American Trumpeter Blog

I have spent a lot of time thinking about the concepts that I teach in my studio. These ideas owe their origins to the incredible teachers under whom I have been privileged to study and a couple of decades of private and studio teaching. My primary mentor, Charles Schlueter has been talking about his “book” since I met him in 1987. With Charlie ever as my guide, now knowing I will probably never get around to writing MY book, I have begun to write these ideas down to share. My “Practice Space” articles have been published by Vandoren and now appear as a recurring column in the Brass Herald. To see the most up to date articles, see the blogspot page here 

I will occasionally organize the educational articles on this page for easier reference.

Practice Space

Physical Space August 18, 2011 

Mental Space September 19, 2011

The Warm Up January 5, 2012

To Err is Human February 1, 2012

Archives “How do you judge your progress?” February 10, 2012

Key Ingredients – September 19, 2012

The Practice Routine – March 5, 2013 


Teaching Kids or “Why it is OK if your students don’t practice.” September 20, 2013 

 Just Do It – November 14, 2014 

“Perfection” as a barrier to true music making – revised November 22, 2014