Will Hawley

Will H.

New York, NY

Lesson Details


Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I studied with some of the finest trombonists in the world while getting my undergrad degree in Jazz Studies from The Juilliard School in New York City. I have played the horn for over 13 years, and for 6 years professionally in New York working with people such as Wynton Marsalis, Ron Carter, Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Juilliard Jazz Orchestra, in addition to regular performances at high level jazz clubs such as Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola. Also as a composer I can offer lessons on composition, music theory, improvisation, ear training, and piano as well.

In addition to performance success, I have been teaching private students for 5 years, with several students still coming back when they are in town after several years.

Beginning students can expect to work on fundamentals of getting a good sound on the instrument and learning scales, arpeggios, and simple melodies.

Intermediate students can expect to be learning repertoire (the style dependent on what the student wants) and playing difficult etudes in order to continue their growth on the horn.

Advanced students can (if a classical player) expect to play difficult repertoire and challenging technical etudes. If a jazz player, you can expect to be improvising and learning jazz standards and exploring improvisation concepts that are new.
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Will delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+

Teaching since:

Hello! I am a young active trombone player on the New York music scene with a passion for teaching as well, and a recent grad from the Jazz Studies program at the world famous Juilliard School in Manhattan. In addition to being a consistent player in New York City, I also am a composer, arranger, and Music director for the former American Idol contestant, Hollywood Anderson.

My students can expect a very knowledgable and straightforward teacher, but not a harsh one. I believe that everybody finds their inspiration at their own time and my job as a teacher is to do my best to correct technical issues as they arise, but to also provide materials that will inspire and want to push you forward.

Because I have studied and performed at a high level, I am prepared to take on whatever problems Advanced and intermediate students have to offer. If we reach a point where I think you've outgrown my knowledge, I will pass you on to someone who can help you succeed even more than I can.

My background as a Youth Minister in the Methodist Church granted me patience that also opens up the possibility to teaching beginning students. Truth be told, I had to re-learn many things when I arrived to New York in order to correct bad habits that I learned in high school. So I have gone through the process of building from the ground up and have a defined system to provide a foundation to build upon for a great musical future.

Having worked with many fantastic musicians such as Wynton Marsalis, Elliot Mason, and Ron Carter, I have been immersed in a depth of American music that most people have not.

I look forward to providing you with guidance and inspiration!


Available to teach: Trombone fundamentals, Trombone improvisation, Jazz theory and improvisation, Classical Theory Composition and Arranging, Piano, and Ear Training.

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Jazz at Lincoln Center Summer Jazz Academy Counselor/Instructor
Jul 2015 - Aug 2015
Jazz at Lincoln Center

Lived in residence with High school students in Castleton, Va as part of Jazz at Lincoln Center's Summer Jazz Academy. Assisted orchestra member Vincent Gardner in running trombone studio classes, as well as his ensemble and big band.


Bachelor of Music
Aug 2012 - May 2017
The Juilliard School


Fluent / Native Proficiency
Limited Proficiency

Photos & Videos

Why Bag? - Composition by Will Hawley
Teaching a jazz clinic at Vestavia Hills High School in Vestavia Hills, Al

In the horn section for the singer Hollywood Anderson. Will is Hollywood's acting Music Director.

Performing on Tuba in Paul Hall with Christopher Bittner. Photo by Hiroyuki Ito.

at Santa Clara in Stockholm, Sweden

At the Cayman Arts Festival, February 2017
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