I have been playing trumpet since the 4th grade, about 20 years now. I received my Bachelor in Trumpet Performance from the Peabody Conservatory and my Master of Music degree in Trumpet Performance from the Bob Cole Conservatory at California State Long Beach. I have performed all over the United States and abroad and have performed a wide range of musical styles in a variety of musical settings; from classical solos, to contemporary chamber orchestras, to big bands, to top 40's wedding casual bands, to reggae, ska, rock, Latin, Persian, and more still. Whether you just want to learn a bugle call for boy scouts or want to prepare for an audition, competition, or recital, I will provide a comprehensive learning experience for the trumpet. I could take you from a beginner to playing for a living if you would like.
Building basic technique: embouchre studies, learning fingerings, correct breathing and air use.
Ensemble and solo repertoire and technique studies, scales, theory, improvisation, etc.
Books used: Standard of Excellence (beginner), Essential Elements (beginner), Yamaha (beginner), Arban's (intermediate/advanced)
Whether you're just starting on the trumpet or you're preparing for state band auditions, I've got the skills and insight you need to become a great trumpet player. In high school I was an all-state jazz trumpet player, and I went to college on a scholarship to play jazz trumpet. I keep lessons fun and interesting by incorporating the kinds of music you enjoy with the kinds of music you need to achieve your goals.
Learn to play the trumpet! Students will learn to develop properly formed embouchure, efficient breathing, breath control, posture and diaphragm support, note fingerings, and develop valve technique,
learn and develop proper tonguing and lip flexibility.
Both classical and jazz lessons available.
Strong instrumental playing begins with a solid understanding of the fundamentals of music and the simple act of making a sound from the instrument. Students learn to play music by ear first, and are later introduced to music notation. More advanced lessons emphasize sight-reading, expression, and improvisation.
An instrumentalist since age 10, Thomas has experience as a performer and teacher. His previous education has included methodology classes on teaching specific instruments, and he is available to teach beginning trumpet lessons.
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