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My wife, son and I are moving to Berkeley from January onwards -- I am on
leave. We wanted to keep up with his music pactrice.
My son has been playing the piano for a little over 3 years and we were
looking to continue that.
He also started playing the trumpet this year in school (in the school band
here in Charlottesville, Virginia) and we would like to keep this up for
the rest of the year while we are in California. My son is 11 and in 5th
Any suggestions for how and where to find a good trumpet and/or piano
teacher? Any people to recommend. We will be living not too far from
In addition to recommendations for private lessons, I'd highly recommend
Oaktown Jazz Workshops. Truly a unique Oakland opportunity-kids play along
with experienced jazz musicians, and it's amazing. My kid thrived with this,
in a way that more formal lessons didn't provide. I think it's also life
lessons in coming forward for improvised solos and backing off to accompany
others. Can't say enough for the men who work with these young musicians, who
have gone on to be national stars. My (now adult) son didn't pursue a musical
career, but I think that what he learned helped him in all parts of life.
Will your son be attending a Berkeley Public school? If so you're in luck.
Berkeley Unified has a wonderful music program as part of the curriculum for
all 5th graders. Kids choose an instrument (trumpet is one of the choices)
and get approx 2 hrs instuction per week plus many opportunities to perform
for an audience as a class. Anon
Looking for a good trumpet teacher for our 10 year old son. Either
someone who could come to the house, or someone near downtown
Berkeley/Gourmet Ghetto/lower Berkeley hills.
I know a great trumpet teacher who is willing to go to your house or has
places to go for lessons. He's fantastic - great with kids, an excellent
player and very intuitive. His name is Flecher and can be reached at
510-495-5296 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
I had a wonderful trumpet tutoring experiences with Paul Heggeseth. He is
a talented teacher & trumpet player, patient with his teaching and just a
really great guy overall. I have recommended him on BPN before and have
gotten good feedback. He recently got his masters from the conservatory
in SF and has experience teaching all ages.
-- Slowly learning to play trumpet
Editor Note: as of 2014, Paul Heggeseth has moved out of the area
Looking for a trumpet/coronet teacher for 9 yr. old who has some
My daughter, then 9, took trumpet lessons last year from Sue Crum, who teaches
from her home in El Cerrito. Mrs. Crum was great: calm, kind, and excellent
at motivating through enthusiasm rather than criticism. I recommend her
Sue Crum-Private Studio
Lessons for Young Musicians
I'm looking for a trumpet teacher for my 11 year old son. He
needs someone who can make lessons fun, and who enjoys working
with kids. Any suggestions are most appreciated.
My 11 year old son, is also looking for a trumpet teacher. We found this class, but they need more
students in order for the class to take place. The class isThe Nuts and Bolts of Brass I at the Berkeley
Jazz School . Trumpet players as well as other brass players in grade 5-7 are needed. Call Rob at the
Jazz School at 845-5373. Here is the web link, scroll down to Brass:
Hi, I'm looking for trumpet lessons for my 11 yr old son. I've
called a few places, but they only do weekly lessons, while
we'd like every other (or every third) week.
There are good reasons for the teachers to want to see you weekly.
1) Meeting less often tends to be less motivating for a student. No feedback, no urgency to get it right
before the next lesson because it is so far off.
2) Practicing the same stuff that long without a lesson means a kid may end up practicing the same
uncorrected mistakes for weeks, making it really hard to improve. Besides just being boring to work on
the same project for weeks and weeks.
3) Finally, it messes up their schedule. If your kid only comes in every 3rd Monday at 4, they can't
schedule anyone else in that slot on a regular basis. That is, you are effectively ''using'' that time,
whether you come or not, because most people expect a regular weekly time slot.
Which is to say, it may be difficult to find a teacher who will work on this kind of schedule.
My 9-year-old daughter has been asking for trumpet lessons, and
Could anyone recommend a good trumpet teacher, preferably
located in the North Berkeley, Albany, or El Cerrito area?
I highly recommend Sarah Cline in Berkeley for trumpet lessons.
Sarah teaches both trumpet and trombone to many young people and
is a positive and inspirational teacher. She is sincerely
interested in the progress of her students not only as musicians
but also as people. Sarah is very accomplished as a performer
and instructor and well respected and connected in the music
community. My 11 year old son has been taking trombone lessons
from her for the past 2 and a half years and has really excelled.
Sarah's email is Kangaroo AT mills.edu and her phone number is
I am looking for a trumpet teacher for my 11 year old son. He
has been playing for 2 years, thru the Berkeley schools music
program, but he needs individual instruction and a more formal
practice program to advance.
For trumpet lessons, you could try ALMA in Orinda. It is right
off hwy 24 and if you live in Elmwood, Claremont or South
Berkeley, it is not as far as you think -- about 8-10 minutes
when traffic is light. We go there 3 days a week for music
instruction and prices are best I've found in the area, $18/30
minute session. The teachers are really good. They also have
combo groups that your child can join, those are $18/hour and
they do perform at least a few times a year.
By the way, they teach all band instruments, piano, voice
lessons, and foreign languages.
I found my trumpet teacher, Ellen Seeling, by going into the
Berkeley Jazz School, where I found her brochure. She teaches
there in Berkeley some days and in Pinole at her studio at other
times. Apparently, she teaches a few of the kids in Berkeley
High's lauded jazz band. I'm pretty sure she teaches younger
kids as well. I'm pleased with her, though I'm a grown-up, and
I know kids need a different style. However, she's very
positive and encouraging to me, which is good for any age.
Her phone number is 510-758-2200.
I'm looking for trumpet lessons for a nine year old boy in the
Richmond/El Cerrito/Albany area. The most recent post I saw was
in 2000 and I'm wondering if there is anyone new.
I really like my trumpet teacher, Ellen Seeling. She teaches
adults and kids, and some of the famous Berkeley High Jazz Band
kids are her students. She's very encouraging and positive.
She teaches out of her studio in Pinole, or at the Jazz School
Try calling her studio - (510) 758-2200, or pick up her
brochure at the Jazz School and check it out.
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