Matthew Harper

Matthew H.

Austin, TX
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Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
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I throughly enjoy teaching trumpet to players at all age and ability levels. I teach in a very specific approach tailored to each individual player. I strive cultivate critical thinking when it comes to trumpet and teaching the student how to identify issues with their own playing and how to fix them.
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Matthew delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 8+

Teaching since:

Hello! My name is Matt and I am a classically trained trumpet player based in the Austin, TX area. I completed my Bachelors of Music at James Madison University in 2015 and my Masters of Music at The University of Texas at Austin in 2018. I teach a private studio of over 30 beginner and intermediate level students in and around the Austin area.

I strive to develop musicianship and technical skills related to playing the trumpet to every one of my students, regardless of their age or playing ability on a weekly basis. I am a musician that is passionate about learning as much as I possibly can and I want to pass this onto my students.

In regards to my professional career, have performed with the Austin Opera as well as the New World Symphony in Miami, FL. I was selected to attend the Aspen Music Festival in Aspen, CO in 2017 and on full fellowship 2018 where I got the opportunity to take from world renown players and teachers from across the US. I competed at the National Trumpet Competition’s Graduate Solo Division in 2017 and Large Ensemble divisions at the 2017 and 2018, taking home second place with The University of Texas at Austin’s trumpet ensemble.
While at James Madison University I performed with their world-renown British brass band and also served as Principal Solo Cornet for three years. While competing with the JMU Brass Band, I received first place and second place at the 2015 and 2016 North American Brass Band Association’s Adult Technical Solo competition respectively. I have also performed with the band at the Virginia Music Educator Conference, the American Trombone Workshop (formerly the Eastern Trombone Workshop), and at the 2012 International Tuba/Euphonium Conference in Linz, Austria. In 2015, I was also invited to attend the United States Air Force Band’s Collegiate Symposium in Washington, D.C.

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Private Instructor
Aug 2015 - Present
Austin, Leander, and Hays Independent School Districts


MM in Trumpet Performance
Aug 2015 - May 2018
The University of Texas at Austin
BM in Trumpet Performance
Aug 2011 - Dec 2015
James Madison University


Fluent / Native Proficiency

Photos & Videos

Performing at the 2017 National Trumpet Competition in Denver, CO.

2018 Aspen Music Festival, with Tom Hooten - principal trumpet of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

Playing principal cornet with the JMU Brass Band.


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