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Schedule & Calendar
While a teacher might like to take credit for the successes of his students (and, certainly, the teacher has something to do with that success), the greatest contributor to a student's success is his or her own work in the practice room. To that end, below is a table detailing the expectation of practice time for various levels of students. The total time shown does not have to be done in one sitting, but may be split into two (or even three) shorter sessions. A student wishing to "tread water" can probably do so at each level by working to the "low" standard. A student wishing to improve can probably do so by working to the "medium" standard. The student wishing to improve significantly should work toward the "high" standard. There is absolutely no subsitute for focused and commited practice!
Books for Study
Below are some of the books used in private study [Author, Title (Publisher)]. Each student's course of study will vary, depending on the student's range, technical proficiency, musical understanding and physical attributes (embouchure strength, tongue dexterity, etc.).
View the Resources page, with lots of information about the trumpet, trumpet players and music in general. Below are some of the things you'll find.
View the Workshop page to get more in-depth information on many of the method and etude books utilized for instruction. This includes recordings of etudes as well as specific lessons on things like precise rhythm, articulation and phrasing based on these etudes.
River City Brass Tickets
Students are strongly encouraged to take advantage of available free tickets to see the River City Brass in concert. Seeing professional musicians, in addition to being entertaining and inspiring, is another big part of a student musician's learning and musical growth. Performances of the group take place all around the Pittsburgh region, and free tickets are available to students and family for concerts presented at Carnegie Music Hall, in the Oakland section of Pittsburgh (part of the Carnegie Music/Library complex).
River City Youth Brass Band
Students in grades 7 through 12 may want to consider auditioning for the River City Youth Brass Band. This is an honors group meeting for twelve to fifteen rehearsals per semester and presenting one or two concerts during each rehearsal cycle. The group has been in existence for twenty-plus years and has had among its ranks well over one-thousand young people - some of whom are now professional musicians. If a student is interested, he or she should contact the instructor for more information, or visit the website at the link above.
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