Trumpet students at the Institute receive one individual lesson per week. The parent attends each lesson and helps the student work on the material throughout the week of practice at home. The parent learns the trumpet along with the student, and plays together at the lesson. At each lesson, breathing and buzzing exercises are utilized to develop the skills necessary for trumpet playing. A special device, the “shortcut,” is used in games and songs that the students and parents enjoy. The length of the lesson depends on the student’s age, attention span, and level of advancement. Generally, beginners start with 20-minute lessons. As the student advances, the length of the lessons increases.
Trumpet students at the Institute also receive weekly or bi-monthly group lessons. The purpose of group lessons is to provide students with motivation, develop their self-confidence, learn ensemble skills, discover music as a social activity, and to have fun! Group lessons are often a student’s favorite music-related activity. The informal learning situation and practice in front of an “audience” increases the self-confidence of all of the students. Group lessons are also an excellent opportunity for parents to meet each other and share experiences.
Please contact the instructor regarding enrollment. Students are enrolled at the instructor’s discretion—the instructor may recommend that your child take the Explore Suzuki Music class before trumpet lessons.