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Tom J. - Trombone and Trombone Teacher
$50per hour

Trombone Lessons

Tom's lessons:

Trombone, Trombone

Trombone Lessons

Levels
Beg
Int
Adv

Trombone Lessons

I believe playing trombone should be a fun and relaxing experience. In fact, the best trombone playing actually feels easy! My teaching style is relaxed, but focused. I will strive to improve your fundamental skills, with an emphasis on sound and musicality, while always aiming for ease and efficiency. We'll apply these skills to solos, etudes, and (for advanced players) orchestral excerpts. We can also work on jazz improvisation!

Levels
Beg
Int
Adv
Specialties
band students
beginners
classical
jazz
Ages
9 to 23

Overview

In middle school, Tom heard a recording of the Montreal Symphony playing The Planets by Gustav Holst. Ever since, he's been fascinated with orchestral music - playing it as a trombonist, and writing it as a composer!

Tom graduated from the Chicago College of Performing Arts with a master's degree in Orchestral Studies, where he studied with Jay Friedman (Chicago Symphony Orchestra) and Reed Capshaw (Chicago Philharmonic). He also studied with Mike Dugan (Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra) at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. From these outstanding teachers, Tom learned that the best musicians are those who find a unique approach that speaks to their own passions and strengths. As a teacher, Tom avoids a cookie-cutter approach and encourages his students to find their own voice.

Tom is also an experienced pianist in both classical and jazz. He has worked as a recital accompanist, and performed jazz on the Lake Geneva Cruise Line.

Besides music, Tom is a three-time full marathon finisher, a movie buff and enjoys landscape photography. He's an avid reader and listens to many podcasts.

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