Caleb Mitchell

Caleb M.

Chicago, IL
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Caleb delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
and Ages 8+

Teaching since:
January 2011

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 6 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.

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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 brass band 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

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency
Spanish
Limited Proficiency

Awards

Semi-Finalist
Mar 2006
National Trumpet Competion

Affiliations

The Chicago Federation of Musicians
Oct 2016

The Chicago Federation of Musicians is an organization of almost three thousand professional musicians. For more than 100 years, the CFM has been working to achieve dignity and just wages for our art. Our members perform in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Lyric Opera Orchestra, The Redwalls, the orchestras for Chicago’s Broadway shows. We represent musicians performing all styles of music: alternative rock, soul, classical, jazz, rock, country, pop, reggae, Christian rock, and others. Our members are active in recording commercials, television and radio programs and CD's, and perform for private and corporate parties locally and throughout North America.

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Photos & Videos

National Anthem for Chicago Bulls, first game of the season 2016!

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In-studio footage of my funk band Nasty Snacks covering 'Jupiter' by Earth Wind and Fire.
Our cover of John Legend's popular "All Of Me" with the band Model Town
Music video for "Too Late" with my band The Right Now
Another killer arrangement by Pocket Radio, this time "Somebody That I Used to Know" by Gotye.
Official music video for "Lost" with Bassel and the Supernaturals
An original by Pocket Radio, called "Something in the Moon." Fun horn Soli in this one!
That one time I was on the Steve Harvey show...
What a blast recording this amazing arrangement of Pharrell's Happy with the band Pocket Radio!
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48 Reviews

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Xander Oct 2, 2017
Piano · Online

Went great, only one lesson in and we had a great learning experience

Mary B. Sep 4, 2017
Trumpet · Online

You couldn't ask for a better instructor than Caleb. He really knows the trumpet and how to play it, and manages to convey that in his teaching. My son responded really well to his calm, patient manner and felt very comfortable with him right away, which says a lot seeing as my son is fairly introverted and quiet and usually needs more time with people to get comfortable.

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Jessica Jun 17, 2017
Trumpet ·

Caleb is patient, creative, and understanding. My 13 year old son takes lessons from him and says that he is empathetic and easygoing, but still provides structure and clear instructions. Highly recommended!

Blake B. Jun 14, 2017
Trumpet · Online

Caleb was very friendly, obviously knowledgeable and right on time! Looking forward to many more lessons with him

Joy Jun 10, 2017
Trumpet · Online

Caleb has been my son’s trumpet instructor for almost a year now. He has a keen ability to get across everything needed for a highly effective online lesson. I cannot tell you what a HUGE convenience it's been for us to have these expert lessons in the comfort and convenience of our home. I would have to drive 45 minutes over a mountain pass to get to the nearest qualified instructor. In the middle of snowstorms, and even with my son in p.j.'s, we can have our lesson right here at home. In an ordinary lesson environment a parent usually is expected to leave the room. With Caleb, I can be nearby while my son receives his lesson. This is helpful for me to reinforce points that Caleb made during his lesson with my son when he is practicing during the week. Currently he's working with my son on his honor jazz band audition, as well as a classical oratorio piece that he'll be playing on tour in Europe with our local community orchestra. Caleb is qualified to teach any style of music. He’s super friendly but never loses his honesty with the student. We often have special requests for each lesson and Caleb is able to tailor each lesson to work on the new pieces and still fit in valuable instruction with scales and solid technique. Not only is Caleb a great teacher, but he is on many professional recordings, and is a regularly-working professional musician in Chicago. My son is very lucky to have him as an instructor. We're very impressed with Caleb and know you will be too!

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Ramone Patterson May 5, 2017
Piano ·

Caleb is an excellent instructor and very attentive to to your needs and questions great instructor to work highly recommended!

Jen T. Mar 19, 2017
Piano · In home

really great re-introduction to understanding the keyboard - not just memorizing the keys

Jack Strotz Mar 12, 2017
Trumpet ·

Caleb has been my son’s trumpet instructor for almost 6 months now. He has a keen ability to get across everything needed for a highly effective online lesson. I cannot tell you what a HUGE convenience it's been for us to have these expert lessons in the comfort and convenience of our home. I would have to drive 45 minutes over a mountain pass to get to the nearest qualified instructor. In the middle of snowstorms, and even with my son in p.j.'s, we can have our lesson right here at home. In an ordinary lesson environment a parent usually is expected to leave the room. With Caleb, I can be nearby while my son receives his lesson. This is helpful for me to reinforce points that Caleb made during his lesson with my son when he is practicing during the week. Currently he's working with my son on his honor jazz band audition, as well as a classical oratorio piece that he'll be playing on tour in Europe with our local community orchestra. Caleb is qualified to teach any style of music. He’s super friendly but never loses his honesty with the student. We often have special requests for each lesson and Caleb is able to tailor each lesson to work on the new pieces and still fit in valuable instruction with scales and solid technique. Not only is Caleb a great teacher, but he is on many professional recordings, and is a regularly-working professional musician in Chicago. My son is very lucky to have him as an instructor. We're very impressed with Caleb and know you will be too!

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Sara Mar 2, 2017
Piano · In studio

I have been taking lessons with Caleb for a few months now, starting as an adult beginner. Caleb works to help me see the big picture in order to facilitate a more comprehensive understanding rather than just teaching me to memorize. I have found his teaching style very effective, and am looking forward to growing with his continued instruction and guidance. I should also note that he's a real nice guy.

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Mandy Han Feb 10, 2017
Piano ·

Caleb is a great teacher. He has a hands-on teaching style integrated with music theory. He's also friendly and easy going, so he's suitable for any age. A big plus is, unlike your traditional lessons of learning x pieces and x scales, he works with you on what you're most interested in learning while blending in what you need to know. I highly recommend him!

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Perrine Knight Feb 4, 2017
Trumpet ·

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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Joseph Tarach Jan 23, 2017
Piano ·

I'm re-learning the basics almost 20 years later, and Caleb is making the material relateable and I'm excited to learn more. Only two lessons in so far, but I'm very optimistic about how things are going.

Sean Prislinger Jan 21, 2017
Trumpet ·

Caleb tunes right into your experience level and has a ton to offer right from the beginning while being really easy to work with. We talked about goals and trumpet history and started structuring a new warmup routine. With Caleb's diverse performing experience, he can teach you about hip hop, funk, jazz, orchestral, and small ensemble brass work (plus probably some other stuff I don't know about yet).

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Kathy Jan 18, 2017
Trumpet · In home

Caleb has been teaching my son trumpet for the past 4 years. He is a very talented teacher who is musically gifted, as well as patient and kind.

Loving music and playing trumpet has enriched my son's life, both socially and emotionally. He is currently first chair in his middle school band and plans to pursue band in high school. His pleasure in playing with his peers and his pride in his accomplishments are wonderful to see. Last year, he played "New York, New York" as part of a three piece band at a school event and in March 2017, he will play the entire score of the Lion King with the pit orchestra for the 8th grade play.

But the best part as a parent is seeing that he often walks around the house humming a random tune under his breath, even when he isn't aware of it. It makes me smile to see him be so happy!

Thank you, Caleb!

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katherine uphoff Jan 18, 2017
Trumpet ·

Caleb has been teaching my son trumpet for the past 4 years. He is a very talented teacher who is musically gifted, as well as patient and kind.

Loving music and playing trumpet has enriched my son's life, both socially and emotionally. He is currently first chair in his middle school band and plans to pursue band in high school. His pleasure in playing with his peers and his pride in his accomplishments are wonderful to see. Last year, he played "New York, New York" as part of a three piece band at a school event and in March 2017, he will play the entire score of the Lion King with the pit orchestra for the 8th grade play.

But the best part as a parent is seeing that he often walks around the house humming a random tune under his breath, even when he isn't aware of it. It makes me smile to see him be so happy!

Thank you, Caleb!

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Ambrosia O'Connor Jan 16, 2017
Trumpet ·

Caleb is an amazing trumpet specialist and a wonderful wonderful trumpet teacher. My son is 13. He started taking private lessons from Caleb in Dec 2013 as a beginner. Caleb has been great throughout the 3 years. He is patient, fun, and firm. And he knows how to challenge a student and keep him interested. We are so glad we found him. An amazing teacher!

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Leslie Flagel Jan 12, 2017
Trumpet ·

Five Stars!!! Caleb is wonderful... friendly, professional, patient, and very talented. He's been a pleasure to work with, and my 12 year old son always looks forward to his weekly trumpet lessons.

Matt Clarke Jan 12, 2017
Trumpet ·

Caleb is both knowledgeable and passionate about music and he passes this on through excellent engaging lessons. After each lesson I feel I have progressed and his friendly approach helps to build confidence. I always look forward to my lessons with Caleb and would strongly recommend him.

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Arlyne Chin Jan 12, 2017
Trumpet ·

Caleb was recommended to me by friends when my son inquired about trumpet lessons to augment the lessons he was receiving at his school. My son is 11 years old. Caleb has been instrumental in making my son have a ton more confidence in his trumpet playing skills and has taught my son to become a better player. My son's school band was not a good fit for him so he left, but he insisted on continuing with lessons with Caleb. Now my son is able to take his trumpet experience with his "rock band" shows.

Caleb is patient, well versed in music, and is incredibly talented. We take weekly lessons with Caleb and have been very happy with his teaching style and my son's ability to become a better trumpet player.

I HIGHLY recommend Caleb for trumpet lessons for any age!

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Todd Sims Jan 12, 2017
Trumpet ·

Very responsive to emails and punctual. Works well with my son who is always excited for his weekly trumpet lessons. Caleb is friendly, warm, and cares about Music and teaching.

Alexander Ardagh Jan 12, 2017
Trumpet ·

Excellent instructor and great person! Very welcoming, friendly, yet challenging. He knows his stuff and has clear command over the Trumpet literature (i.e. Arban's, Clarke's method).

Kyle Jan 6, 2017
Piano · In studio

I had a great experience taking piano lessons with Caleb and would highly recommend him to any friend who was looking to take trumpet or piano lessons. He made sure to teach the theory behind the music, as well as the technique of playing it, and encouraged me to feel free to choose the direction, pace, and focus of the lessons.

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Samm Nov 23, 2016
Trumpet · Online

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

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.

jon Nov 1, 2016
Trumpet · Online

Good start to lessons. Look forward to learning more.

Sophia Oct 20, 2016
Trumpet · In home

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

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

Super friendly, flexible with time, and knowledgeable. I feel very comfortable learning this instrument with his guidance and instruction.

Matthew Clarke Oct 12, 2016
Trumpet · Online

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.

Jeff Sep 25, 2016
Trumpet · Online

Excellent lesson. Very well done

Pierre Aug 21, 2016
Trumpet · Online

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

Deana O. Jul 31, 2016
Piano · In studio

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.

Sean P. Jul 6, 2016
Trumpet · In studio

Caleb tunes right into your experience level and has a ton to offer right from the beginning while being really easy to work with. We talked about goals and trumpet history and started structuring a new warmup routine. With Caleb's diverse performing experience, he can teach you about hip hop, funk, jazz, orchestral, and small ensemble brass work (plus probably some other stuff I don't know about yet).

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Sean P. Jul 6, 2016
Trumpet · In studio

Caleb tunes right into your experience level and has a ton to offer right from the beginning while being really easy to work with. We talked about goals and trumpet history and started structuring a new warmup routine. With Caleb's diverse performing experience, he can teach you about hip hop, funk, jazz, orchestral, and small ensemble brass work (plus probably some other stuff I don't know about yet).

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Barbara May 21, 2016
Trumpet · In home

My 9 year-old son has been enjoying his trumpet lessons with Caleb a lot. Caleb is nice and patient, which is very encouraging for children. He is also easy to communicate with, very flexible and always on time. I highly recommend him for younger clients.

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Jewel Ju Mar 29, 2016
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My 17 year old daughter has had lessons with Caleb for over a month now and she really enjoys working with him:) She signed up for "customized" lessons. As messy and random as that sounds, Caleb brings progression and structure which allows her to learn and expand as a student and an artist. They begin their lessons with scales and exercises for finger coordination and dexterity, and then move on to reading and practicing with the metronome. Gradually, they segue to my daughter's favorite part, which is when she has him listen to a song that she likes (her genre of vocaloid or anime music which is not easily found--if at all--in printed music), and they both tinker on the piano by ear until they are satisfied with a dual-handed rendition--by portion or in entirety. Caleb then transcribes whatever they worked on and he additionally gives her homework for the next week. Caleb is patient and meticulous, soft-spoken, but direct. His approach to music and tailoring lessons to his students, is something that one cannot teach but must come from the soul. He is warm and friendly, and his passion for music translates to his method of teaching. I honestly cannot imagine anyone not benefiting from and enjoying his instruction. My daughter and I could not be more pleased:)

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Todd Mar 18, 2016
Trumpet · In studio

Very responsive to emails and punctual. Works well with my son who is always excited for his weekly trumpet lessons. Caleb is friendly, warm, and cares about Music and teaching.

Leslie Feb 16, 2016
Trumpet · In home

Caleb is the first music instructor we've ever worked with... but it's been a very positive experience thus far. He is professional, patient and talented. We look forward to every lesson with him!

Marcus D. Jan 16, 2016
Trumpet · In home

My 9 year old son enjoys his trumpet lesson very much with Caleb.

Matthew Alexander Ardagh Jan 10, 2016
Trumpet · In studio

Excellent instructor and great person! Very welcoming, friendly, yet challenging. He knows his stuff and has clear command over the Trumpet literature (i.e. Arban's, Clarke's method).

colin johnson Jan 7, 2016
Piano ·

Caleb is great! Very easy to communicate with and an excellent approach to instruction.

Lowell Dec 16, 2015
Trumpet · In home

He is very patient but knowledgeable.

Kathy Dec 14, 2015
Trumpet · In home

Caleb has been teaching my 13 year old son trumpet for 3 years. He is an amazingly kind and talented teacher who connects well with kids.

My son loves his lessons and has made excellent progress. In fact, when he recently played the Sinatra song, "New York, New York", with two other children for the school play the enormous smile he had on his face was priceless!

Caleb is a real find! I highly recommend him!

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Tim Dec 13, 2015
Trumpet · In home

Caleb is terrific. He is a gifted musician and teacher. My two kids (10 and 11) look forward to lessons and are making great progress. He is reliable and effective. We are delighted to be working with him.

Arlyne Dec 10, 2015
Trumpet · In studio

Caleb was recommended to me by friends when my son inquired about trumpet lessons to augment the lessons he receives from school. My son is 10 years old. Caleb has been instrumental in making my son have a ton more confidence in his trumpet playing skills and has taught my son to become a better player. Now, when my son comes home from school-band practice he says that the "other" trumpet players aren't keeping up. :-)

Caleb is patient, well versed in music, and is incredibly talented. We take lessons in his home and have been very happy with his teaching style and my son's ability to become a better trumpet player.

I highly recommend Caleb for trumpet lessons for any age!

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Stephanie Jul 12, 2015
Trumpet · In studio

Caleb taught our 11 year old son for over a year. He connected well with him and was fun and encouraging yet firm and effective as a teacher. We would recommend Caleb to teach your aspiring trumpet player--you will be pleased with the results!

Amb O'Connor Jul 9, 2015
Trumpet · In home

Caleb is an amazing trumpet specialist and a wonderful wonderful trumpet teacher. My son who is now 12 started taking private lessons with Caleb in Dec 2014 as a complete beginner. He has progressed so much in a little over a year that he is the best trumpetor in his middle school. And he may be performing in a jazz band with high schoolers this fall. This is greatly because of Caleb. He is incredible with children and teens. He is patient, fun, and firm. We are so glad we found him.

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Aaron Jun 30, 2015
Trumpet · In home

Great instructor that connected with my 8 year old son from the moment he walked into our home.

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