Check out our online trumpet courses crafted especially for former trumpeters who want to play their instruments again!
DocMom Music LLC provides online coaching and teaching by professional trumpeter and master teacher, Dr. Pamela Smitter, who brings a lifetime’s experience performing and teaching music at all levels to her studio and classrooms. She specializes in helping former trumpet players come back to playing their instruments.
If you are one of those people that has been wanting to get back on the horn but keeps hesitating because you don't know how to go about it, then you have come to the right person! I am Dr. Pamela Smitter (Doctor of Musical Arts D.M.A. - in Trumpet Performance).
I have a lifetime's experience as a professional trumpeter, professor, and coach; and I specialize in teaching beginner and comeback player techniques.
We coach comeback trumpeters to become fluent and expressive players at all levels of proficiency through streamlined instruction and efficient practice plans.
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I challenge you to "Get That Old Horn Out and Dust It Off!
Join other similarly motivated former trumpeters in finding your way back to enjoying playing again with this 8-week "re-introductory" course. Even if it has been decades since you last performed, a comeback is possible! We will review everything surrounding getting your chops back and reading music again, and I will guide you with clear, step-by-step practice techniques that I have designed especially for this level of ability. I will also give you personal feedback throughout the course. You will be amazed at what you will be able to accomplish once you decide to be a trumpeter again.
Even though we live in the twenty-first century there still aren’t many female trumpeters sitting at the top of the brass section in professional orchestras. I am one of those few. Frankly, while giving a master class to fellow professionals and college trumpet students in Greece a few years ago, I realized that I know no one with the same credentials as me: principal trumpet of a great orchestra, soloist with CD released, K-12 music education degree and teaching experience, middle aged, single mom, three kids, recent D.M.A. graduate achieved as a single mom while working, and also many years’ experience as professor of trumpet (adjunct) at various universities. Life is dynamic, to say the least, yet I maintain a degree of peace and centeredness amidst the day-to-day chaos because I am grateful. I love being a professional trumpeter. I love teaching music and enjoy my students. I love my kids and appreciate their uniqueness and intensity (most of the time :), and even though my plate is truly overflowing I know that everything on my to-do list I enjoy
Somehow I managed to balance my life responsibilities with my passion to continue performing and teaching as a professional artist, and now I want to share my experience with others. I have learned so many strategies for surviving and thriving, and I know I can help make things easier for others in similar situations. Because I have had to do so much with so little time, I became extremely efficient, and as a trumpeter I can coach comeback player with the confidence that it is truly possible to become fluent and expressive on the instrument again, and it doesn’t have to be intimidating to begin again. I know how to do this, to teach it, and to encourage and inspire those that miss playing and think it might be too late, or too hard, or too time-consuming, etc. I was fortunate to study with one of the most respected trumpeters of the 20th century, Armando Ghitalla, and his legacy has enabled my own trumpet artistry to survive the chaos for myself, and apply his teaching to my students. Excellence is achievable every step of the way, and it is with excellence that the enjoyment and expression emerge.
I inspire people and instill hope through my platform of online coaching and teaching to empower former trumpeters to reconnect with their passion for creative expression by re-learning to play trumpet again. Excellence is attainable at all levels of expertise. Music is an incredible creative force and we help make the world brighten one trumpeter at a time.
Hello Trumpet, My Old Friend! - Back to Bb. Trumpet Level 1A is the first course offered at DocMom Music. It is a basic review tailored to re-energize those players who want to play trumpet again but have not played in many years (or even decades). DocMom shows these former players how to reconnect with their instruments and helps them become comeback trumpet players at every level of proficiency. Several performing and experience levels are included in the DocMom Music program, depending upon the players’ particular performing level, from absolute beginner (or comeback player) to highly advanced and personal professional coaching. These courses assimilate a private group lesson via an online format that also includes one-on-one interaction and feedback.
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