Teaching Philosophy

Primary Goal
My primary goal is to ensure that the student has fun and becomes motivated enough to take a personal interest in music and trumpet.  It is essential that the student become self-motivated and the best way to do this is to make the lessons as enjoyable as possible.

Teaching Emphasis
I put an equal emphasis on trumpet and music theory.  I believe that to reach your fullest potential you must not only be able to have complete control of the instrument, but also understand why the music you are playing sounds like it does.  From personal experience, I believe the younger you start learning music theory, the better.

I will also teach jazz and improvisation upon request.  I understand that students may be interested in only classical and jazz, or both and I will leave the decision to them which direction they want the lessons to go.

Past Teachers
I will be using techniques that I have learned from the many teachers I have had over the years.  I have been fortunate enough to study with two wonderful classical and jazz teachers.  My first classical teacher was Terry Szor who I studied with in high school.  He is a freelance trumpet player in New York City and subs with the New York Philharmonic. I then studied with Douglas Prosser while I was at Eastman.  He is the principal trumpet player in the Rochester Philharmonic.

My first jazz teacher was Scott Wendholt.  He is currently in the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra and is a highly successful freelance trumpet player in the New York City area. Lastly, my jazz trumpet teacher at Eastman was Clay Jenkins. He is currently a member of the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra.
All of these teachers had very different teaching methods.  Some have worked for me and some haven’t.  I will introduce many of them to each of my students and determine which ones work best in each individual case.

If you are interested, please don’t hesitate to contact me!