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Tommy C In HomeHome In StudioStudio
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Instruments: Trumpet, Trombone, Euphonium, French Horn, Tuba
Styles: Classical

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Tommy C In Home In Studio
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:
Master Degree: Rutgers University

, Doctoral Degree: Boston 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 teaching is driven by my purpose to serve and empower students of all backgrounds to realize their full potential and to leave a positive impact on the lives of others. A native of Hong Kong based in Boston, I have made appearances in major cities across Asia and North America as a musician and educator, including a recent solo appearance with the University of British Columbia Chamber Orchestra after being named as a finalist of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestral Institute Concerto Competition. I hold degrees from The Chinese University of Hong Kong and Rutgers University, where my principal teachers included Jarod Vermette of the Hong Kong Philharmonic and Colin Williams of the New York Philharmonic. Currently, I am a doctoral candidate in brass performance at Boston University under the tutelage of Toby Oft, Principal Trombone of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
EXPERIENCE
As an educator, I teach brass extensively both online and in person, specializing in trombone at all levels and instructing trumpet professionally to students ranging from elementary through high-school levels. Currently, I serve as the brass faculty of the Performing Arts Center at MetroWest and have accumulated more than 10 years of international teaching experience. I maintain a private studio of students consisting of middle and high schoolers, young adults and also retirees residing in Boston, neighboring states, the Midwest, the West Coast and even Hong Kong. Additionally, I am fluent in three languages (English, Mandarin and Cantonese) and am well experienced and decently equipped for online teaching.
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 and self-driven practice culture in my students. As a practicing teacher, I strive tirelessly to lead by example. I ensure my students feel empowered after each lesson and meanwhile hold them accountable 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. Especially during times of difficulty, I encourage my students to follow their curiosity and guard their motivation as we share the journey of music making together.

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Yan Feng

5

Tommy is professional and responsible. We are happy with the learning experience with him. My child develops a love for the instrument.

Review posted on Apr 30, 2022

Hong

5

Tommy is a very patient and enthusiastic teacher. Even before we began our lessons, he was already very attentive to my needs and recommended instruments that are suitable for me as a beginner. In our lessons, Tommy likes to use real-life examples to help me better understand the concepts, which has been greatly beneficial to my learning and has made it much more interesting. I’m very happy to have Tommy as my teacher and I thoroughly enjoy my time with him every week!

Review posted on Mar 26, 2022

Geoffrey

5

Tommy is not only a wonderful trombone musician …. he is equally a great trombone teacher. He has a skilled way of expressing concepts around HOW to play technically and musically. He's patient and keeps things moving along week to week. Highly recommended!!!

Review posted on Feb 20, 2022

Eva

5

Tommy is a great teacher. He began teaching my son Bart trumpet three years ago, and is still teaching him. Bart developed a passion for the instrument. Tommy is one of his favorite teachers.

Review posted on Jan 22, 2022

Kerry Z.

5

During the last 6 months, Tommy has been a wonderfully patient, kind, and knowledgeable teacher to my 12 year-old son. He focused on my son's particular needs and provided lessons he put together to focus on areas to improve his skills. Moreover, Tommy is a talented musician, with the skill and experience to teach any level of trombone. I am very glad I chose Tommy to mentor my son in trombone.

Review posted on Dec 20, 2021

Arnaud

5

During my time with Tommy, he has helped me improve in many areas. I feel that I learn and improve every lesson. Tommy is committed to teaching and points things out where I can improve upon. While teaching, Tommy uses many analogies that help me better understand what I'm doing wrong and how I can fix it.

Review posted on Nov 14, 2021

Yim

5

Tommy is a very patient teacher that always guides his students to the best of his ability and works on improving their tone and musicality during lessons. We love having him as a teacher and he has helped my child grow as a musician so much!

Review posted on Oct 29, 2021

Danielle Lamm

5

Tommy taught my son the perfect posture and techniques for a first time beginner. He was very patient and seemed like he really enjoys teaching trombone and takes it very seriously. I highly recommend Tommy.

Review posted on Oct 27, 2021

Jolae Loehrer

5

Knowledgeable and patient tutor. First lesson went wonderful, my child really enjoyed their lesson. Tommy is very helpful and knowledgeable. Excited to see the improvement in my child as the lessons go on.

Review posted on Oct 20, 2021
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