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Chris O.
San Diego, California
Study with a U.S. Navy Musician -- Crush your GOALS and DISCOVER a passion for playing Trumpet!
I make a point to meet each student where they are -- rather than running each person through a predetermined course of study, I custom-tailor a program to fit YOUR specific needs and goals. First and foremost, music should be FUN. I remind myself and my students this mantra daily. We will spend our lessons creating fun and engaging ways to SUSTAINABLY encourage improvement through our practice sessions. I look forward to meeting you and I pledge to help you achieve all that you set out to accomplish!
About Chris O.

I've been teaching students from complete beginners to college level for a decade. I hold a Bachelor's in Music from the University of Michigan ('16), a Master's in Music from Penn State University ('18), and a Graduate Certificate from the University of Southern California ('20). Through my years performing, I've played orchestral music, brass quintet, jazz combo and big band, church worship band, rock and ska bands, and even marching band! I'd love to set up a time to meet with you and help you achieve your goals with music! MY EXPERIENCE I received my first major experience teaching at the collegiate level while I was a teaching assistant at Penn State University. From 2016-2018 I taught 15 college students ranging from undeclared freshmen to a 3rd year Physics PhD student. Moving to Southern California, I began teaching at LAMUSART, an arts school serving the community of East Los Angeles, providing quality and affordable lessons and opportunities to students in the area. I encourage students to seek out and create their own performance opportunities. Regardless of experience or disposition to perform in front of crowds, I believe everyone can find joy playing their instrument. MY METHOD I emphasize meeting the student where they are. Teaching is not a one-size-fits-all kind of deal and your lessons will be custom tailored to fit your goals and learning style. I start by taking into account the student’s interests and often arrange and write the music that interests them. For more skilled instrumentalists, I will work with you to establish a practice routine to emphasize my “fundamentals-forward” approach in order to help you succeed in all your endeavors. At the core, making music should be a fun experience and an outlet of self-expression. LESSON STYLE I am goal oriented in my own career, so I instill the same mindset in my students. At the beginning of each month, we will have a check-in to establish both short-term and long-term goals. The previous month’s goals will be analyzed and our approach going forward will adjust accordingly to continue our trajectory. Musicians need a reason to practice. That is why I encourage my students to seek out performance opportunities in their homes and out in public. Even sharing one short song with your parents or friends can be a fun and fulfilling experience - so no performance opportunity is too small!

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Teaching since 2012


Graduate Certificate - Trumpet Performance

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Chameleons Zoo Band
Jun 2022 - Present
San Diego Zoo
- Entertain San Diego zoo guests with engaging music and choreography
Trumpet Instrumentalist
Apr 2021 - Present
US Navy
- provide musical support for Navy mission readiness - render taps for active duty and retiree funerals - tell the U.S. Navy's story through music - serve as a sailor in the United States Navy
Trumpet Instructor
Mar 2020 - Present
Private company
This site is an online platform for music teachers. I currently maintain a virtual studio there in addition to here!
Teaching Artist
Dec 2018 - Apr 2021
LAMusArt is an arts school serving the community of East Los Angeles by providing low cost and tuition-free opportunities for students in the area. I maintain a studio of 6 students there ranging in age from 8-18. I also coach the orchestral wind and brass section every Saturday.
Trumpet Instructor
Feb 2020 - May 2020
Key to Joy
I work as a contracted teacher for Key to Joy, a Los Angeles-based company that brings music programing to schools.
Brass Music Presenter
Nov 2019 - May 2020
Thornton Community Engagement Project
I present children shows with my brass quintet, Two Button Brass in conjunction with TCEP. We cover the history of brass music with live music segments and interactive activities. We cover the physical mechanics of brass instruments with a visual hose demonstration. And we also cover the role of music in cultivating culture and community.
Adjunct Lecturer of Trumpet
Jan 2019 - May 2020
Pierce College
Trumpet Contractor
Oct 2018 - Jan 2020
Disneyland Resort
I work on a seasonal basis for the Disneyland Resort as a trumpet musician.
Brass Instructor
Jan 2013 - May 2016
Ypsilanti Youth Orchestra
For 3 years, I volunteered at the Ypsilanti Youth Orchestra where I taught individual lessons, sat in with the orchestra, and facilitated brass sectionals.
Graduate Certificate - Trumpet Performance
Aug 2018 - May 2020
University of Southern California
Master of Music - Trumpet Performance
Aug 2016 - May 2018
Penn State University
Bachelor of Music - Trumpet Performance
Sep 2012 - May 2016
University of Michigan
Native Proficiency
Solo Finalist
Sep 2020
Next Generation Trumpet Competition
Solo Finalist
Jul 2018
Ictus International Solo Competition
Orchestral Musician Fellowship
Jun 2016
Hot Springs Music Festival
Solo Semi-Finalist
Mar 2016
National Trumpet Competition
Orchestral Musician Fellowship
Jun 2015
Hot Springs Music Festival
Artistic Leadership Scholarship
Aug 2012
University of Michigan
DCI World Champion
Aug 2009
Drum Corps International
Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity of America
Apr 2014
Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity of America (also known as Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Phi Mu Alpha, or simply Sinfonia) is an American collegiate social[1] fraternity for men with a special interest in music. The fraternity is open to men "who, through a love for music, can assist in the fulfillment of [its] Object and ideals either by adopting music as a profession, or by working to advance the cause of music in America."

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