Trumpet lessons are taught by qualified music teachers to those wanting to learn to play a brass instrument used in both classical music and jazz. Learning the trumpet can come easy once the student has developed some basic note-reading and muscle control needed in playing trumpet. With learning trumpet, as with most instruments, there is more to teaching music than simply presenting a piece of music to a student. Because the trumpet is of the brass family but also requires the player’s wind; teaching music for proper trumpet playing is best done by music teachers who have a background in playing trumpet, reading notes and a knowledge of various mouth formations to develop proper tones. This use of facial muscles in forming lip positions over the mouthpiece is referred to as embouchure.
Recommendations for Trumpet Lessons
Most music teachers who teach trumpet lessons will recommend that a student who wants to play music on the trumpet be at least nine years of age or approximately in the fourth grade. Before this age, most children will not have the physical ability to learn the proper breathing techniques or ability to form lips to the mouthpiece or properly use their facial muscles needed in learning trumpet. While some children may have the ability to begin learning to play the trumpet at an earlier age, most children do not develop the muscle control needed to achieve proper tones until at least the age of nine. Unless a child shows extreme enthusiasm and desire to learn to play the trumpet before this time, it is best to wait to prevent becoming frustrated over skills they may eventually develop well. Meanwhile, a student can listen to professional trumpet players to keep up the excitement of wanting to learn to play trumpet and practice deep breathing exercises to develop lung capacity and breath control. It is also a good idea for the student to have at least a general knowledge of music theory and how to play music on an instrument such as a piano before proceeding with playing trumpet. The most common trumpet on which to learn is the B flat Cornet which consists of valves that are pressed to form chord patterns and notes along with a mouthpiece in which to blow, making the trumpet not only a brass instrument but sometimes considered to be of the wind family as well. If a student has a general overall background in notes and music theory techniques and is of the age to have the ability to strengthen facial muscles and the strength to hold trumpet and press valves while blowing and forming lips properly, then it’s time to find out about pursuing trumpet lessons.