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Justin W In HomeHome
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Instruments: Trumpet, Trombone
Styles: Classical, Jazz, Pop, Rock, Blues

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Justin W In Home
Instruments: Trumpet, Trombone
Styles: Classical, Jazz, Pop, Rock, Blues

Where I Teach:
In Your Home My Studio Online
Ages Taught: 5-80
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Degrees / Training / Special Info:
BM, Southern Methodist University, Trumpet Performance, Minor in Mathematics
Awards:

2013 - Third Trumpet with Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestra

2013 - Finalist for principal trumpet audition for Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestra

2010 - Finalist for orchestral mock audition at Summit Brass summer institute in Denver, Co.

2007 - SMU artistic scholarship recipient

 

Overview:
I graduated in 2011 from SMU with my music degree in Trumpet Performance, and have been teaching privately in the Dallas area ever since.  Although while at SMU my focus was mainly on orchestral playing and classical techniques, I am equally comfortable playing jazz and commercial styles, and honestly probably play those styles just as much as I do orchestral work now.  I love teaching lessons and view each student as a unique way to approach the instrument.  One method that works for one student may not work for another, so I strive to give the student the best tools specifically for them that will help them accomplish their goals. 
EXPERIENCE
I began teaching lessons in college, and have enjoyed it from the very first day.  I try to evaluate each student spefifically and see what they need to improve in the most efficient manner possible.  Exercises and drills are present in my lessons, but I always try to teach the bulk of trumpet fundamentals through actual music such as etudes, solos, band music, duets, etc.  In this style of teaching, the students can pick what they want to play (after I give them a few guidelines), and we can still target the areas of playing that need work.  In my opinion this is far more enjoyable than me giving then no say in what they play and telling them exactly what to practice.  My job is to teach how to practice just as much as it is to teach them how to play the horn.
METHODS USED
Sound is the most important aspect of trumpet playing, and the good thing is you can practice pretty much anything and still focus on your sound.  For beginners I usually supplement their beginner band book with some simple drills from Schlossberg's Daily Drills or some I wrote myself.  The Clarke's Technical Studies and Arban's Complete Conservatory Method are great books as well that I use with most of my intermediate/advanced students.  A few other etude books I useinclude the Getchell's Practical Studies, Hering's 40 Progressive Etudes, and Bousquet's 36 Celebrated Studies.
LESSON STYLE
I hope to instill a joy and passion for music in my students.  Through our work on fundamentals and etudes they will learn the skills they need to truly express themselves when they perform.  I always try to ask the student what the scene of a movie would be if they are playing the soundtrack, and get them to convey that when they play.  My goal is to motivate the students by modeling great playing for them, and by giving them music that excites them!
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