Private Lessons


  • 20 Years private teaching experience
  • Any experience level welcome
  • Lessons available to all ages

My studio is located at Jam’s Music, 7282 San Ramon Road, Dublin

People Take Lessons for Many Different Reasons

  • School musicians who have fallen behind
  • School musicians who want to become more advanced
  • People who have never played an instrument before
  • Musicians looking to switch instruments or want to learn an additional instrument
  • Adults wanting to start a new hobby
  • Pro players looking to take their skills to the next level

Teaching Schedule

Mondays 3pm – 8pm (7:30pm Last Lesson)
Tuesdays 3pm – 8pm (7:30pm Last Lesson)
Wednesdays 3pm – 8pm (7:30pm Last Lesson)
Thursdays 3pm – 8pm (7:30pm Last Lesson)

Lesson Rates

$160 per month – $40 per 1/2 hour X 4 lessons per month.  Cash is preferred.  During a 5-week month, teacher will choose the week off.

Payment

Payment is due at the first lesson of the month, which guarantees your spot for that month.  A $10 late fee will be added to payments not received by the second lesson of the month.  Payments not received by the third week will result in the loss of your permanent lesson time.

Missed Lessons

Parents and students are advised to pick a time that will work on a long-term basis.  There are no makeup lessons.  Missed lessons will not be deducted from payment regardless of the reason or amount of notice given.  My performance schedule requires me to occasionally miss lessons.  You will not be charged for any lessons I have to miss.

Discontinuing Lessons

Please give one weeks notice when terminating lessons.  (“Next week will be our last lesson…”)  Any fees left over will be refunded.

Required Materials

  • Books – to be determined on an individual basis
  • Spiral bound music paper – 8.5” X 11”
  • Folder or 3 ring binder for handouts
  • An audio playback device – phone with headphones, boombox, stereo, computer etc. 95% of what we will do in the lessons will have a play along track.  Having access to a play along device is crucial to students progressing forward and I think it makes it more fun to practice too.

Other Items Students Are Encouraged to Purchase

  • Tuner
  • Metronome
  • Play along CD’s
  • Sheet music to favorite songs
  • Recordings of professional trumpet players, please ask for some suggestions

A Typical Lesson

  • 10 Minutes – warming up – technique
    Exercises in breathing, flexibility, tone, finger dexterity, posture, etc.
  • 10 Minutes – Songs, etudes, classical solo literature, jazz etudes, jazz improv, theory, etc.
  • 10 Minutes – Free time, sight-reading, unassigned music the student would like to learn, school music, preparing for an audition, TV or movie themes, how to play their favorite CD – classical, jazz, hip hop, rock, etc.  It doesn’t even have to have trumpet in it.  If the student doesn’t have anything they would like to work on, we will either keep working on the assignments or sight-read duets.

Students are expected to practice 30 minutes a day or more because studying music involves more than just attending weekly lessons.  The best way to practice is to set a time and place everyday where there are no distractions.  This time should include a warm up, practice of your assignments, and school music.  Playing through the easy parts may be fun, but it is not practicing–improving on the challenging parts is.  Students who repeatedly come unprepared will be asked to discontinue lessons until they find the time to take it seriously.