Teaching Tips

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by MichaelAttaway, Jul 16, 2013.

  1. MichaelAttaway

    MichaelAttaway New Friend

    Jun 27, 2013
    Dallas, TX
    Hey everyone,

    I have a couple of former students that want to start teaching trumpet lessons, and they have asked me for some advice. They want to know what to focus on when they first start teaching. There are obviously a thousand things that can be covered, but they really wanted to boil it down to the basics. I wanted to reach out to all of you and get your opinions.

    Thanks in advance!

    Michael Attaway
    Providence Brass

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  2. trumpetsplus

    trumpetsplus Fortissimo User

    Jun 11, 2006
    South Salem, NY
    When I start a beginner they leave their first lesson playing a song (normally When the Saints). My advice is always "concentrate on the music, not the chops".
  3. Vulgano Brother

    Vulgano Brother Moderator Staff Member

    Mar 23, 2006
    Parts Unknown
    Armando Ghitalla suggested not letting the beginning student to mess around with the instrument, bur rather introduce the instrument at the first lesson. In this first lesson the teacher would place the mouthpiece on the student's lips. Sort of like imprinting, but Ghitalla believed muscle memory starts the very first time.
  4. kingtrumpet

    kingtrumpet Utimate User

    Sep 20, 2009
    New York State USA
    first find "students" who genuinely WANT TO PLAY the trumpet --- find the students who WANT TO LEARN ---- find the students who WANT AN APPRECIATION FOR MUSIC ------ you know Michael, for me it started when I was like 7 or 8, when I heard "76 trombones" and the trumpet part, --I knew I wanted to play trumpet. Back then it was Doc Severinsen that I was really exposed to (also a little Al Hirt, and Herb Alpert) --- but I KNEW the trumpet was going to be part of me, it wasn't until 5th grade (11 or 12) when the public school had "free" lessons that I got the chance to learn the trumpet!!!

    so that might not help --- but I think your former students will have already the EDGE, cause if they are teaching trumpet lessons, they must first have students who WANT lessons.
    give them the fundamental notes -- sure, but I agree with the above --- give the students, a few lessons, where there is MUSIC, and FUN, and something they can somewhat easily achieve ---- and then "just keep building from there" -- fundamentals, scales, technical stuff -- yeah ------- but songs, duets, music, -- your former students have to TEACH to the student they have, teach to what inspires their students!!!!
  5. Cornyandy

    Cornyandy Fortissimo User

    Jan 9, 2010
    East Yorkshire
    It's a little thing but to me impotant especially with a few situations that I have seen recently. Match the instrument to the player carefully, that includes the individual's choice (and often the parents wishes) I'm a little less of a martinet about giving small children a cornet because they can hold it more easily than I used to be. But I have seen three children who wanted to play trumpet or cornet, given, wait for it, French Horns. One of the kids was so small they could hardly hold it, the others didn't stick it because it wasn't really what they wanted so three children have been lost to brass playing because of "School Services "Verypathetic" teaching". They were given these instruments because that "was all that was left". That is not good enough. (I'm sorry this is turning into a rant but I hope it helps)
    Last edited: Jul 19, 2013
  6. Comeback

    Comeback Forte User

    Jun 22, 2011
    Fort Wayne, IN
    I like this, Ivan, and recommend this approach to the OP too! When a youngster, or anyone for that matter, expresses interest in music-making the quicker they can begin doing so the better IMO. A simple recognizable melody provides a fine means of gently coaching beginner fundamentals as well.
  7. Ed Lee

    Ed Lee Utimate User

    Aug 16, 2009
    Jackson NC
    I'll go so far as to say that IMO if any student trumpeter in grades 5 through high school that wants a Double High C, s/he won't be given the opportunity to learn such from me. Likewise, altissimo extemporaneous improvisation, the latter which I'm not qualified to accomplish myself. IMO, no composer has written music for a normal Bb trumpet to play a double high C ... maybe a piccolo trumpet.
    Last edited: Jul 19, 2013
  8. Darten

    Darten Mezzo Piano User

    Dec 21, 2009
    New York City
    One bit of avdice is not what to teach them, but something for You.... assume that however long it took you to learn something, your students will take twice as long.... Once I accepted this, if my students hit a slow spot in their learning curve, it didn't drive me nuts.

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