Trumpet and Trombone Lessons

Learn how to read music, proper embouchure and breathing techniques, all while gaining the skills necessary to perform in an orchestra or ensemble.  Contact us today for trumpet or trombone lessons in philadelphia.

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The mission of our brass studio is to instruct trumpet, trombone, tuba, euphonium, and french horn students of any age and ability level to practice core fundamentals in order to perform with comfort and flexibility. We teach important techniques that serve as a foundation for music-making, such as breath control, tone, music notation comprehension, and melodic fluency; along with a solid theoretical understanding, these skills are necessary for our students to create expressive and meaningful performances.
 
Brass instruments can serve a multitude of functions in all types of orchestras, bands, and ensembles. Although found most often in classical and jazz, brass musicians like our instructors are also frequently featured in pop, funk, folk, rock, dance music, and many other progressive contemporary styles. Our instructors aim to prepare students to perform in any genre as a melodic solo instrument, as accompaniment, and as an ensemble player. Improvisation is typically found in jazz and other groove-based music, but it is also an important topic for our studio, regardless of the student’s genre preferences, because the act of creating new musical ideas helps to forge strong technical and creative skills.
 

For Beginning Students

Students who are new to playing brass can expect to focus immediately on the technique necessary to produce clear and purposeful sounds from our instruments. Exploring the basics of brass playing, students will gain a working understanding of topics that include:
 
  • Valve fingerings/slide position systems
  • The overtone series
  • Embouchure
  • Articulation
  • Sound production
  • Sheet music reading
  • Major and minor scales and arpeggios
 
By studying these concepts, students will learn how to accurately select notes, play rhythms, and make a beautiful sound. While we continue to hone in on the instrumental approach that makes musical performance possible, we also take care to help students hone their own musical senses at every level of experience. Playing songs, scales, and patterns provide a holistic understanding of the logic and possibilities of the instrument. Armed with that understanding, instructor and student will explore general music concepts like melody, harmony, rhythm, and style through instrumental experimentation in order to develop a deep connection and appreciation for music. Beginning students will also apply these newfound skills by writing original melodies, performing basic improvisations, and learning songs by ear.
 

For Intermediate/Advanced Students

Students who have already established basic brass technique will continue to expand their playing by consuming and dissecting more and more pieces of music from a variety of genres. Each new piece of repertoire is full of important teachings to impart, and we can use these new lessons to dive into the three-dimensional practice of music-making! Keeping in mind the student’s interests and preferences, instructors will search out a diverse range of classical solo literature, jazz tunes, pop melodies, and any other materials that may help expand the student’s musical vocabulary. Even though this process involves a large diversity of source materials, the instructor takes care to focus on a set of simple and effective goals such as the establishment of relaxed musical flow and instrumental fluency, which are both paramount in achieving a convincing performance.
For advanced students, our instructors serve as an experienced set of eyes and ears who can help optimize the student’s development as a musician; instructors will present and explain new concepts, pick new repertoire pieces that present interesting challenges, create special projects that expand musical understanding, and help troubleshoot the student’s practice technique. At this point, the instructor acts somewhat like a personal trainer by challenging the student to progress beyond their existing limitations while ensuring that they avoid excessive strain that could result in harm to their body and technique.

 

Read more about our trumpet and trombone teachers:

Adam Kowalski

I teach Trombone, Euphonium, Electric Bass, Tuba, Trumpet, and Guitar, and I am a trombonist and educator in Philadelphia. I studied at Temple University’s Boyer College of Music and Dance, where I earned the degree of Bachelor of Music in Music Education in 2016. During my career at Temple I studied both Classical and Jazz trombone under the tutelage of Blair Bollinger of the Philadelphia Orchestra, and Mark Patterson, an accomplished jazz recording artist and Broadway musician. I have also had the opportunity to perform in the Grammy-nominated Temple University Symphony Orchestra and Jazz Band. Outside of Temple, I have performed with various local orchestras, bands and jazz bands. Currently I maintain a varied performance schedule playing trombone in a Philadelphia-based reggae band, as well as playing bass in an Indie Rock band. Through my teaching, I hope to instill in students a passion for learning and developing new skills. I believe in helping students to develop strong foundations in auditory skills (ear training) as well as fundamental facility and technique on their instruments. Through these means, students gain the tools necessary to facilitate new, exciting and rewarding learning opportunities for themselves to become life-long students of music. Read more about Adam

Frank Rein

I teach trumpet, tenor and bass trombone, euphonium/baritone horn, tuba, and french horn. I also teach beginner piano, guitar, and bass. I came to Philadelphia to attend the University of the Arts, from which I received the degree of Bachelor of Music with honors in 2016. I studied bass trombone with Barry McCommon, a top-call classical and jazz crossover artist in the Philadelphia, New Jersey and New York area. The Philly music scene is wonderfully diverse, and I have the opportunity to perform with accomplished musicians in genres as diverse as jazz, pop/rock, R&B, funk, classical, gospel, reggae, klezmer, soul, punk, even Star Wars music! My favorite teachers have always helped hone my senses and my ability to teach myself, and I like to take that approach with my own students; together we can explore concepts in terms of our relationships to them, resulting in a deep understanding and personal connection to music. - Read More About Frank

Adam Hershberger

I teach trumpet, trombone, baritone horn, french horn, and tuba. I attended Temple University's Esther Boyer College of Music and obtained a BA in jazz performance in 2005. Since then, I have been very active in the Philadelphia music scene, playing gigs and teaching lessons full time. My current musical projects span the genres - jazz, salsa, reggae, classical, Balkan folk, klezmer, samba, polka, blues, funk, and more. Lessons are tailored to the individual students' goals, while at the same time placing an emphasis on fundamental techniques such as tone, rhythm, and ear training. Schedule a Lesson

Angel Sanchez

I started teaching in 2010 at a Latin Jazz school in North Philly called AMLA. There I developed a technique of teaching where I mix lessons from yoga and meditation with traditional vocal warmups. The voice is the only instrument where your entire body health directly affects your performance. Therefore, I believe being in tune with your body will help you stay in tune with the music. During our lessons we will employ relaxation techniques and tension reducing stretches in the beginning.  Afterwards, we will explore techniques of singing from the “Speech Level Singing” philosophy made famous by Seth Riggs. However, my philosophy is not to employ any specific technique of singing to all my students. I love listening to singers and figuring out what works best for them. I believe the best teachers are ones that empower students with no bias or judgement. In this way, students can grow into their own musician as opposed to musicians in their teacher’s image. - Read More About Angel