J.Q. Whitcomb
New York, NY
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J.Q. Whitcomb

J.Q. W.

New York, NY
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I make language learning fun and effective, using established techniques for effective and rapid language acquisition. I prefer to teach speaking and listening together with reading and writing, but some students prefer only to learn to speak, which is also fine. It can be faster to get up and running with conversations, but with less deep an understanding of the language.

As a native English speaker who lived in mainland China for over 8 years, I have the unique ability to explain pronunciation and other issues clearly from a foreigner's perspective. I can help you understand quickly and easily how to form the sounds we don't have in English, as well as visualize the tone systems that are characteristic of Mandarin Chinese.

About J.Q. W.

I studied jazz trumpet performance at Oberlin Conservatory (Bachelors, '02) and The Juilliard School (Masters '17). I studied Mandarin Chinese at Oberlin College (Bachelors, '02). I lived and worked in Shanghai, China, from 2003 to 2010. I've been teaching music and language lessons for over 15 years and love to help people grow.

Whether you are starting from scratch or have some experience, I can help you get to the next level by giving you specific, methodical steps to work on and practice. I do my best to give students just the right amount of material to practice and study between each lesson, so that they stay motivated while feeling the right level of challenge and consistent improvement.


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3 Reviews
April Stace
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I have literally looked for years for the right trumpet teacher for my 12 year old son. JQ is a treasure. He challenges the student appropriately but is also gentle and understanding about the realities of life for a 12 year old in NYC. Cannot recommend him highly enough. Very skilled teacher, performer, and totally on point with showing up, planning ahead, etc.

Posted Jan 21, 2020
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Fantastic trumpet instructor. JQ is patient, receptive, encouraging—the list goes on. He's helped me go from literally not being able to make a decent note to playing a little shindig on New Year's for my family. Highly recommended. I'm still taking lessons!

Posted Jun 10, 2019
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I found that J.Q. was a quality tutor. He adapted to what I needed to focus on for Mandarin, which was tones, and as such I was able to improve my foundation. He also has a good knowledge of the language apart from just being fluent, and could answer any question I had. I definitely recommend him.

Posted May 28, 2019

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Freelance Jazz Performer
May 2002 - Present


Have performed all kinds of music with a number of groups in a wide range of styles. Among them are salsa, classical, big band swing, funk, reggae, flamenco, and Latin jazz. Have self-produced two jazz albums of original music as bandleader: Airports (2010) and Tales of Enchantment (2014).

Mandarin Teacher
Sep 2011 - May 2015

Fayette Street Academy

Taught Mandarin at the elementary and junior high school levels. Also developed curriculum and created and revised a textbook.

Private Lesson and Ensemble Teacher
Oct 2006 - Dec 2010

JZ School

Taught private trumpet students as well as jazz ensemble classes at the JZ School, a private music school in Shanghai, China.

Music Director
Sep 2006 - Mar 2009

Soulfire Radio

Led a team responsible for the music side of the company’s original branded radio content.


Master of Music, Jazz Trumpet Performance
Sep 2015 - May 2017

The Juilliard School

Bachelor of Music, Jazz Trumpet Performance
Sep 1997 - May 2002

Oberlin Conservatory



Fluent / Native Proficiency

Mandarin Chinese

Fluent / Native Proficiency

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