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No School Band? New Trumpet Student in Seattle Starts Lessons Anyway

Posted by glennled on May 28, 2014

TrumpetOn 6 November 2013, at his home, my 21st trumpet student had his first lesson with me. He’s a fifth grader who recently turned 11 years old. He attends the Morningside Academy, a private, non-profit school founded in 1980. It’s located in Seattle and has a typical enrollment of 70-100 students. However, the school has no music program. His parents play the piano and flute, so they encouraged him to choose an instrument, too. Like most of us trumpeters, he likes the strong sound of the trumpet.

For our instruction book, we’re using “Standard of Excellence” by Bruce Pearson–the same book used by my brass students in the 5th and 6th grade elementary school bands which meet for practice at Skyview Jr. High School in Bothell. The plan is to have him ready to transition into band classes once he transfers into a school that offers music instruction. Meanwhile, he’s memorized “Happy Birthday” and plays it for his family members on their birthdays.

2 Responses to “No School Band? New Trumpet Student in Seattle Starts Lessons Anyway”

  1. Finn said

    Hi, this is Finn. I am the new trumpet student. I am enjoying playing the trumpet – I like the sound of the trumpet, the power of the instrument. Glenn is a very supportive teacher and sounds so good when he plays. My trumpet valve got stuck, so I have not practiced for a week – just got it back all clean and fixed. Now I have to get my lips back in shape for the recital next weekend. Thanks for all your coaching, Glenn.

    • glennled said

      Hi, Finn, how nice to hear from you, and I’m very glad your horn is all ready for the recital! You have just enough time to get your lips back in shape–don’t worry, just do it! See you soon. I’m very proud to have you among my students.

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