“Music is about communication, creativity, and cooperation, and, by studying music in school, students have the opportunity to build on these skills, enrich their lives, and experience the world from a new perspective.” – Bill Clinton, former President, United States of America.
Why Take Lessons?
Private music lessons are a great way to energize your independent study of the trumpet. Having a mentor gives you a chance to ask questions, receive immediate feedback, get performance experience, and to have a positive role model. Private study is the perfect accompaniment to school or community band programs; One gives you the opportunity to play in a group setting while the other gives you the one on one tutoring that puts your progress on the fast track.
Why Study Here?
If you are looking for trumpet lessons in Victoria, BC or the greater Victoria area, your first step is to find a qualified teacher. Even though I have an Honours Degree in Music from the University of Western Ontario and a Masters of Music from the University of Victoria, and I regularly perform with the premiere performing arts ensembles in the city, these are not reasons to come and study in my trumpet studio. Many people have credentials that look impressive on paper and demand high fees to spend time with them. (I even published a Biography, CV and Credentials page myself!)
The only reason to join my trumpet studio is the success that my students have achieved. My former students are pursuing careers in music and have gained admission to very competitive university trumpet studios. My current students are passing Royal Conservatory exams with distinction and giving convincing and energetic festival performances. My students that study at a more recreational level have become well versed in general music knowledge, with a great concept of sound and style that will foster a love of music that they will carry with them for their whole lives. This brings us to our next topic:
Success in Music & Success in Life
It would be easy to go on about the positive effects that the study of music has on both the developing brain of a youngster or the restorative effect it can have on the aging population, but I think that hearing from the world’s most successful and respected individuals sheds new light on a fascinating topic:
“Studying music encourages self-discipline and diligence, traits that carry over into intellectual pursuits and that lead to effective study and work habits. An association of music and math has, in fact, long been noted. Creating and performing music promotes self-expression and provides self-gratification while giving pleasure to others. For all these reasons, it deserves strong support in our educational system, along with the other arts, the sciences, and athletics.” – Michael E. DeBakey, M.D., Leading Heart Surgeon, Baylor College of Music.
Interested in Lessons?
Students have many options for lessons depending on their interests. A beginning student might opt for 30 minute lessons focused on basic trumpet technique, or they might want to arrange 45 minute lessons, so that time can be devoted to the rudiments of music theory as well as trumpet technique. Advanced students should aim for full hour weekly lessons that will give them the opportunity to explore extended trumpet techniques as well as ongoing theory work. Just click on my Contact Page and we can set up the perfect plan for your music needs.
Fees and Scheduling
This year, lessons are available in either 30/45/60 minute time slots Tuesdays and Thursdays. In a preliminary phone call we can arrange a weekly lesson time, payment plan, and we can discuss your short-term and long-term goals. Click here for fees and Policies.