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Jessica Erbe

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Jessica Erbe

My Education, Accolades, and Experience

I started studying music in California, through programs such as the Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra, the Idyllwild Summer Arts Academy, and Junior Chamber Music. I moved to Boulder in 2014 to begin studying music at CU Boulder and will complete both my BM in Trumpet Performance and my BME in Music Education in May of 2018. While at CU, I have competed at the National Trumpet Competition, in both the trumpet ensemble division and the solo division. I have also studied music abroad, at an international school in Vienna, Austria (2016). I have been teaching trumpet privately since 2012 and have been teaching music in a classroom setting since 2014, as a conductor, coordinator, and sectional coach for various brass and woodwind instruments.

My Approach to Teaching

I find that every student has a different motivation for learning and practicing music, and pinpointing that motivation helps to guide my teaching. I believe that fostering a love for playing music is the most effective (and most fun) way to improve, and so I aim to nurture a student’s love for playing music first and foremost.

One of My Practice Techniques

Sing, buzz, play (brass-specific)! I find that the three most influential parts of brass playing are the sound players have in their heads, the air they provide to the instrument, and the integrity of their buzz. The most important of these three things is being able to hear the music before playing it, practiced through singing (and listening). Buzzing into the mouthpiece is a great way to test both air and buzz, and playing is the final step that gives musical gratification and illustrates immediate improvement from the other two steps. This method is a great way of testing that music is originating from the human behind the instrument, every time.

My Favorites in These Five Styles

  • Rock - Genesis
  • Chamber Music - Canadian Brass
  • Jazz - Wynton Marsalis
  • Classical - Gustav Mahler
  • Musical Theatre - Hamilton

My Favorite Quote

“Today you are you. That is truer than true. There is no one alive who is youer than you.” -Dr. Seuss

How I Started Playing Music

I grew up singing along to anything I could (at the top of my lungs, of course … is there any other way to sing?) and when an opportunity came to make music with others in a band when I was 11, I took it. Given the choice between flute, clarinet, and trumpet, I very deliberately chose the loudest and began to learn it. My first trumpet teacher showed me how trumpet was more than just an instrument and music was more than just a hobby. By sparking my love for music and guiding the technique of my fundamental approach, he helped to lead me to where I am today.

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