William Milford

William M.

Junction City, KS

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

Teaching since:
May 2008

First, a bit about me: I teach Trumpet lessons to beginners through high school. I have 15 years of experience with the trumpet and in the state of Illinois I qualified 3 different years to the IL All State Band (IMEA).
I have played on stage with several well known musicians to include Orbert Davis, Bob Lark, Jamey Aebersold and Rob Parton. For the last 6 years, I have been a member of the US Army Band.

Lessons: I will teach in blocks of 30 minutes or 45 minutes.

Equipment: Students who choose to take lessons from me will have their lessons recorded using a Zoom Q2HD or Edirol 09 HR and will be given an audio copy of the lesson in MP3 format either on a hard copy SD card or delivered to your inbox as a sound file via email.

For beginning students, I focus on the following fundamentals:

- Holding the instrument

- posture

- breathing

- sound production & development

- articulation

- Habits and routines

- music reading basics

- memorization of fingering

-Proper use of a metronome

-Proper care, cleaning and maintenance of the instrument

For intermediate students, I focus on the previous points listed and work on developing the following in to the skillset:

-scales, arpeggios in major and minor keys

- Multi tonguing exercises

- tuning the instrument either by hearing a concert pitch or via the aid of a tuner.

- Range building

- Mouthpiece buzzing

- Flow Studies

- Long Tones

- Learning strategies and techniques

- Buzzing drills for building endurance

- Pedal Tones

- Use of mutes

- Conquering performance fear

- Audition Preparation

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Sep 2008 - Mar 2009
Armed Forces School of Music


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Louis Armstrong Jazz Award
Jun 2003
Instrumentalist Magazine

Photos & Videos

How Fair This Place by Sergei Vasilievich Rachmaninoff
Posed photo 2009

Opening to a concert in Korea 2013

Performing at a Christmas concert with Dr. Mary Hopper in 2006.

Recital with a great mentor of mine: Dr. William A. Phemister. 2007

Concert opening. 2013


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Kelsey W. Nov 15, 2016
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Caleb Sep 28, 2016
Trumpet · Online

My son had an AWESOME first lesson with William. He cannot wait for #2!

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