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
- sound production & development
- 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