Brian - Teacher #1891

- French Horn
- Trombone
- Trumpet

- Music Appreciation
- Music History
- Music Theory (Beginner-Intermediate)

- English

Teaching Philosophy

I had several wonderful trumpet teachers throughout High School, College, and Graduate School. I base my teaching on how I was taught, and exercises that I learned with, but have also adapted my style a bit over my 20 years of teaching.

I focus first on tone production, with a series of Cichowicz slurring exercises (and a couple of modified versions of those for more advanced students). I also have students practice and learn their scales and arpeggios, as all music is built on these. We will also work on building range, improving technique (slurring and tonguing), and sight reading. I am also familiar with most of the trumpet solo rep, and we will find fun pieces to work on along the way.

I am generally pretty laid back and easy going, and try to keep lessons fun, but I expect my students to practice and come prepared every week!

Musical Education

I have earned music degrees from the following schools:

Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI: BA in music performance, BA in Music Theory

Arizona State University: MM in trumpet performance
Studied with David Hickman

Special Skills and Training

I have spent many years honing my audition skills, and have won numerous Orchestra auditions. In recent years, I have won or advanced to finals or semi-finals in most of the auditions I've taken. I can help my students be well prepared for their auditions or performances.


30 Minutes: $39.00
45 Minutes: $49.00
60 Minutes: $59.00

There is a one-time registration fee of 25 $ charged with the first lessons. All Taxes are included in prices, if applicable

NOTE: Your Credit card will be charged ONLY when the first lesson is set up and confirmed with the teacher


1. Cancellation Policy

Lessons not cancelled or rescheduled with at least 24 hours notice are billable to the client and payable to the teacher. This does not of course apply to travel fees unless the notice is effectively given at the door and the teacher has travelled to the location.

2. Cessation (quitting) Policy

A client must provide a 2 lesson notice period to stop lessons. So a weekly student needs to give 2 weeks of notice, a biweekly student works out to 3 weeks notice and a twice weekly student works out to a week of notice.

3. Illness Policy

Lessons cancelled due to illness or extraordinary circumstances with less than 24 hours notice remain billable to the client and payable to the teacher.

BAH teachers are encouraged to offer a make-up lesson at a future date in the interest of client relations and general goodwill. This only makes sense as teaching a student with the flu for example, will ruin the rest of your week's employment.

No more than 2 lessons may be made up due to illness within a 60 day period.

4. Rescheduling Policy

Any lesson can be cancelled or rescheduled with at least 24 hours notice.

Summer Vacation and Extended Absence Policy

Clients may schedule longer absences for trips etc. 24 hours notice is required.

It is normal and typical for students and about 20% of our teachers to schedule a break in the summer. We do not enforce a notice period (see cessation of lessons) at the end of a long summer break.

5. Evaluation Period

There are no free trial lessons with Beethoven at Home but we do offer a 2 lesson evaluation period where it is easy to try out a teacher. There are no free lessons during the evaluation period and clients may choose to discontinue the lessons at any time by providing the required 24 hours notice. After the student's 3rd lesson the required 2 lesson notice period will apply (see cessation of lessons above).