Christopher Norris Trumpet/Music Theory  Studio

Christopher Norris Trumpet/Music Theory Studio

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About this pro

The methodology I use makes use of modeling. It is similar to the adage "A picture is worth a thousand words". Students can progress quickly with this approach. Tone, range, dynamics, flexibility, tonguing, finger control, intonation and sight-reading are all part of developing a trumpeter who is musical. 

I love teaching trumpet. Aside from helping students at times with Advanced Placement Music Theory questions my focus is on teaching trumpet. I was extremely fortunate to have studied with several trumpet teachers that influenced me greatly and I like to pass that enthuasism and knowledge along to others.

I have many years experience teaching trumpet privately. My studio is well setup to teach via Zoom or in person. I utilize excellent microphones and share an IPad Pro with my computer screen so student and teacher are literally on the same page.

I am retired from a very successful and rewarding 32 year career as a high school band director where I conducted concert band, wind ensemble, jazz bands brass ensembles and other ensembles. I also actively freelanced as a professional trumpet player for decades.

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Cherry Hill, NJ 08002
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3 Reviews


  • Jessica DeBear

    Mr. Norris is the utmost professional and exactly what we were looking for in a teacher. My daughter has been taking lessons with him for nearly two years and she has significantly improved during that time. He helped her for a jazz band audition, where she made it in and is now helping her prep for an audition for all SJ band. He is so kind and gives clear instructions and corrections. And he is easy to reach and is always prompt in returning an email or call. He is simply the BEST and I just can’t say enough about how fortunate we are to have found him!

  • Sami Goldberg

    I’m currently a senior at Berklee College of Music double majoring in Film Scoring and Composition. When I was in high school, I studied AP Music Theory with Mr. Norris and earned a 5 on the AP Music Theory Exam. Mr. Norris modifies his teaching approach to match the individual needs of each student. He engages the students by playing examples on the piano and trumpet and playing audio examples of multiple genres, while establishing the foundation of different concepts. His passion and enthusiasm for teaching music theory encouraged me to do my best and motivated me to pursue music beyond the classroom.

  • Jackson Joyce

    Christopher Norris excels in being able to teach music theory to students of all skill levels in a way that makes the difficult topics easy to pick up on and master. He ensures that I and his other students understand every topic very well before moving on, and is able to connect newer, more difficult topics to simpler ones to make them easier to understand. Above all, Christopher Norris is very engaging and committed to his students and makes learning music theory a fun process.

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

I studied with Professor Emeritus William Adam at IU and utilize his pedagogical approach to trumpet instruction. A beautiful sound is most important aspect of playing. Technical aspects such as range, endurance, flexibility, tonguing, sight-reading are some of the facets of my approach to teaching trumpet.

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

Master Degree Music: Trumpet Performance, Indiana University School of Music, Bloomington IN

Bachelor in Music Education, Philadelphia College of the Performing Arts (formerly PMA and currently University of the Arts)

Bachelor in Music, Trumpet Performance, Philadelphia College of the Performing Arts. 

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

$65 per hour. 45 minute $50.

How did you get started teaching?

Began teaching students as an undergraduate. Many years as an active freelance trumpeter. Certified to teach music by the state of New Jersey.

What types of students have you worked with?

Beginner to advanced.I like working with different types of students from young to adults. 

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

Having students successfully audition for college and university as well as regional and all state honor bands.

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

Find someone highly qualified, experienced, and who possess a strong knowledge of brass pedagogy.

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

Am I willing to work and invest in myself to improve my technical and musicianship skills?