I am taking lessons at my University. My teacher is really trying to work with me on my breathing and tone and playing music, not notes. For the most part, his methods have worked very well. My tone is far better than it was when I came to the school last August, and I corrected most breathing problems that I had before. The only gripe I have, is that my teacher is French. He really likes to play anything and everything pretty. Looking at what he plays, it is no surprise that he likes pretty music, but I have always been a fan of Russian and German music more than French. Normally, this would not be a big deal, but when I play a piece of music with my interpretation, he gets upset with me and tells me to play it very lyrically. I try to make the music sound exciting and wake people up, and to me his methods seem to remind me of elevator music. To add on to this, I used to just ignore his style advice, but now we've hit a dead stop in my progress because of my different interpretations. I play it the way he wants it, but I don't like it at all. should I look into getting a different teacher or just suck it up and play how he says?
Also, I am switching from cornet to trumpet. I've been working on the switch since last July, and I still have a significantly harder time on the trumpet. Does anyone have advice on how to possibly progress more or make the trumpet playing feel more like play and less like work?