Lessons on Trombone. 20$/30min, 40$/60min.
Here's some background info about myself. I'm 30 years old. I graduated from the UO school of music in 2003 and then went to Akron, OH. to study with Ed Zadrozny for 2 years. I earned a masters degree in trombone Performance. I then got a job with Carnival Cruise Lines as a showband musician and worked in the Carribean for 2 years. I went through Hurricane Katrina after having been onboard for 1 month. I eventually hired on with a different cruise line, White Star/Cunard (owners of the "Queen Elizabeth/Mary" named series of ships) and did some european cruises as well. In 2007 I visited my old teacher at the UO and showed him some of the electronic music things i had been working on. He encouraged me to apply for a Graduate Teaching Fellowship and introduced me to the electronic music faculty at the UO. I ended up applying and being accepted. Then I worked on earning a DMA (Doctorate of Musical Arts.) Presently, I am taking a break from school. I play trombone with the Newport Symphony, The Emerald City Jazz Kings, the Eugene Symphony, Eugene Concert Choir and Childrens Choir, and many other groups. I am also performing actively as an electro-accoustic soloist using trombone, voice, and looping software.
I have 3 years experience teaching at the college level as a graduate assistant to Jeff Williams, the previous Trombone Professor at the University of Oregon. I taught 4-5 undergraduate trombonists each term. Grading was handled by the supervising professor, but scheduling and teaching materials were handled by me. I also participated in the entrance auditions and the Term Juries. At the college level, successful students were self-motivated. They eventually learned how to teach themselves. This involved learning how to diagnose their own problems, and how to develop practice materials that were going to improve their skills. Unsuccessful students were typically treading water, uncertian of what they wanted to do, and unable to commit their time regularly to practice and self-improvement.
My university Students received 1 hour lessons each week.
I have 1 year of private lesson teaching experience with middle school students. I had 2 students for that year. One was bad and one was good. It all came down to self-motivation. One of them didn't really want to be in band, and didn't practice and didn't get any better. The other one loved practicing and getting good at music, and also eventually recieved lessons on Electric Bass.
My middle school students received 1/2 hour lessons each week.
I don't think it's a good idea to try and have a trombone lesson during band camp. Your chops are going to be pretty tired from that already, and you're likely to develop bad habits of tone production if you're always fighting fatigue. I could meet with you before it starts and show you some daily warm-up/down exercises that will get your buzz going, develop control and endurance, and get your face accustomed to playing trombone. It would be good to do that before you start band camp so that you have a good foundation to build on during the year. If this is your first band camp on trombone meeting before it to show you those exercises would be a very good idea.
Most importantly, while you're in band camp you must remember to rest your face when you get tired. Brass players can injure their lips by trying to use mouthpiece pressure to make up for being tired. If your lips get too tired to buzz the note normally, don't try to find some weird new way of playing. just rest. Come back in on the next run. :)
I like to be paid in advance in 1 month increments. If you give me 24 hours notice, you can cancel or reschedule a lesson for no charge. If you cancel with less than 24 hours notice, I'm keeping 20$ of that lesson. In my studio, teaching in my house, lessons are 20$/30min, 40$/60 min. if you schedule/buy lessons by the month, I'll give 4 30 minute lessons for 70$ or 4 60 minute lessons for 140$. If I'm teaching lessons at your home or your school, then there's an extra 10$ per lesson for travel expense. I encourage you to ask your friends at school if they'd be interested in taking lessons because if I can get 2 or more students at one location, it saves on gas and travel and I'll pass those savings on to all of you.