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Ivan O In HomeHome
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Instruments: Trumpet
Styles: Classical, Jazz, Marching Band, Avant-Garde

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Ivan O In Home
Instruments: Trumpet
Styles: Classical, Jazz, Marching Band, Avant-Garde

Where I Teach:
In Your Home My Studio Online
Ages Taught: 9-80
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Degrees / Training / Special Info:
BA, SUNY Plattsburgh, English/Music
Overview:
Having been an active musician for most of my life, I am a very diverse and well-rounded instructor. I love sharing my enthusiasm for all things musical with my students, and while I am a multi-instrumentalist my focus is on the trumpet, which I have been playing and performing for over twenty years. I graduated from SUNY Plattsburgh with a minor in Music, where I performed with the Concert Band, Jazz band, Brass Ensemble, and other groups (both curricular and extracurricular). I work out of my home studio in Rochester, NY.
EXPERIENCE
I started teaching trumpet while I was in college to my younger sister, who was in middle school at the time, helping her to master techniques that she was struggling with in school. This continued until she graduated in 2018. While this is my first attempt at teaching professionally, I have a solid understanding of what is required to help students grow and improve with their instruments thanks to my own formal training. I put an emphasis on regular practice sessions and independent learning; practicing lesson material is important, but it is equally important that students don't limit themselves to just that. I aim to find out what my students want to accomplish and help them reach and build on those goals.
METHODS USED
For beginners, I use the Breeze-Easy Method for Trumpet by John Kinyon for establishing fundamentals and build from there, introducing solo material when appropriate. I put an emphasis on not only learning scales, but becoming comfortable with different key signatures. For intermediate to advanced students, I tailor the lessons for each individual based on their skill level and particular needs, whether it be practicing music for school ensembles, solo performances, their own compositions, or anything else they might need help with.
LESSON STYLE
I still vividly remember the sense of accomplishment I would get as a student after performances, or whenever I managed to master something difficult. It was immensely rewarding, and I love being able to share this with others. I personally believe that music is its own reward, but every student is different. Therefore, it is important for me to find out what drives each student and to help them set goals for themselves based on this that are ultimately realistic but still challenging. There is no incentive greater than accomplishing what you set out for yourself to do.
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Laela

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At the time when Ivan was teaching me, I was struggling with double-tonguing for both a marching band piece and a fast section of the trumpet solo “Purcell’s Trumpet Voluntary”. I was working on the solo for the NYSSMA solo festival and from his personal experience in the solo festivals, he was able to give me some valuable advice. I wasn’t confident in my playing, and he gave me confidence. He showed me how to improve my posture and trumpet position, which basically helped every aspect of my playing. Double tonguing was tough, and I was a stubborn learner, but he stuck with me until I was able to play the pieces to his satisfaction. He gave me advice of how to practice it constantly so that I could do it easily when I WAS playing - he regaled me with stories of how he would walk home making the double and triple tonguing motions in his mouth without the trumpet or mouthpiece, keeping the time with his steps. I did the same, and it became easier to double-tongue. Double-tonguing (and triple tonguing) was one of the hardest things I’ve learned on the trumpet, and Ivan made it so much easier. And while Ivan was my tutor outside of my high school, I learned to double-tongue faster than the rest of my peers in my high school band, so it really helped me when we were playing a fast piece. The tips and advice he gave me didn’t just help me with certain pieces, either. While I was receiving conventional beginner’s education from my high school on how to correctly hold a trumpet, Ivan told me the most efficient way to do so - the hand position he taught me was a more natural position for my hand and allowed me to play the keys faster and less awkwardly than the way that all of my other classmates had been taught. If you know Ivan as a friend, you’ll know he’s both firm and encouraging as well as compassionate and understanding.This is evident in his teaching, as well as his knowledge that confidence is key, which he encourages.

Review posted on Feb 13, 2019
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