My teaching is focused on goal setting and on finding new sources of musical inspiration. There are countless approaches to trumpet playing and teaching, and mine is crafted and modeled after those who have taught me, particularly Thomas Hooten and Jennifer Marotta.
We will begin with assessing who and where you are musically. We will find your strengths, your weaknesses, your passions, and how you learn. From this, we will craft an approach to learning and playing that will best suit your growth.
I find that a visual representation of this approach is best for keeping me organized and honest with myself. I personally create a spreadsheet within Google Docs and fill in the sections with my practice goals. From here, I am able to visually track my work and progress. You can find an example here.
It is my goal as a teacher to help you find what you want not only out of lessons, but out of music as a whole. I will guide you through the technical facets of the trumpet, give you possible sources of musical inspiration, and help you find your path in the musical world.
At the end of a lesson, we will create a list of goals for our next meeting that you will need to work on throughout the week. It will be your responsibility to prepare these as you see fit. I will never expect you to practice for a specific amount of time each week. Rather, I hope that you are able to learn to develop your skills and prepare what is asked of you to a satisfactory level each week without a time requirement. I will also do my best to set goals that are not too difficult (or too easy!) for you to achieve. I will give you materials that are crucial to your success as a musicians. These will range from simple pedagogic skills to etudes and trumpet literature that will challenge you and hone your abilities every week.
Each week, I will hear you play for an hour or less. This amount of time is not enough for me to show you every single facet of your musicianship. It is up to you to find what works for you and what you need to work on. If you come into lessons prepared and with specific things you need to work on, I will be able to help you far more than if you come in expecting me to show you everything you need. I will do my best each week to give you the most material that you will need to progress as a trumpet player and as a musician.
I hope all of this has provided you to some insight to learning as a musician. If you have any interest in studying with me, please feel free to contact me.
You can get in touch with me a number of ways. These are the two fastest:
- Ken Stanton Music; Marietta Superstore, Woodstock, and West Cobb locations
- Marietta: 770.427.2491
- Woodstock: 770.516.0804
- West Cobb (Dallas HWY): 770.429.8816
- Canton Music Shoppe: 678-493-0570
Please contact me personally my booking page to discuss in-home lessons.
- Arrive at least 5 minutes early (arriving exactly at our starting time will inevitably make us begin late)
- Bring your notebook and required materials each week
- If you are unable to make it to a lesson or you will be late, please call me with as much notice as possible. If I am traveling to the lesson and the student does not arrive I may still need to charge due to time traveling. If you give me enough notice, we can avoid this situation.
- If I am unable to make our scheduled time, I will give you at least 24 hours of notice and we will reschedule our lesson to a time that works for us both.