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Instruments: Trumpet, Trombone
Styles: Classical, Jazz, Pop, Rock, Blues

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David A In Home In Studio
Instruments: Trumpet, Trombone
Styles: Classical, Jazz, Pop, Rock, Blues

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In Your Home My Studio Online
Ages Taught: 5-80
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Degrees / Training / Special Info:
Bachelor of Music, University of the Arts, Music Education/Performance.
Awards:

1980...1984 : Principal Trumpet, Orquest Sinfonica de Maracaibo 

1983 - Performances at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center

1976 -  Trumpet for Leonard Bernstien's "1600 Pennsylvania Avenue", Forrest Theater, Phila., PA

1976 - Principal Trumpet, Colorado Philharmonic 

1974...1980  - 1st/Lead Trumpet, Valley Forge Music Fair, Devon PA 

 

 

 

Overview:
I am an enthusiatic and personable teacher with experience spanning 3 decades and 2 continents.   I graduated from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, where I was a student of Anthony Marchione (former Principal Trumpet with the Columbia Symphony, and teacher of Randy Brecker and Lee Morgan).  In the classical field, I have worked directly with Leonard Bernstein on the Broadway show "1600 Pennsylvania Avenue" and have served as Principal Trumpet with the Colorado Philharmonic, the Concerto Soloists of Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Orchestra Brass Quintet. In the commercial field, I have played trumpet for entertainers such as Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Johnny Mathis, Steve Lawrence & Edi Gorme,Michel Legrand, Nancy Wilson, Lena Horne, Michael Jackson, Sammy Davis Jr, Diana Ross, The Spinners, The Temptations, and others.  My passion and practical experience in the music field make me well suited to guide students of all ages and help them to enjoy learning music at all levels and styles. My teaching studio is a large, open and finished space -  well suited accoustically to hearing ones true sound (important for development) and is complete with audio and video systems to aid in teaching through illustration as needed.  The student  will feel relaxed, focused and "at home" in this space. 
EXPERIENCE
I began teaching at the age of 19, at Northeast Catholic High School, Paul VI High School and numerous grade schools throughout the Philadelphia area.  By the age of 20, I was teaching at the Conservatory Division of the University of the Arts in Philly.  While working with the Orquesta Sinfonica de Maracaibo, I was a teacher in the famed "La Sistema" music programs in Venezuela, teaching in the cities of Maracaibo, Coro, Barquisimeto and Caracas.  Throughout my teaching career, I have been guided by three principles:  1)  In music education, "music" is the adjective and "education" is the noun.  It is most important to educate the student *through* music, with the ultimate aim of "teaching them to teach themselves", so that they can enjoy a life of learning in music.  2) Care about the student as an individual.  No student advances unless they are working with a teacher who truly CARES about them as individuals as well as their musical progress.  My goal is always to first determine what is truly important for the individual student and then HELP them achieve their goals, while helping them to discover who THEY are as musicians and students. 3) Learning and playing music MUST be enjoyable and fun.  State of mind in learning is everything.  We cannot be succesful in learning to perform musically, if we are not enjoying the journey!
METHODS USED
I use the musical methods that work and produce results for the indvidual - without overlooking the need to instill discipline and musical rudiments required for mastery. For brand new brass students, I begin with basics of embouchure formation, in a fun way... using a progression of "free buzzing", mouthpiece playing, ultimately leading to playing on the horn.  This will take a few days to a week to establish. The result is a firm foundation and understanding that will last a lifetime. I work with all of the standard brass methods, selecting those that are appropriate for the individual. For example,  Rubank, Hal Leonard, Schlossberg,  Herbert Clarke, Arbans, Charlier, etc.  I believe in teaching technique as much as possible through MUSIC (not just exercises).  To this aim, I encourage students to play everything from simple songs and tunes to the "classic" literature such as Haydn, Hummel, and Hindemith - and orchestral etudes (as appropriate).  Finally, I believe in making all students aware of the harmonic structure underlying music by introducing them to jazz patterns in ii-V-I progressions and various forms of modal scales, to round out their musical knowledge. 
LESSON STYLE
I believe in the "dichotomy" of learning at ones own natural pace, combined with the need to cover all of the rudiments required for building the firm physical and musical foundation required for brass playing. My style and approach in lessons is to be encouraging, upbeat, enthusiastic and to always emphasize the enjoyment and fun that can be attained through good "old fashioned" hard work: Gratification that comes from appying yourself is the most fun of all - especially as you realize your goals! 
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