Chris Wise

Chris W.

Oklahoma City, OK

About Chris W.

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Chris teaches: Ages 10 and up
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Teaching since: May 2005
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I have been instructing students of all ages since graduating from college. Having performed professionally in jazz combos, big bands, rock and funk bands, and as a soloist, I am well-versed in all styles of music. I was also a graduate assistant in the area of solfege and ear training as well as jazz trumpet while working on a Master's in Jazz Studies at Cleveland State University and Florida State University. I am currently the brass instructor and Head of Music at the Long Lake Camp for the Arts. I have also been a lead trumpet player for Royal Caribbean Cruise Line.

I understand that not all students are planning to become professional musicians. It is my belief that it is my job as a music educator to provide the student with the opportunity to progress to the level they want and the tools needed to do so. I provide the vital information needed to make significant improvements and then it is up to the student to master this information. Lessons not only teach music but also valuable lessons like time management and work ethic which will help in other areas of their lives.

*** Lesson Details ***
My experience in drum and bugle corps has given me an appreciation for the fundamentals of brass playing: breathing, mouthpiece buzzing, long tones, flexibility, and articulation. I incorporate different exercises from popular method books like Arban and Clarke as well as my own method book, 101 Lip Slurs, that address these fundamentals. I also teach standard repertoire that every student should learn and other pieces just for fun. Each lesson is customized based on the student's needs and goals. Over the years I have created my own method which includes studies from Arban, Schlossberg, Clarke, Cichowicz, and other popular brass methods. I teach each student differently, but relay the same concepts. I cover what I believe are the most valuable areas in brass playing and address each need of the student. I give truly custom tailored lessons.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Along with the trumpet, I use a stereo system to play high quality recordings for students. I also use the piano as a teaching tool and to accompany students.

*** Travel Equipment ***
When traveling to students homes to teach, I will bring my instrument along with other materials to teach with.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in jazz and classical trumpet and trombone performance.

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Head of Music

Jun 2016 - Present
Long Lake Camp for the Arts

Brass Instructor

Jun 2012 - Present
Long Lake Camp for the Arts

Marching Band Instructor and Clinician

May 2005 - Present
Local Marching Bands in PA

Lead Trumpet

Aug 2014 - Apr 2016
Royal Caribbean Cruise Line

Assistant Head of Music

Aug 2014 - Aug 2015
Long Lake Camp for the Arts

Jazz Trumpet Teaching Assistant

Aug 2013 - May 2014
Florida State University

After School Music Teacher

Jan 2013 - May 2014
Mason's School of Music

Sight Singing and Ear Training Teaching Assistant

Aug 2011 - May 2012
Cleveland State University

Horn line and Visual Instructor

Nov 2010 - Aug 2011
Empire Statesmen Drum and Bugle Corps


Graduate work in Jazz Studies

Aug 2013 - May 2014
Florida State University

Graduate work in Jazz Studies

Aug 2011 - May 2012
Cleveland State University

B.M. in Music Education

Aug 2005 - May 2009
Mercyhurst University

Languages Spoken


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Music Teaching Certificate (K-12)

Dec 2009
Pennsylvania Board of Education


2008 DCI World Champion

Aug 2008
Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps

2004 DCA World Champion

Aug 2004
Empire Statesmen Drum and Bugle Corps


National Association for Music Education

Sep 2007

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