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Tao G.

Sunnyside, NY

Lesson Details



tao delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+

Teaching since:
June 2004

Hi! My name is Tao.

I am a freelance trombonist and performer in NYC. I'm also a teacher, clinician, and artist.

I earned my trombone performance degree from the Dana School of Music at the Youngstown State University of Ohio. After college I toured extensively as a professional trombonist for Broadway musicals. I am a versatile musician with experience in classical, jazz, pop, funk, R&B, rock, show tunes, and more.

I've traveled all over the world and have been exposed to just about every style out there. A decade of performing on tour has given me a unique perspective on maintenance practice. I will show you how the pros practice, prepare, and perform so you can be prepared for any challenge the music industry throws at you.

I've written a few articles helping musicians get ahead in the industry. TakeLessons recently published my article regarding auditioning: Take a look!


*** Lesson Details ***
Trombone Players:
Lessons will focus on strengthening fundamentals and theory. Instrumentalists must understand how to speak the 'language' of their instrument through fundamentals before they can develop the highest level of mastery.
Advanced students will move on to flexibility and range mastery, along with the inclusion of popular audition repertoire.

Fingering, hand placement, scales, chords, and rhythm changes. My lessons focus on learning by ear, understanding harmonic changes, and playing with other musicians.

My lessons feature basic understanding of Mac Software including:
Garage Band, Logic Pro X, iMovie, and more
Plus, we will study the intricacies of microphones; how they work, where to place them, and how to get the most from your audio software.

From triads to complex harmonic progressions, my lessons carry you through a College Course of Music Theory.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Music Stand
Advanced Method, Etudes, Solo manuscript
Instrument Care Materials

Students should have:
Their own instrument
Instrument care materials (slide oil, water, etc..)
Method books (I can help you find and price these)
Specific Goals

I recommend visiting Sam Ash music store for these materials

*** Travel Equipment ***
When I visit students, I bring my instrument and some of my music repertoire and method books. I can provide a fold-up music stand on request.

I generally work with materials the student themselves purchases or is working on for school.

Students should have:
Their own instrument
Instrument care materials (slide oil, water, etc...)
Method books ( I can help you find and price these)
Specific Goals

I recommend visiting Sam Ash music store for these materials

*** Specialties ***
Diverse Genre Mastery

Extreme Range & Flexibility building

Fundamentals & Endurance building

Jazz, Classical, Broadway, Rock, Hip Hop

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National tour of Dr. Suess's How the Grinch Stole Christmas, The Musical

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International tour of Dreamgirls, the musical

MY FAIR LADY - Trombonist
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BLAST! - Trombone Swing
Oct 2007 - Jan 2010
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International tour of Blast, the Tony Award winning DCI inspired show

I played Bass Trombone everyday, unless someone got hurt or sick: then I would play either 1st Trombone, 2nd Trombone, or Euphonium.

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Sep 2008 - Mar 2009
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National tour of Annie, the musical

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Jul 2003 - Jul 2007
Via Sahara

Regionally acclaimed rock band


Bachelor of Fine Arts: Music Performance
Aug 2000 - Dec 2007
Dana School of Music: Youngstown State University


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Trombone Performance
Apr 2010
Big League Entertainment


Dana Music Scholarship
Aug 2000
Dana School of Music


American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers
Feb 2008

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a membership association of more than 480,000 US composers, songwriters, lyricists and music publishers. The ASCAP is committed to nurturing music makers throughout their careers.

Photos & Videos

Trombone Selfie

Trombones performing BOLERO from BLAST the show

My Conn 88H SGX CL phot-op in Japan
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