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MM, Berklee School of Music Valencia, Contemporary Performance (Production emphasis) BM, California State University Northridge, Jazz Performance
2016 - Led Berklee jazz combo in Umbria Jazz Festival 2016 - Guest performer and clinician at Igraj se z Mano (a Slovenian music festival meant to benefit children with special needs) 2015 - Played on the 3/11 cruise with renowned reggae band Papafish 2013 - Best Jazz Combo Composition award in CSUN 2012 - Soloist in the award winning CSUN A Band (placed first in Monterey Next Gen and Reno Jazz Festivals)
Hey, my name is Dylan. I started playing trumpet in middle school band and have now been playing for ten plus years. I did a BM in Jazz Performance at California State University Northridge where I studied with some amazing trumpet teachers like Wayne Bergeron, John Lewis, John Daversa, and Howie Shear. Then, I went on to do a MM in Performance at Berklee School of Music where I had some incredible playing opportunities like leading a jazz combo in the Umbria Jazz Festival in Italy and performing at the World of Business Ideas convention in Madrid.
Inside and outside of school, I have experience playing almost any genre and feel comfortable working on reggae, ska, flamenco, jazz, bossa-nova, afro-cuban, classical, soul, rock, and electronic musics. I produce and write my own music too. I use a lot of Ableton Live and Pro Tools and I'm especially specialized in recording and mixing trumpet. I've done scoring, audio editing, sound design, and beat making and would be happy to teach any of those skills or even how to use a DAW. All in all, I believe the combination of my professional experiences and my educational experiences gives me an abundance of resources to pool on when teaching. And, I'm excited to be able to share all the knowledge and tricks I've learned with others!
I've been teaching since being in college around 2012. I've mostly taught privately, but have also taught groups when acting as a clinician for a few high schools and festivals. Over time, I've found that everyone learns differently, especially for trumpet. Personally, I struggled through a ton of different methods to build my range and sound before finding exercises that actually felt like they worked. So, I like to hear the student, and try different exercises/methods before finding what clicks. After that, the most important thing I've found is to keep a student mentally engaged and motivated. Most people progress when they're challenged at the proper pace, and aren't running the same routine over and over without using their brain. Setting goals, working on fun pieces (no matter the style), and trying to take the monotony away from exercises, scales, etc. has been the best solution for this.
For beginning students, I'll typically start with learning how to buzz properly/creating a sound on the instrument. Then, move towards Arban's book exercises which will slowly teach proper fingerings, lip flexibility, long tones, note reading, and rhythm. The goal will be to work towards being able to read and play a simple piece either in the Arban's book or of the student's choosing.
For intermediate to advanced students, I like to spend part of the lesson time on fundamentals no matter what the focus is. At its simplest form, this could be lip slurs to improve flexibility, long tones to improve tone, Clarke exercises to improve finger dexterity, and Schlossberg/Stamp exercises to work on efficiency/range. Once a routine/exercise becomes too monotonous, I'll swap it out or write it differently to make sure it stays mentally engaging. After that, I want to set goals and work on music that the student wants to or needs to work on. I believe working on a mix of fundamentals and challenging music leads to great progression!
For jazz students, I'll start off teaching common chords in the jazz idiom, how they typically function, and what scale to play over those chords. From there, I'll teach basic Two Five One theory highlighting the three seven relationship while also introducing the bebop dominant scale. After that, we'll be ready to learn to play a Tin Pin Alley jazz standard of the student's choosing. I typically run standards with a play-along in lessons, and trade choruses with my student as I find there's a lot to gain from playing together. While learning the standard, I'll encourage the student to transcribe a solo of a player they like over that song, and will also slowly introduce jazz licks that teach upper extensions and chromatic approach tones.
The goal of my lessons is for students of any skill level to grow towards playing as effortlessly as possible. I've accumulated a wealth of knowledge to work on and communicate fundamentals like breath control, embouchure, tone, rhythm, music theory, etc. Setting goals and acknowledging accomplishments goes miles for just about anybody. So, depending on the needs and learning habits of the student, I'll use methods that seem most appropriate to keeping a proper pace, staying motivated, and gaining control of the instrument!
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