Daniel Nakazono

Daniel N.

Long Beach, CA

Lesson Details


Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Music making with the trombone is my greatest passion, and my primary goal is to foster this same passion for music within my students. I want to give my students the tools they need to progress as a musician on their own in their musical ability and expression in an atmosphere that not only makes producing music fun and engaging, but meaningful.

I have been playing trombone for nearly nine years and learned many things, both about music and life, on my journey in music. I want to share my experiences and these things that I have learned with whoever wants to take a lesson with me. I teach beginning students of any age who are just learning what an awesome instrument the trombone is, to advanced students that are passionate about the trombone and wanting to refine their skills and talent as a musician.

Listening is a big part of my pedagogy, and I push the importance of listening to great music, whatever it may be, as well as great trombonists, just as much as practicing. I believe this is essential to understanding musicality and expression as well as developing your sound concept.

In my lessons we will cover:
-Tone production
-Slide Technique
-Airflow and breathing
-Standard Solo and Etude Repertoire as well as duets
-How to play in large ensembles and chamber groups
-Scales and cleff studies
-Music theory
-Listening to the pros and what to listen for
-Entrepreneurial ability to make music a career
-Musicianship and ear training
-Equipment Maintenance
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Daniel delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 8+ and special needs

Teaching since:

I have been playing trombone for nearly nine years and am a trombone performance major at the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music, at CSU Long Beach; I am currently a student of Michael Hoffman, the Principal trombonist of the Pacific Symphony, and have also studied with Steve Trapani for two years while in college.

I have been a member of the Orange County Youth Symphony and the El Paso Symphony Youth Orchestra in El Paso, Texas and am currently a member in many other large ensembles including: The Bob Cole Wind Symphony, The Bob Cole Conservatory Symphony, and the Orange County Youth Symphony. I have also earned sub positions at the American Youth Orchestra, and YMF's Debut Chamber Orchestra.

I have studied with many professional musicians, including: Steve Trapani, Michael Hoffman, Bill Booth, Robert Frear, Bob Cowan, and Joel Chavaria.
I have also had lessons with Jeremy Wilson (Former trombone in Vienna Philharmonic), Jim Markey (Bass trombone of Boston Symphony Orchestra), Tim Higgins (Principal Trombone of San Francisco Symphony), Megumi Kanda, (Principal Trombone of Milwaukee Symphony) Kyle Covington (Principal Trombone of San Diego Symphony), Andre Glendening .

I have also attended masterclasses with Timothy Higgins, Ian Bousfield, Sergio Carolino, Jeremy Wilson, Megumi Kanda, Douglas Yeo, James Miller, Alex Iles, David Rejano Cantero, John Lofton, Randall Hawes, Michael Roylance, Robert Frear, David Cooper, Sean Reusch, Kyle Covington, Julie Landsman, Jen Baker, David Vining, Seth Vatt, Andrew Glendening, Scott Sutherland, and Gene Pokorny.

Another educational experience that I attribute to my growth as a musician took place during the summers that I attended high school, I marched Baritone and Euphonium for four seasons with, The Mandarins Drum and Bugle Corps, from Sacramento, California. The Mandarins are a World Class marching ensemble that competes in the Drum Corps International organization.

My pedagogy and philosophy is a mix of all the wisdom that I have acquired from all of these amazing musicians, and I want to share as much of it as I can with my students.

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Trombone Coach
Aug 2018 - Present
Santa Margarita Intermediate School

Aug 2017 - Present
Bob Cole Conservatory of Music Symphony

Aug 2017 - Present
Conservatory Brass Quintet

Principal Trombone
Aug 2016 - Present
Bob Cole Conservatory of Music Wind Symphony

Low Brass Coach
Jul 2017 - Jul 2018
San Pedro Pirate Regiment Marching Band

Assistant Principal, Trombone
Aug 2017 - May 2018
Orange County Youth Symphony

Marcher and Player Member
May 2013 - Jul 2016
The Sacramento Mandarins Drum and Bugle Corps

Tenor Trombone
Aug 2012 - May 2014
El Paso Symphony Youth Orchestra


Bachelor of Music- Trombone Performance
Jul 2016 - Present
California State University, Long Beach


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Cole Scholarship
Jul 2016
Bob Cole Conservatory of Music
John Philip Sousa Band Award
Jun 2016
Bruce Beach, Band Director of Franklin High School Bands; El Paso, TX

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Rachel T. Jan 17, 2018
Trombone · In studio

Daniel is a very enthusiastic teacher! His love for knowledge and sharing what he loves with others makes him a great choice for any student who wants to feel driven to succeed in music. Daniel is a fantastic musician and person!

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