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Ben is a graduate of the Mason Gross School of the Arts (Rutgers) having received his MM in Jazz Performance in 2011. Ben has been a freelance trumpeter in the NYC area since the late 90’s. Having grown up in North Jersey, he had the opportunity to perform in such iconic jazz clubs as the Village Vanguard, Birdland, and the Blue Note while still a teenager. His career has included Broadway, jazz, and orchestral performances, as he currently subs in the orchestra of the hit Broadway show Chicago, leads his own jazz quintet, and performs with many of the best bands around including, the Joe Elefante Big Band, the Cecil’s Big Band, and the George Gee Big Band. He has traveled the world as lead trumpet for P&O, Celebrity, and Royal Caribbean Cruises and throughout his career he has had the opportunity to perform and/ or record with such artists as Milt Hinton, Arturo Sandoval, Louie Bellson, Barry Manilow, Gladys Knight, The Osmonds, Phil Smith, John Hendricks, Tierney Sutton, Bob Mintzer, Charles McPherson, Rufus Reid, Slide Hampton, Wynton Marsalis, Boyz II Men, Roger Webster, Christian McBride, and Buddy DeFranco.
A native Long Islander, Mr. Curtin is a passionate and dedicated musician who loves sharing the joy and fulfillment of music with as many people as he can. Graduating from The State University of New York at Potsdam's Crane School of Music with a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education in 2010, Mr. Curtin continued his studies and served as a graduate assistant at the University of Louisville, where he earned a Master of Music degree in Trumpet Performance in 2012. While in Louisville, Mr. Curtin enjoyed an active freelance teaching and performing career, serving as a teaching artist in many public and private schools. A world traveler, Mr. Curtin has performed in over a dozen countries as a leader with the Long Island Youth Orchestra and loves exploring the music of world cultures. Additionally, Mr. Curtin has enjoyed several performances at Carnegie Hall, most recently as Assistant Principal Trumpet of the National Collegiate Wind Ensemble in 2009, under the baton of H. Robert Reynolds. Since returning to New York in early 2013, Mr. Curtin has enjoyed freelancing and performing in the Greater New York City Area, most frequently as principal trumpet of the Brooklyn Wind Symphony. Working as a classical artists manager by day, Mr. Curtin looks forward to working with and helping students reach their musical goals.
I'm a passionate and motivated instructor who loves working with students and sharing my love of music. While completing my Masters Degree in Jazz Performance at Queens College I started a Jazz quartet. I have been very fortunate to perform and lead this wonderful group basically every weekend for the past 2 and a half years. I have a strong musical foundation and this has enabled me to perform with confidence in many different musical situations. Many genres of music from classical to jazz and eveything in between. For the past 3 years I have also been a member of the "Long Island Concert Pops Orchestra". My experiences of performing, recording, studying and practicing music on a daily basis have helped me grow as a musician and person. I am very grateful to be able to share my musical experiences and passion for music with my students.
I love teaching beginners of any age including special needs students. Most importantly, I will help you learn to play the music you LOVE and stay motivated.
I am an educator and composer who loves working with kids. I graduated from LIU Post (formerly C.W. Post) in 2014 with my Bachelor's in Music Education. At Post, I specialized on the trumpet with french horn as a secondary. I began teaching privately during my senior year of high school. Since then, I have taught 5th grade band, 6th grade band, 7th & 8th grade band, 9th grade band, and grades 9-12 high school band. In addition to trumpet, I teach french horn, clarinet, piano, and trombone privately.
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We suggest starting trumpet lessons at age 7 or 8. A student should be able to hold the instrument correctly and their fingers should be large enough to properly push up and down on the valves. Playing trumpet also requires significant lung capacity, which can be difficult for a younger child.
Taking trumpet lessons as an adult is a great way to learn a new skill. Many of our adult students may have played trumpet as a child, and want to pick it back up again. Adult students can generally notice a lot of progress in a short time, provided they are practicing daily in between their lessons.
There are different types of trumpets usually categorized as student, intermediate, and professional models. Most of the time, student trumpets are appropriate for beginning players. The pieces included in a trumpet are the rim, the cup, the mouthpiece, the shank, the lead pipe, the valve, and the valve casings. When purchasing a trumpet, it is important to visit a music store or speak with a trumpet expert to make sure you get the best value and the highest quality instrument for your budget. A large majority of students may choose to rent their instrument before purchasing. If you decide to go this route, you will need to purchase your own mouthpiece to use with the trumpet.
Each student will have a custom lesson plan created for them by their instructor. The teachers in our network will generally recommend specific method books students can purchase for use in their lessons. Students will learn to sight as well as any specific skills needed to play the trumpet and support the sound.
Trumpet lessons in home are a convenient way to learn the instrument. In home lessons are structured the same way as in-studio and there is no additional travel time. The teachers in our network generally teach students one lesson a week, however frequency of the lessons can vary from student to student and may be scheduled based on recommendation of the instructor.
Review by Jeremy
Dr. Nedra C is incredible. She knows her craft in and out, it truly shows in her teaching. As well, she cares a great deal about the student, and preps plenty of material outside of the lesson for those that she teaches. I've had many different music teachers and am aware who's talented and cares, and who isn't. Dr. Nedra C is true phenomenal, and any student would be lucky to have her.
Review by Jennifer
Lindsey has been coming to our house to give saxophone lessons to our 12 year old daughter for about a month. She is an absolute joy. She is extremely knowledgeable, flexible with her schedule, and my daughter thinks she is "fun" and "cool". We would highly recommend her to anyone wanting music lessons. A+
Review by Gillian
Vince is a great drum teacher for my 8 year old son. We go to his house where he has a studio setup with a huge drum set. He has been very patient but really holds my son responsible for learning the right way to play. After about 5 lessons, my son is playing some rhythms on the drums and reading music. He looks forward to his lessons with Vince.
Review by Marlo
Danette is a delightful instructor. She always brings a wealth of knowledge, excitement, and enthusiasm to piano lessons with my daughter. She is not only skilled at piano, but she has a wonderful voice quality that she uses to help convey certain techniques and to highlight various points where she intends to draw the students attention.
Review by Nancy Fritsch
I honestly cannot say enough positive things about Rachel. We met her through CYT where my daughter took theater classes from Rachel and was directed by Rachel in several musicals. Because Rachel was so wonderful to work with and so clearly talented at teaching and directing, several years ago, my daughter started private vocal lesson with her and I have seen my daughter's vocal abilities grow in leaps and bounds. Rachel is an ace at picking music to work on that stretches abilities while at the same time, keeps vocal lessons fun. I highly recommend her as a voice and theater coach.
Review by Ruslan
She is the most amazing teacher ever. She is not only w great teacher but she's so fun to work with. She has taught me so many things in such little amount of time things I didn't even know I could do. I recommend Andrea to everyone. She is an amazing singer and cares a lot about her students. She's the best!!
Review by Clinton Poskozim
Martina has been a great teacher. Our son is 8 and had taken some piano lessons before starting with Martina. She came right in and got him to improve. She does a great job of giving him just enough of a challenge to make him work and learn but not any pieces that are so overwhelming he can't get them. She has helped him through a lot of early music theory so that he not only can play the piano but understands the music he is reading in all of its complexity.
Review by Ro J.
“My son has been instructed by Mark for almost four years. Mark is an outstanding teacher. His credentials are by themselves impressive, but his ability to relate his knowledge to kids is even more so. Connor's ability to understand and read music is fantastic. Mark also knows the performance side of playing drums and has encouraged Connor to actually incorporate his knowledge to play alone and in a band. He is patient and encouraging which is what motivates Connor to work and practice. He is a mentor as well as a teacher. He is superior at what he does and we highly recommend him.” Ro J.
Review by Brad Schimmer
I have been playing the drums for about 5 years and I have to say that Alvaro is very patient. He has opened me up to new styles of music and I can now play a Songo groove! What I liked most was that he was flexible in what I wanted him to teach me and would also bring in new material specifically to what I wanted him to show me. Overall, great patient teacher and would highly recommend! Thanks Alvaro!