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Boston-based trumpeter, composer/arranger, and educator, Chris enjoys an active and diverse musical career. Students have the opportunity to showcase their abilities each Spring at the Boston Conservatory.
Much of my teaching happens apart from the student. The audio of each lesson is recorded, and then carefully analyzed by me at home to reflect upon aspects of the lesson such as what went well, what needs improvement, which of my suggestions worked, and which did not. I start all lessons where the student is, and often customize learning material to fit their specific needs. My lesson plan for each lesson is based on the previous one, but I generally employ a balance of technical practice and musical interpretation.
Each student is different. Education is not a one shoe fits all deal. Each students learns in unique ways, shapes, and forms. Educators should always, always guide the student in setting goals and meeting/exceeding said goals. Celebrating accomplishments is vital to fueling a desire to progress in this mix.
I customize my teaching to the individual student in order to maximize growth and student engagement. I have experience teaching beginning students using the following method books: Standard of Excellence, Essential Elements 2000, Accent on Achievement, and Rubank. Most often, I recommend a beginning private student to use the Rubank method book 1 for their initial lessons. For more advanced students, I encourage studying solo works and fundamentals that pertain to auditions for honors/community ensembles and district and state level auditions such as the MMEA District and All-State auditions. I have also written my own method book for advanced trombone students called "The All-State Trombonist - Fundamental Practice Exercises for the Trombone Performing Artist". Additionally, for advanced trombonists I recommend and teach using the following methods: "Melodious Etudes" by Rochut, "Sixty Selected Studies" by Kopprasch, "Arbans's Famous Method" by Arban, "Studies in Clefs" by Blazhevich, and "Lip Slurs" by Edwards.
Every student is different, so I do my best to nurture musical growth and development at a pace that is feasible for each student as an individual. No two lesson plans are identical. Based on how confident the student feels with the prospect of moving onto the next level in their studies, I begin to assign goals for the next lesson. The size of those goals will vary depending on the skill level of the student, as well as how confident the student feels. Although I strive to make sure the student is not intimidated or discouraged, I always make sure to push them to different lengths they may not have been to before, so they can see how far they have come and how much they can acheive!
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No matter your age or skill level, adult trombone lessons are a great way to get into music! The teachers in our network work with adult students to customize a lesson plan that will put you on the fast road to learning (or continuing to learn) your instrument! Our in home lessons are a great choice for adult students as you can work in the comfort of your own home and learn your instrument without having to travel to another location during your busy day.
Trombone students will learn the notes of the trombone, how to hit the correct slide positions, and how to shape their embouchure. The trombone is a large brass instrument, and requires quite a bit of air support, so learning how to breathe properly is key. Most students will work on music excerpts from their school band, as well as solo repertoire, and most importantly, how to have fun playing the trombone!
We recommended starting trombone lessons around age 8, when the student is old enough to hold the instrument comfortably, their arms are long enough to play with the slide fully extended, and their breath support is strong enough to produce a decent tone. Trombone lessons will give students an advantage over students in their band who do not take lessons and are highly recommended if the schools band directors experience with brass is limited.
Beginning-level trombones, known also as student models, are relatively cheap and available through many music shops or instrument catalogs. Some music shops can also provide trombone rentals. Something to look for with a used trombone is to be sure that the instrument can be taken apart and put together easily and is relatively free of dents. Your teacher can also help with the selection of an instrument and all the accessories required to keep it in great condition.
In-home trombone lessons are a convenient option for improving your musical skills. In-home lessons are virtually the same in every aspect as lessons taught in a studio. You can let Musika know what days and times work best and a teacher from our network will arrange to teach lessons in your home for the same price as in-studio lessons.
Review by Christopher Perrone
Mike has been working with my son Robert for over a year and has just started working with my daughter Kate. Mike is both a great musician and a good teacher. He connects with the kids and keeps them engaged. He is able to tailor the lesson to focus on music that is interesting to each child. He also encourages the students to participate in a public setting which is great. I would highly recommend Mike.
Review by Wilma
Gina is very supportive and encouraging. Even though I get frustrated with my progress, she can tell that I've been practicing and reminds me of how far I've come. She challenges me to learn new skills without giving me a piece that I cannot master (with practice). I'm happy that she is my music teacher and look forward to many more lessons in the future.
Review by Queen Natalia
Lara is highly intelligent and knowledgeable in her profession. She is cheerful and personable, and has established a good rapport with students and staff alike. I have found Lara to be a highly competent, personable, patient, kind-hearted, and deeply caring person who is skilled professionally and interpersonally.
Review by Lea G
Kevin was such a fun, smart and innovative voice teacher to work with. I had the pleasure of taking lessons with him for over a year and I couldn’t have been more pleased with my time under his training. In just a few weeks I noticed my voice was stronger and I was able to apply his teaching and see the results. He explains his techniques in a way that the student is able to actually hear and feel the changes he is referring to. This allows the student to efficiently practice outside of lessons. Even further, he believed in me and truly cared about my progress. He was always energetic and focused in lessons and was continually surprised how far a song could come in just one hour of his time. Under his teaching I developed a stronger belt in my higher range, learned how to color my voice for different sounds and improved my stage presence. I wholeheartedly trust Kevin’s musical insight and was grateful that he challenged me with a wide variety of songs and styles that I hadn’t considered trying before.
Review by Jane A.
I started taking voice lessons from Ali when I was 19 and a sophomore in college. Though I was hesitant to be starting "late", I felt very comfortable with Ali and her teaching style. We identified several key issues that really made a difference and improved my voice technique. It was fun to sing popular, beautiful songs in our recital! If only I lived in Los Angeles, I would still be a student. Highly recommended!
Review by Vanessa
Eduard is an amazing teacher. (Coming from someone who previously knew the basics of playing and music.) He is not to harsh with his words and is extremely nice. Eduard has a great amout of experience and displays it through his teachings. Specifically by making it easy to follow along with his words to actions. As a person with a wondering mind whom is distracted easily, it is easy to pay attention.
Review by Blaine Vaz
“I took drum lessons from Mark for about 7 months. I have been playing for 38 years but always thrive to learn more. He was able to provide me alternative exercises and help me gain a better understanding of my opportunities. I have been able to take my playing to another level. His approach to teaching is perfect for any level of student, beginner or advanced. He is a true professional and an outstanding person. You won't go wrong with Mark!” Blaine Vaz
Review by Steve Newman
My daughter began learning sax in her school band, but she didn't begin PLAYING sax until she started lessons with Debra. From scales and exercises to actual pieces, Debra coached my daughter with real insight, sensitivity, and patience. Her knowledge of the instrument and feeling for music - along with her easy-going,"kid friendly" personality - make Debra the ideal teacher and musical mentor.
Review by Jennifer
Dave is a fantastic teacher. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to students that I think is invaluable. At the same time, this does not limit him from working with beginning students. He is very communicative with the parents as far as schedule changes. We are so grateful to have found him!!
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