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I have been playing trumpet for 20 years, and have been teaching sine 2008
The key to this instrument is its simplicity! Learn to have unlimited technique to play any style.
Everyone is unique (physically, mentally), and we all will play the trumpet our own way and for different reasons. Whether you want to learn how to build endurance, craft a beautiful tone, improvise or interpret classical works, you've come to the right place. I will cater what we work on to YOUR individual curiosity, interests, personal goals, and to how you naturally play the the trumpet. I will help you to discover your own voice on the trumpet, and at the same time make sure you develop great technique and musical ability. You will learn to control what and how you play, and grow as a musician!
Mike Irwin has taught trumpet and music theory for over 15 years. His love for teaching runs parallel to his passion for performing. He has taught beginners the fundamentals of the instrument and has he has taught improvisers of all levels the basics of playing jazz and other styles of music. Inspired to bring out the best in each individual, his teaching philosophy encourages independent thought and analysis, propelling to students to become their own teachers.
Mike has taught privately since he was a student at the Conservatory of Music at Purchase College, and continued to teach young trumpeters in New York City through the Harmony Program after college. He has given master classes at Xavier High School and has been a clinician at The Talkeetna Jazz Workshop in Alaska, an effort funded by Chamber Music America that resulted in three summers of successful workshops.
The trumpet 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 Balkan music. In addition to covering the basic technical requirements of the instrument, I'm particularly interested in the many genres in which the trumpet can be found, and I like to focus on the styles of music that most interest and challenge my students. I have been playing trumpet for more than 18 years, and I teach my students valuable brass exercises based on lessons I learned under the tutelage of John McNeil, Laurie Frink, and Walter White. I encourage the use of long tones, air support, and trumpet calisthenics to improve tone, increase range and endurance, and work towards greater flexibility.
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