During the third day of band camp, a trumpet quit, and someone else, who never even picked up trumpet took up the spot. She wanted to learn how to play, so I started her on her mouthpiece, and told her to say "M" and then say the syllable "poo" while keeping that M shape. She made a buzz, and then I told her to try that a couple times. She was eager to try a couple notes. So I had her put her mouthpiece into the horn, and blow, with the same M and poo, a very nice, pretty clean tone came out, at a G. I then taught her the fingerings for F, E, D, and then taught her how to play a C. About two weeks later, when school started, during a ninth period rehearsal, she played the five notes, she could only descend down from the G, but her notes were getting stronger, and her tone was still a very good tone for someone only playing for two weeks. I then told her to speed up her air, and a very nice C came out. Then the next day, during our lunch period, I taught her how to descend the C scale. Every day, she practiced during ninth period, and by the end of the month could actually play up to an F! It wasn't strong, but she was trying, and not using a lot of pressure. Once marching band season was over, not only was she a semi decent player but she wanted to do trumpet instead of percussion during concert band! She loved playing so much, she switched. She already knew how to read music, which was a big plus, but overall she got the fingerings down, and her tone was excellent the last lesson I gave her in the beginning of november. Well yesterday, while I was eating lunch, in the band room of course, her band teacher (has a minor in trumpet performance, a very good player) was working alone with her, she did very well, and her F scale was actually becoming very clean, and he was working on going below B (under C), so she could learn the bottom of the G scale. Then he said her tone was simply amazing for someone who had only played for approx. four months!!!!! I actually taught someone how to play, and got them to love trumpet!
Maybe this might be something for me to do when I graduate college! I have to say, even though im not a wonderful player, I've given one girl tips, who actually went from being worse then me to beating me in wind ensemble auditions by three points, and I taught another person to play, I have to say its really awesome to see how good someone has gotten with your help! I now know why being a teacher is so rewarding!
(please don't bash me for being 15 and teaching someone to play, she wanted to learn to play, I was next to her during our entire show, she wasn't even planning on continuing past this year, so i figured why not)
Anyway thought I'd share that quick story!