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Learning the Lingo

The Importance of Vocabulary In Your Lessons I often tell my students that I feel it is part of my job to teach them the vocabulary of music. If I don’t do this, then they have no connection to the … Continue reading

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Be the Cream, Not the Milk

How can you stay competitive in a market where most teachers are charging less than you are? Should you lower your rates? How will you survive if you charge “too much?” Be the Cream, Not the Milk I recently posted … Continue reading

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Music Without a Pulse Is Dead

Feel the Pulse I often tell my students that counting is not just for beginners. There is never a time in your music career when you are “good enough” to stop counting. I had an epiphany one Saturday, on a … Continue reading

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Trumpet Analogies

Revealing What’s Hidden If you hang around trumpet (and other brass instrument) teachers long enough, you will learn that we have a tendency to use a lot of analogies. There is a reason for this. In contrast to instruments like … Continue reading

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Do You Translate The Hard Keys?

No Time to “Think Of It As” One of the nice things about having over three decades of teaching experience is that I sort of have my finger on the normal, most common pitfalls students face as they try to … Continue reading

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Is There Just One Way to Play Trumpet?

Pedagogical Contradictions in Trumpet Methods When I first began following trumpet discussions on the internet, in the mid 90’s, I was amazed by how many different approaches there were to playing the trumpet. I grew up thinking that there was … Continue reading

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It’s Not About Trying Harder

Follow the Program and Watch What Happens As I have said in previous posts, I love working with the adult students because they are so articulate. They give me the kind of feedback about my method that I could never … Continue reading

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