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Bobby S.

Bobby S.

I love the trumpet, and it's my life mission to help others to experience the transcendent joy of music and the excitement of playing a brass instrument. I take pride in my ability to quickly convey the fundamentals of trumpet technique to beginning trumpeters so that they can get the full enjoyment from playing early on. I perform regularly in a wide range of genres from jazz and funk to pop and reggae, and it's important to me to cater to the individual musical interests of my students. I have been playing trumpet for more than 24 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, among others. I encourage the use of long tones, air support, and trumpet calisthenics to improve tone, increase range and endurance, and work towards greater flexibility on the instrument. I also focus on the stylistic nuance of jazz, funk, classical, and the many genres that feature the colorful and majestic sound of the trumpet.
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Jonathan S.

Jonathan S.

Are you looking to get started with trumpet lessons for yourself or a loved one? Not making the progress you want, or, don't really know how to make progress? Look no further—study with a Doctor of Musical Arts with over 15 years professional playing experience and who has taught nearly 400 people. Whether you want to learn how to build endurance, increase your range, craft a beautiful tone, learn to improvise, interpret classical works, or play any genre of music on the trumpet, you've come to the right place. I will cater what we work on to YOUR individual curiosities, interests, and personal goals, while making sure you develop great technical habits and musical instinct. I will help you to discover your own voice on the trumpet, and you will learn to control what you play, when you play and how you play it! It is my goal to instill a love and appreciation for both efficiency and enjoyment of process in my lessons with you, so that you eventually won't need me anymore! Topics include tone/sound concept, ear training, breath work, proper physical approaches, music notation, fingerings/scales, composition/transcription, jazz, improvisation, tonguing, range, dynamic control, air control, music theory, and much more... Out of the 30,000+ hours I've invested into my musical practice over the past 2 decades, 2/3 of them have been devoted specifically to trumpet playing. I've earned Bachelor of Music, Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees all with concentrations in Trumpet Performance and I've been performing, recording and teaching internationally as a trumpeter based out of New York City for over a decade. My trumpet playing has appeared on 30 albums, 230 YouTube videos and live on stage with hundreds of highly-acclaimed artists from across the globe. It's earned me high standing in 7 trumpet-based competitions: 1st place in the 2007 International Trumpet Guild Jazz Solo Competition, finalist status in the 2009 Carmine Caruso International Jazz Trumpet Solo Competition, finalist status in 2014 Juilliard Artist Diploma program, finalist status in the 2020 Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra's 4th Trumpet Vacancy, finalist status in the 2021 U.S. Navy Band Commodores' Jazz Trumpet Vacancy, and recipient of 2020 & 2021 Downbeat Student Music Awards. It's also allowed me the opportunity to pursue and earn my Doctor of Musical Arts degree with full-scholarship, plus paid assistantship.
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