Christopher Espy

Christopher E.

Williamsburg, VA

About Christopher E.

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Christopher teaches: Ages 9 to 65
Special needs
Teaching since: 2005
Last sign in: Last week

Overview

I received my Doctorate of Musical Arts from Rutgers University in January of 2017, and have over ten years of professional teaching and performing experience. Whether you are just starting out on a horn or have a few years under your belt, I can help you realize your musical potential and show you how rewarding playing a musical instrument can be!

*** Lesson Details ***
The focus of each lesson depends heavily on the level of each student... beginning students can expect a larger portion of the instruction to focus on fundamentals and music reading so as to lay a foundation for further success. For these students I will generally work out of an existing band method as these are more than adequate, and perhaps add a few supplemental materials which in include simple exercises specific to the instrument, scale patterns, and rhythm/music reading examples.

More advanced students can expect to review proper technique and work on appropriate etudes and solo repertoire. I spend a lot of time working on practice technique. Confidence building if necessary. If the student plays in a jazz band we can work on bebop/swing/improvisation as well.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have a stand, tuner, metronome, and video and audio recording devices should we decide to use them.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide teaching materials and can bring a music stand. Student needs working instrument, and should own a tuner, metronome, and music stand. For a tuner/metronome I recommend a Korg TM-50. Nearly anything will do for a stand but I'd avoid a flimsy fold-up stand. I recommend an On-Stage SM7211. Can't go wrong with a Manhasset black stand either.

*** Specialties ***
Classical solo repertoire and audition preparation. Blues and bebop improvisation. Musicality and lyricism. Technique.

Experience

Band Instructor
Sep 2015 - Present
Manitou Elementary School

Private Teacher
Aug 2004 - Present
Self-Employed

Trombone Instructor
Aug 2013 - Apr 2014
Tian Guo Marching Band

Instrumental Music Teacher-- Brass
May 2011 - Aug 2012
Hunterdon Academy of the Arts

Education

DMA Music Performance
Sep 2010 - Jan 2017
Rutgers University
MM Music Performance
Sep 2008 - May 2010
Purchase College
BM Music Performance, BA Jazz Studies
Sep 2003 - May 2008
University of Connecticut

Certifications

Substitute Teaching Certificate
Sep 2013
New Jersey Department of Education

4 Reviews on Christopher E.

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Keira F. Oct 30, 2015
Verified Student · French Horn · In home
Chris is kind and patient. He is not a French horn player, but is able to teach the basic components. He discusses the form of playing a lot. My daughter has enjoyed learning from him.
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Catherine M. Mar 25, 2014
· Trombone ·
Fantastic Experience!

As a colleague of Chris' I can heartily recommend his teaching to any trombonists wishing to hone their skills as musicians. Chris focuses on the individual needs of each student, working to tailor his lessons to meet their specific needs and face their unique challenges. His attention to detail and patience helps each student build a strong foundation in musicality and fantastic brass playing. I recommend him highly as both a superb educator and performer!
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Steve O. Mar 2, 2014
Verified Student · Trumpet ·
Trumpet Lessons for my son

My son is 12 years old, has been playing Trumpet and Flugelhorn for about 5 years, and he needed a private instruction to take his music to the next level. He has made great progress under Chris' guidance, and his easy going manner has made our son feel very comfortable with the lesson environment. He is very talented, and would highly recommend Chris for anyone looking to further their capabilities.
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Anita S. Feb 15, 2014
Verified Student · Trumpet ·
Great.

Our son is taking lessons with Chris. He really enjoys and loves the music. He wasn't very interested in music at first but now he practices all the time!
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