To my students…

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If you feel you need to play the trumpet, then you must. Don’t worry about a career, or success, or failure. The musicians who are most fulfilled never stop working at their craft. There is no finish line, so don’t compare yourself to others’ talent, situations, and perceived circumstances; work on what you know YOU […]


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Students of JC have continued their musical instruction in their acceptance to the following institutions. IU Jacobs School of Music Denison University Otterbein University University of Michigan School of Music UC College Conservatory of Music

Rules for Trumpet Diatonics ©

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  Rules Play what you hear perfectly. Always play by ear. Perform; do not practice. Tonality is gravity; it forms all technique. Have a goal; Make a plan. Perform “practice cell” without stopping. Express a meter; not a tempo. Rest as much as you play. Express music on every repetition. To repeat is not to […]

Distinct Solutions

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It is no part of Trumpet Diatonics © that instruction should be indiscriminately accepted where there is no evidence. Reason, evidence, and certainty belong together. Logical instruction with distinct solutions offer Trumpet Diatonics © students the opportunity to concise and unmistakable improvement.

Courageous Skill Building

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Trumpet Diatonics © builds skill. Learning a new skill requires courage, a persistent determination in a defined goal. Courage requires consistent discipline, inspired curiosity, knowledgable creativity, and unwavering faith in your abilities. Courage is exciting because it attests to a hope in an unknown. Skill is acquired through repetition. Courageous repetitions manifest exponential growth, realize […]

Stimuli Motivate

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Stimuli motivate. Singing, buzzing, tonguing, hearing, high, blowing, seeing, fingering, sitting, slurring, familiar, standing, bending, tone, walking, pedals, swing, loud, listening, memory, soft, fast, straight, unknown, color, low, stretching, slow, emotions, breathing, dancing… our unique motivations inspire us to develop and change. Where the constants of improvement are balanced, content, repetitions; Trumpet Diatonics © cultivates […]

A Lifetime of Great Art

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Trumpet playing should Always FEEL Good. ALWAYS! Performing Trumpet Diatonics © will make you happy. It is gratifying for me to help musicians grow in their art, regardless of their experience, talent or abilities. I hope to cultivate a desire within each student to recognize beauty in art, within themselves and in the world around […]

Artistic Expression

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All artistic expression is theme and variation. The governing theme in the art of music is diatonicism. Great musicians continually renew tonal possibilities. All repertoire composed and/or arranged by the author contained within Trumpet Diatonics © has been selected to experience the freedom of renewal, and create through tonal literacy.

The Objective

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The objective of Trumpet Diatonics ©  is to acquire technique within the art form’s principles of melody, harmony, and rhythm as defined by the natural laws of tonality. In daily practice, buzz control, air control, flexibility, finger dexterity, and articulation are mastered through these stringent, notwithstanding pleasing studies in tonality.

Get Listening

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Learn Jazz Play an album that makes you smile; one that really makes you genuinely happy. Learn the melodies and solos. Design your own melodies. Play with the album. Repeat 1-4 Perform for an audience with true players.

The Purpose of Art

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The following is an excerpt from Pulitzer Prize finalist Christoph Wolff’s biography on Johann Sebestian Bach entitled “A Learned Musician”.  In it Birnbaum, a contemporary and friend of Bach is described by Wolff as “…Bach’s mouthpiece articulating the composer’s view on art and nature…”  The excerpt describes music as a “mixed mathematical science” insisting, to […]

Society Needs Artists

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To all who are passionately dedicated to the search for new “epiphanies” of beauty so that through their creative work as artists they may offer these as gifts to the world… Society needs artists, just as it needs scientists, technicians, workers, professional people, witnesses of the faith, teachers, fathers and mothers, who ensure the growth of the person and the development […]

Your Ambition

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“Your Ambition is the core of your existence.  It is the essence of your spirit, the foundation of your corporeality. It is a gift placed deep inside of your very being, nurturing every inspiration that incites you to live, learn, Love, grow, and co-create!  Cherish your Ambition with great dignity, integrity, and respect.  Cherish others Ambition […]

Rilke Letters to a Young Poet

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Rilke wrote these letters to a young aspiring poet who confided in his expertise.  They are tender responses to very personal inquiries, delving into the very heart of our existence as creative beings. Rilke charges his confidant to be profoundly aware of his truest artistic intentions through solitude and honest reflection of his own life.  He directs a […]