Teaching new trumpet players?

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by The Weez, Feb 6, 2009.

  1. The Weez

    The Weez Piano User

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    I volunteered to help out at the church school by giving some individual instruction to the 5th through 7th grade trumpet players. The problem is, I have no idea where to start, or what type of study material to use.

    Help? lol
     
  2. Bachstul

    Bachstul Mezzo Forte User

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    Wow, loads of credit to you, Admiral!

    I don't know what to say except the first thing you need to do is earn their respect.

    That age group is naturally malicious in small groups!!
     
  3. The Weez

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    This would be one-on-one lessons.

    But ya, I think I can do OK on the respect part of it. They seem to be a good group of kids. I sat in with their band on Wednesday and they all followed my lead intently.
     
  4. RX-2Fan

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    Im doing the same at a elementary school, what i do is help them with timing, the rythems, and right now im teaching them how when you hit valve 1 you need to pull out the slide. but basicaly what i do is hear them play and what ever they need help on the most is what i will help them on.
     
  5. jason_boddie

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    I am no teaching pro. However, I would guess that some of the thingsabrand new player wouldneedto know are:

    1. Proper tone production
    2. Counting
    3. Dynamics
    4. Articulation
    5. Playing with in an Ensemble
    6. Basic Theory

    Just my thoughts. I am sure I left some things off the list
     
  6. The Weez

    The Weez Piano User

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    Any books or stuff off the internet that you would suggest?
     
  7. jason_boddie

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    I would think any methods books would be OK. I like the Rubanks books, but there is also Clarkes. Alot of people talk positively of Clarkes.

    As for theory. The best from nothing to 4 part writing theory books out there are "Master Theory". there are six books, I think. They are easy to teach, and learn from.
     
  8. tedh1951

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    Stick to the simple things for a while:

    i. Demonstrate and practice embouchure formation,
    ii. Establish scales - advance through the scales
    and practice these often - I use scales and
    arpeggios to warm-up and to establish tuning,
    iii. Pick a simple tune and come back to it often to
    demonstrate improvement/advancement in:
    tone, timing, articulation.
    iv. Consider some time on instrument care.
    v. Try to establish a series of constants so that
    your students develop a daily practice routine:
    start long, slow and soft, minimise pressure on
    the lips.

    Keep it simple, keep it interesting with variations, but
    above all, keep it simple - remember to explain why!
     
  9. The Weez

    The Weez Piano User

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    Thanks you guys for the great tips!

    Keep them coming! :)
     
  10. Vulgano Brother

    Vulgano Brother Moderator Staff Member

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    You could teach them using the pieces they will be performing--showing them how to improve their sound, rhythm intonation, etc. Teach them what to listen for, and if they have a problem with, say, a lip slur, show them some lip slurs--you should be able to get by without any additional written music, until they get real good.

    Have fun!
     

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