Boston Private Trombone Lessons

Boston Private Trombone Lessons

5.0Exceptional(15 reviews)
Offers online services
Offers online services


A native of Hong Kong based in Boston, Tommy Chiu has made appearances in major cities across Asia and North America both as a performer and an educator. His performance highlights include solo appearances with the University of British Columbia Chamber Orchestra and recently with the Boston Trombone Octet. As a trombonist, he was named finalist and performed as the only brass instrumentalist in the finals of various concerto competitions, including that of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestral Institute and the PRISMA Festival & Academy. He then served as an artist fellow in the Atlantic Music Festival, giving varied performances in orchestral, chamber and solo settings in the summer of 2022. To fuse his dedication to performance with his interest in academic research, Tommy also presented a full lecture recital in the recent conference on cultural assimilation in music hosted by the University of Calgary. Furthermore, an equally devoted performer on the euphonium, he has been invited to play with the New England Brass Band and has been performing with the Boston University Wind Ensemble on an assistantship since 2021.

Outside of performing, Tommy teaches brass extensively both online and in person with 10 years of international teaching experience. In addition to teaching at Brimmer and May School, he also serves as the brass faculty of the Performing Arts Center of MetroWest and the Note-worthy Experiences Music Studio, and maintains a private studio of horn, trumpet, trombone and euphonium students of all ages, located throughout the United States and Hong Kong across six different time zones. His students continue to find success in the district/all-state auditions in their local music educators association festivals such as NYSSMA and MMEA, auditions for local community ensembles, and the practical examinations offered by the ABRSM as well. Given his international background, Tommy is comfortable in guiding students with diverse ethnicities and musical upbringings, and is capable of teaching fluently in three languages—English, Mandarin and Cantonese.

Tommy holds degrees from The Chinese University of Hong Kong and Rutgers University, and is currently a doctoral candidate in brass performance at Boston University, where he received the Brass Department Award. His teachers include Jarod Vermette of the Hong Kong Philharmonic, Colin Williams of the New York Philharmonic, and Toby Oft,

Principal Trombonist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

As a strong believer in the life-changing power of music, my teaching is driven by my purpose to serve and inspire students of all backgrounds to realize their full potential and leave a positive impact on the lives of others. My approach in teaching is firmly grounded in developing a healthy and self-driven practice culture in my students. As a practicing teacher, I strive tirelessly to lead by example. I ensure my students feel empowered after each lesson and hold them accountable to commit to their own daily grind. Especially during times of difficulty, I love to encourage my students to follow their curiosity and guard their motivation as we share the journey of music making together.


Hired 6 times
4 years in business
Serves Boston , MA
Offers online services


Student's age

Under 5 years old, 5 – 10 years old, 11 – 13 years old, 14 – 18 years old, 19 – 25 years old, 26 – 45 years old, 46 – 65 years old, Over 65 years old

Able to read music

Students that can read music, Students that cannot read music

Years experience

No formal training, No formal training; some self-taught experience, 0 – 2 years experience, 2 – 4 years experience, 4+ years of experience

Instrument style

Trombone, Trumpet, French Horn, Tuba

Musical styles

Rock, Blues, Classical, Country, Jazz, Folk, What the teacher recommends

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  • Reviews

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    Tommy is a very kind, understanding, and patient teacher. He gives great feedback to help you improve but also leaves room for you to improve yourself. Hes also kept a great balance between challenging me and pushing me to improve but also making the goals reasonable to reach.
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    December 28, 2022


    Kimberly H.

    Tommy was incredibly patient with our first time trombone learner. He had a very positive attitude and was encouraging for my child to keep trying even though it was completely new. Tommy was extremely organized with scheduling, sending calendar and call invites. He made it very simple. I would highly recommend him as a music teacher.
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    November 23, 2022



    Tommy is amazing! His enthusiasm is contagious, and he has a great ability to communicate with and to motivate my 7th grader. I highly recommend Tommy and am grateful to have found him.
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    October 30, 2022


    Greg K.

    Tommy is an amazing teacher, musician, and person. He has a genuine interest his students, and is highly skilled at conveying concepts to improve sound and performance. I am an adult student, and Tommy has inspired me to new heights in understanding and playing music. He is very patient, and also a super nice person. I would highly recommend Tommy for students of all ages and levels.
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    September 30, 2022



    Tommy is a very patient and enthusiastic teacher. Even before we began our lessons, he was already very attentive to my needs and recommended instruments that are suitable for me as a beginner. In our lessons, Tommy likes to use real-life examples to help me better understand the concepts, which has been greatly beneficial to my learning and has made it much more interesting. I’m very happy to have Tommy as my teacher and I thoroughly enjoy my time with him every week!
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    March 29, 2022



    Tommy is not only a wonderful trombone musician …. he is equally a great trombone teacher. He has a skilled way of expressing concepts around HOW to play technically and musically. Hes patient and keeps things moving along week to week. Highly recommended!!!
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    February 22, 2022

    Frequently asked questions

    My typical process for working with a new student is to begin with the end in mind. According to the particular needs and expectations of the student, we discuss attainable and measurable goals for a given period of time. With that in mind, I devise tailor-made lesson plans that may include materials from esteemed method books (Arban, Bordogni, Cimera, Edwards, Mantia, Marstellar, Schlossberg, etc.) and exercises of my own design. Whether there is an exam or an audition, understanding what we are working towards ensures a great start of our shared musical journey.

    I hold degrees from The Chinese University of Hong Kong and Rutgers University in the United States, where my principal teachers included Jarod Vermette of the Hong Kong Philharmonic and Colin Williams of the New York Philharmonic. Currently, I'm pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Brass Performance at Boston University under the tutelage of Toby Oft, Principal Trombone of Boston Symphony Orchestra.

    Price varies according to the needs of the students. Included in the price is my availability outside of lessons. I make sure any questions and concerns my students may have during the week are taken care of in a timely manner. Recording submissions are also welcome in exchange for concise comments via texts.

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    Services offered

    Brass Lessons