Would you or someone in your wedding party like to walk down the aisle to the sound of a trumpet? I charge $350 for wedding ceremonies, which includes a one-hour in-person consultation and my attendance at your rehearsal.
I do not charge for performances of Taps (I will accept donations if you feel compelled to pay). (Please note, however, that Dr. Chris Wilson, who holds the trumpet position at the university where I teach, has actually served in the military. For this reason, I would always recommend him first if it were a question of who to contact.)
Private Lessons (please see note below if pre-college)
The following rates apply to college-aged or adult students. I offer a reduced rate for pre-college students but will only work with younger players on a case-by-case basis.
OPTION 1: Per-Lesson Payment
I charge a flat fee of $75 per lesson for private instruction, which does not increase if your lesson lasts longer than an hour. This fee is due on the date of your lesson. Skype students will receive a bill through PayPal.
OPTION 2: Per-Month Payment (available only to select students)
I offer an unlimited lesson package to pre-professional students (i.e. college students who are in between degrees or working through embouchure changes) at a reduced rate of $250/month. This fee is due within the first five days of the month unless prior arrangements have been made and includes unlimited lessons during the following thirty days. Note that this arrangement is available only to adult (18 years or older) students who are seeking a career in music. All others must pay the per-lesson rate.
OPTION 3: Summer Lessons, Bulk Rate
I offer a discounted rate of $650 to any student wishing to commit to weekly lessons between May 15 – August 15. This option guarantees that I will reserve twelve hours to teach you over the course of three months but does not entitle you to makeup lessons during that time. (Twelve weeks at $75/week would normally equate to $900, so I will not offer make-ups for cancellations that are initiated by you.) Students must pay the entire $650 within the first fifteen days to be eligible for this rate; refunds are not available if the student decides to terminate lessons mid-summer.
Lessons With My Students
Do you want regular lessons for a lower rate? Send me an email and I will gladly put you in touch with a student I can vouch for. These instructors charge less but are able to consult with me if they have any questions.
Need an extra set of ears? Trying to decide whether it’s worth investing in a lesson? Send me a recording of your playing and I will be happy to offer some feedback. First feedback is free provided that your recording is less than 10 minutes long. For subsequent recordings I charge $25 for up to 10 minutes of audio and $2 per minute thereafter. (If this seems high, please recall that a first-round orchestral audition is probably 10 minutes in length.)
Feedback for Private Teachers
If you are a private teacher who would like input on your work, I offer video consultations at a rate of $50 per half-hour of footage (or $80 per hour). In this arrangement, you send me a recording of yourself teaching a lesson and I will watch the entire recording, then provide either written or verbal feedback (your choice) about what you are doing. I offer this service primarily as a way to help new teachers find their footing or as a way to help non-trumpet players feel more confident when teaching trumpet. If you would like me to observe several lessons, I offer a package of ten hours of footage for $650.
Some teachers, if they want specific feedback about a specific student, have chosen to sit in on a lesson while I teach the student for my usual rate of $75. If this works better for your situation, this is fine with me!
I define a consultation as a session in which you do not have your trumpet and simply want to talk pedagogy. I charge $25/half hour for this service and will bill any online consultation lasting more than 40 minutes at an hourly rate of $50.
For additional information, please send me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.