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 in theme parks, on cruise ships, with symphony orchestras all the way to jazz bands, as well as touring in orchestras with Broadway shows.
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 the muscular conditioning to consistently play a brass instrument
· 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. I've had instructors who have really changed my life, and I strive to become such an instructor.
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, I like to have students play something that they feel is in their comfort zone so I can get an idea of general skill and their confidence levels. I then can ask them to play a few things and see what pushes their technique, so we can set up a protocol to move forward. It's also important for me to understand what it is about the trumpet or music that they enjoy so we can create some goals outside of the fundamentals of the trumpet.
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.
My pricing goes up as my time slots fill. At this point, I'm doing $15 for an 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+ age 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.