Rachel Trumbore

Rachel T.

Long Beach, CA
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About

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Rachel delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
and Ages 8+

Teaching since:
August 2011

I provide private instruction for beginner to advanced trombone, bass trombone, and music theory students. My goal is to create a comfortable atmosphere in which students can feel free to express themselves through the music they play. I keep students mentally engaged by asking them questions that are intended to direct them toward creating a clear, personal interpretation of their music. This gives the student a sense of artistic authority and ownership over their playing and creates more enjoyment in daily practicing and playing. I advocate for students listening to as much music as they can, whether it is a live concert or a recording, which I view as an essential key to swift musical development.

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Experience

Bachelor of Music/Trombone Performance/Music Theory Minor
Sep 2012 - Jun 2016
Northwestern University

I attended Northwestern University for my undergraduate degree in trombone performance. I studied with a world class trombone faculty consisting of Michael Mulcahy, Timothy Higgins, Douglas Wright, Randall Hawes, Pete Ellefson, and Christopher Davis. Studying with multiple professors afforded me a richer knowledge of how to keep improving in my playing. I also learned a lot from going to hear live music at the Chicago Symphony and Chicago Lyric Opera. Hearing top tier orchestras week after week ingrained the sounds I wanted to make into my head. My approach to trombone is along the lines of the great brass pedagogue Arnold Jacobs- focusing on Wind and Song. His teachings of the simplicity and efficiency of airflow, combined with the clearest mental musical ideas possible really resonate with me as I play the trombone. I hope to pass my knowledge and lifelong passion for music on to all of my students.

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Education

Master of Music/Trombone Performance
Jul 2016 - Present
California State University Long Beach
Bachelor of Music/Trombone Performance/Music Theory Minor
Sep 2012 - Jun 2016
Northwestern University

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency

Certifications

CPR
Aug 2016
Red Cross

First Aid
Aug 2016
Red Cross

Affiliations

American Federation of Musicians
Jan 2017

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.

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International Trombone Association
Aug 2008

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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Photos & Videos

San Diego Symphony low brass on Mahler's Third Symphony

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On stage performing with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra

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sunrise long tones on Kauai

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Launy Grondahl Trombone Concerto Movement 2. Fall 2015
Philippe Gaubert Morceau Symphonique. Solo recital 2015
Northwestern graduation, June 2016

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Sine Nomine Trombone Quartet
Left to right- Scott Nguyen, Rachel Trumbore, Luis Fred, Grant Reed

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Masterclass with trombone legend Jay Friedman

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Section photo post final performance at Texas Music Festival

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4 Reviews

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Grant R. Jul 22, 2017
Trombone · In studio

I highly recommend Rachel as a teacher. With terrific musical instincts and a practical teaching strategy catered to the individual student, she is very effective in her instruction. She's also a cool person!

Ella Dec 9, 2016
Trombone · In studio

Best instructor ever

Sarah C. Aug 4, 2016
Trombone · In studio

Rachel is a fantastic teacher and tutor. Her expansive knowledge of music theory and ear training contributes to her vast musical ability. Not only is she a great performer, but she is able to break down the music and explain it in a variety of ways in order to effectively teach students at any level. Most importantly, Rachel is an advocate for students expressing their own musical voice. She will not tell a student exactly how to play a given piece, but rather she will teach them the necessary tools for the student to play well, and allow them to explore their own musical interpretation from there.

Outside of music, Rachel is a genuine and kind-hearted person. She is understanding and empathetic, and this carries over into her teaching as well. That being said, Rachel holds herself and her students to high standards. Students will hear improvement in their tone, technique, and musicality as they work with Rachel. I give her my highest recommendation for all subjects.

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Ishmael Jul 27, 2016
Trombone · In studio

Great teacher! Very helpful and smart.

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