north bay trumpet
random thoughts on the
- No one is a complete "natural" when it comes
to the trumpet.
- Everyone can improve their knowledge and
skills provided they apply themselves to the right material with an
- The role of the teacher is to guide (using
their experience as a teacher and player).
- The role of the teacher is not to entertain or
cater (solely) to the desires of the student.
- A lesson environment is one of mutual trust
where a student eventually feels comfortable enough to make their own
- One purpose of a lesson is to check on
progress and introduce new material based on that progress.
- It should be considered a privilege to study
music with any teacher privately.
- Immediate gratification is not to be expected
when it comes to music or the trumpet.
- Patience is required.
- Attention is required.
- Music begins once mechanical and technical
issues have been solved.
- Love of music (and the trumpet) should be the
motivation for lessons.
- The student should make a genuine,
wholehearted effort to devote time to practice.
- Look for solutions not excuses.
- Be efficient in use of time and in solving
- The answers can usually be found in the
- The teacher can not be expected to "wave the
magic wand" and solve everything for the student.
- The spirit of curiosity and inquiry is always
welcome and encouraged.
- The beginning of understanding is the
admission "I do not know".
- The role of the teacher is to encourage the
student to think for himself (learn to be his own critic and teacher).
- The role of the teacher is to be honest (not
to offer false praise).
- The role of the student is not to "second
guess" the knowledge and experience of the teacher, but to be "open" to
what is offered (realizing a teacher's experience is well beyond their
current understanding and viewpoint).
- Results usually come when one gives up wanting
(expecting) a direct, immediate result.
- The body usually develops at a slower rate
than the mind.
- Expectation and current understanding can be a
block to progress.
- The student should make a genuine effort to
rise to the demands of the music.
- The role of teacher and student is to listen.
- The role of the teacher is to clear up
misconceptions based on his experience.
- The role of the teacher is not to "spoon feed"
the student but to challenge him.
- There are no short cuts to good trumpet
- Do not make the assumption the teacher should
provide the shortest, easiest way to do things.
- Along with private study goes the assumption
that there is consistent practice on the part of the student as well as
the sacrifices that are necessary to achieve that on a regular basis.
- The student's ability as a trumpet player rest
on the foundation of the fundamentals.