Three Valve Music Studios
Thank you for choosing Three Valve Music Studios. My goal is to help my students
learning to make music. The following is an outline of what you will need to get
trumpet lessons. The instrument requirements, materials list, practice and tuition
An instrument in good working order is required. It can be new, a rental or an old
heirloom. If it leaks, or the valves are sticky the primary results will be frustration
and rapid loss
of interest. It should be free of major damage such as dents, or oddly bent tubing.
A new instrument does not necessarily mean no problems. I have had many new students
to me in the past with cheap, new instruments purchased on the Internet or at the
warehouse outlet, only to be disappointed by the performance after just a few months.
broken valves, broken water keys, and stuck slides are common among this group of
instruments. It seems that most of these instruments do not use standardized parts,
no replacement parts available. If a part breaks, you have a large rather expensive
If you are planning to purchase a new or used instrument, please make an appointment
consultation with me to discuss appropriate models.
A rental instrument can be obtained at your local music store. They may also have
some type of
rent-to-own, or buyback option for new trumpets (usually the best option, because
you get a
new trumpet as opposed to an already used previously rented one). Ask them what
If you choose a rental, ensure that you can exchange it during the rental period
should it not
A mouthpiece should accompany whichever trumpet you choose. This too needs to be
shape, free from damage (especially on the rim, in the cup, and down the shank).
Regardless which you choose, a new or used instrument , proper care and maintenance
required. Proper maintenance requires little time and almost no effort. Care takes
little time, but
a lot of attention and effort. Especially for younger students. I have seen many
unexplained dents and damage. In some cased the damage was such that the trumpet
unplayable. Proper attention must be paid to the trumpet at all times. It should
always be in a
safe place; your hand, the case, a table or counter away from the edge, or on a trumpet
directly in front of you. Leaving the trumpet on the seat of your chair, or laying
it down on the
floor is not acceptable.
Regular maintenance requires little more than a few minutes at a time. The valves
must be well (but not overly) lubricated to ensure proper function. If you have
never done this
before, I will demonstrate it during the first few lessons. The exterior needs an
with a lint/scratch free cloth. The interior an occasional bath every 30-60 days.
Care requires much more attention. Most trumpets are robust and can take some damage,
trumpets in general should be considered fragile. Sometimes a seemingly insignificant
dent can mean costly repairs or even render the instrument un-repairable.
Cleaning and maintenance kit. (Should include; snake, mouthpiece brush, valve brush,
oil, slide grease, lint free cloth for brass instruments or polishing cloth for plated
Blank manuscript book. Wire bound preferred.
Various song and exercise books based on the ability level of the student.
Recommendations will be made at the first lesson.
A pencil should always be carried in the case for use during rehearsals and lessons.
A bag to carry the books to and from the lessons.
All students are required to practice. The amount of practice time will vary depending
level of the student. Beginners are expected to practice at least 1/2 hour per day.
Intermediate students, 1 hour or more per day. Advanced students, based on the aspirations
the student. Everyday. Like sports, playing the trumpet requires physical exertion.
ongoing practice is the only way to build and maintain the stamina and technical
required to play
the trumpet. Once some measure of technical proficiency has been achieved, more
be focused on creating music in solo practice, group practice, live performance.
allows the musician to listen and pay more attention to what is going on around him/her
the practice sessions and live performance. This is especially important when performing
conducted ensemble. Strict attention must be shown to the tempos, dynamics and body
language of the Conductor in order to perform well as a group. Additionally, you
must listen and
in tune with good tone. This is not difficult, but it isn't easy. Especially if
you are buried in you
part due to lack of technical skills.
All students should listen to many different types of music regularly. Including
artists that play
other instruments. Try to find an artist whose sound or style you admire, than try
to play that
way. Listen to the types of music you wish to play, and play that way.
Music instruction is most effective when it is consistent and ongoing. Keeping this
tuition fees should be considered a reflection of the enrollment of the student in
instructional program. I offer two options;
1. Year round, except for the last two weeks of June and December. (recommended,
lessons mean regular practice and consistent improvement.)
2. School year, September through the middle of December, January through the middle
June. (Additional per lesson fee applies.)
Be advised, should you choose option #1, and subsequently change to option two (or
discontinue lessons during the first 6 months), you will be required to pay a fee
equal to the
number of lessons multiplied by the current additional per lesson fee for option
Regardless of which plan you choose, no make up lessons will be provided for
absenteeism. I cannot be responsible for lessons missed due to events beyond my
Such as (but not limited to) last minute or forgotten athletic events or try-outs,
instruments, books, etc. Once the lesson plan for the month has been agreed to,
it is your
responsibility to show up on time. Lessons will end at the scheduled time regardless
you arrive. Tardiness will not extend the lesson time. If I am running late, lessons
extended to ensure a full half-hour lesson. Should you decide to discontinue lessons,
notice is required.
If for any reason I need to cancel a lesson you have previously paid for, I will
make every effort
to reschedule in an available time slot as soon as possible after the cancellation.
Or, a credit
equal to one lesson will be applied toward the tuition payment for the following
Tuition is due at the first lesson of each month. Any late payments are subject
to a $15.00
fee. Unless prior arrangements have been made.
c. 2007 Three Valves Music