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After playing French horn for 3 years, I decided to try to play Trumpet. It ended up being very natural to me and so I performed on both Trumpet and French horn in High school. I played the French horn for our Orchestra and Wind ensemble and Trumpet for our Jazz ensemble. I fell into a position when I was 15 to be a brass coach of a Montessori school and taught mostly Trumpet for the 3 years that I was there.
Today, I play the Trumpet for fun!
My goal is for every student to experience the same magic I felt when I first picked up a trumpet 25 years ago (and I still feel today). Learning an instrument is an incredibly exciting journey. But, it will only be rewarding if you have the right instructor to teach you and coach you along the way.
Truth be told, it wasn't until my third try as a child that I found the teacher who was perfect for me. My first teacher was too much of a drill sergeant. The second teacher talked more about sports than the trumpet. Now, with every lesson I teach, I strive more and more to be like my third teacher. He constantly encouraged me, motivated me, and challenged me to be the best trumpet player I could be.
Under my instruction, each student goes at his or her own pace and receives a very holistic perspective of music. Difficult concepts are approached with creative, easy-to-follow explanations. And, I frequently create custom exercises such that students may more easily work through their ...
Building basic technique: embouchre studies, learning fingerings, correct breathing and air use.
Ensemble and solo repertoire and technique studies, scales, theory, improvisation, etc.
Books used: Standard of Excellence (beginner), Essential Elements (beginner), Yamaha (beginner), Arban's (intermediate/advanced)
Strong instrumental playing begins with a solid understanding of the fundamentals of music and the simple act of making a sound from the instrument. Students learn to play music by ear first, and are later introduced to music notation. More advanced lessons emphasize sight-reading, expression, and improvisation.
An instrumentalist since age 10, Thomas has experience as a performer and teacher. His previous education has included methodology classes on teaching specific instruments, and he is available to teach beginning trumpet lessons.
Experienced trumpet performer ready to improve all aspects of your trumpet playing. Looking forward to sharing my passion for music with all my students.
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