If you are looking for a private trumpet teacher for yourself or your child, you have come to the right place. I have a large and successful studio of trumpeters from third grade to age seventy-five. No matter what age, I work to tailor lessons to suit your needs.
Please note: I cannot teach current Clarksville Middle School students.
Beginning Trumpet Lessons (~Grade 4-5)
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 30 or 45 minutes for beginners.
Intermediate Trumpet Lessons (~Grade 6-8)
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 minutes for intermediate students.
Advanced Trumpet Lessons (~Grade 9-12)
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 1 hour long for advanced students.Beginning Trumpet Lessons (~Grade 4-5)