Rachel Trumbore

Rachel T.

San Diego, CA

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

Teaching since:
August 2011

I have been providing private instruction for beginner to advanced trombone, bass trombone, and music theory students for 8 years. My goal is to create a comfortable atmosphere in which my students can freely express themselves through the music they play. I keep my students mentally engaged by asking them questions that are intended to guide 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 meaning and enjoyment in their daily practicing and playing. I view listening to music frequently (whether it is a live concert or a recording) as an essential key to swift musical growth, and I encourage my students to actively engage with various recordings to develop their personal understanding of what great musicians do, how/why they make their musical choices, and what the student would like to mimic (if anything) from that particular musician.

Lesson content:
I generally start lessons by playing some basic tone and technique building exercises with the student. We then move on to whatever etude, solo, or tricky spots from school music that the student is working on.

My expectations for the student:
I encourage my middle school students to practice for 20-30 minutes 4-7 days a week, and my high school students to practice for 30-60 minutes 5-7 days a week. I prefer them to come prepared, knowing what they want specific help working on each week so that I can best serve their specific needs.

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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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Master of Music/Trombone Performance
Jul 2016 - May 2018
California State University Long Beach
Bachelor of Music/Trombone Performance/Music Theory Minor
Sep 2012 - Jun 2016
Northwestern University


Fluent / Native Proficiency


First Aid
Aug 2016
Red Cross

Aug 2016
Red Cross


Creative Achievement Award
May 2018
California State University Long Beach
Concerto Competition Winner
Dec 2017
Bob Cole Conservatory of Music


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

Playing with John Williams at the San Diego Symphony!

Sulek Sonata Showcase Performance
San Diego Symphony low brass on Mahler's Third Symphony

On stage performing with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra

sunrise long tones on Kauai

Northwestern graduation, June 2016

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

Masterclass with trombone legend Jay Friedman

Always focus on the slide!
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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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