Thomas J. Appert Brass Lessons

Thomas J. Appert Brass Lessons

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Experienced brass teacher.  Coach for many ensembles,conducting large ensembles.  Many students selected for regional and all state groups and accepted into university and conservatory programs.  French Horn specialist with much experience teaching other brass.  Enthusiastic and encouraging teacher. Currently adjunct teacher at Kean University and The Pingry School.

It's great watching students develop musical and intellectual skills while learning to play music. I've been teaching for over 30 years and enjoy getting to know parents and students - it's especially gratifying to see so much growth in musicianship over our time together.

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Warren, NJ 07059
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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

After getting acquainted, the student plays something, then off we go.  Each lesson is a combination of working on fundamental technique, study material, sight reading, solo playing and music the student wants to go over.  (We often prepare music for school ensemble or regional or all state groups).  Something new I've added recently is an improvisation segment for each lesson.  This helps with listening, ear training, reinforcing basic instrumental skills; more important, it's fun to be creative.

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

I hold bachelors and masters degrees in music education.  I've studied French Horn with masters of the instrument, expecially Mr. Harry Berv (Philadelphia Orchestra, NBC Symphony) and Mr. Ranier DeIntinis (New York Philharmonic).  I have many years' experience teaching brass; my students routinely perform with regional and all-state ensembles.  I continue to learn more about the instruments and about teaching every day by reading the latest research, listening to the great performers, and by discussion with other teachers.

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

My normal fees:

Half hour lesson - $40

45 minute lesson - $60

Hour lesson - $80

How did you get started teaching?

I love playing brass instruments (and string bass).  As a young student, I played trumpet for several years, switched to tuba (that was not too hard since I played piano and could already read bass clef), then to French horn after hearing the Prelude to Act III of Lohengrin with its great horn part.  My junior high orchestra director thought that since I already played so many instruments, I should think about teaching music.

That was that.  I've been teaching instrumental and choral music ever since.

What types of students have you worked with?

All types - the one thing they have in common: a desire to make music and play a brass instrument.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

Writing this in July 2017 - I just finished working at the New Jersey Youth Symphony's Summer Orchestra Camp.  I've been doing this since 2001.  Over the years, I've conducted the orchestra or the wind ensemble and coached brass.

The camp is a real treat - great students, great staff.  Yesterday was our final concert and, as usual, it was great.

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

1.  Really want to learn the instrument.

2.  Look for a compatible teacher.  (I always have a trial period of 4-6 weeks for parents and students to see if we are a good fit).

3.  Be willing to practice regularly.

4.  Be ready to have a great time learning.

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

1.  What instrument am I most interested in?

2.  Am I best suited to this instrument? Think about your physical capacities.

3.  Do I have a place to perform as I get to be a better player?

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