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2009 North American Brass Band Association Solo Division 1st Place
2012 + 2013 National Trumpet Competition Solo Competition 3rd and 2nd Places
2017 Eastman School of Music Sidney Myer Trumpet Prize
2019 Philip Jones International Brass Ensemble Competition Semi-Finalist
2021 Mannes School of Music Full Tuition Scholarship
Dean is a thoughtful, talented And passionate person. For as long as I’ve know Dean it has been a privilege to glean practical knowledge And lessons that are now ingrained in my own playing. There are very few people who can talk trumpet for hours without losing curiosity. I believe weather you are just starting out, or are a seasoned professional, Dean can help bring a fresh look at your current playing. He will intuitively prescribe valuable exercises and approaches to better your music making.
The very first thing I'd want any aspiring musician to know about Dean, is that he's super thoughtful, and always makes meaningful suggestions! In my experience with him throughout my high school and undergraduate career, he has given me lessons and directions that I'll carry with me through my entire life, all of which apply to both the trumpet, and my everyday life! What's so inspiring about Dean as a teacher, is that he always has an alternative approach to give, incase the first one doesn't work for you. He understands that each student is different, and goes out of his way to find new and ingenious methods to move his students in the direction to be an astounding musician! If you haven't already listened to him perform, what are you waiting for? You'll easily understand what makes Dean Oaks a highly competent teacher, with the humbling musicianship to back it up!
Dean is an amazing teacher and friend! He is very prepared for every lesson I have had with him. He shows me new strategies and techniques all the time that help me become a better player. Dean is the type of musician that you could listen to all day and never get tired of it. I highly recommend Dean as a teacher! He will push you and guide you to become the best musician that you can be!
Dean is a passionate musician who cares and understands how to teach the basics of the trumpet, breathing, articulations, and having students think outside the box. I have taken multiple lessons with Dean, and I always come out with a better understanding of how to approach the trumpet. I personally trust his knowledge, and Dean does not have a “one-way approach” of teaching. There are many teachers out there who say, “do this, and moves on.” Dean is detail-oriented and will spot weak points in my playing and suggest many ways of fixing or being aware of that problem that I never realized. I recommend Dean as a teacher for whoever wants to learn how to play the trumpet.
Dean is someone who I have worked with on a regular basis through Boston University. He is an extremely talented and hard-working musician who just so happens to be an equally fantastic trumpet player. He's very knowledgeable and from the few lessons I've had with him, I've always come out with more knowledge than I came in with, whether it was techniques: how to approach a certain piece/etude or exercise, working through issues in my playing and sound and understanding why I was either consciously or unconsciously doing the things I was doing, or just the actual facets of the trumpet itself. I highly recommend him to anyone looking for a teacher!
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