Christopher Espy

Christopher E.

Newport News, VA
Teaching Locations:
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Teaching Locations:
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
I don't typically teach trumpet beyond an 8th grade level, but can help a more experienced student get caught up in high school band.

About Christopher E.

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.


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6 Reviews
Paul D.
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Chris is a fantastic instructor! Not only did he work with our son to teach him the basics (as someone new to an instrument having never played before), he also motivated him and took a genuine interest in his progress. He does a fantastic job and is a skilled instructor!... and did it all on-line due to COVID and overcame that obstacle too!

Posted Jan 25, 2021
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Chris has been great with my middle school band student teaching/coaching the fundamentals and making trumpet fun again. My kiddo looked forward to his weekly lessons and enjoys band again! His confidence level while playing has soared. Definitely recommend.

Posted Apr 22, 2020
Keira F.
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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.

Posted Oct 30, 2015
Catherine M.

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!

Posted Mar 25, 2014
Steve O.

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.

Posted Mar 2, 2014
Anita S.


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!

Posted Feb 15, 2014

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Adjunct Professor of Music
Aug 2020 - Present

Christopher Newport University

Adjunct Professor of Music
Aug 2017 - Present

Chowan University

Private Teacher
May 2008 - Present


Freelance Orchestral Musician
May 2008 - Present


I am an active substitute musician with the Richmond Symphony and Virginia Symphony, among other ensembles.


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

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