Christopher Sporer

Christopher S.

Abington, MA
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Chris’s trumpet pedagogical practices are derived from multiple sources. For his beginner students, he utilizes “Essential Elements for Band” from Hal Leonard to create a solid foundation of sound pedagogy and engaging music to start their musical adventure. “Essential Elements” features both familiar songs and specific exercises to focus the student on the unique characteristics and unique sounds of their instrument. After the student reaches an intermediate level, Chris implements method books by Arban, Clarke, and Irons into the practice routine to further improve technical facility and be able to perform more challenging and advanced pieces. For those students interested in learning how to play jazz, Sporer supplies them with ear-training techniques, sheet music of jazz standards, and listening material for reference. He also demonstrates characteristics of this type of music including musical patterns that can be applied over common harmonic sequences and landmark solos for further music theory analysis and understanding.

Chris strongly believes that learning music is not only for future professional musicians; everybody can benefit from understanding the basics and hold a new appreciation for music.

About Christopher S.

Chris Sporer is a trumpet and piano instructor based in Boston, Massachusetts. who has experience with all levels and abilities. He believes in tailoring his approach with each student based on their own musical goals – whether they are hoping to master the basics or pursue music professionally – and strives to always provide personalized, enthusiastic, and productive lessons.

Chris began his musical journey playing trumpet at age 11. Beginning with the study of classical music, his love of music grew quickly, and he excelled in the Florida All-County bands. Under the tutelage of Jeremy Cadle, Chris continued to sharpen his technical skills and develop his musicianship, and ultimately earned a chair in the Florida All-State Symphonic Band his senior year. This foundation of classical music was later complemented by a passion for jazz, which led him to continue his musical studies in college.

As a trumpet student in the jazz department at Florida State University, Chris studied under renowned trumpeter Scotty Barnhart. During his undergraduate years with Mr. Barnhart developed an extensive repertoire, high level of improvisational skills, and strong understanding of the jazz lineage and tradition. Outside of the jazz scene, Chris was a featured soloist with the FSU Marching Chiefs. By playing the lead and solo trumpet chairs in the university big bands and combos, Chris further garnered his performance abilities and started playing various local gigs. In addition to playing in jazz groups and Latin ensembles throughout local venues, he was a pit orchestra musician for several productions, such as “Guys & Dolls,” “White Christmas,” “A Chorus Line,” and more. When he wasn't in class or performing, he offered private trumpet lessons to middle and high school students in the area. Chris earned his Bachelor’s in Music with a concentration in Jazz Performance in 2015.

Upon graduation, Chris spent time in New York City in pursuit of more musical opportunities. While there, he collaborated with other NY musicians in the form of jams and recording sessions. He also performed with bands in various venues including the Count Basie Orchestra at Birdland. Chris moved to the Washington, D.C. area in 2019, has since performed with funk/rock bands, church groups, and jazz big bands, and is now located in the Boston area. He plans to continue performing regularly, while sharing his knowledge and experience by giving lessons to aspiring music students.

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Education

BA Jazz Performance
Jun 2011 - Dec 2015

Florida State University

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

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