Caleb Mitchell

Caleb M.

Chicago, IL

About Caleb M.

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Caleb teaches: Ages 8 and up
Teaching since: January 2011
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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.

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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17 Reviews on Caleb M.

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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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Sean P. Jul 6, 2016
Trumpet · In studio
Verified Student
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
Verified Student
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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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.
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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!
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Marcus D. Jan 16, 2016
Trumpet · In home
Verified Student
My 9 year old son enjoys his trumpet lesson very much with Caleb.
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Matthew Alexander Ardagh Jan 10, 2016
Trumpet · In studio
Verified Student
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).
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