Jeffrey Knechtel

Jeffrey K.

Long Beach, CA

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Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I love the sound of the Trumpet! It was my first love in the brass world, and I want all my students to fall in love with it too. My goal is to give my students the skills they need to excel in performance and in practice. I always teach so that my students can eventually teach themselves. I take great joy in tailoring my teaching style to fit my student's learning style.
I have taught many students with different aspirations, whether they be to prepare for college or just to play casually for their own personal satisfaction. Ultimately the goal is to have fun AND get results!
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Jeffrey delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 9+

Teaching since:

I am freelance musician operating primarily in the LA area. I earned my B.M. in music performance from Biola University and my M.M. in music performance from California State University, Long Beach.

Throughout the years spent as a student and a professional, I’ve had the opportunity to study with and play along side some of the world’s greatest horn players and pedagogues.

My teaching philosophy is to always find the system that best works for the individual. My ultimate goal for all my students is that they can eventually be their own teacher. Every student is different. We all have different physical and psychological characteristics that inform how we understand and apply technique. My modus operandi is to always start with a broad overview of some of the world’s best tested methods, then move on to a more tailored method as the student develops their own musical identity.

I believe there's a place in the world for horn players of ALL levels. I doesn't matter what your aspirations are, if you have a passion for horn playing, then you're on the same page as me! I love the horn and I love teaching others how to play it!

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Santa Monica Symphony
Aug 2015 - Present
Santa Monica Symphony

Southern California Brass Consortium
Aug 2013 - Present
Southern California Brass Consortium

CSULB University Wind Quintet
Aug 2010 - May 2011
California State University, Long Beach

Biola Honors Brass Quintet
Aug 2007 - May 2011
Biola University


Masters of Music Degree
Aug 2011 - May 2018
California State University, Long Beach
Bachelors of Music Degree
Aug 2007 - May 2011
Biola University


Fluent / Native Proficiency

Photos & Videos

Performing at Segerstrom Concert Hall

Performance with Santa Monica Symphony

Performance with Southern California Brass Consortium

PBS Live recording at Dorthy Chandler Pavilion

You gotta love this organ!

Fun live recording project with my band, My Double My Brother

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