Ruben Monroy Jr.

Ruben M.

Salem, OR
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Teaching Locations:
Profile-location-online Online
Profile-location-home Student's Home
Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Have you hit a roadblock in your trumpet playing? Is your child not seeing progress from playing in their school band? Need help with your All-State audition? Picking up a hobby for the quarantine? Look no further!

My approach to the trumpet is one that starts with the sound of the music playing in my head. Once I can get you to hear beautiful trumpet sounds playing in your own head, you will find that playing the trumpet is as easy as blowing spit wads through a straw!

My students get a weekly dose of fundamentals that include long tones, flexibility, and articulation. Once those are in place, we can apply those skills learned to a musical etude. You can expect to cover as much material (or as little) as you want in a given week; I will pace your lessons according to your ability level and desire. But with the right amount of deliberate practice, I can help you become a truly great trumpeter.

Let's get this fired up!

About Ruben M.

Ruben has been teaching private lessons since 2014 and is currently available to teach lessons at your home, at his studio, and online. His students have gone on to audition into honor bands, and play solos for competitions and festivals.

Ruben received his training at Western Oregon University where he earned a degree in contemporary music. As an expert in his field, Ruben looks forward to helping new students achieve their goals. Ruben's teaching style is friendly, adaptable, and engaging.


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9 Reviews
Rachel H.
Profile-location-online Online

hes nice from hayden

Posted Sep 23, 2020
Keagan W.
Profile-location-online Online

Ruben is a very passionate trumpet player who’s plays and teaches from the heart. He’s a very patient and enthusiastic teacher who believes in his students. I was impressed with his philosophy that each student has a “trumpet voice” within them that he can help them find. It made a lot of sense to me and has inspired me. Thanks for all you do Ruben!

Posted Aug 3, 2020
Hayden H.
Profile-location-online Online

Hayden really enjoyed his first lesson with Ruben. Ruben was skilled at making it work in an online format. My son is a bit shy, but Ruben is friendly and very encouraging.

Posted Jul 29, 2020
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

Ruben is very patient and willing to explain things as many times as I need to understand. I always feel like he’s prepared the lesson just for me and challenges me just the right amount

Posted May 20, 2020
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Ruben has been tutoring me for about 3 months now. I have been playing for seven years and I have never noticed a change in my playing with any other private Tutor. We started out with basics it was very boring at first but then we started getting into more advanced stuff. Ruben is a fantastic tutor hands down. He is super nice, understanding, and very helpful. Both me and my family have noticed a Dramatic difference in my playing and sound quality. If anyone is looking for someone to help them pick Ruben.

Posted May 18, 2020
Bret C.
Profile-location-online Online

An excellent instructor who is truly dedicated to his craft. Ruben displays a sincere interest in the improvement of his students and is a very skilled musician as well.

Posted May 9, 2020
Gabriela L.
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

A very focused and dedicated instructor. He always has the best interest for your students.
Great for all ages!

Posted May 7, 2020
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Great teacher! He is very patient and kind with beginners.

Posted May 7, 2020
Rachel H.
Profile-location-online Online

Posted May 7, 2021

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Trumpet player
Jun 2020 - Present

Oregon Military Funeral Honors

I provide live "Taps" on trumpet for military funeral services throughout the state of Oregon.

Trumpet player
Oct 2017 - Present

234th Army Band

I serve in the 234th Army Band based in Camp Whithycombe, Clackamas, Oregon.

Sep 2017 - Dec 2017

Western Oregon University

Helped fellow students better understand online material for music courses, in one-on-one tutoring sessions.

Camp Counselor
Jun 2017 - Sep 2017

YMCA Camp Silver Creek

I got to work with and be a mentor to kids ages 5 through 15. I helped guide the kids through activities, hiking, and overnight camping.


Bachelor of Music in Contemporary Music
Sep 2014 - Jun 2020

Western Oregon University



Fluent / Native Proficiency


Fluent / Native Proficiency


AIT Completion Certificate
Nov 2018

U.S. Army School of Music

Completed Advanced Individual Training required for musicians in the Oregon National Guard.


Mike and Betty Pongracz teaching grant
Aug 2017

Oregon Office of Student Access and Completion

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