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LESSONS

For years, I struggled with range, intonation, and endurance. Through my research and studies, I've found my way to nearly limitless endurance, great control of sound and intonation, and range to a Triple C and beyond.  My method of teaching can help almost anyone to gain the range, endurance, and control I now posses. We work with your physical characteristics and find the best way to play for YOU. Much of my methodology I owe to Chris LaBarbera and Dr. Donald Reinhardt. Though no one embouchure is exactly the same, Dr. Reinhardt, after working with thousands of students and professionals, found a way to explain the most efficient way a person can play with their given physical characteristics. Often, a student's "problem" is not their "uncommon" physical traits, it's the teacher's lack of study or knowledge; many unnecessary embouchure changes have resulted from this. If this feels like you, or you want to gain a better understanding of how you play, or just play more efficiently, I've attached Reinhardt's Pivot Diagrams with explanations in the RESOURCES section. 

In addition, I teach improvisation, theory and composition. I have extensive knowledge of the improvisation techniques of the great trumpeter Woody Shaw; see the RESOURCES section to download a copy of my DMA paper on Woody, and a repository of the exercises he practiced. I teach in person and also Skype lessons for those far away. I'm currently located in the Detroit/Windsor metro area. For pricing and to set up a lesson, please fill out the form in the CONTACT section.