"Mr. Flinchbaugh teaches the perfect balance of technique, artistry, theory, and mental preparation. He encourages excellence without inducing anxiety." ~Josh Branker
In the 2017-2018 school year, all Maryland Music Educator first chair trumpet players in the state studied in the Flinchbaugh trumpet studio (Senior All State Band, Senior All State Orchestra, Junior All State Band) as well as Howard County Middle School GT Band and Orchestra.This is a testament to the truly dedicated, talented, and hardworking students I teach on a weekly basis.
In order to be a student in my studio you must have a desire to improve, a love of music and the trumpet, and the will to practice daily. Improvement will only occur when practice is deliberate, frequent, and focused, thus a practice routine is always implemented. In order to gain experience in performing and auditioning, I expect my private students to participate in studio recitals, county Solo & Ensemble Festival, GT Auditions, All State Auditions, and other opportunities that may present themselves.
"After seven years, I can honestly say that he's been one of the most influential people in my life, and the guidance he's provided me has shaped me into the person and player that I am today." ~Megan Radcliffe
I've been studying the trumpet intensively for over twenty years. Throughout that time I've worked with many teachers, each of whom presented concepts from different schools brass pedagogy. My philosophy and style of teaching comes from a combination of schools, though mostly those of Jacobs and Schlossberg.
Using the concepts of the great brass pedagogue and tubist Arnold Jacobs, I stress the importance of two vital concepts of brass playing: song and wind. In order to produce the best results on our instrument, we must be masterful breathers with the absence of tension. We must also have an internal voice in the head and always be singing the song through the lips. I teach these fundamentals from day one using a variety of method books based on the student's level.
Beginning Trumpet Lessons
As a former elementary band director, I understand the fundamentals of the trumpet and how to effectively teach them to students. Topics covered on a weekly basis include breathing, posture, embouchure development, key recognition and scales (including chromatic), basic music terminology and theory, as well as musicality and phrasing. I use several method books, such as "My First Arban" and the Robert Getchell "First Book of Practical Studies." Weekly lessons are 45 minutes for beginners.
Intermediate Trumpet Lessons
As students progress they will begin to play more and more advanced music in school or community music ensembles. Likewise, in intermediate lessons we will continue to develop on the trumpet by studying more intricate and complex techniques. These techniques will include multiple tonguing, flexibility, finger flexibility, note bending, minor scales, range builders, and more of a focus on musicality including practice basic solo trumpet repertoire as well as etudes. Method books include Allen Vizzutti's Intermediate/Advanced Method Book 1, Getchell Book 2, and various others. Weekly lessons are 45-60 minutes for intermediate students.
Advanced Trumpet Lessons
Trumpet students who play at a high level and develop a solid foundation of technique along with great musicality are ready to become advanced trumpet students. These students have demonstrated a profound understanding of the importance of practicing, normally practicing one hour per day at the minimum. Students will continue to be challenged by advanced lip and finger flexibility (over one octave), complex scales (major, minor, modal), range development, agility over all aspects of articulation, knowledge and implementation of transposition, as well as musical work on etudes and trumpet repertoire. Orchestral excerpts serve as a gateway into the orchestral literature as students prepare to audition for college music programs. Methods include the Arban Complete Conservatory Method, Chris Gekker books on Endurance and Articulation, Laurie Frink Flexus, Pierre Thibauld Method Book 1, and etudes of Charlier, Arban, Sampson, and Smith. Lessons are 60 minutes long for advanced students.