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Instruments: Trumpet, Trombone, Euphonium, French Horn, Tuba
Styles: Classical

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Tommy C In Home In Studio Teaches Online
Instruments: Trumpet, Trombone, Euphonium, French Horn, Tuba
Styles: Classical

Where I Teach:
In Your Home My Studio Online
Ages Taught: 6-65
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Degrees / Training / Special Info:

Doctoral Degree: Boston University, Master Degree: Rutgers University

Awards:

2020 - Boston University School of Music Stipend

2019 - VSO Institute Concerto Competition Finalist

2018 - College of Fine Arts Music Scholarship

2017 - Scholarship Fund of Mason Gross School of the Arts

2016 - C. F. Hu Postgraduate Memorial Scholarship of CUHK

Overview:

As a strong believer in the life-changing power of music, my purpose as a teacher is to empower students of all backgrounds to believe in themselves and live a fulfilling life with music that may otherwise be unimaginable. Currently, I am pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Boston University under the tutelage of Toby Oft, Principal Trombone of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Prior to that, I earned a Master’s degree from Rutgers University, where I studied with Colin Williams of the New York Philharmonic. As a performer, I have made appearances in the United States, Canada, Singapore, Thailand, Mainland China, Taiwan, Macau and Hong Kong. My recent career highlights have included a Canadian solo debut with the University of British Columbia Chamber Orchestra in Vancouver and an acceptance to the distinguished Pacific Region International Summer Music Association Festival.

EXPERIENCE

My teaching is driven by my purpose to serve and leave a positive impact on the lives of others. As a doctoral candidate, I specialize in teaching low brass at all levels and starting young high brass players off with solid fundamentals. I first began my teaching career when I was a freshman in my hometown Hong Kong, where I have maintained a small private studio and have taught at a number of local schools. In more recent years, I have been enlisted on the rosters of multiple music centers in the Greater Boston area, and have accumulated more than 9 years of teaching experience. In addition, given my international background, I am naturally comfortable in guiding students with diverse ethnic and musical upbringing. I can teach fluently in three languages (English, Mandarin and Cantonese) and am decently equipped for online teaching whenever necessary.

METHODS USED

My typical process for working with a new student is to begin with the end in mind. According to the particular needs and expectations of the student, we discuss attainable and measurable goals for a given period of time. With that in mind, I devise tailor-made lesson plans that may include materials from esteemed method books (Arban, Bordogni, Cimera, Edwards, Mantia, Marstellar, Schlossberg, etc.) and exercises of my own design. Whether there is an exam or an audition, understanding what we are working towards ensures a great start of our shared musical journey.

LESSON STYLE

My approach in teaching is firmly grounded in developing a healthy practice culture in my students. As a teacher, I strive tirelessly to lead by example. I ensure my students feel empowered after each lesson and be well-prepared to commit to their own daily grinds. There is nothing more gratifying than witnessing a passionate music learner realize his/her full potential day by day and be able to enjoy music making to the fullest extent. It is my all-time hope to play a modest part in keeping my students accountable and motivated as we share the journey of music making together.

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