Hello and welcome! I am SO excited to have your interest in joining the JmbBrass studio! The intention of this website is to help provide information and resources that both students and parents can easily access.
Private lessons are most popular with students who are new to band or have just recently switched to a different instrument, and students who are very serious about music and plan on continuing it. The first thing I'd like to address is some of the terms you're going to hear from me or your child. Below this paragraph is a brief list of terms you may hear more often. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask!
Studio: The definition of a studio is where an artist, photographer, sculptor, etc., works. In the music world, studio is often used as a term to refer to all of the students under that teacher's guidance. If your student were to join the JmbBrass studio, they would be in my studio.
Horn: Sometimes a shortened version of the instrument called Horn in F, or French Horn. In the music industry, it is FAR more often to hear it used as a slang term for someone's instrument, regardless of what they play. When I teach your students, we will both be playing our horns.
Embouchure: The french word pronounced "Ahm-Buh-Sure" refers to the way in which a player applies the mouth to the mouthpiece of an instrument.
Brass Instrument: Trumpets, Horn in F (F Horn or French Horn), Trombone, Baritone/ Euphonium, Tuba. These are referred to as brass instruments. These are instruments that are constructed out of raw brass.
Woodwind Instrument: Flute/ Piccolo, Clarinet/ Bass Clarinet, Soprano/Alto/Tenor/Baritone Saxophone. These are referred to as woodwind instruments. Ironically, the clarinet is the only "true" woodwind instrument, which is made out of wood and uses a reed (small, skinny piece of rectangular wood roughly the size of your thumb) to vibrate against a mouthpiece in order to make sound. Flutes are completely made of brass now, but originally were created using one piece of wood with holes drilled into it. Saxophones are also made out of brass, but use a wooden reed just like a clarinet does.
Wind Instrument: ANY instrument that requires you to literally blow air into an instrument in order to make a sound. AKA: Brass and woodwind instruments.