Templin Brass Lessons

Templin Brass Lessons

1 employee
44 years in business

About this pro

I offer expert training for brass students by a college educated professional performer. I have a Masters degree in Music Performance, and over 40 years of playing experience, including several years on the music staff at Walt Disney World in Orlando. I have teachng experience in elementary, middle, high school, and college level. I perform regularly in a variety of ensembles.

In addition to teaching brass methods, I'm an experienced music arranger, and teach music theory, often as an addition to your brass studies (optional). 

Finally, I lead an 11-piece professional variety dance band that performs exclusively for black tie private events in the MD, DC, and Baltimore region.

If you are interested, but unsure about lessons with me, I offer the opportunity to a single lesson (or two) as a trial to see if you feel we are a good match.

I very much enjoy teaching bright and eager brass students of all ages (4/5 graders to adults). I love to share my knowledge and enthusiasm for playing a brass instrument (I personally am a trombonist). I also enjoy performing with other professional musicians. There's no greater thrill for me than making great-sounding music with other skilled players.

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Aspen Hill, MD 20906
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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

There is a getting acquainted period of time for each new student. It varies depending on the experience and background of each student, as well as his/her personal goals. My initial objective is to discover the student's skill level, as well as a little something about personality and nature.

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

Bachelor and Masters degrees in Music Performance. Over 40 years of professional playing experience, and one-on-one teaching with students from ages 9-10 up to and including adults.

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

At present (summer 2019) I charge $50 for a 40-minute* lesson. Students are required to pay for all lessons at the beginning of each month. A minimum of 24 hours is required for cancellations that lead to make-ups. I do my very best to accomodate scheduling changes.

*If students are well-prepared, I seldom stop teaching at 40 minutes, and often continue for 55 minutes or more.

How did you get started teaching?

Teaching is a natural outgrowth of my educational background, and my desire to share my own entusiasm for playing a brass instrument.

What types of students have you worked with?

Trombone, bass trombone, trumpet, and euphonium (baritone).

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

My brass quintet recently played for the high school graduation of Sascha Obama!

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

Be prepared to listen carefully and learn, but mostly to work hard and enjoy the rewards that come from becoming a more skillful musician.

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

What are your personal goals? Are you willing and able to make a firm commitment to a daily routine of practice?

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