Why study with me?
I have been teaching lessons for over 20 years, and have coached students at all levels of development – from beginners, to advanced college students and professionals. My teaching philosophy is a student-centered approach, meaning my first goal is to get to know you, understand your goals, and listen to you play. From there, I can tailor a unique learning plan that is best suited to your personal development.
The specific pedagogical techniques and musical exercises I use in the teaching studio are based on my own experiences as a performer, the tips and tricks I’ve learned from my own amazing teachers, and the research-based understandings I gained from an extensive dissertation project on the topic of brass pedagogy (read more about it here). In particular, I focus on:
- Airflow, ease of movement, and efficiency
- Teaching tone production through an external focus/focus on sound
- Building skills incrementally, so that they stick
- Developing creativity and a musical voice
- A multi-style approach to music-learning
- A strong basis in healthy fundamentals to support lifelong playing
Most importantly, I strive to meet each student exactly where they are, and then take them as far as I can from there! No need to be intimidated, or feel like lessons aren’t for you – everyone can learn and grow, no matter your age or level.
For more information about private lessons, please visit my Trombone Topics page, or email me at email@example.com.
Studio location: Mt San Antonio College, Walnut, CA or ONLINE from anywhere
Instruments: Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba