Kim Harris – Brass Lessons

Specializing in Brass Instruments
Advanced Bass Trombone, Euphonium, and Tuba
Jazz and Classical Studies
Beginner Trumpet, Guitar, Ukulele, and Drums
Rock, Pop, Blues and Basic Theory

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I teach trombone, clarinet, guitar, bass, drums, and ukulele. I have a Bachelor of Arts in Music from the University of Maryland, where I studied classical and jazz trombone with Barry Hearn and Matt Guilford. I’m an active bass player and drummer in south Philly, playing rock, jazz, and whatever else presents an opportunity! As a teacher, I tailor my lessons to the interests and learning style of each student. It is important to me that each student finds their own journey with music, and I see it as my job to help every step of the way- combining theory and technique with excitement, creativity, and passion!

I began, as many musicians do, on the violin in elementary school, and later switched to the bass clarinet. Throughout grade school, I found enjoyment in teaching myself new instruments – I began playing piano and guitar, playing in the backup band for community and school events. In high school I took up trombone. Within 9 months of starting the trombone, I auditioned for the Maryland All-State Orchestra and was seated first! Then I auditioned for music schools and chose the University of Maryland, where my older brother attended. There I discovered an interest in jazz, and took up bass and drums as well. Since graduating, I’ve been teaching and performing in the Philadelphia area, jumping on any musical opportunity that comes my way.

Read an interview with Kim below:

When did you begin playing music, and why?:

I started like many, with the violin in third grade, then the bass clarinet in fourth. It’s just what people did! But I discovered a passion and talent, and continued to teach myself other instruments throughout grade school.

What are your personal goals as a musician?:

To play as often as possible with as many other people as possible. To never stop learning new styles, perfecting technique, trying new things, and pushing my own limits to what I can create.

Do you have a memory of a time when a musical concept or technique really clicked?  Something you’ll remember forever?:

When I finally set aside practice time to really learn scales (instead of just floundering through them), I was finally able to do jazz improvisation.

What is your favorite piece of advice from one of your past (or current) teachers?:

Progress isn’t linear: it more closely resembles a jagged mountain face with dips and crevices and plateaus.

What was your most challenging moment learning an instrument?:

After reaching a certain level of playing, improvement comes at a significantly slower rate. It can be hard to find the motivation to continue practicing when I don’t feel like I’m getting any better.

What is your biggest musical achievement?:

When I first began playing the trombone, I audition for the Maryland All-State Orchestra after I had only been playing for 9 months, and I made first chair!

Favorite thing about teaching?:

Witnessing that moment when something “clicks”.

What is a piece of advice you would like to share with anyone learning music?:

Listen to the music in your heart.

Personal music projects: i.e. bands, groups, shows, recording, etc. (if any):

Soundcloud.com/kimmiepaige