Brandon Clinton

Brandon C.

Austin, TX

Lesson Details



Brandon delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:
June 2010

Brandon has been surrounded by music since a young age, having both parents as musicians. Brandon began his musical carrier playing the trumpet eventually branching out to piano, a little violin, composing, and conducting. He attended the University of Central Florida where he received a BA and MA in composition and conducting respectively.

While in Orlando, Brandon worked as a part of the A Gift for Music program teaching beginning violin to inner-city elementary school children. He was also the conductor of the A Gift for Music Core Orchestra, a group of very talented young string students. Brandon was also the Brass Instructor for a local Jr./Sr. High School where he taught trumpet lessons, coached brass ensembles, and accompanied students on the piano. On top of this Brandon also had a small studio in the area.

Currently Brandon is a graduate student at the University of Texas in Austin where he is studying composition.

*** Lesson Details ***
As a teacher I find the most important thing is to make sure the student has fun making music. I realize that everyone is different and I try to cater to the needs of the individual while still making sure that there is advancement in technique and musicianship. It is also a goal of mine to make sure that every students learns to practice without having someone ask them to do it.

I believe it is important to have a strong foundation when playing music. If that foundation is there it is easier to have fun making music and far less likely for a student to fail. For beginners I generally start with basic technique and gradually shift into playing pieces. If a student has been playing for a while, I will find out where they are in their musical journey and take it from there. I also try to focus on developing musicianship and individuality. I can not stress how important it is to not only have fun but to practice. It takes a great deal of dedication and effort to become a good musician.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide some music and small things like the occasional rosin or valve oil. I can also help students find rental venues for instruments. I would expect the students to have their own instrument/s and material to properly take care of the instrument. I would also expect them to keep the music we are currently working on with them.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in classical music though I can teach popular music and basic improvisation. I try to focus on expression and technique with students.

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Private instructor
Aug 2013 - Present
Take Lessons

Teach private lessons in piano, trumpet, and beginning violin.

Brass Coach and Arranger
Aug 2012 - Aug 2014
Space Coast JR./ SR. High School

Coached middle and high school students in Brass. Also, taught private trumpet lessons as well as accompanied students on piano for solo and ensemble. Worked on technique and musicianship as well as music fundamentals. Marching instructor for summer band camps and well as arranger for various pieces in the marching season.

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Aug 2010 - Jul 2012
A Gift for Music

Conducted the A Gift for Music Core Orchestra. Led a group of 40 elementary and middle school students in learning new repertoire as well as helping students learn new techniques and the fundamentals of music. Also, assisted with conducting the Chamber Orchestra, a group of 20 high school students.

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Private instructor
Jul 2010 - Jul 2012
Orlando School of Music

Taught private lessons for Trumpet, Violin, Piano, and theory and composition. Focused on music fundamentals and technique along with expression. Taught ages 4 - adult.

Teacher/ Assistant
Jul 2009 - Jul 2012
A Gift for Music

Taught and assisted in teaching 3rd through 5th grade violin to inner-city schools in the Orlando, FL area. Accompanied students on piano for performances as well as coached individual students on solos.

Student Musician (Trumpet)
Sep 2006 - Dec 2010
Walt Disney World Entertainment

Performed trumpet as a part of the Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party Parade. Also performed with the Fanfare of Christmas to open the park for the Christmas parties.


Master of Music (Composition)
Aug 2013 - Present
University of Texas at Austin
Master of Arts (Conducting)
Aug 2010 - May 2012
University of Central Florida
Bachelors in Music Performance (Composition)
Aug 2006 - May 2010
University of Central Florida


Fluent / Native Proficiency


UCF Fourth Annual Composition Competition
May 2011
University of Central Florida
UCF First Annual Composition Competition
May 2009
University of Central Florida


Texas Music Educators Association
Jan 2016

Begun in 1920 as the Texas Band Teachers Association, the Texas Music Educators Association is an organization of over 10,000 school music educators dedicated to promoting excellence in music education. TMEA is comprised of five divisions: Band, Orchestra, Vocal, Elementary and College. On behalf of its members and Texas schoolchildren, TMEA carefully monitors the actions of all state decision-making bodies on issues affecting fine arts instruction in Texas. In addition to many member benefits, TMEA offers professional development opportunities for its members with Region workshops and especially with its annual Clinic/Convention. TMEA supports the future of music education by offering scholarships to music education majors and by sponsoring the Texas Future Music Educators, an organization through which high school students interested in careers in music education learn more about what to expect in their college education and future careers.

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Photos & Videos

Brandon conducting the A Gift for Music Core Orchestra

Working with a student at A Gift for Music

A Gift for Music Core Orchestra Concert

Performing trumpet with the Space Coast Brass Ensemble

Teaching violin class

Photo by Brandon C.
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12 Reviews

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Daphny K. Apr 16, 2017
Piano · In home

Daphne raves about Brandon's teaching skills..

Ursula H. Aug 11, 2016
Trumpet · In home

Brandon has been teaching my son for the past 3 years and has been a fantastic instructor in both trumpet and piano. He is very patient, encouraging and understanding with my son. Brandon is diligent and requests the best performance from the kids without being pushy or overbearing. His knowledge of trumpet and piano are exceptional and his demonstrations are impressive. He is always punctual and super nice. I would recommend Brandon as music teacher for any student.

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Juliet J. Jul 25, 2016
Piano · In studio

Brandon is by far the best piano teacher I've ever had in my 7-ish years of instruction. He truly cares about your advancement as a student, and goes above and beyond to ensure that you are learning AND having fun. Just within my first lesson with Brandon, he helped me to identify quite a few bad playing habits I had no idea I had developed over the years. He's astoundingly observant and perceptive, and is helping me to improve my posture, my reading skills, etc. Habbits are difficult to break, and I really appreciate his patience and constructive criticism, and that he challenges me to take difficult yet important steps to improve. In the past, I would learn one piece each week with an instructor, then move on without taking the time to perfect it. Brandon will take the time to show you how to TRULY master a piece, even if it takes 5 lessons. I cannot convey how valuable such an experience has been to my own progression. He's also very fun to talk to and makes you feel comfortable and at ease. BEST PIANO TEACHER EVER - HIGHLY RECOMMEND FOR ALL AGES

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Daniel P. Jul 24, 2016
Piano · In home

We had our first intro lesson and it went very well! Looking forward to continuing with Brandon.

Olivia May 19, 2016
Piano · In home

Very nice and knowledgeable. 5 stars are well deserved.

Bella O. Apr 16, 2016
Piano · In home

Brandon is very punctual and is passionate about teaching and music. My 6 year old daughter loves her lessons! Thank you Brandon!

Allison L. Mar 23, 2016
Piano · In home

Brandon is a fine pianist with exceptional knowledge in all areas of music. He has let me stay in my comfort zone of classical piano while helping me branch off into something i've never EVER tried: composition. Brandon is very methodical and will address every conflict he finds in your playing with a solution. He has a warm personality and is certainly the type of teacher you can have a conversation with. If you are seeking well-rounded lessons which target your weaknesses and make them strengths, Brandon is your guy

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Dianne R. Feb 2, 2016
Piano · In home

Brandon is very patient and breaks everything down so it's easy to learn!

Chloe L. Jan 21, 2016
Piano · In home

So knowledgeable, very friendly, excellent demeanor with kids, he put my daughter at ease in no time and made some great suggestions on improving her skills.

Lloyd W. Nov 14, 2015
Trumpet · In studio

Brandon is a very good teacher. He has patience and knows just what I need to progress on the trumpet

Eric S. Jul 14, 2015
Violin · In studio

Brandon is an incredible teacher, always looking to find new ways to reach students if they don't quite get it. His knowledge of music in general will help ANY students of ANY instrument learn how to become a competent music reader and an expressive player.

Specifically, Brandon's string instrument knowledge and experience teaching strings makes him perfectly suited for providing lessons to young students, as well as older beginners. His willingness to try a variety of different approaches means that lessons stay relevant, effective, and fun! Highly recommended!

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Franklin Jul 10, 2015
Piano · In studio

Mr. Clinton is one of the best pianists I know, even in an area filled with stellar musicians. I feel that this is best achieved due to his exceptional piano skills AND music education. He does not just give you the tools and resources necessary to achieve a higher level of mastery on the instrument, but also careful guidance and regular assessment and feedback. Studying with Brandon Clinton is truly a joy, and cultivates growth in all areas of musicianship: performance, education, and fundamental knowledge of both technique and musicality. I would highly encourage his services for aspiring musicians of all ages, both professional and recreational. Trust me, you will not regret it.

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