Scott Sterling

Scott S.

El Cerrito, CA
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
I enjoy nurturing musical creativity in my

It is Rapturous for me when a student realizes
their own musicality by going past just
playing the notes on the page, to actively
expressing the Message (which could be a
Thought, Emotion, or a Scene) that is
inherent in the piece.

In a Brass instrument lesson, I have the student play:
-A quick and effective warm-up with me.
-A quick review of their assigned
technical exercises.
-Their assigned Etude or Chart or Solo.
-A Duet with Me.

Technical aspects of Performance:
1. A mastery of ability to Sight Sing.
2. Clean Articulation.
3. A wide (and well-sounding) Range.
4. Moving between partials is Flexible.
5. A beautiful Tone.

I wish for my students to become more than
just good instrumentalists, I want for them
to always have fun with music. When a
student realizes that music can ultimately be
Emotional and Creative Outlet for them,
they will be Musicians for life!

About Scott S.

I am a Bass Trombonist, but teach all brass instruments. I have been teaching for 20 years. I help my students build their Tone, Technique and Articulation by teaching a simple Warm-Up routine. I have written an 8-page eBook entitled "Optimal Brass Playing" that describes ten areas of best practices in Brass playing. Each of my students receives one of these.
I also heavily emphasize instruction on Sight Reading. In fact, I have recently written a book on the subject that I will soon publish entitled "Page to Performance". As a Composer, I have also written Duet parts to all 65 Introductory Melodious Etudes that were fist compiled by Alan Raph. I use these Duets in lessons to help my students strengthen their Listening Awareness skills.


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2 Reviews
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Mr. Scott really is a nice person to meet. For my first voice lessons, He helped me identify what range I was comfortable with and introduced a few of his works that opened my perspective on reading music. He knows how to teach his material if you specify what exactly you want to accomplish.

Posted Jul 3, 2019

Scott is someone who expertly emphasizes both the fundamentals of trombone playing and musicianship. I have had the opportunity to read his melodious etudes arrangements with him and his arrangements are expertly crafted to force the performers to work on listening, phrasing, intonation and sound quality all in one fell swoop. Scott's attitude is very warm and not condescending in the slightest. He is very positive while always encouraging the player to grow. If you are a low brass player who wants a deeper understanding on the intricacies of low brass performance and overall musicianship, you should absolutely give Scott a try.

Posted Jul 3, 2019

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3rd (Bass) Trombone
Sep 2006 - Apr 2019

Kensington Symphony Orchestra

I played Bass Trombone in this amateur symphony orchestra in Kensington, California.

May 2015 - Feb 2019

My book: "Page to Performance"

I wrote a book on Sight Reading and Expanding Listening Awareness utilizing ten of my own compositions and sight reading exercises. I am in the process of figuring out how to get it self published. A dream I have about this project is that Eastman and Julliard (two of the best Music schools in the U.S.) designate this book as a Must-Have for developing musicians.

Apr 2014 - Sep 2018

Introductory Melodious Etudes DUETS

I composed Duet parts to all 65 of the Introductory Melodious Etudes by Federick Sieber, compiled by Alan Raph. I use these in Brass lessons so that my student and I can play something that exercises the student's sight reading skill AND strengthens his/her Expanding Listening Awareness.

Bass Trombone
Sep 2007 - Sep 2013

Horns-a-Plenty Brass Quintet

I played all of the Tuba parts in this Brass Quintet.

Assistant Band Director
Feb 1999 - Jul 2004

Lakewood Community Band

Lead the this Community Band in Warm-ups and Sectionals. Three members of the band (two Alto Saxes and one Tenor Sax) played the world premier my composition "Clown Antics" in May, 2003.


Bachelor of Arts, Music Education
Apr 2009 - May 2010

California State Universtiy, East Bay

Associate of Arts - Liberal Arts, General Studies
Jun 2008 - Jun 2009

Berkeley City College



Fluent / Native Proficiency


Level 1, Kodaly Music Education
Jul 2010

Zoltan Kodaly Music Education Institute, Holy Names University

Music education in elementary music classes

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