Adaptive Teaching

Adaptive Teaching: Pedagogical Insights and Techniques Used in Teaching Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder   Presented February 15-16, 2018 by Jason Bergman and Olivia Funkhouser at the 2018 TMEA Convention in San Antonio, TX. Presented on May 31, 2017 by Jason Bergman and Olivia Funkhouser at the 2017 ITG Conference in Hershey PA. This session focused on … More Adaptive Teaching

Baby Steps

We all go through times when we feel overwhelmed. Learning a challenging new piece (or pieces) of music, overcoming a challenging technical deficiency in our playing, preparing an audition list, or balancing all of the aspects of our careers and life. It can be hard to know where to start. What about Bob? is a … More Baby Steps

Jump on the train!

Quite often starting a piece of music can be difficult. One solution that has helped my students and me is employing a musical breath. On a fundamental level, a musical breath is more or less breathing in time. As teachers, we frequently address breathing by saying something like, “take a deeper breath,” or “you are … More Jump on the train!

First is sound.

In my opinion, there are two aspects of playing the trumpet that transcend all others. They are music and sound. In this post, I want to speak specifically regarding sound. The sound you create on your instrument is part of your musical identity. In our profession, it’s like our musical fingerprint. Each person’s sound is unique. It not … More First is sound.

Sing. Buzz. Slur. Play.

Performing with professional-level accuracy on the trumpet can be quite a challenge for many. Often, difficulty with accuracy occurs for several reasons, the most common of which are: 1)   Incorrectly hearing the pitch 2)   Not playing in the center of the note To overcome these challenges, I use a process I call “Sing. Buzz. Slur. … More Sing. Buzz. Slur. Play.