Hacklmusic Trumpet / Flgh Lessons (Classical & Jazz), Music Production & Equipment Optimization

Hacklmusic Trumpet / Flgh Lessons (Classical & Jazz), Music Production & Equipment Optimization

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About this pro

professional trumpet player & maker 

developed over the past 26 years my own playing and practicing technique

my teaching methodology how to play brass instruments the most efficient way works for every level and age group 

The lip is the sound source that creates a standing airwave within the instrument, and the trumpet functions as a filter and amplifier. 

I also developed a unique tongue technique that requires less movement when phrasing notes ( single, double, and triple tongue). Therefore it is faster, requires less effort, is very versatile, usable in any style of music, and is much more accurate in hitting the notes. 

If you understand these two aspects and are able to implement them you perform better with practicing less. 

I cover all aspects of trumpet playing, including technique, breathing, posture, embouchure, equipment, phrasing, sight-reading, improvisation, high range, endurance, sound quality, live performance, studio work, and repertoire. 

I'm teaching in an acoustically calibrated trumpet studio & offer professional recording services to my students. This is an excellent teaching and career tool for listening back and putting demos together. 

I'm an award-winning international touring artist and clinician (US, Austria, Brazil, Germany, Tunisia, Indonesia, Finland, Poland, Italy, etc.), hand crafting innovative horns & accessories, artistic director and founder of the Outreach Music Festival & Academy (established 1993), alumnus of the Conservatory of the City of Vienna (Austria) & Manhattan School of Music (Masters Degree)

Biography Franz:

The Early Years

A visionary and pioneer in his field, Franz Hackl Sr. dedicated his life to music.  A child prodigy, he set the course of his life’s work at a very early age and embarked on a journey that would forever empower the trumpet soloist.

1966, Franz Hackl Sr. and his childhood sweetheart and wife, welcomed home Franz Hackl Jr. - Franzi was born.  Like his father, Franzi developed a love for music at a very early age.  And, whether it was nature or, nurture, his technical abilities and his passion for his father’s instrument was distinct and unmistakeable.  At the tender age of 11, Franzi was an accomplished soloist and began performing at the age of 14 with the world-renowned Austrian brass band, Original Tiroler Kaiserjägermusik.  And, at the age of 15, Franzi kicked-off his first international tour.

 

Later in Life

Franzi explored multiple music genres and became captivated with the sounds of an American original – Jazz.  The complexities, the rhythms, the conversation.  It was, as Franzi realized, a dialogue among fellow performers – for all the world to witness and bask in.  Franzi proceeded to become an alumnus of the Conservatory of the City of Vienna.  In 1990, Franzi decided to further pursue his jazz soloist ambitions and he moved to New York to play and study.  He received an M.S. degree from the Manhattan School of Music, where he studied with trumpet legend, Lew Soloff.  And, in 2002, after moving to his new home in Harlem – he realized his dream to be in the heart of the cultural and music capital of New York.

 

After frequent collaborations with leading international artists in the field of Jazz, he began to focus on composition and leading his own projects. His stylistic versatility grew to include works for full orchestra, chamber groups, choral works, and multi-media events. He was commissioned to write original music for the “Year of the Mountains” launch event at the United Nations in New York, Trialog @ Hangar 7 (Red Bull), the opening of the Austrian Cultural Forum in New York, as well as composing for numerous international festivals and ensembles such as Tiroler Festspiele, European Forum Alpbach, Klangspuren, Festival der Regionen, and the Absolute Ensemble. 

 

Franz is a Col Legno Artist, a leading record label in the contemporary music field.  Today, Franzi leads the Franz Hackl Outreach Orchestra and the Franz Hackl IDO Quartet.  Franzi also leads the Franz Hackl Outreach Orchestra in Austria.  He co-leads B3+ with Dave Taylor on bass trombone and John Clark on French horn, Franz Hackl & Mino Cinelu Duo, and Franz Hackl & Michael Wolff Duo. Franzi also collaborates with Composers Concordance, is a member of Sound Liberation with Gene Pritsker, and groups led by trombone legend, Craig Harris. 

 

Outreach Music Festival

In 1993 Franzi founded Outreach Music, a trendsetting annual three-day music festival and year round academy that inspires musicians of all levels to expand their artistic vision, in his hometown of Schwaz, Austria.  A celebration of music and the arts, the Outreach Music festival is hosted in picturesque surroundings, featuring world-renowned artists and performers.  The academy achieved global appeal and is attended by patrons from around the world. 

 

Each year, fifteen ensembles perform original compositions specifically written for the unique theme of each year’s festival. Every festival celebrates 15 world premieres and features leading virtuosos from around the globe, including Europe, USA, South America, and Asia.  Rooted in jazz, performances bridge together artists from multiple genres, including, jazz, baroque, classical, contemporary classical, progressive rock, folk music, and world music. 

The first and last concert of the festival combines music, visual arts, and the spoken word. The visual spoken word music concert serves as our opening speech.

 

The Academy

The Outreach Music Academy is the most comprehensive summer workshop offering in Austria.  Two hundred classes are offered that cover a multitude of topics, including music theory and technical advancement.  Thirty-five international teaching artists lead focus groups, covering multiple skill levels and age groups.  Franzi leads the Master Class workshop series.

 

Brass Instrument Design and Manufacture

Founded in 1965 by Franz Hackl Sr., one of Europe’s elite brass instrument design and manufacturers was born.  Handcrafted using the finest materials, Hackl Music produces its instruments today using the same techniques developed over 50 years ago.  Custom made, each instrument is hand molded and assembled to strict specifications and individually customized to each performer’s requirements.  Using their combined knowledge and experience, Franz Sr. and Franzi continuously improve upon both the design and build of their product by leveraging from the latest technologies and, of course, their intimate knowledge of the horns that only a musician can fully appreciate and understand.

 

Awards & Accolades

Ganz Woche Preisträger Award received as a young artist

Verdienstkreuz Land Tirol Award received from the state of Tirol and is one of the highest honors that an artist can receive for their contributions to the performing arts

 

Performance Venues

Franzi performs at world renowned venues, including Jazz Standard (as a leader), Blue Note, Birdland, and Sweet Basil, to name a few. For the past 30 years he has toured the international festival circuit and a multitude of concert halls, including performances in Portugal, France, Austria, Germany, Italy, Indonesia, Tunisia, Brazil, USA, Denmark, Romania, Poland, Switzerland, Finland, and Estonia.

 

Franzi is a great proponent of cross-over projects.  One of the most successful and influential projects included ‘The Spoken Word & Musical Collage production “Freiheit-brennende Liebe“, featuring one of Europe’s leading actors, Tobias Moretti and the baroque orchestra „modern_times 1800“.  Franzi composed two orchestral works for these concerts, which premiered at the Theater an der Wien, Austria - where many of Beethoven’s works were premiered - and additional performances were given at major venues, including Tonhalle Düsseldorf, Germany and at Dogana, in Innsbruck, Austria. 

Today, Franzi continues to lead crossover projects with members of the Vienna Philharmonic, combining traditional Austrian brass music with jazz, classical and contemporary classical music, film music, and show tunes.

I love it that my system works very well for all levels and age groups. 

Currently, my youngest student is 8 years old, and my oldest one is 76. They are an inspiring mixture of beginners, music majors, comeback players, intermediate players, professionals, music teachers, members of brass bands, elementary - middle and high school students. 

I find it very exciting developing the best individual practice methods for each trumpet player based on his/her experience, talent, style of music, practice time available & short and long term goals. 

I also enjoy very much advising and custom fitting the perfect equipment setup, so it works perfectly with your playing style. 

It's all about the music, and the more efficient you play the horn, the more you can focus on the music. 

I enjoy the challenges and inspiring experience being a part of your journey, becoming the best musician you can be. 

 

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15 Reviews

5.0

  • Edgar Maldonado

    Franz has already identified places that could use improvement after a few lessons, in both my playing and posture and has set up appropriate exercises to help practice proper technique. Very informative and helpful as a teacher.

  • KA DeMay

  • Joseph Drisgula

    Motivated and very relaxing teaching Experience

  • Gary Ruinsky

    In a word, fantastic!


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FAQs


What is your typical process for working with a new student?

First, I ask the student what he/she wants to achieve in terms of short and long term goals. Then I analyze the body language and level of playing and develop together with the student an optimized practice routine. I will take into account how much practice time he/she can invest. The goal is to play the most efficient way and to become your own teacher. This will guarantee constant improvement. I also can be helpful finding or adjusting the equipment so it serves best the preferred playing style. If my customers play on a professional level I will recommend them for gigs as well.

I also can incorporate apps and computer programs into my teaching. This will be of significant additional benefit.


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

I graduated from the Conservatory of the City of Vienna in Austria and have a Masters Degree from the Manhattan School of Music in NYC both as a trumpet major. 

I'm a professional brass instrument maker and did learn my trade at my family-owned business in Austria. 

I own a US patent for a brass instrument mouthpiece system.  Designed or co-designed several trumpet and flügelhorn models ( among them the Hybrass, which is half brass and half wood) and trumpet accessories ( Deflexxbrass an acoustic monitoring system). Since 1993 I run the Outreach Music Academy.


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

I offer different packages depending on the duration of the lesson, if the customer comes to my trumpet studio ( I'm teaching in an acoustically calibrated room) or if I teach at the customer's house or online. 

It's best to request a quote on an individual basis.


How did you get started teaching?

I started playing the trumpet over 40 years ago. My father is a great trumpet player and brass instrument maker, so I grew up with it. 

I was a child protégé starting playing solos with local brass bands when I was 11. When I turned professional and moved to NYC over 25 years ago, I started to tour internationally and at the same time was offered to teach Masterclasses and at workshops in many different countries ( USA, Austria, Germany, Poland, Tunisia) 

I enjoy this very much since I combine my expertise as a professional player, educator, and brass instrument maker. I love to help musicians become better instrumentalists so they can focus on music and don't have to worry about high range, endurance, tone quality, etc.


What types of students have you worked with?

I'm happy to say that my system works very well for all levels and age groups. 

Currently, my youngest student is 8 years old, and my oldest one is 76. They are an inspiring mixture of beginners, music majors, comeback players, intermediate players, professionals, music teachers, members of brass bands, elementary - middle and high school students. 

I find it very exciting developing the best individual practice methods for each trumpet player based on his/her experience, talent, style of music, practice time available & short and long term goals. 

I also enjoy very much advising and custom fitting the perfect equipment setup, so it works perfectly with your playing style. 

It's all about the music, and the more efficient you play the horn, the more you can focus on the music. 

I enjoy the challenges and inspiring experience being a part of your journey, becoming the best musician you can be. 


Describe a recent event you are fond of.

I'm fond of my Outreach Music Academy & Festival, which I established in 1993, and it developed into one of the most important music festivals and academies in Europe. 

2019 was the most successful edition ever, and expanded plans for 2020 are already in place. 2 of the leading radio stations in Germany and Austria (WDR3 and Ö1) record the whole festival, which features internationally established artists from the fields of jazz, classical, contemporary classical, progressive rock, chamber music, and folk music. The academy is attended by an average of 140 students.


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

The NYC area has so many great trumpet players and teachers. 

Some of them are both. 

Take advantage of this ideal situation and get information and/or take lessons from a few trumpet players to make sure finding the best fit for your needs. 


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

How much time they can invest in practice. 

Where they want to be musically in the short, mid and long term. 

What are their plans, if any, for live performances & recording projects.