Vince Tillona Trumpet Lessons

Vince Tillona Trumpet Lessons

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About this pro

I know that no two players are the same. Every student needs to be taught based on an individually tailored program. Above all, students need to understand that they're making music first and foremost. I'm old school in my teaching approach and teach the sound fundamentals of the Schlossberg school. I'm extremely patient and I strive to make lessons fun and engaging. 

I'm a graduate of the Mannes Collage of Music ('82) and was taught by the finest players and teachers of the time. I have a passion for teaching. I love nothing more than to see my students succeed using the sound fundamentals I teach them to apply.

I enjoy seeing improvement in my students. I like helping my students learn how to make music and participating with them on that journey.

I taught a great deal when graduated from school. I stopped for a while byt I've been teaching for about the last 10 years. I like to set goals and plan ways to achieve them. 

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Wyckoff, NJ 07481
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  • Kim Palmer

    Vince, an experienced trumpet player, can instruct a novice or an advanced musician. Vince currently works with my son who is a fourth grader. My son improves with every lesson that he does with Vince. He is patient, offers tips, and assigns appropriate practice for him. My son learns more from him in a short time than months of music instruction at school. I highly recommend him!!!

  • Alan Newfield

    Being a novice I find it very enjoyable that he is always coming up with new drills that help me achieve goals that seemed at one point unattainable. His knowledge, experience and patience help make my improvement with the trumpet a reason that I will continue to work with Vince.


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

We start with an evaluation lesson. During this session we identify where the student and I believe help is needed. We test the embouchure, range, tone quality, and skill level, I ask an extensive set of questions to gather required information. We identify the method books the student has and uses. We look at the instument to make sure it's appropriate for the player's skill level.  

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

I have a degree from the Mannes College of Music and studied with some of the finest pedagogues of the time including Bill Vacchiano and Vince Panzerella. My first teacher was a gentleman named Paul Kovarick who was a student of Max Schlossberg and was a proponent of his school of teaching. Bill Vacchiano was also a Schlossberg student and Vince Panzerella was a student of Arnold Jacobs. 

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

My rate is $60 an hour and $40 a half hour. The first lesson (the evaluation lesson) is $30. Students that refer new students to me get a free lesson following the new students first full (non-evaluation) lesson. Lesson packages of 10 or more lessons are available at discounted rates with payment due in advance. 

How did you get started teaching?

I've always loved teaching and I've always had a great respect for teachers. When I graduated from school it as something that just developed because people felt I was good at explaining things and was very patient. 

What types of students have you worked with?

I've worked with brand new players from ages 8 to 60. I've worked with advanced players that had specific problems that they want to work though. I've worked with high school students preparing for collage entry exams. There's isn't an age group or playing level that I haven't worked with.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

Two of my beginning students game to one of my concerts. One is 10 years old and the other is 58 years old. 

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

Be sure the teacher is listening to you and your concerns. They should focus on your individual playing level and treat you with respect and patience. Don't study with someone who's doing it purely for the money. They're easy to spot. 

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

They should be able to clearly explain the problem. They should also be able to explain what they have been doing to correct it, if anything. 

Learning and improving is about critical thinking and self-analysis. Students should think through their own process and be able to explain it clearly. 

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