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About Nicholas C.

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Garden City, MI

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I aim to instill a love of music and of the instrument through both student guided song selections from popular genres and movie/video game soundtracks, as well as technical and music reading exercises designed to make my students well rounded and ready for any way they choose to pursue music.

About Nicholas
Detroit native, Nicholas C. K., demonstrated an innate musical talent from a young age. His command of piano, guitar, trumpet and bass progressed to studies at both Columbia University in Chicago and Wayne State University in Detroit. Since age 16 Nic has toured the country sharing the stage with acclaimed rock acts such as; Tesla, Bret Michaels, 3 Doors Down and many others. He is currently endorsed by Warwick Basses.

Nicholas been a musician in some form or another for as long as he can remember. His musical journey started when he was only six, with a delve into the realm of classical piano. While there he studied under world class child prodigy Josh Cullen. The composers that he studied include Bach, Beethoven, Barton, Hayden and many others.

From here he progressed to playing jazz trumpet, studying the Jamey Aebersold method un
der Paul Finkbeiner, the lead trumpet player for the Paul Keller Ensemble.

Then at the age of 11, with the help of his grandfather he discovered the guitar. He learned quickly on his old SR guitar. He quickly discovered that he had a natural taste for blues phrasing, and his soloing abilities quickly blossomed. 2 years later, he had formed his first band, Spherical. It was through this band that he found the bass.

His journey into the realm of bass, began out of necessity and progressed into love of the bottom end. Since then, he has been collecting basses, playing, living and breathing bass. He now realizes the importance of a funky beat, a subtle line and most important of all A Tight Groove!!!

The benefit of studying under someone with a vast array of both talent and experience is clear.

*** Lesson Details ***
During his musical career Nicholas has played almost every style of music; from folk to experimental from jazz to rock. One thread holds true through all music, it has to groove.
During the course of a lesson he will cover a broad range of topics starting from the basics, and moving into ear training, sight-reading, theoretical knowledge and most important for bass players, groove. Just as every player has their own musical personality and voice, so to does every lesson that Nicholas gives.
In a supportive, patient environment, every lesson is custom tailored to the student.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Home: lessons in dedicated music room with piano and stereo, guitars/basses, cables/amps

*** Specialties ***
Jazz Studies major at Wayne State University. Has a firm understanding of music across both the classical and jazz idioms spanning multiple instruments.
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Pete Verdi May 5, 2019
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Isaak O. April 16, 2019
· Trumpet · In studio
Nicholas’s has Great energy and patient instruction for my son’s very first lesson. He was all smiles and excited to learn more!
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Bryant W. April 7, 2019
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About Thomas W.

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Downingtown, PA

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I can help beginners get started or coach advanced students who are preparing for auditions.

About Thomas
Thomas J. W. is an active music teacher, composer, adjudicator, and clinician in the greater Philadelphia area. He has over fifteen years experience as a concert band director, marching band director, jazz improvisation instructor, choral director, private instructor, and marching drill writer. His directing career has included small rural band programs, small metro programs, large high-achieving suburban programs, and non-profit youth bands. In addition to his band compositions, he also has over forty unpublished vocal arrangements to his credit, most written for use with collegiate men's a cappella groups. Thomas taught over 600 online and local private music lessons in 2016.

Thomas has a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education from The Pennsylvania State University. He holds a teaching certificate in the states of Pennsylvania
and New Jersey and has taught at the secondary level in both states. In addition to both instrumental and choral ensembles at Penn State, Thomas was a student leader in the Penn State Blue Band and a member of the brass section of the Cadets of Bergen County Drum and Bugle Corps in 1993 and 1994. He served as an Associate Director of the Warren Junior Military Band of Youngstown, Ohio from 1995 to 2005. He also served as a visual staff member for the renowned North Penn Marching Knights of Lansdale, PA for one season in 2004.

He is a current adjudicator with Drum Corps International and Cavalcade of Bands. He is a member of MENC, PMEA, NJMEA, ASCAP, CASA, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and the National Band Association. He appeared in the Marquis Who's Who Among American Educators in 2004 and 2005, an honor rarely bestowed upon teachers, as students who appear in the Who's Who Among American High School Students must nominate them. He currently is a music teacher at the Center for Performing and Fine Arts of the PA Leadership Charter School in West Chester, PA and resides in Downingtown, PA with his wife and two sons.

Thomas will happily work with students on the autism spectrum or students with ADD.

*** Lesson Details ***
My lessons are tailored to the needs and interests of each student. If a student is involved in school music ensembles, we will work with their lesson books from school in addition to material outside of the books, including SmartMusic, Noteflight, and teacher-created materials. We will focus on building proper tone production and individual technique - something that often is difficult to learn in a large ensemble setting.

I am capable of starting a beginner student on any band instrument including percussion, any classical string instrument (violin, viola, cello, string bass), and piano. I can begin a student on drum set and work with them through their first method book, but I would then recommend they find a specialized drum set teacher after a period of six to twelve months.

For advanced students, I work from selected conservatory etude books on developing advanced skills and can work with students on audition pieces for honors bands/orchestras or college auditions.

My lessons are a half-hour once a week, with the option of working for 45 minutes or 60 minutes.

*** Specialties ***
music, band, orchestra, flute, clarinet, oboe, bassoon, saxophone, trumpet, french horn, trombone, euphonium, tuba, violin, viola, cello, string bass, piano, Percussion
classical, jazz improvisation
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Cindy July 1, 2019
· Audition Prep · Online
Thomas is honestly an amazing musician and teacher. He was really patient with me. Despite having to deal with major timezone differences (as I live in Myanmar), he took the time to figure it out. Also, he helped me figure out the stuff it took me months to figure out. He also really knows what he's doing. I learned so much in that hour of practice. 10/10 would recommend him.
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Brian May 26, 2019
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Lorraine Anne April 28, 2019
· Classical Voice · Online
Fabulous! What a great teacher! And SO KNOWLEDGEABLE about all kinds of music! THANKS! looking forward to all my lessons!
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About Thomas K.

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Glendale, CA

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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.

About Thomas
Piano, woodwinds, trumpet, composition
Chords, sight-reading, theory, jazz, classical, and pop

No one ever regrets learning an instrument… yet many grow old wishing they had taken music lessons! A talent they’ll be able to develop their entire life, your children will thank you for giving them the chance to learn music. And bonus points for you: after just a couple years, you’ll have free entertainment every Christmas!

Or maybe YOU’RE the one that wishes to learn! It is never too late to begin learning an instrument. Everybody has the ability, and if you’re determined and interested, there’s nothing stopping us from achieving this very special goal. (Interested in learning to compose? Scroll to the bottom to learn more.)

Everybody learns differently, and everybody likes different things. Whether it’s improvising or singing alon
gside a song you love or reading through a classical concerto, I’ll help prepare you or your child to tackle a wide variety of styles, without missing out on any of the basics that turn good players into phenomenal musicians. We all know it’s not about being the best. It’s about having fun, and playing music well is definitely fun. Music lessons include:

1. Building a really strong foundation so it's easy to interpret or understand any part, and to play it with the right amount of practice.

2. Learning to sight-read music, so you can play it well as soon as possible.

3. Learning how to improvise (make-up) music, learn music by ear, and to understand and create chords, which lets you play music in different ways.

4. Play different styles from classical to jazz to popular music.

5. Learning how to practice efficiently so you can learn music as fast as possible.

6. Composing our own original music.

Practice makes perfect! Learning an instrument helps build self-confidence and discipline. If your child’s bored, distracted, or just needs a constructive hobby, music is a great place to get them interested in something that will help them feel better about themselves, and the effects will be felt across everything else they do, through better studying habits to a more patient, diligent work ethic.

It’s also relaxing! Stressed about work? Need an escape? Everybody has the power to learn an instrument. Seriously, there’s no such thing as “talent.” Just start lessons and get practicing! It really is that simple, and I’ll guide you through every step of the way.

I have a diverse background teaching students of all ages, from 3-year-olds to retirees alike, customizing what we learn to the individual student. We’ll learn how to read music just as easily as you read words; improvise and compose music of our own; and feel good playing any style: classical, jazz, rock, and all. My experience as a working musician in films, musical theater, and pop music, as well as classical concert music, allows me to appreciate and teach styles that many other instructors overlook, and I know full well that learning an instrument is not about becoming a professional; it’s about being able to connect to others or oneself through music… and also to just have fun! There’s no need to learn music we don’t like! It’s not about stuffing Beethoven into your kids’ ears… we just want to make music, be that Beethoven or Billy Joel.

Learning an instrument is one of those few skills that will genuinely last you your whole life. I don’t want to sugarcoat it: it takes time to learn an instrument. It takes practice, and sometimes it’s frustrating. But the results are well worth it.

Now get out there and make some music! But start by signing up for lessons. I can’t wait to get started!

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“What’s that chord?” “Why does all my music sound the same?” “How do I fix this voicing?” “I just can’t get it out of my head!” …sound familiar? You’ve probably hit a rut. Or maybe you’re just starting out. Either way, you want your music to sound new, exciting, and to come out exactly how you hear it in your head. Yes… you CAN learn to compose music, you CAN learn to be more creative, and you CAN learn to share your sound with the world.

Film music, classical, jazz… whatever your interest, all music comes from the same place, and by learning a handful of basic concepts, you can apply these to whatever style you’re trying to write. Learning to emulate another musician involves knowing what they’re doing. Learning to create a groundbreaking sound requires that you know what’s already been done, and how to achieve it. Step by step, we’ll work our way there.

We’ll learn how to write cool, interesting chord progressions, how to write beautiful melodies, and how to voice chords. We’ll learn how to control the mood of our music, from making it sound relaxed to adding tension wherever we want. Maybe you’re trying to write for an orchestra, or just a small band. By learning the basics, you can then easily break away from what’s been done and come up with something truly new… the goal of any aspiring composer!
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Estefania March 5, 2019
· Composition · In studio
So incredibly patient and knowledgeable!
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Eric D. January 30, 2019
· Piano · In studio
The first lesson was successful. My particular background in piano is unique, and my needs are atypical as well. I thought Thomas assessed my abilities, lack of abilities, and goals well and quickly. He started me on a different perspective on looking at music (reading the staff) that seems very helpful. I'm encouraged.
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Armen T. September 24, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Excellent teacher!
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About Doyle B.

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Hobe Sound, FL
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I have been teaching trumpet for 22 years. I have an earned Masters degree in music and enjoy teaching students of all ages. I am happily married with 5 children at home--4 of them are musicians as well (the youngest is 4).. Students will quickly learn not only the basics of music theory, but will be playing songs as early as their first lesson. It is extremely rewarding watching students have fun, excel, and fall in love with making music. I presently teach music at 3 schools (1 college) and only have a few lessons slots available. I look forward to working with you.

About Doyle
Hello, my name is Doyle B. and I am eager to help you reach your goals! I've been teaching private lessons since 1992 and have loved helping my students win competitions at the state level, learn how to advance rapidly on their instrument, and fall in love with making music. I have 3 earned degrees from Pensacola Christian College (B.S. in Music Ed., 1992), Hobe Sound Bible College (A.A., 1993) and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (Master of Church Music, 1996). I have experience teaching all of the band instruments, violin, guitar, and piano. I'm an enthusiastic, upbeat person who greatly enjoys working with people of all ages. I am presently employed at Hobe Sound Bible College and Christian Academy. I presently have students in New Jersey, South Dakota, Florida, and Maryland, who I teach using Skype or FaceTime. Fortunately,
I have a couple openings in my schedule to teach any one who is serious about excelling on his/her instrument. I look forward to helping you reach your potential.
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William W. S. March 5, 2019
· Harmonica · In home
Wonderful man. Great teacher
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Jim January 8, 2019
· Guitar · In home
Doyle was fabulous. He was patient & caring. I think I can learn alot from him. Great teacher.
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Fred G. August 14, 2018
· Harmonica · In studio
Doyle is very understanding of Fred, who has dementia and has previously played the harmonica. His approach is positive and caring. We are looking forward to future lessons.
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About Jake S.

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Evanston, IL
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Every lesson is grounded in the reinforcement of fundamentals such as long tones, lip slurs, and articulation exercises. From there, I cater my lessons to cover a wide range of playing styles and pieces based on the students interests and goals. This can include classical etudes, band music, and orchestral excerpts. It can also include jazz improvisation, solo transcription, and listening exercises.

About Jake
Jake has been teaching private lessons since 2011 and is currently available to teach lessons at your home. Jake has helped students build a strong musical foundation through fundamentals. His students have performed at national competitions and won auditions across the country.

Jake received his training at Arizona State University and University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh from 2011-2015 where he received a degree in Music. As an expert in his field, Jake looks forward to helping new students achieve their goals. Jake's teaching style is focused, flexible, and centered around discovering what makes music fun!
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Jake S.

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About Matthew S.

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Fort Smith, AR

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I am a current band director focused on your student's mastery and success on the trumpet. We will work on tone, range, and develop technique through a tailored lesson that will fit you or your student. I am also happy to supplement your child's band instruction and work on area/region honor band auditions with your child.

About Matthew
Hi, I am Matt. I am a band director in the Fort Smith, AR area. I am in my 7th year teaching band and love every minute of it. I have recently decided to return to teaching private lessons, and would love to help you with your auditions, festival music, AP music theory exams, or just learn some skills on becoming a better musician. Outside of the audition music, we continually work tone production, range, and confidence on any wind instrument. In college I had a small guitar studio as well. Some of those guitar students have gone on to study at the collegiate level and gig around town today! I have taught beginning band for 4 years now on all wind instruments including percussion. I have a firm grasp to provide solid fundamentals to start your musical journey and get you off to a great start. Feel free to ask me any questions about lesson
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June 2012 - June 2015 I was the head band director of Waldron High School in Waldron, AR. We won several awards through our marching and concert band program. I also ran after school lessons in which many students made our region honor band.

June 2015 - Present
I am currently the head director at Trinity Junior High in Fort Smith. I run a 7-9 band program that includes both marching and concert band seasons. Our student involvement is quite high as our band program serves about 50% of our total student population (about 90 kids served daily on all wind instruments). My band here has received many superior ratings, and many students make our region honor group, and go on to excel in high school band programs in our area.
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Annette K. June 17, 2019
· Trumpet · Online
Matthew has been the BEST trumpet tutor. We are so grateful for every lesson, advice, guidance, and understanding. Highly recommend him!
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Hilda U. February 25, 2019
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Annette K. January 14, 2019
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Matthew is so great and patient to help improve skills!
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About PJ G.

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Clive, IA

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Take trumpet lessons from a real US Marine Corp Band musician! I’ve been playing trumpet for over 20 years, 4 of which I spent serving in the US Marine Corp Band. I cover a variety of styles from classical and marching, to jazz and improvisation. The techniques and tips will have you playing cleaner, with a better sound, and higher confidence. Improve your intonation, note reading and sight reading ability and scale knowledge. You’ll learn a wide variety of music theory do’s and don’t, as well as how to make the most out of your practice time.

About PJ
Hello! My name is PJ. I was born and raised in Central Florida, and I’ve spent the last 3 years in Central Iowa with my partner Libby, and our lovely and talented 4 year old daughter, Janie Rose.

I have been a professional musician for almost 20 years, four of which I spent playing trumpet, guitar, bass, and singing in the US Marine Corp Band. For the last decade, I have made my living as a multi-instrumentalist and singer, entertaining thousands on stages across the country and around the world. Currently, I am the Entertainment Director at Blue Moon Dueling Piano Bar in West Des Moines. Libby and I also have a private entertainment company called Epic Event Entertainment that provides live music for weddings, corporate events, fundraisers, etc.

Each lesson plan is customized to cater to each student’s individual needs and goals. Howe
ver some concepts apply to all students. Beginners will develop a solid foundation in basic musical concepts, including, but not limited to, how to read music, the circle of fifths, scales, chords, articulation, posture and breathing. Intermediate students will learn and employ advanced music theory concepts, modes, better sight reading, and improvisation.
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Stacey February 19, 2019
· Guitar · In home
My daughter said that PJ made her lesson fun and can’t wait for next week!
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About Pablo R.

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Portland, OR

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With years of teaching and gigging experience as a lead trumpet player, jazz soloist, classical player and composer I can guarantee improvement in whatever area my student is interested in. I can teach from a beginning level all the way to advanced players looking for additional coaching. All ages are welcome. In my lessons we will identify what aspects of trumpet playing and music you are interested in and work to improve in those areas. I specialize in fundamental brass technique, range improvement, endurance, jazz improvisation and songwriting. My teaching style will incorporate a theoretical approach so that my students learn about music as a whole while improving their trumpet playing.

About Pablo
With years of teaching and gigging experience in a wide variety of musical styles, I can teach students whatever they are interested in learning. I believe the most musical improvement occurs when the student is having fun with the process of learning. My lessons are a fun and relaxed environment where my students will learn about music as a whole while we talk about the specific subjects the student is interested in. I primarily teach trumpet and songwriting.

Trumpet students can expect noticeable improvement from week to week through my unique teaching approach. Anyone can tell you to practice scales out of method books, but my teaching incorporates a theoretical foundation helping my students understand music as a whole. In my own experience, this has helped me the most in my own trumpet playing.

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o have their own songs written from month to month as we work to demystify the difficulty of song writing. I have developed my own unique approach to songwriting designed to make the process easy and methodical.

I graduated from Whitman College in 2015 with a degree in Jazz Studies. By that time, I was already teaching and actively gigging in the Eastern Washington area. This year I moved to Portland Oregon where I currently reside and am an active member of Portland's music scene. I have performed in large jazz ensembles, symphony orchestras, pit orchestras, ska bands, salsa groups, and jazz combos.

I will be releasing my debut studio album this year comprised entirely of my own compositions that I have been working on for three years.

My other interests include weight lifting, running, hiking, and cooking.
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About Brandon D.

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West Hartford, CT

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Lessons directed to enhance practice and musical understanding with the trumpet. Released a book entitled "Scales with Character" designed to improve musicality while perfecting technique. Current freelance performer as well as a composer/arranger. Pursuing a double masters degree in Trumpet Performance and Music Composition. Obtained a B.A in Music Education. Flexible teacher who is able to work with many levels of skill including higher skilled players.

About Brandon
As a trumpeter, Brandon was a semi-finalist in the Graduate Division of the National Trumpet Competition and a finalist in the Paranov Concerto Competition at University of Hartford. He has performed with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, the Hartt Faculty Brass Quintet, the Rhode Island Recording Ensemble and at the Ivoryton Playhouse. He has performed at multiple different conferences including, International Trumpet Guild and the Southeastern Trumpet Festival. He is currently a member of the 9th Street Brass as a Trumpeter and Arranger/Composer.

Brandon Dicks’s works have been performed by the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, Columbus State University Philharmonic, Columbus State University Trumpet Ensemble, Up/Down Percussion Quartet, 9th Street Brass, and First Baptist in Columbus Adult Choir. His wind ensemble works have been performed
by the Roswell High School Wind Ensemble, Harris County High School Wind Ensemble, and Northside High School Wind Ensemble. His music has been performed at the International Trumpet Guild Conference, Southeastern Trumpet Festival, and the International Double Reed Society Conference. Brandon has won audience choice in the IDRS Composition Competition and he won first prize in the State Division of Music Teacher’s National Association while receiving honorable mention in the Southern Region of MTNA.
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About Crystal S.

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Montgomery, AL
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Trumpet lessons with Crystal are always interesting. The trumpet itself is an interesting instrument to play. I take pride in making sure my students are learning all they can to be amazing trumpet players. I’ve been playing trumpet for 10 years now. I’ve been trained by some of the best professors and trumpet virtuosos in Alabama. The trumpet is such a beautiful, angelic, and jazzy instrument. Through my lessons, I insure that I will give my all to pulling out the musical talent in my students so that they can be successful with this gift that was given to them.

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My name is Crystal D. Shaw. I am a current Student at Alabama State University, where I am majoring in Music Education. I have been playing the trumpet for about 10 years now. I was the section leader of the trumpet section in High school and also Section leader of the Alabama State Mighty Marching Hornets Trumpet Section. I love love love playing the trumpet. I struggled with having braces for three of those 10 years. If any students need lessons who have braces I would be the perfect teacher.
I’ve had experience teaching a few students who I still teach now and their progress is amazing. I hope that you book me as your Trumpet teacher. You will not regret it!
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Crystal S.

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