Grant R. offers Bass Trombone Lessons and Trombone Lessons

Tutor in Seattle, WA 98133

Seattle, WA 98133


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Price starts at: $40.00

Subjects: Bass Trombone, Euphonium, Trombone

I have studied with some of the finest trombonists in the world, have performed in the nation’s top orchestras, and am firmly committed to excellence in the trombone field. Music is one of the most indescribably powerful and moving things in the entire world, and I want students to, above all, simply enjoy playing and experiencing this wonderful gift. The trombone is, of course, merely a means to an end in this regard; yet its rich, golden, and versatile sound is what particularly draws me to it. My approach to playing the trombone is simple: producing the most beautiful sound on every note, as easily as possible. I think it is necessary to have the best sound that you can possibly make on the trombone in your head from day one, and to this end, I strive to play as much as possible for and along with the student so that they may develop their OWN ideal sound concept. I of course couple this with instruction on all the other fundamentals of trombone playing and music making (scales, rhythms, playing in tune, breathing, etc). But never forget that the ultimate goal is to perform the music the way it goes. By this I do not not mean playing all the correct notes, but instead performing the music in the correct style and context as the composer intended. Always remember that music is to be shared with others, and that making a statement with the music we play, in a way expressing our deepest emotions, is what this is all about!

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3 weeks - 17 years
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Date: September 15, 2014 – June 15, 2016
School: Northwestern University Bienen School of Music
Degree: MM Trombone Performance
Description: Studied with Michael Mulcahy (Chicago Symphony), Timothy Higgins (San Francisco Symphony), Douglas Wright (Minnesota Orchestra), Randall Hawes (Detroit Symphony), and Christopher Davis (St. Paul Chamber Orchestra).

Date: August 15, 2010 – May 15, 2014
School: Eastman School of Music
Degree: BM Trombone Performance and Performer’s Certificate
Description: Studied with Dr. John Marcellus (former principal trombone of the National Symphony).


Date: November 15, 2010
Name: International Trombone Association
Description: The general purposes of the International Trombone Association shall be: To promote communications among trombonists around the world, to improve the artistic level of performance, teaching, and literature associated with the trombone family and to function as a clearing house for trombone-related ideas and information


Date: April 15, 2016
Organization: Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Title: Substitute trombonist

Date: December 15, 2016
Organization: Seattle Symphony
Title: Substitute trombonist

Date: October 15, 2016 – January 15, 2017
Organization: Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra’s Endangered Instruments Program
Title: Trombone Coach
Description: Coached middle school aged trombonists at several Seattle middle schools.


Date: May 15, 2013
Authority: Eastman School of Music
Name: Steve Witser Memorial Prize
Description: Established by friends and family to honor the memory of trombonist Steve Witser (BM ’81); awarded to one or more outstanding trombone students.


Language: English
Proficiency: Fluent / Native Proficiency


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