Tips on finding/choosing a good instructor?

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by The Weez, Dec 31, 2008.

  1. The Weez

    The Weez Piano User

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    Since I'm getting back into the game after 9yrs, I'm thinking about making a few visits to an instructor. Maybe once a week or every other week to ensure I'm "doing it right". Not only because I'm very rusty, but I may have learned some things wrong in the past.

    I was thinking about just going to a local music shop and asking around about instructors. Any special tips or questions to ask?
     
  2. bigtiny

    bigtiny Mezzo Forte User

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    Try to talk to local players that you like about who the good local teachers are....

    bigtiny
     
  3. Al Innella

    Al Innella Forte User

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    Visit a local college and ask .
     
  4. Brass crusader

    Brass crusader Mezzo Piano User

    I'd ask around, and see if you find one that you like and who is well respected.
     
  5. Hoghorn

    Hoghorn Pianissimo User

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    I teach my students proper trumpet form, which I'm finding not a lot of teachers around here really know anything about. I use technical studies to help the students understand and develop their form. It may be good to ask them exactly "What" they teach.

    Hoghorn
     
  6. s.coomer

    s.coomer Forte User

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    Call the local college or university and find out who teaches trumpet. Then call them talk with them and find out if you can study with them or they know of someone for you to study.
     
  7. Bob Grier

    Bob Grier Forte User

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    look for a teacher that has students that are successful at learning to play. It's a good indicator of the quality of their studio. Also you want someone who doesn't have a rigid methodology. ie. "everyone has to play the same way" Same mpc, same horn.
     
  8. Hoghorn

    Hoghorn Pianissimo User

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    Great words Bob !!!
     
  9. rowuk

    rowuk Moderator Staff Member

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    Often we have little choice as there is not an infinite number of teachers available. A good start is to find someone at least playing very well and just getting started. Great players have a big advantage over great theorists: they have playing opportunities that you can sometimes take advantage of if you work hard. The single most important factor in getting good is performance opportunities.

    My point: don't worry too much in the beginning. Just get started!
     

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