Choosing a teacher

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by hup_d_dup, Aug 14, 2009.

  1. hup_d_dup

    hup_d_dup Piano User

    May 28, 2009
    Tewksbury, NJ, USA
    I know this must be an old topic but I didn't see anything in the archives that addresses the questions I have so I'm bringing it up again.

    First, the background. I'm getting back into the instrument after a multi-decades long layoff. For the past 10 weeks I've been working on fundamentals that were learned, lost, and now being recovered. It's time to take the next step and choose a teacher.

    Note that I say "choose" and not "find" a teacher. I think that the process is analogous to choosing a doctor. I've had good doctors and not-so-good doctors and at this point in my life I know the questions to ask a doctor to see if he or she is likely to be the kind of doctor to whom I would give my confidence.

    I would like to make an intelligent choice in choosing a teacher but I'm not sure how to make a good evaluation. I know there are no sure things, but on the other hand I don't want to leave it purely to chance.

    So I'm asking people who have gone through this process, what are your criteria for choosing a teacher?

  2. gbdeamer

    gbdeamer Forte User

    Oct 16, 2008
    Depending on where you live your choices may be limited. If you're in a fairly populated area you can look for local pro's who also teach. You can reach out to local college's/universities and see if their trumpet staff will give lessons. If you still run into dead-ends contact the music directors from high schools in your area and ask them for recommendations.

    Good luck.
  3. hup_d_dup

    hup_d_dup Piano User

    May 28, 2009
    Tewksbury, NJ, USA
    Thank you gb. I live in northern NJ, and I'm willing to travel a reasonable distance. Finding a teacher shouldn't be too difficult. My question is concerned with choosing a teacher.
  4. RHSbigbluemarchingband

    RHSbigbluemarchingband Mezzo Piano User

    Jan 17, 2009
    hub d dup, i have a list of teachers in our area ill try and locate and get back to you quickly. They are all approved by my music department, and should be top notch.
    Last edited: Aug 14, 2009
  5. Bob Grier

    Bob Grier Forte User

    May 4, 2007
    Greensboro, NC
    your analogy to choosing a doctor is very good. As a comeback player you'll need someone who understands your situation as an adult. It's not the same as a beginner through college level player. Some one who knows how to help you with good playing habits and maybe to help with old bad habits. Someone who doesn't adhere to a rigid methodology. It helps if they have extensive experience as a pro and as a teacher. Of my current students two are comeback players and they both needed very different aproaches. By the way they are both web cam students. It's really something that I can work with someone in Wisconsion and Australia. The internet is really something

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