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    Choosing a teacher

    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?


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    Re: Choosing a teacher

    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.

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    Re: Choosing a teacher

    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.

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    Re: Choosing a teacher

    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.
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    Re: Choosing a teacher

    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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