The trumpet can be a beautiful instrument that carries both soul and power. Finding the right teacher for trumpet lessons will have a significant influence on a young musicianâ€™s future. We asked several professional trumpet players for their advice.
First, it is important to find a teacher that can set a good example for the student. â€śI believe the #1 thing a student needs to look for in a teacher is integrity towards helping the student master his or her goals,â€ť said Randy Skinner (George Clinton and the P-Funk All Stars).
In addition to integrity, you need an instructor that has actual music education experience (preferably on a college level, according to smooth jazz trumpeter David Wells.) â€śYou want to find a teacher that has teaching for several years â€¦ just because somebody that can play, doesn't mean they can teach,â€ť said Wells.
If you are a parent looking for an instructor to give lessons to your child, finding someone that understands the temperament of creative young minds is also valuable. â€śAs it stands young children inherently have very short attention spans. This is even more apparent when they are learning to play a musical instrument. Having taught young kids how to play the trumpet now for over a decade I have developed a few techniques that Iâ€™ve used to keep my students focused during their lesson,â€ť said soul trumpeter Lin Rountree.
Rountree uses his knowledge to keep the students coming back. â€śUltimately your students should enjoy at least a part of their lesson or time spent with you because then they wonâ€™t mind coming back. Some students may eventually look forward to the lesson. And they just might learn how to play an instrument in the process,â€ť said Rountree.
Grammy and Emmy Nominee Greg Adams believes that it is good to start lessons when a student is young. He also added that "a one on one relationship with a pro instructor helps the student not to develop any bad habits in technique."