Brass lessons are designed to assist students of all levels in making their musical goals a reality. Specialized teachers help the students to understand the challenges of their instrument, and to develop and enhance the problem-solving skills that will serve them throughout their journey. Instruction focuses on building consistency and control of technique and expression, through the forming and strengthening of habits that accompany success. Instructors use a variety of instrument-specific method books, exercises, repertoire, practice tools, and strategies to complement the needs of the individual student.
Brass (trumpet/cornet, french horn, trombone, baritone/euphonium)
Beginner to intermediate brass students will likely start with the Essential Elements 2000 series before advancing to more complicated books like the Getchell Book of Practical Studies, or the Arban’s Complete Conservatory Method. For beginning students, an emphasis is put on developing techniques like scales, arpeggios, as well as a range of articulations. Music choice is catered to the student’s particular interest, but should always be challenging enough to require plenty of practice outside of lessons
For intermediate to advanced students; scales, arpeggios, and patterns are essential. Studies like the Chickowicz “Flow Studies”, H.L. Clarke Technical Studies for Trumpet, Rochut Melodious Etudes, elements of the Bill Adam routine are introduced as warm ups and practice to develop the perfect sound and control of the instrument. Repertoire is again catered to the student, and can include any music from outside ensembles, as well as standard repertoire like the Haydn Trumpet Concerto or the Kennan Sonata for Trumpet.
Students interested in studying jazz will likely work from the Jim Snidero Jazz Conception book, which is helpful for developing a sense of style and ability to read jazz charts. An emphasis is put on ear training and developing the ability to “play by ear” and to learn new tunes through this method.
All students at all levels are encouraged to listen to bring in music that they are interested in learning and to do as much independent listening as possible.
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