004, when I was in college, I performed with the Soochow University Orchestra in a concert tour around the country; and in 2005 I was a member of the China Youth Band and performed with the group for its tour to the WASBE (World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles) in Singapore. In 2005 I was admitted to Taipei Symphonic Winds (TSW) and I once again performed with the National Taiwan Normal University Winds Band during its concert tour around the country. In 2006 I performed with the TSW during the concert tour to Macau and Guangzhou, China. In October, 2006 I held my own trumpet recital. In 2007 I performed Pictures at an Exhibition with Soochow University Orchestra at Musashino Academia Musicae. I also took the Soochow university concerto competition and placed into the final round. In 2008 I held my second trumpet recital; in the same year I formed a brass quintet and we were actively involved in the local community doing charity performances. We had regular performances at hospitals, nursing homes, orphanages and many of other places. In 2008 I was enlisted and performed in the Ministry of National Defense Symphony Orchestra as my military service. In 2010 I started my studies at Peabody Conservatory at Johns Hopkins University in my Master of Music degree.
*** Lesson Details *** My teaching style is one that is based on encouragement and creating a light-hearted atmosphere, although appropriate structure is applied and pressure exerted when needed. My belief with learning music is that if you can foster student’s interest through the appropriate environment and encouragement, they will naturally spend time to practice; therefore, I like using a fun but structured environment to foster the student’s own interest to improve.
For trumpet students, I basically focus on fundamental skills. Trumpet is a tough instrument to play: it only has three keys but has to play a wide register like other instruments. It is common for students to get bored with playing basic etudes, therefore I would award them by teaching pop songs or whatever pieces they like for meeting the week’s progress. I normally teach classical trumpet, marching trumpet and beginner’s jazz trumpet.
For piano students, I teach students to be familiar with the keys and intervals and also hands position for the beginners. In my view, it is very important to sing notes and play the piano at the same time because it benefits key memorization and fosters a students' sense of music. With the piano, I believe that building the proper fundamentals sets the proper pace for future growth and musical interest.
*** Studio Equipment *** Living room: Trumpet lessons , music stands, chairs, additional seating for parents if needed. Electric piano at home studio
*** Travel Equipment *** Trumpets, metronome, tuner, staff paper
*** Specialties *** I would describe my method of teaching as using constant encouragement to get results from my student. As an example, for my younger students, I would use a score-based system where I award them with a sticker for meeting each week’s progress. You can trade in your stickers for various prizes. The style I specialize in is in the classics. Even though my focus has been on classical trumpet and classical piano, I also include pop music, because it appeals to a different audience who find it relevant and fun. My belief is that no matter what genre you choose to play, the foundation is the most important element to master first, so that’s where I focus on.
dave V. April 20, 2015
In home Verified Student
Chiang is awesome. He relates very well to our 8yo daughter and she is excited for her lesson each week. She wants to have lessons more often! And, the results speak for themselves - she is progressing rapidly with Chiang's instruction. We're very glad we get to work with Chiang.
Danning C. November 8, 2014
In studio Verified Student
I am taking piano class with Chiang since 3 months ago, starting from scratch. He has been very professional and knowledgeable, and in the meantime, being nice and forgiving (especially when I have no time to practice due to my work).
Troy H. February 6, 2014
Trumpet Verified Student
Professional and fun.
This cat knows his stuff, is patient and knowledgable, and is very accommodating.
I love to play the trumpet. I play it in shows almost every day and love the way that Jazz sounds coming through a horn!
I am a professional musician who enjoys helping young people reach their musical goals. I perform regularly as a solo act and play with a band at various hotels in Chicago. I went to Millikin University in Decatur for music where I toured the country and played and sang in the top ensembles. I also studied at the Music Industry Workshop in Chicago for music production and engineering. My goal is to help you learn the songs you love and show you how to make the technical side of music more fun than you ever imagined!
*** Lesson Details *** You can expect a laid back atmosphere that is v
ery productive. I use a custom curriculum that is catered to the needs and desires of the individual. Whether you would like to be a concert pianist, a jazzy horn player, or someone who wants to rock out to your favorite tunes, I have resources and experience to help you reach your goal. After three months you can expect to competently play a couple great songs and have greater fluidity and technique on your instrument.
*** Studio Equipment *** The In-Studio lessons are taught in a recording studio which includes music stands, keyboards, piano, amps, acoustic guitar, and seating available. Parking on the street.
*** Travel Equipment *** Students will need the instrument of their study and their purchased study materials. If the student is taking piano, they will need an 88 key weighted keyboard or a piano.
*** Specialties *** I specialize in jazz, but can teach classical, pop, rock, funk, blues, salsa, bossa nova etc.
Jeff K. October 25, 2014
In studio Verified Student
Eric has been great. He immediately found out where I was at in skill level and where I want to be. He then adds just enough knowledge to help me make the next step. I have learned a lot each lesson!
Clayton Mann -. September 8, 2014
In home Verified Student
Eric is the best vocal teacher I have ever had. He helps me with my range and performance. He's great to work with too.
Joe N. July 31, 2014
In home Verified Student
Eric is very patient and moves at a pace
Equal to the students ability. Allow enough
time for questions an, an willing to revisit
Any part of the lesson.
I've been playing trumpet for 18 years, and I'm anxious to pass along my love for the instrument to others of all ages! I teach a variety of styles with my experience performing many kinds of music from classical to hip-hop. Whatever your interests I can get you playing with a healthy approach to brass playing and solid fundamentals!
Caleb moved from his hometown of Wichita, Kansas, to Chicago in 2008 to attend DePaul University, where he received his Bachelor’s in Trumpet Performance studying under Matt Lee and Tage Larsen. Since then, Caleb has picked up a variety of regular gigs across a wide spectrum of styles, genres, and types of events.
Caleb performs in Chicago with soul-pop band The Right Now, the progressive Pocket Radio, the soulful Bassel and the Supernaturals, the genre-defying Willy Dynomite, the Latin-grooved Contrabanda, and funk outfit Nasty Snacks. He has played in horn sections for Latin, funk, and bi
g-band jazz bands, as well as Afrobeat, indie rock, R&B/soul, and hip-hop/rap groups.
He has also played principal trumpet in symphony orchestras, pit orchestras and in the DePaul Screamin’ Demons Pep Band at Madison Square Garden. Caleb also regularly lends his solo talents to wedding parties and church services, and is one-fourth of the Chicago for-hire horn section Revolution Horns. Other musical endeavors include playing at Chicago Blackhawks games, a performance on the Steve Harvey Show, playing trumpet for the Broadway musical I Love Lucy in downtown Chicago, and a coveted chance to perform in master classes for his idols Adolph “Bud” Herseth and Chris Martin.
Caleb has been teaching privately in the Chicago area for a little over three years and is eager to teach students with any amount of experience, especially those who are eager to approach music from a variety of perspectives.
Aaron June 30, 2015
Great instructor that connected with my 8 year old son from the moment he walked into our home.
I can teach the fundamental concepts of efficiently playing the trumpet to all levels. This is my primary instrument, and I feel that I have a decent amount of experience to share with you! We can focus on some basic concepts of technique as well as jazz and classical literature.
My name is Justin, and I am a musician (big surprise). I have been playing the piano for the past 18 years and the trumpet for the past 14 years. My primary emphasis is jazz improvisation, but I have a solid foundation in classical repertoire as well as the basic fundamental techniques of the trumpet and the piano. I am originally from Fresno, California, but I currently reside in the Chicago area. I completed my B.A. in Trumpet Performance at California State University, Fresno in 2011, and I most recently completed my M.M. in Jazz Studies at Northwestern University in June of 2013. As of rec
ently, I will be beginning to pursue a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Jazz Studies from the University of Illinois at Champagne-Urbana in the Fall of 2015.
I have been performing extensively as a professional musician for the past 10+ years, and I have been teaching privately for the past 5+ years. The variety of musical genres that I perform is quite expansive, so I believe that I can accommodate the differing musical desires of all of my students. My mission is to help you discover who you are as a musician, which, in my opinion, has a strong connection with our personalities and how we interact with others.
*** Lesson Details *** ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ When we begin our lessons, we will focus on our progress one day a day at a time. All that I know is that I want to help you! I want to discover the things that you would like to do better on your instrument, and push you in a direction of progression so you can more effortlessly express your personality through your music. We will not strive to "make you better" on your instrument, but rather strive to simply make it easier to play. I believe that is a vital distinction to make, and it will make approaching your instrument much less arduous. We will work hard and push our limits every day, but we will relax through the process. My primary goal is to learn as much from you as I hope you will learn from me!
*** Travel Equipment *** I can provide a music stand and any necessary music technology. Students should only need provide something to take notes with and their instrument, as well as a positive attitude. I will make sure to bring the latter as well. :)
*** Specialties *** Jazz improvisation and conceptualizations, classical trumpet literature, trumpet fundamentals, piano fundamentals
Benjamin W. September 30, 2013
Trumpet Verified Student
Mr C. is a very knowledgeable and talented trumpet player. I have zero experience with the trumpet and music for that matter, but he makes learning easy and enjoyable. He gives good tips and practice methods. Very down to earth and doesn't set strict expectations and takes it day by day. Would recommend to anyone.
Study the trumpet using traditional books such as: Getchell Studies, Clarke Studies and the Arban's Trumpet Bible.
Hi, my name is Voytek and I love music! I currently do over 200 shows a year and in addition to performing as a soloist, I play in 2 gigging ensembles. Thanks to music, I've been able to meet many incredible people and travel all over the world to Germany, New York, Switzerland, Washington DC and the Dominican Republic. My goal is to inspire my students and share with them my passion for music so they can also experience how wonderful and rewarding it really is. Let's rock some jams!
*** Lesson Details *** While teaching lessons, I like to keep the atmosphere relaxed but productive. I
utilize many proven traditional teaching techniques (for example: scales, theory, exercises, drills and prepared pieces) however, I also try to keep things fresh with fun backing tracks and music theory games to keep students engaged. I am also very flexible and open to suggestions, so I encourage students to ask questions and let me know if they want to learn a specific song or musical concept.
*** Studio Equipment *** The studio is equipped with a 76-key keyboard, drum set, music stands, recording equipment and a PA system. Plenty of parking available, either in the driveway or on the street.
*** Travel Equipment *** In order to teach at a student's home I will need a quiet room/area where we can concentrate on our studies. If the student is taking drum or piano lessons, they will need a drum kit or piano/keyboard. Also, a boombox/CD player may be necessary if we need to play with some backing tracks.
*** Specialties *** Trumpet - Jazz & Classical
Drums - Everything from Jazz to Rock, Waltz, Cha-Cha, Metal etc.
Singing - All Pop music, old (Frank Sinatra era) and new (The Temptations) and newest (artists of today).
Audio Recording & Production - All styles, such as Rock, Pop, Cinematic, Hip-Hop, Country etc.
Piano - Beginning piano, building a solid foundation.
Music Theory - I can answer questions and teach the concepts.
Having trouble with your band/choir part? Preparing for an audition and want to get first chair? I can help!
AMY H. June 15, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Andrew G. June 15, 2015
In home Verified Student
Voytek is a great teacher. I started with little knowledge of anything regarding the piano or reading music and Voytek was able to help me through the process to the point where I fell very confident in my skills. I have learned a lot from him in a small amount of time and I am very grateful for that.
He is also very accommodating and flexible when it comes to making appointment times and rescheduling appointments. Great guy and great teacher.
pete K. May 19, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Voytek is a true professional with a kind heart! He's very nice and knowledgeable. My daughter loves her lessons with Voytek!
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New York, NY teacher:
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Winchester, VA teacher:
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"Barrett is a great teacher. My son has improved in technique, range and improvisation. Barrett has also expanded my son's interest in exploring different
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Chicago, IL teacher:
Review by Carey
"Max, is great teacher. He understands the students needs and tailors his pace accordingly. He is easily able to spot a weak spot in a student's technique
and help them correct it easily. He is also immensely patient and easygoing.
His skills with the trumpet are top notch. He makes trumpet playing so easy. Max is easily one of the best music teachers that I have come across."
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Washington, DC teacher:
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Columbia, SC teacher:
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"Estela is an amazing teacher. Before I started working with her I could barely hit any high notes, but now I can easily hit those notes and higher. She is
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Columbia, SC teacher:
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"Mr. Charles is a great instructor he really help me improve plus he taught me how to read music"