Levels taught:Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Your first lesson begins with breathing exercises as we need air to play trumpet. Proper posture, embouchure, and making a nice sound will come next. And later we will work on the more intricate aspects of trumpet playing such as articulations and range, while learning new songs!
If you are already familiar with the basics of playing trumpet, we will work on the specific areas you want to work on.
I'm glad you have decided to take trumpet lessons and look forward to helping you make great music! So what are you waiting for? Let's get started!
About Andrew G.
Hello and welcome to my studio!
I started trumpet as a young elementary schooler and began teaching private lessons in 2015. I had very poor technique up through highschool but landed a jazz performance major in college. I hurt myself playing and started to tear muscle in my lip. I decided I loved music too much to let it go so I took the long hard path of fixing my injury. I am a much better player, but more importantly I learned many things because of it. I want to teach these things to you because they help you become a better trumpet player faster.
When we start lessons, we will begin with breathing exercises as we need air to play trumpet. We will then work on developing a proper embouchure and making a nice sound. And later the more difficult parts like flexibility, dexterity, articulations, and of course... the beloved high notes!
Some of my students have asked about meeting less than every week because of personal schedules. I am 100% OK with this! HOWEVER, I do require we meet two times per month. This gives the student ample lesson time that gives progress in the long run.
That being said, I'm glad you have decided to take trumpet lessons and look forward to helping you create great music! If you have any questions and want to start lessons, send me a message. Let's get started!
Awarded Duke Ellington Festival Honorable Mention Award for Best Solo from Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra
Music Minor, Jazz Performance Concentration from Temple University
Teaching since 2015
I've been playing trumpet on and off for years and just had my first lesson, and can see that Andrew knows what he is doing. He is very organized, a great communicator, and listener. His guidance seems very methodical and structured which is what I need to work toward my goals.Show More
Can’t speak highly enough about Andrew. His lessons are very engaging, he does a great job diagnosing issues, and he’s an all around fun and talented music teacher.
Andrew showed up right on time. He is very well mannered. My 9 year old was very comfortable with him. My son said he learned a lot and can't wait for his next lesson.
First, its a big plus that he comes to the house. He is well educated and it is obvious he knows what he is doing. Andrew was able to immediately meet my granddaughter at the level of her experience and go from there. He is personable. She is already showing improvement; we are very pleased. Can't say enough good things about Andrew.Show More
I first met Andrew when I joined the Temple University Diamond Marching Band. Andrew was the trumpet section leader and breath tech, and he made it his goal to ensure that everyone in the section could improve as much as possible by focusing in on the aspects of each individual's playing. In addition to knowing a lot about the trumpet and trumpet playing, Andrew was exceptionally friendly to everyone he worked with. He was always willing to offer advice not just about trumpet, but life in general, and he has greatly contributed to my trumpet playing and attitude towards life. I would recommend Andrew to anyone looking to improve their trumpet playing.Show More
Andrew is a dedicated and trained trumpet player that has a great personality geared to sharing his thoughts and training experience to others. I have played with Andrew in both a concert band and brass ensemble setting. His knowledge of the trumpet has allowed Andrew to adapt to most settings like the concert band, brass ensemble, and specifically Jazz groups.Show More
I knew Andrew when he was a brass tech for the Temple University Marching Band where he lead a group of over 200 members while also teaching and leading a group of 30 or more trumpets. He knows his stuff and makes it easy to understand. He focuses in on the student. I learned a lot about technique and air control from him which helped me improve as a musician. Good teacher. Would recommend to anyone.Show More
My son has been taking trumpet lessons in our home with Andrew for several months and it has been fantastic. First of all, Andrew is always on time and ready to go and he communicates all the small details very well. Second, he is a great trumpet player and teacher. Andrew helps my son work on all aspects of the trumpet and he has really improved his overall understanding of the instrument. My son has been playing the trumpet for 7 years and he is still learning new techniques from Andrew. Finally, Andrew provides written notes and/or a follow up email with instructions for my son to work on before the next lesson. I really enjoy listening to their lesson. I would definitely recommend Andrew for trumpet lessons!Show More
PJ said his first lesson was great and how to focus on air
Week after week, Andrew always finds ways to deepen my knowledge of the trumpet and my own playing! Andrew is an incredible player as well as an incredible teacher, and his lessons make me realize concepts about the trumpet that I could have never even imagined! My playing has improved tremendously since I began taking lessons with him, and his lessons enable the learner to develop an awareness of the instrument as well as their own physicality while playing. Furthermore, Andrew takes great care to adjust each lesson in a way that is applicable and makes sense to each student he teaches. Knowing someone with such a passion for playing the trumpet and the fact the he loves to share that passion with others motivates me to improve and love the music that I play personally. Incredible experience!Show More
First lesson exceeded my expectations. Andrew quickly and accurately sized up my status and began instruction that was easy to understand. He worked with me on techniques that resulted in me going from no “music” to my first set of scales. Andrew’s zeal to teach was very evident. I am very pleased.Show More
Andrew is one of the most helpful and genuine instructor I have ever experienced, in my 12 years of playing the trumpet. He not only has helped me develop better, but he helped me understand rhythms and articulations. Additionally, he provides various techniques and exercises that stretch beyond just the instrument itself. Overall, the effort that he puts into his work shows how special of a teacher this man is.Show More
Andrew Giska is very helpful when it comes to trumpet. He has a good knowledge of the trumpet and how to play. In a group setting, or even individual, he can locate a specific part in the music where people are struggling and can help fix the problem. Andrew is very reliable as he is very willing to meet with you and make you a better trumpet player. Overall, Andrew Giska is a recommended trumpet teacher as he is very good at what he does.Show More
Andrew was one of my section leaders for the trumpet section in the Temple University Diamond Marching Band his senior year, and he definitely was an excellent one. Not only is he a very talented trumpet player, but he was very reliable and answered all the questions I or anyone else in the section had in an efficient and timely manner. Overall, Andrew would be a great teacher as he is very helpful and is good at what he does.Show More
Andrew and I have been friends since my first semester in college. He and I are both Jazz trumpet players, so I was able to make a great connection with him from the start. Andrew is an amazing trumpet player and has knowledge in many different subjects like use of air, range, and lip injury recovery. I have played with Andrew for four years in the Temple Diamond Marching Band and have worked with him as a co-section leader of the trumpet section for two years. I know first hand that Andrew is a great player and a great Teacher! I would recommend him as a teacher to students in a heartbeat and I know that you will not be disappointed with him for trumpet lessons.Show More
Andrew has shared his knowledge of not only trumpet playing, but also other techniques that I can use to improve my overall musicianship. He shares this knowledge openly and provides reassurance. He has taught me breathing techniques that allow me to use more air. He also taught me how to be more direct with my air. He is an amazing teacher and his low stress demeanor made it easy for me to learn from mistakes without getting overwhelmed.Show More
Andrew Giska is an immensely knowledgeable instructor with the education and drive to support him. With being extremely experienced, Andrew is someone who can aid a wide range of subjects, from just starting out to experienced trumpeters. Additionally, Andrew is personable and kind, and will never say anything negative to his students. He is nothing but encouraging, and his talent with the trumpet shows that his students are in the right hands. I would recommend Andrew to anyone trying to improve their playing techniques because he is educated, talented, and humble.Show More
Andrew has been a great help to my trumpet playing since the day we met. Taking his experiences and applying them to his individual students’ are not only what helped me the most, but also inspired me to be the best trumpet player I can be and continue reaching for greater heights. Great teacher, great friend!Show More
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