Since my graduation from the University of South Carolina, I have enjoyed a varied career in performing many genres of music around the world and in the United States. I have performed pop music while sailing around the Mediterranean Sea, touring with Broadway shows in the United States, and, recently, playing jazz in New York City. My journey has also led me to learn about the physical practice of the trumpet, which has given a totally new approach on how to instruct students in a highly personal way.
I am confident that I can contribute as your trumpet instructor, because of my varied career and the skills I am able to teach. Specifically:
· The traditional approach to trumpet playing, which builds a strong musician who can play with others
· The physical practice of trumpet, which takes into account each student uniquely to correct their playing
· Jazz improvisation
· Commercial music style (rock, Broadway, salsa, pop, etc.)
· Music theory and aural skills
Through the study of music, I have learned about much more than just music. The life lessons I've learned, the people I've met, and the person I've become matter just as much as learning how to blow through a brass pipe. I want to pass on not just the musical lessons, but also the life lessons that can be taught to anyone through music.
He taught me proper breathing, by showing me different techniques to help me improve my intonation. He also helped me improve my timing. Hunter is very easy to understand, and helped me improve my weak points, I really enjoyed my lessons with Hunter! I would take lessons wit him again.
A first lesson should cover a few things: 1. Finding out the student's overall goals as a musician, 2. Learning the student's strengths, and 3. Learning the student's weaknesses. In the first lesson, there are also several mechanical errors that can be spotted and make improvements in one's playing from the first lesson. These errors usually cause a lot of the common brass problems, and exercises will be assigned to correct those problems.
I received my Bachelor's degree in music from the University of South Carolina, and have studied with about a dozen teachers around the country including international soloists, orchestral and opera orchestra musicians, chop doctors, jazz players, and lead trumpet players.
Since I am technically a "young" teacher, my rates are low for New York standards.
Pricing is as follows:
$25 for 30 minutes
$35 for 45 minutes
$45 for 1 hour
A professor at USC reached out to me about teaching in a community program that focused on teaching music to working adults and senior citizens.
Most of the students I have worked with for a longer period of time were in the 45+ range.
After looking back on the many teachers I've had, You need to find someone who is going to lift you up, not tear you down. A student should be pushed consistently to grow, but some teachers can about it the wrong way and end up causing long term confidence issues. I want my students to be fearless and not be afraid to try anything, but also knowing the etiquette that is needed to participate in a rehearsal or performance.
It's probably best to not to overthink any issues. If you overthink an issue in a negative way, it could continue to spiral. I would suggest simply writing down your observation in a note pad. If you work on fixing it, write down what you think the best fix was, and bring that to your teacher. After working through several issues with a teacher, the student will learn how to fix their own problems.