I currently teach trumpet from my music studio in the Heights area of Houston. It is inside the 610 Loop, and close to I-10 and I-45. I also teach trumpet at the University of St. Thomas in the museum area of Houston. I taught trumpet and chamber music at the University of Houston and the American Festival for the Arts for about 10 years, and have also taught trumpet at Houston Baptist University.
I studied music, attending the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, PA and Rice University here in Houston, and now teach in my home studio in addition to playing with the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra (ROCO), the ROCO Brass Quintet, Opera in the Heights, and Jazz Forever. I have also performed with the Houston Bach Society, the Houston Ballet, the Houston Grand Opera and the Houston Symphony, and have appeared with Boomtown Brass Band.
In my teaching, I focus on playing the trumpet as easily as possible, encouraging the student to hear the desired sound and pitch in his/her imagination, and developing the ability to read printed music, so that we may cover the desired repertoire together.
I enjoy interacting with my students and getting to know them personally, and learning their interests so that I may teach them in the most effective way. I also invite them to concerts which I think they might enjoy!
I started with George my sophomore of high school and continued with him until I graduated. He was an amazing teacher and mentor who transformed my playing and helped me grow as a person. He was there to help me prepare for every audition I took from all-state to the Houston Youth Symphony to college auditions. His wealth of knowledge and connections are invaluable. There is no trumpet teacher in the Houston area I could recommend more.
I studied with George in high school transitioning into college for around three years and the experience he shared with me helped me reach greater heights in musicianship than I ever could have hoped for on my own. When I first heard about switching lesson teachers, I was a bit apprehensive. I'm glad I gave it a go since Mr. Chase invites a mix of kindness, professionalism, calm demeanor whenever one meets him! During lessons, he keeps the tension low (such as telling jokes), but the experience with the music intense. He loves to hone in on details after one plays and reviews one's playing to help them in any way he can. Giving examples of how to perform techniques, such as breathing exercises or embouchure training, improved my endurance to play the more advanced pieces of music. One of the most dramatic changes in my trumpet playing was my sound. When I first met Mr. Chase, my sound was one of the weaker parts of my skillset. Once he and I really delved deep into the problem to figure out how to fix my sound quality, it became one of the strongest tools that I acquired. All in all, I felt that George was inspirational, one of the best student-teacher relationships I have ever had, and a fantastic person to study trumpet with!
I assess their ease of playing, level of ear training and knowledge of the instrument and music, and chart a path forward to advance all areas.
I went to music school (Curtis Institute of Music and Rice University) and finished my Master of Music degree. I perform professionally in ROCO (the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra), the ROCO Brass Quintet, Opera in the Heights and Jazz Forever.
I have a standard pricing system; my rates are $50 for 30 minutes, $65 for 45 minutes, and $85 for an hour.
I began working with my schoolmates while in high school, and began teaching adults while still in college in Philadelphia.
I have worked with students ranging in age from elementary school students to retired adults.
I am fond of performing in concerts with the ROCO Brass Quintet!! We make each concert a very personal experience for the audience.
I would look for a teacher who is knowledgeable and personable, and with whom you have confidence that you can make progress. I would also encourage students to look for someone who actually performs, to benefit from that perspective.
I'd recommend that they reflect on what they want to learn, what music they like, and how much time they have to practice and what their own practice habits are, currently.