Caleb Mitchell

Caleb M.

Chicago, IL

About Caleb M.

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Caleb teaches: Ages 8 and up
Teaching since: January 2011
Last sign in: Yesterday

Overview

Caleb moved from his hometown of Wichita, Kansas, to Chicago in 2008 to attend DePaul University, where he received his Bachelor’s in Trumpet Performance studying under Matt Lee and Tage Larsen. Since then, Caleb has picked up a variety of regular gigs across a wide spectrum of styles, genres, and types of events.

Caleb performs in Chicago with soul-pop band The Right Now, the progressive Pocket Radio, the soulful Bassel and the Supernaturals, the genre-defying Willy Dynomite, the Latin-grooved Contrabanda, and funk outfit Nasty Snacks. He has played in horn sections for Latin, funk, and big-band jazz bands, as well as Afrobeat, indie rock, R&B/soul, and hip-hop/rap groups.

He has also played the national anthem for the president at opening night of the Chicago Bulls season, been featured at Chicago Blackhawks games, principal trumpet in symphony orchestras, pit orchestras and in the DePaul Screamin’ Demons Pep Band at Madison Square Garden. Caleb also regularly lends his solo talents to wedding parties and church services, and is one-fourth of the Chicago for-hire horn section Revolution Horns. Other musical endeavors include a performance on the Steve Harvey Show, playing trumpet for the Broadway musical I Love Lucy in downtown Chicago, and a coveted chance to perform in master classes for his idols Adolph “Bud” Herseth and Chris Martin.

Caleb has been teaching privately in the Chicago area for 5 years now and is eager to teach students with any amount of experience, especially those who are eager to approach music from a variety of perspectives.

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I believe that the best way to teach a brass instrument at any level, is simply to check in and make sure that the student has a great understanding of what a beautiful sound is on their instrument. This is done in a patient and positive environment, filled with the best possible music making to serve as a model to aspire to. With small, attainable goals and encouragement to practive at least a small amount on a daily basis, you cannot help of improve, and hopefully have a good time playing whatever music interests you while doing so. The journey is a bit different for everyone, but anyone can make a beautiful sound, and go from there!

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I like to strike a balance of teaching out of various method books(depending on the student and their level of ability, some are more suitable than others of course and I help guide the way), and learning to play by ear, which can be almost anything the student wants to learn, provided it's not overly complicated for them. Technique has it's place, but is certainly not the whole story. Learning music that is fun, while at the same time learning to get better at your instrument, makes the overall process enjoyable and rewarding. Once you have the right tools, music is something that can be fulfilling for the rest of your life, especially when you learn to do it in a fun and healthy way.

Photos and Videos

Another killer arrangement by Pocket Radio, this time "Somebody That I Used to Know" by Gotye.

Experience

Music Teacher

Jan 2015 - Present
Private Studio

I teach Trumpet and Piano Lessons in the Chicago area!

Trumpet Player

Jun 2014 - Present
The Chicago Players

My uniquely hip and dynamic wedding band.

Trumpet Player

Jun 2012 - Present
All kinds of music!

Funk Band Nasty Snacks, Pop-Soul group The Right Now, Latin band Contrabanda, Afro-beat group The Opposition Party, Soul Group Bassel and the Supernaturals, Hip-Hop influenced J-Livi and the Party.

Education

Bachelors in Music Performance

Aug 2008 - Jun 2012
DePaul University

Bachelors in Music Performance(Trumpet)

Aug 2008 - Jun 2012
DePaul University

Languages Spoken

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Spanish

Limited Proficiency

Awards

Semi-Finalist

Mar 2006
National Trumpet Competion
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24 Reviews on Caleb M.

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Samm Nov 23, 2016
Trumpet · Online
Verified Student
Caleb is the best trumpet instructor I have ever had! He is thorough, explains his methods and why he is teaching what he is teaching, helps his students develop good practices that will be extremely beneficial down the line, and is flexible with how to structure a lesson depending on what you want out of it. On top of all that, he is amiable, interesting, and professional. I feel very good taking trumpet lessons from a professional trumpet player; especially this one.
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Megan L. Nov 21, 2016
Trumpet · Online
Verified Student
My daughter very much enjoyed her first lesson with Caleb, and is very much looking forward to more! He is knowledgeable and easy to work with.
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jon Nov 1, 2016
Trumpet · Online
Verified Student
Good start to lessons. Look forward to learning more.
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Sophia Oct 20, 2016
Trumpet · In home
Verified Student
My 9year old is loving her lessons with Caleb. He is super patient with her many questions. I personally appreciate his willingness to let me watch/participate and his openness to new ways to approach helping her learn. He handled the differences in what she hears from her band teacher extremely well- being respectful of what the band leader said while explaining why we should really do something different.
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Rachel Oct 19, 2016
Trumpet · Online
Verified Student
I can't really say enough good things about Caleb. His resume is an impressive one, but his personality and teaching style are far more impressive because those are things you can't get from a resume. My ten year old just completed her second session with Caleb and has already shown improvement of which she is super excited about, and can't wait to improve more under Caleb's tutelage.
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Jason M. Oct 18, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Super friendly, flexible with time, and knowledgeable. I feel very comfortable learning this instrument with his guidance and instruction.
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Matthew Clarke Oct 12, 2016
Trumpet · Online
Verified Student
Caleb is great, he's both passionate and knowledgeable about playing trumpet and makes lessons enjoyable and informative.
I would highly recommend him to anyone looking to start learning.
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Jeff Sep 25, 2016
Trumpet · Online
Verified Student
Excellent lesson. Very well done
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Pierre Aug 21, 2016
Trumpet · Online
Verified Student
As a first time student, Caleb took the time to explain the basics of playing the instrument, and focused both on strengths and weaknesses. Already booked our next session! I strongly recommend Caleb
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Deana O. Jul 31, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Caleb M. Is a very talented music teacher. He makes the lesson professional and really understanding. Caleb makes the student come back to learn more and be interested in the lesson. Taking lessons with Caleb will show you results fast.
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