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Beginners: posture, breathing techniques, embouchure, sound production, articulation, phrasing, note reading
Intermediate: interpretation of different styles, dynamics, ensemble performance, building solid technique and stamina
Advanced: studying of orchestra excerpts, solo pieces, study of various concert and chamber music compositions
One of the most enjoyable instruments to play when done correctly.
35 + yrs playing/teaching experience
Classical to Jazz
Fun mixed with work
The trombone is a colorful and exciting instrument played in many styles of music throughout the world, from jazz and classical to funk and soul to reggae, afro-beat, and Latin American music. In addition to covering the basic technical requirements of the instrument, I'm particularly interested in the many genres in which the trombone can be found, and I like to focus on the styles of music that most interest and challenge my students. I began playing soprano trombone over ten years ago, and I have taught tenor trombone privately and in public school programs for several years. I encourage the use of long tones, air support, and brass calisthenics to improve tone, increase range and endurance, and work towards greater flexibility.
I come from a long heritage of great brass players. Students can expect comprehensive classical discipline fused with liberating contemporary improvisation as well as a broad outlook on various styles, traditions and all other facets of the music industry. I like to have fun as well.
First I will ask you some basic questions, then I am able to quickly develop a personalized/effective training regiment just for you. My pedagogical expertise is in creating new/unorthodox teaching methods for each individual student, inciting rapid growth. The fastest road to your success is my goal.
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