Jeremy Smith
Centerburg, OH
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Jeremy Smith

Jeremy S.

Centerburg, OH
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As a professional brass musician, I have been teaching brass instruments for over twelve years.

For the beginner level, I have introduced many students to their first instrument ensuring that fundamentals are in place. At the intermediate level, I have helped many students advance in competitions and seat assignments within their band program. As a collegiate educator, I have given masterclasses at universities and private lessons to music performance students preparing for auditions and solo recitals.

I have taught online lessons for over four years and have used multiple online communication platforms to teach effective lessons. My students truly enjoy the online interaction during their lessons.

I have taught a wide variety of ages - everyone from 10 years old to 76 years old. One of the great joys I have in teaching is that each student brings their own unique strengths to lessons. My goal is to raise their level of playing while always having fun.

About Jeremy S.

**Now Offering Saturday Lessons**

My name is Jeremy S. and I have been teaching private brass lessons for over 14 years and am currently available to teach weekly online lessons through TakeLessons Classroom, Zoom, Skype, FaceTime, and Google Hangouts/Duo.

As an expert in his field, I look forward to helping new students achieve their goals. My teaching style is positive, supportive, patient and constructive, focused on the individual student's needs, and enjoyable. I will work at your pace and cares about each of his students. Jeremy will teach you the proper slide positions and fingerings, technique, how to read music, and how to improve your playing.

I have helped many students improve their playing skills on trombone, trumpet, tuba, and baritone/euphonium, with many students successfully auditioning for youth orchestras, competitions, and college auditions. I provide both traditional classical training and jazz improvisation on trombone (including bass trombone), trumpet, tuba, and baritone/euphonium. In lessons, we will also cover music theory and music history to help complete our full understanding of the music.

Right now, I am a graduate music student at The Ohio State University with my two previous music degrees coming from Carnegie Mellon University and Grace College. Currently, I teach in the brass areas at three colleges and universities.

If you have any questions, please let me know, and I look forward to helping you achieve your musical goals! - Jeremy S.


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40 Reviews
Jing Q.
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Excellent teacher. My son has been taking tuba lessons with Jeremy for more than 3 years. Jeremy is very accountable, considerate, and great with student. My son enjoyed his lessons.

Posted Sep 22, 2019
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My son has been taking trombome lessons with Jeremy for over a year and a half now. Jeremy provides great instruction, better than I could imagine in an online format. When my son is struggling with a new skill, Jeremy tries strategy after stratgy very patiently until he finds the technique that works. Jeremy puts in lots of extra time making recordings and selecting pieces for my son.

Posted Apr 9, 2019
Katherine D.
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Posted Jan 18, 2019
Allison A.
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Horrible, had one lesson and then he dropped my child as a student with zero explanation. Most unprofessional teacher I have ever met. Avoid!

Posted Dec 14, 2018
Austin C.
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Our first lesson for any instrument was awesome! Jeremy was engaging and helpful. I am very excited to see how the lessons progress and watch my son improve and become more confident.

Posted Dec 6, 2018
Debra G.
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My 11-year-old son has now had 3 lessons with Jeremy, and we are both extremely happy with his progress. My eldest had saxophone lessons through, but he already had some experience. I'm pleasantly surprised that with no prior trumpet experience, and without anyone else in our family playing trumpet, my son is doing really well. Jeremy is patient, kind, and encouraging. He does an excellent job explaining what he is looking for and takes a systematic approach in structuring the lessons.

Posted Dec 5, 2018
Debra G.
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Posted Nov 19, 2018
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Jeremy, you are a blessing to my playing and I love that you worked with me and didn't get mad, even when I did not practice my part. you are a true inspiration to me in my bass trombone studies and I thank you ever so dearly.

Posted Oct 18, 2018
Amy J.
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thumbs up

Posted Oct 2, 2018
Amy J.
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awesome and helpful

Posted Jun 19, 2018
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Posted May 30, 2018
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First lesson today and things went smoothly. Jeremy took time to determine what my son could and couldn't do and built the lesson around those skills. My son's attention can drift but Jeremy was attentive, patient, and made real world connections.........which I appreciate.

Posted May 28, 2018
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Posted Apr 4, 2018
Jill K.
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Working with Jeremy has been a great experience. I am 57 years old and have had NO music experience. Jeremy knew that from the start and he has been very patient with me and explains everything to where I understand completely what he is saying. I felt so relaxed with Jeremy that I have signed up for 5 more lessons.

Posted Mar 24, 2018
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We have tried lessons with a few different instructors, and haven't been able to find the right mix of professional skill, likability, and ability to teach. Our daughter is on the path to becoming an advanced trombone player, and is already well above her peers at school. She's working on her collegiate audition materials and really needs an instructor who can get her to the next level. Jeremy has made a wonderful first impression, and we are confident that we've found the right instructor to get our daughter to where she wants to be in her music career.

Posted Mar 2, 2018
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Looking forward to my daughter’s next lesson! Jeremy was interested in what my daughter’s goals were for these lessons, had a plan in mind after hearing her thoughts and tried to relate her prior music experience to her lesson. I was very pleased and look forward to having her learn with Jeremy!

Posted Jan 15, 2018
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Jeremy took the time to get to know my son's skill level and knowledge level. He related what he was teaching to other activities important to my child. My son learned more in his first lesson with Jeremy than in a year of private face to face lessons at school. Most importantly, when the lesson was finished, my son wanted to keep playing and playing because he was so excited about what he learned.

Posted Sep 11, 2017
Kaley W.
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My daughter is very shy and knew NOTHING about music or her instrument and he's doing great with her!

Posted Jun 26, 2017
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Jeremy has a very friendly personality and is clearly very proficient on the trombone. Looking forward to more lessons.

Posted Jun 14, 2017
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My son has been taking lessons for a few weeks now and I can say that this has been a very good decision for us. Jeremy is easygoing and patient. My son enjoys the lessons and taking them via Skype is super easy. If low brass is your thing, Jeremy is your teacher.

Posted May 24, 2017
Liz - proud tuba mom
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Jeremy has been great in relating to my junior high age son playing tuba. Developing a rapport via online lessons was a natural progression for the YouTube generation. Jeremy was encouraging and helped develop and grow technical skills to move from last chair to first chair and promoted to next band in the next semester! The ease and flexibility in scheduling allows him to continue in his lessons through busy concert seasons. Looking forward to adding his younger brother to the lesson with Jeremy soon!

Posted May 9, 2017
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Jeremy is a fantastic trombone instructor. He demonstrates gentle patience, while maintaining very high standards. My son has accomplished so much in a relatively short period of time. Excellent teacher! Recommend without reservation.

Posted Mar 7, 2017
Jing Q.
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My son had Tuba lessons with Jeremy for almost 2 years and really enjoys it. Jeremy is very professional and knowledgable. Highly recommended.

Posted Jan 6, 2017
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Jeremy smith has always been my favorite instructor. He makes things interesting and is fun to learn from. He is encouraging and instructing. 5 stars !

Posted Sep 24, 2016
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He is not afraid to challenge kids. I'm learning a lot.

Posted Jul 26, 2016
Chris F.
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David (11) has been working with Jeremy for a while now and he's had some rocky patches (getting braces and worse, getting an expander!) but Jeremy was there encouraging David the whole way and sure enough, you can play the trumpet with all that extra metal in your mouth after all!

David also has Brass at school but prefers his sessions with Jeremy where they are centered around David's specific needs and current goals. We have seen such an improvement in both David's ability and confidence which translates directly into more enjoyment playing his chosen instrument, the trumpet.

Posted Apr 22, 2016
David, Tommy and Jake F.
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Great lesson. I actually wrote a review eariler as I didn't realize I'd be prompted by take lessons to post after the lesson so I don't want to write up the same things. I would like to point out that my easily stressed son isn't very stressed about getting braces now that he has Jeremy's support and experience to fall back on.

Posted Jan 18, 2016
Chris F.
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Bit of a first month update. Jeremy is better than expected (and this was a good expectation based on my son's first lesson). I played piano and yet I find none of that knowledge seems to lend itself to trumpet, plus I have no ear for the trumpet. David (my son) can hear himself with a bad buzz but it all sounds the same to me. But back to Jeremy, even though David has been playing Trumpet for a little over a year I had no idea how many basics he was never taught! And Jeremy picked right up on where his knowledge is lacking and they are already rocking through basics I thought David would have learned in Band or at least in Brass/Percussion class. So just really thrilled (both my and my son) that Jeremy quickly saw where David's knowledge was lacking and is already improving his confidence and ability in such a short time.

Posted Jan 18, 2016
John M Laycock
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First lesson was very valuable to me and will be a good base to build upon.

Posted Jan 13, 2016
Chris F.
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I wasn't sure how trumpet lessons would go online as it seems like it would be one of the harder things to teach at a distance. But the first lesson with my middle son went great! David (my son) took to Jeremy pretty quickly, which is a great sign as David doesn't really like "new" people. But he left his lesson excited about what they would be doing the following week.

I also wanted to mention Jeremy's follow up with me was cool in that he recommended a book for David and went the extra step to link it to both Amazon and a local music store to be sure I easily found the correct book. It's the little things like that that show tutors that care about going the extra step to make everything go smoothly.

Posted Jan 9, 2016
Desha M.
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Flexible, provides feedback. Recommend!

Posted Sep 14, 2015
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I had Jeremy as a tuba instructor my last year of college. I was a bit skeptical since he looked so young, but after my first few lessons with him, I realized what a valuable teacher I had. He was very supportive, and instead of making me feel like a failure in my mistakes, gave me the instruction and tools necessary to succeed. I wish my time with him had been longer, but I loved the short time we did work together.

Posted Aug 20, 2015
Dawn D.
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Since our son has been working with Jeremy, he has a new confidence and has moved to second chair in band placement. His technical skills and musicality have improved, and he is working on fundamentals instead of just working on band music. Our schedules have been very busy, and Jeremy has been very flexible in working with us. Our son loves the online format, and we much appreciate not having to haul him around for lessons!

Posted Aug 17, 2015
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Jeremy challenged me and helped me reach a level of playing that I didn't think was possible for myself. He was not only encouraging, but patient as well, and allowed me to work at my own pace and around my busy schedule. Although very intelligent and skilled in his area of practice, he still allowed room for my own creativity. I highly recommend Jeremy for anyone who is eager to learn and looking for an excellent instructor.

Posted Aug 16, 2015
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He's pretty awesome. I always leave his lessons with something I didn't have before - whether that be trombone knowledge, encouragement, or a good friend chat that was well needed. It's fun to learn from someone who has so much passion for what he does!

Posted Aug 14, 2015
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Really good lessons! Great teaching technique!

Posted Aug 14, 2015
Susan Casey
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I was skeptical about online lessons, but the experience was really great. My son grew leaps and bounds in just 45 minutes. Jeremy is a very patient and skilled teacher. I'm so impressed with him. My son is looking forward to future lessons.

Posted Aug 14, 2015
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Jeremy is a very talented, enthusiastic instructor and I highly recommend him!

Posted Aug 14, 2015
Tony H.
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Connected well with the instructor and anticipate learning, growing and meeting my goals with his guidance. Looking forward to putting his suggestions and advice into daily practice.

Posted Apr 9, 2015
Rhonda M.
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Jeremy has been teaching baritone to our son for over a year. We appreciate his patience, positive friendly attitude and encouraging words to our child. Jeremy has made learning an instrument fun, and is always challenging our son to remember what they went over in each lesson, and what the focus is going to be for the following week. He has been flexible to accommodate our schedule needs as well. We would highly recommend Jeremy for all levels of instruction!

Posted Sep 26, 2014

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Graduate Teaching Associate
Aug 2019 - Present

The Ohio State University

Teaching Associate for the Trombone Studio and the Jazz Studies area at The Ohio State University.

Trombone Instructor
Aug 2018 - Present

Ohio Wesleyan University

Founder and Editor
Jun 2014 - Present

Last Row Music

An Online Resource for Brass Musicians

Low Brass Instructor
Aug 2013 - Present

Kenyon College

Low Brass Instructor
Aug 2013 - Present

Mount Vernon Nazarene University

Bass Trombone
Jul 2013 - Present

Huntington Symphony Orchestra

Online Brass Instructor
Jun 2013 - Present

Brass Instructor
Aug 2006 - Present

Private Studio

Assistant Band Director
Jul 2018 - Jun 2019

Highland High School

Sparta, Ohio

Second Trombone
Aug 2012 - Nov 2015

New Albany Symphony

May 2010 - May 2011

The King's Brass

Traveled across the country with a brass ensemble giving over 120 concerts during the year.


Doctorate of Musical Arts in Performance
Aug 2019 - Present

The Ohio State University

Master of Music in Trombone Performance
Aug 2010 - May 2012

Carnegie Mellon University

Bachelor of Music in Instrumental Performance
Aug 2006 - May 2010

Grace College



Fluent / Native Proficiency


Jazz Improvisation
Aug 2019


Musicians Union Local 362-691
Jun 2013

American Federation of Musicians


Instrumental Performance Award
May 2010

Grace College

John Philip Sousa Award
May 2006

High School


National Association for Music Education
Jul 2018
National Association for Music Education (NAfME), among the world’s largest arts education organizations, is the only association that addresses all aspects of music education. NAfME advocates at the local, state, and national levels; provides resources for teachers, parents, and administrators; hosts professional development events; and offers a variety of opportunities for students and teachers. The Association orchestrates success for millions of students nationwide and has supported music educators at all teaching levels for more than a century. Since 1907, NAfME has worked to ensure that every student has access to a well-balanced, comprehensive, and high-quality program of music instruction taught by qualified teachers.
Ohio Music Education Association
Jul 2018
The Ohio Music Education Association (OMEA) is the principal organization in Ohio promoting music education in elementary and secondary schools as well as colleges and universities. OMEA is one of the largest of the 52 federated state affiliates of NAfME, The National Association of Music Education. OMEA members are involved at all levels of music education, serving more than 1.7 million public school students in 613 public districts and 108 colleges and universities in Ohio.
American Federation of Musicians
Jun 2013
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
Jun 2004
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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