Andrew Giska
Parkville, MD
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Andrew Giska

Andrew G.

Parkville, MD
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Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Hello and welcome to my studio!

In my studio, all trumpets players feel welcomed, and I will do my best to keep you/your child happy and having fun while taking lessons.

Your first lesson begins with breathing exercises as we need air to play trumpet. Proper posture, embouchure for playing, and making a nice sound will come next. I have several method books depending on your trumpet experience, but if you already have a book we can use yours. Later we will work on the more intricate aspects of trumpet playing such as articulations and range (yay high notes!), while learning new songs!

If you are already a more advanced student, we will work on music that pushes you to a higher level (etudes, jazz charts, Arbans, etc.). I will also give you more detailed and advanced concepts to remove excess tension, play more musically instead of robotically, and overall make playing feel so much easier.

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.

As a teacher, I want nothing more than my students to be happy playing music while attaining their goals.

I started trumpet as a young elementary schooler and began teaching private lessons in 2013. I had very poor technique up through high school 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 so you don’t make the same mistakes I did.

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!

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Austin M.
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My grandson just started online with Andrew and had a great first lesson. He related well to him, which is important at the age of 14. Much more to be learned. Looking forward to many more great lessons with Andrew.

Posted Nov 16, 2020
Lily
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Andrew is a great trumpet teacher for my son during pandemic and he had learned many good techniques from him and he is forming a habit of practice breathing before classes start. We would be learning from Andrew long term if it is not because our school band teacher opened up one slot in for him and recommend him to take it which could be convenient when classes turn offline later.

Posted Oct 27, 2020
Megan S.
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My daughter is 11 yrs old. She self learnt trumpet and was playing with her friends. She was playing flat and was a bit loud. I realized she needed some training and found Andrew. In four weeks I noticed a good improvement. Andrew is really good.
Thanks,
Antony

Posted Sep 9, 2020
Scott Bowers, Reisterstown MD
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I happen to play with Andrew in a local Jazz ensemble. He is the solo chair and I Play lead trumpet. I have been playing with Andrew for a year or 2 and he is an OUTSTANDING player! His solo’s are some of the best I have heard in my 45 years playing. He takes his playing seriously and I have every confidence his teaching skills on the trumpet are top notch also! I would highly recommend him to anyone who wants to get better at playing the trumpet!

Posted Jul 28, 2020
Parent
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Andrew has been wonderful. My son started lessons with Andrew in our home and easily transitioned to on-line this spring. He’s punctual every time regardless of method. I appreciate his flexibility and understanding as sometime things do come up. During the closures due to Covid, it was nice to keep some level of normalcy knowing that the trumpet lesson would always continue. My son feels more confident with his music and we hear an improvement!

Posted Jul 27, 2020
Emerson
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Andrew is an outstanding instructor that is able to use his great insight and experience with the trumpet to effectively teach people of all skill levels. He is always prepared with an engaging lesson plan that is personalized to each individual’s playing styles and goals. The concepts that he teaches will change your perspective on the trumpet, allowing you to have more productive practice and see real improvement in your playing. Andrew can truly help you grow as a trumpet player.

Posted Jul 22, 2020
Matt
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A very well prepared teacher, and does a very good job of explaining things, even abstract concepts. Killer lead player as well!

Posted May 13, 2020
Lindsey
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Andrew is a great music teacher! He goes above and beyond our lessons. He accommodates his lessons to meet my son’s interest and keeps the lessons fun and educational.

Posted May 12, 2020
Ryan
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I just want to start out by saying Andrew is flexible with scheduling. It’s very helpful. But my son enjoys the lessons with Andrew. He said Andrew taught how to breathe better and can’t wait until the next lesson.

Posted May 12, 2020
Michelle
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I have been playing trumpet for a couple years now and wanted to take trumpet lessons. I met Andrew through a mutual friend and I couldn’t be any happier! I’ll be honest I was skeptical to take lessons online but Andrew is a very good teacher! Even online he can hear things I could do better and I would definitely recommend him as a teacher!

Posted May 10, 2020
Bala K.
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Andrew seems to be very knowledgeable as a Trumpet teacher. He teaches my son who is 12 years old. I am very happy with the way he is giving tips to my son for playing Trumpet. First I was skeptical about online classes. After three classes, I am glad I chose the online classes with Andrew. Here is the input from my son for the review >>> He answers questions well. He gives great strategies for playing trumpet. He also gives great insights before/after following his tips. <<<

Posted Mar 21, 2020
Tom
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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.

Posted Jan 13, 2020
Gabriel B.
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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.

Posted Dec 17, 2019
Devin
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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.

Posted Nov 14, 2019
Peyton
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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.

Posted Jun 25, 2019
James
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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.

Posted May 2, 2019
Ron
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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.

Posted May 2, 2019
Zoe
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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.

Posted May 2, 2019
Christa
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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!

Posted Jan 4, 2019
PJ
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PJ said his first lesson was great and how to focus on air

Posted Jan 3, 2019
Casimir
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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!

Posted Nov 30, 2018
Mike
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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.

Posted Jul 16, 2018
Peter
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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.

Posted Jan 14, 2018
Nathan
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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.

Posted Jan 10, 2018
Katie
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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.

Posted Jan 9, 2018
Randy Longwill
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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.

Posted Jan 9, 2018
Jenique
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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.

Posted Jan 8, 2018
Olivia
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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.

Posted Jan 8, 2018
Zach Eisengrein
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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!

Posted Jan 6, 2018

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Experience

Trumpeter
Jun 2019 - Present

Bachelor Boys Band

The Bachelor Boys Band provides live band services for wedding entertainment, corporate parties, and more intimate jazz band or classical ceremony music. Perform throughout VA, MD, and PA!

2nd Trumpet
Jul 2018 - Present

Reisterstown Jazz Ensemble

We are a professional Jazz Big Band that performs a variety of jazz standards ranging from Ellington up through the late Doc Severinsen!

Teaching Assistant
Jun 2018 - Present

Calvert Hall College Highschool Band

I was asked by my high school band director to assist with their summer band camp and couldn't say no! I helped students learn music, drill, and artistic effects to make a phenomenal show that ended up winning the states and nationals competitions, while beating a personal record and obtaining a score of over 97! I look forward to being around such great musicians for the years to come!

Church Trumpeter
Jun 2017 - Present

St. Clements Church

I perform with the St. Clements Worship band every Sunday. What better way to show your love for music than at your local church?

Rock Trumpeter
Apr 2018 - Sep 2020

The Upstarters

During my time with The Upstarters, we performed a wide variety of music raging from rock, funk and ska in the Baltimore/DC/Pennsylvania//Virginia areas.

Utility Trumpeter
Jan 2018 - Sep 2019

Hunt Valley Wind Ensemble

A full sized wind ensemble that performs a wide repertoire of classical music from the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries!

Lead/Solo Trumpet
Jan 2018 - Oct 2018

Hunt Valley Jazz Ensemble

A full sized big band that focuses on music from the swing era up through the funk/rock eras!

1st Chair Trumpeter
Jan 2018 - Oct 2018

Hunt Valley Brass Ensemble

A septet that performed throughout the Baltimore area in which I performed pieces ranging from the 15th through 20th centuries!

Marching Band Section Leader
Aug 2015 - Dec 2017

Temple Unversity

I led sectionals for a 40+ member trumpet section, and breathing/warmup routines for a 200+ member band. I also worked with members individually, much like you would have a private lesson with me!

Education

Bachelor of Arts - Music Education
May 2020 - Present

Towson University

Music Minor, Jazz Performance Concentration
Aug 2013 - Dec 2017

Temple University

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Awards

Diamond Key Award
May 2018

Temple University Diamond Bands

The Charles C. Freitag Award
May 2013

Calvert Hall College

Louis Armstrong Jazz Award
May 2013

Calvert Hall College

The John Philip Sousa Band Award
May 2013

Calvert Hall College

Duke Ellington Festival Honorable Mention Award for Best Solo
Mar 2013

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra

Temple University Duke Ellington Festival Honorable Mention
Mar 2013

Temple University

Affiliations

Maryland Music Educators Association
Aug 2020
Maryland Music Educators Association (MMEA) is the professional association for the school music teachers of Maryland. MMEA is a 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit association incorporated in the State of Maryland. MMEA's mission is to advance music education in Maryland schools. We do this by providing professional development for music teachers, involving students and teachers in opportunities for excellence through state-wide music activities and events, and serving as an advocate for music education.
National Association for Music Education
Aug 2020
Founded in 1907, NAfME is among the world’s largest arts education organizations. NAfME advocates at the local, state, and national levels; provides resources for teachers, parents, and administrators; hosts professional development events; and offers a variety of opportunities for students and teachers.
National Society of Collegiate Scholars
Feb 2015
The National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS) is an honors organization that recognizes and elevates high achievers. NSCS provides career and graduate school connections, leadership and service opportunities and gives out a million dollars in scholarships annually. NSCS members are deeply committed to scholarship, leadership and service and as a result, are impacting their campus and local communities every day.
National Honors Society
Oct 2010
The National Honor Society (NHS) is the nation's premier organization established to recognize outstanding high school students. More than just an honor roll, NHS serves to honor those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service, and character. These characteristics have been associated with membership in the organization since its beginning in 1921.

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