Eddie Lewis

Eddie L.

Houston, TX

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Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I teach the trumpet from the perspective of a professional performer. I have been academically trained, but my teaching breaks from traditional academic norms. I have experience performing in almost every style of music that involves the trumpet. I use that experience to help you learn to play the music you want to play, the way you want to play it. We approach the lessons this way whether you are interested in jazz, classical, pop, R&B, salsa, or tejano. You name it, I can get you there.
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Eddie teaches



Eddie delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+

Teaching since:

Eddie has a unique teaching style that helps you learn how to teach yourself. He teaches a learning philosophy he calls The Art of Accumulative Practicing. When done correctly, Eddie's methods will make every minute of your practice time count towards your progress. If you practice ten minutes, then you will be ten minutes better when you put your instrument in its case.

Trumpet students should know that Eddie has written a number of method books, some of which have been used by trumpet players around the world to help them with their tone, range and endurance. If you are having trouble with your chops, Eddie's reputation as a "Chop Doctor" may be precisely what you're looking for.

Eddie is also an established jazz improvisation teacher. Some of his past students are considered the best jazz musicians of our day.

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Music Director and Trumpeter
Jan 2013 - Present
Jazz Forever LLC

Jazz Forever is a ten piece jazz ensemble specializing in music from the 20's to the 50's. My job in the band is to write the music, lead the ban in performances and play one of the trumpet parts. There are two trumpets in the band.

Advance Jazz Improvisation Instructor
Sep 1990 - May 1997
High School for the Performing and Visual Arts

Some of the students who went through my advanced improvisation class at HSPVA are considered the top jazz musicians of our time.

Assistant Principal Trumpet
Sep 1984 - Nov 1986
El Paso Symphony Orchestra

This is where my love for orchestral music was born.


Music Performance
Sep 1990 - Dec 1991
San Jacinto College Central Campus
Music Performance
Sep 1982 - May 1987
University of Texas at El Paso


Texas Music Educators Association
Sep 2009

Begun in 1920 as the Texas Band Teachers Association, the Texas Music Educators Association is an organization of over 10,000 school music educators dedicated to promoting excellence in music education. TMEA is comprised of five divisions: Band, Orchestra, Vocal, Elementary and College. On behalf of its members and Texas schoolchildren, TMEA carefully monitors the actions of all state decision-making bodies on issues affecting fine arts instruction in Texas. In addition to many member benefits, TMEA offers professional development opportunities for its members with Region workshops and especially with its annual Clinic/Convention. TMEA supports the future of music education by offering scholarships to music education majors and by sponsoring the Texas Future Music Educators, an organization through which high school students interested in careers in music education learn more about what to expect in their college education and future careers.

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International Trumpet Guild
Sep 1998

The International Trumpet Guild is a non-profit organization founded in 1975 to promote communications among trumpet players around the world and to improve the artistic level of performance, teaching, and literature associated with the trumpet.

Jan 1990

Broadcast Music Inc. was founded in 1939 by forward-thinkers who wanted to represent songwriters in emerging genres, like jazz, blues and country, and protect the public performances of their music. Operating on a non-profit-making basis, BMI is now the largest music rights organization in the U.S. and is still nurturing new talent and new music.

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American Federation of Musicians
Jun 1982

A labor union representing professional musicians in the United States and Canada. Founding in 1896 as the successor to the "National League of Musicians," the AFM is the largest organization in the world representing the interests of professional musicians.

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Photos & Videos

Here's a freely improvised classical piece. In this video I use a melodic technique that I call Tritone Subdominant Exchange.
Photo by Eddie L.

This is my arrangement of Duke Ellington's composition, Heaven.
Photo by Eddie L.

In a performance with the Texas Music Festival Jazz Project.

A video of a gig I did with the Boom Town Brass Band.
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Christopher Jan 19, 2017
Trumpet · In studio

Mr. Lewis has extensive knowledge in both classical and jazz disciplines. His extensive study and performance in both genres on the horn offer invaluable knowledge to cater to his students. I think the defining factor of Mr. Lewis is that he will guide his student to where the STUDENT wants to go. He will always work towards the STUDENT'S goals, the STUDENT'S sound, and the STUDENT'S aspirations. He never makes the lessons about himself, or sounding like him. He makes lessons personal and STUDENT-GUIDED. And with his endless vault of knowledge, there is no limit to how far he can take a student.

Mr. Lewis remains professional but can also develop sympathetic, personal relationships with his students. He is always organized and EVERY bit of work that he does for his students remains on the top of his priority list on his computer. His organization makes every lesson expedient and effortless. He remains to be the most caring and thoughtful teacher and human that I have met.

I have had multiple trumpet teachers in the past, but no one I have studied from amounts to a fraction of what Mr. Lewis is. Mr. Lewis isn't just a great trumpet teacher, or classical teacher, or even jazz teacher. He embodies the role as a mentor and guide through the study of expression through the medium of music, and has helped me become a more mature individual.

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