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.)
Please Note: The prices below reflect my rates for college-aged or adult students. I offer a reduced rate for pre-college students but will only work with younger students on a case-by-case basis. At this stage in my life and career, I am not interested in making regular time in my schedule for any student who is not willing to practice his or her lesson music at least 4–5 times per week outside of sessions with me. If you are in search of lessons for a student who has not yet found the motivation to practice, I will be happy to refer you to one of the undergraduates in our program, who will charge a smaller fee and who will probably be more sympathetic.
Private Lessons (please see note above if pre-college)
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.
I offer regular lessons 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 course of the month. 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.
Although I also offer lessons via Skype/webcam, I have noticed that teaching is generally more productive when we are able to meet in person. If I am not in your area and you think you might like a lesson, send me an email! I travel often and there is always the chance that I may find myself in your neighborhood down the road.
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!
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.
For additional information, please send me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.