Justin Copeland

Justin C.

1 Review
Chicago, IL

About Justin C.

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Justin teaches: Ages 5 and up
Teaching since: July 2008
Last sign in: Last week
Average response time: 26 hours


My name is Justin, and I am a musician (big surprise). I have been playing the piano for the past 17 years and the trumpet for the past 13 years. My primary emphasis is jazz improvisation, but I have a solid foundation in classical repertoire as well as the basic fundamental techniques of the trumpet and the piano. I am originally from Fresno, California, but I currently reside in the Chicago area. I completed my B.A. in Trumpet Performance at California State University, Fresno in 2011, and I most recently completed my M.M. in Jazz Studies at Northwestern University in June of 2013. I have been performing extensively as a professional musician for the past 10+ years, and I have been teaching privately for the past 5+ years. The variety of musical genres that I perform is quite versatile, so I believe that I can accommodate the differing musical desires of all of my students. My mission is to help you discover who you are as a musician, which, in my opinion, has a strong connection with our personalities and how we interact with others.

*** Lesson Details ***
When we begin our lessons, try to enter in with few expectations and I will do the same; I believe that strict expectations from the beginning can create unnecessary boundaries and conflicts within or between the teacher and student. We will take it a day at a time. All that I know is that I want to help you! I want to discover the things that you would like to do better on your instrument, and push you in a direction of progression so you can more effortlessly express your personality through your music. We will not strive to "make you better" on your instrument, but rather strive to simply make it easier to play. I believe that is a vital distinction to make, and it will make approaching your instrument much less arduous. We will work hard and push our limits every day, but we will relax through the process. My primary goal is to learn as much from you as I hope you will learn from me!

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide a music stand and any necessary music technology. Students should only need provide something to take notes with and their instrument, as well as a positive attitude. I will make sure to bring the latter as well. :)

*** Specialties ***
Jazz improvisation and conceptualizations, classical trumpet literature, trumpet fundamentals, piano fundamentals

Photos and Videos

Here is a video of me and some friends playing Miles Davis' "Four", live at the M Lounge in Chicago.


Trumpet/Piano Instructor Jan 2014 - Present
Lane Technical High School

I am primarily the private trumpet instructor for students of different skill levels. I also teach a few students who are interested in learning piano in addition to their main instrument.


Master of Music Sep 2011 - Jun 2013
Northwestern University
Bachelor of Arts Aug 2007 - May 2011
California State University, Fresno

Languages Spoken

Spanish Limited Proficiency


Solo Competition: First Runner-Up Feb 2013
Civic Union League Jazz Improvisation Competition
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1 Review on Justin C.

Benjamin W. Sep 30, 2013
Verified Student
Jazz Trumpet

Mr C. is a very knowledgeable and talented trumpet player. I have zero experience with the trumpet and music for that matter, but he makes learning easy and enjoyable. He gives good tips and practice methods. Very down to earth and doesn't set strict expectations and takes it day by day. Would recommend to anyone.