Mike Foster
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Mike Foster

Mike F.

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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I have been teaching trumpet lessons now for 25 years. I have been involved in some professional playing in the past and on numerous recordings. I enjoy watching students learn and actually make progress in their playing as they listen to a teacher's advice. I focus on breathing, sound, and technique, which are the building blocks of a successful trumpet player. I do teach primarily from a classical perspective and do not perform or teach jazz playing. However, the technique I teach is helpful for all areas of playing. I would love to help you learn how to play better!

About Mike F.

I have had an exciting time learning the trumpet! Growing up I always enjoyed music and especially playing the trumpet, but I was always a mediocre and unreliable player. In between my junior and senior years of high school I went through the difficulty of an embouchure change. Though I struggled for several weeks, I kept at it and came through that summer on the other side a much better player. My sound, breathing, technique, and all-around playing improved dramatically. That embouchure change helped me win some national competitions my senior year of high school and allowed me the privilege of playing some professional things during my college years and beyond.
Since that time I have attempted to be a mentor and teacher to other struggling and successful trumpet players. I understand the difficulties of going through the embouchure change and sympathize with the frustrations it often causes. Many young players have to get braces, and through 25 years of teaching have discovered some things that I believe can be helpful for those going through this difficult experience. I still enjoy playing when I can, but don't often get to because of my job as an assistant pastor. However, I have found time to play on numerous recordings and have a new trumpet recording coming out here in the next few months. If you are a beginner, have played for a few years and are looking to improve, or are advanced and want to know where to go from here, I would love the opportunity to help you.

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Chris Miller
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Very qualified to train young people to take them from where they are to the next step. We are very grateful we had Mr. Foster as a teacher. Highly recommended!

Posted Aug 21, 2020
Stacy Teal
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We so appreciate being able to take from a professional, and someone with a heart for God.

Posted Aug 6, 2020

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Experience

Principal Trumpet/Orchestra Director
Sep 2004 - Jan 2010

Lapeer Symphony Orchestra

I played trumpet for the orchestra for a few years before taking over the conductor's position.

Band Director
Feb 1997 - May 2003

Juniata Christian School

I worked as a band director and choir director giving private lessons on a daily basis.

Education

Bachelor of Music Education
Sep 1992 - May 1997

Bob Jones University

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

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