Grant Reed
Seattle, WA
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Grant Reed

Grant R.

Seattle, WA
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Beginner, Intermediate
I have studied with some of the finest trombonists in the world, performed in the nation's top orchestras, and am firmly committed to excellence in the trombone field. Music is one of the most indescribably powerful and moving things in the entire world, and I want students to, above all, simply enjoy playing and experiencing this gift. The trombone is, of course, merely a means to an end in this regard; yet its rich, powerful, as well as versatile sound is what particularly draws me to it. My approach to playing the trombone is simple: producing the greatest sound on every note, as easily as possible. I think it is necessary to have the best sound that you can possibly make on the trombone in your head from day one, and to this end, I strive to play as much as possible for and along with the student so that they may develop their own ideal sound concept. I couple this with instruction on all the other fundamentals of trombone playing and music making, such as technique, scales, rhythms, intonation, breathing, etc. But never forget that the ultimate goal is to perform the music the way it goes and to simply sing through the instrument. By this I do not not necessarily mean playing all the correct notes, but instead performing the music in the correct style and context as the composer intended, and always playing musical lines. Remember that music is to be shared with others, and that making a statement with the music we play, in a way expressing our deepest emotions, is what this is all about!

About Grant R.

I have studied with some of the finest trombonists in the world, performed in the nation's top orchestras, and am committed to excellence on the trombone. Music is one of the most indescribably powerful things in the entire world, and I want students to, above all, simply enjoy playing and experiencing this gift. The trombone is, of course, merely a means to an end in this regard; yet its rich, powerful, as well as versatile sound is what particularly draws me to it. My approach to playing the trombone is simple: producing the greatest sound on every note, as easily as possible. I think it is necessary to have the best sound that you can possibly make on the trombone in your head from day one, and to this end, I strive to play as much as possible for and along with the student so that they may develop their own ideal sound concept. I couple this with instruction on all the other fundamentals of trombone playing and music making, such as technique, scales, rhythms, intonation, breathing, etc. But never forget that the ultimate goal is to perform the music the way it goes and to simply sing through the instrument. By this I do not not necessarily mean playing all the correct notes, but instead performing the music in the correct style and context as the composer intended, and always playing musical lines. Remember that music is to be shared with others, and that making a statement with the music we play, in a way expressing our deepest emotions, is what this is all about!

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Rebecca
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Grant Reed has the right combination in his approach to teaching: patience, enthusiasm, and the ability to analyze, troubleshoot, and motivate. He has had extensive training. He also has a lot of teaching and performing experience. Grant knows what works! His manner is calm and empathetic.

Posted Aug 31, 2021
Axel P.
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Grant was terrific, and easy, friendly for our first lesson. My son was comfortable and attuned to Grant's ideas and instruction. I think Grant's teaching method and perspective on music and the trombone is effective. W look forward to more sessions. ~Pete

Posted Jun 11, 2019
Christine
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Grant has been an excellent instructor for my son who is just finishing his first year learning trombone. Grant is patient and really cares about his student’s progress. I feel my son is more engaged and enthusiastic about playing trombone under Grant’s tutorage. Highly recommend.

Posted Jun 10, 2019
Kieran R.
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Our son has been enjoying lessons with Grant. He has learned a lot in a short time and looks forward to lessons. We are glad to have met Grant!

Posted Dec 8, 2018
Chase W.
Profile-location-home Student's Home

I now have a better idea of the steps I need to take to begin seeing improvement!

Posted Jun 23, 2018
Alexa
Profile-location-home Student's Home

My son needed some extra help with trombone. He was struggling in his school program and wanted to be better. After studying with Grant for a few months, his band teacher sent me an email about how quickly he is improving and he moved up from last chair to third chair. He is very approchable and my son loves him.

Posted Jul 27, 2017
Maggie

Grant is an amazing musician. From the 2 years I’ve worked with him, he’s been very professional, great to work with and always plays with a beautiful tone. He is very passionate and knowledgable in both playing the trombone and the music he plays.

Posted Jul 24, 2017
Rachel

Grant's ability to hear what each student's needs are makes him a great teacher for all levels of players. He likes to work hard while also having a good time, which really resonates with students. We worked together for 2 years and his drive to constantly make the highest quality music really makes him stand out.

Posted Jul 24, 2017
Scott
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Very knowledgeable and experienced musician. Highly skilled in both teaching and performance aspects of trombone. Teaching and instruction is tailored to each student's individual skill set and need. I highly recommend...

Posted Jul 22, 2017
David
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Grant was helpful and analytical in his approach to teaching. I would consult him again. He's also a nice guy.

Posted Jul 22, 2017

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Experience

Substitute Trombonist
Jan 2019 - Present

Yakima Symphony Orchestra

Substitute Trombonist
Jan 2019 - Present

Seattle Opera

Substitute Trombonist
Oct 2018 - Present

Auburn Symphony Orchestra

Trombonist
Jun 2018 - Present

Seattle Modern Orchestra

Trombonist
May 2018 - Present

Symphony Tacoma

Low Brass Instructor
Mar 2018 - Present

Music Center of the Northwest

Substitute Trombonist
Dec 2016 - Present

Seattle Symphony

Low Brass Coach
Oct 2016 - Present

Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra's "Endangered Instruments Program" (EIP)

Coaching young trombonists at Seattle middle schools.

Substitute Trombonist
Dec 2015 - Present

Pacific Northwest Ballet Orchestra

Substitute Trombonist
Apr 2016 - Jun 2017

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Education

MM Trombone Performance
Sep 2014 - Jun 2016

Northwestern University Bienen School of Music

BM Trombone Performance and Performer's Certificate
Aug 2010 - May 2014

Eastman School of Music

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Awards

Fellowship Recipient
Jun 2016

Music Academy of the West

Fellowship Recipient
Jun 2014

Aspen Music Festival

Steve Witser Memorial Prize
May 2013

Eastman School of Music

Affiliations

American Federation of Musicians
Oct 2018
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.
International Trombone Association
Nov 2010
The general purposes of the International Trombone Association shall be: To promote communications among trombonists around the world, to improve the artistic level of performance, teaching, and literature associated with the trombone family and to function as a clearing house for trombone-related ideas and information

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