Trumpet & Piano Lessons

Piano and Trumpet Lessons by Joyce Toth

Briarcliff Manor, NY

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About Piano and Trumpet Lessons by Joyce Toth

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I offer trumpet lessons (all levels) and piano lessons (beginner to intermediate) in your home.

My piano students have at least one recital per year, in which my trumpet students may participate as well. I have a unique way to start beginning piano students which combines the best of traditional music notation with Suzuki instruction and ideas from the "Music Tree" method. Music reading fluency is a priority, as well as proper technique and repertoire. Younger students use Montessori-type instruction to obtain a solid foundation in note reading.

On the trumpet, I specialize in NYSSMA instruction, classical repertoire and technique, jazz improvisation study, and excellence in music reading. I help students to perform their very best with school ensembles.

Above all, my students enjoy playing their instruments and smile a lot during the lessons. I especially love teaching beginners on both instruments, and find that aspect of my job to be very rewarding and enjoyable. The way that the brain processes music reading and performing is a special interest of mine, and I have consequently had success with students who haven't thrived with other teachers.

My students are consistently successful at NYSSMA and are often chosen to participate in Area All-State, All-County, and All-State organizations. Some have gone on to be music majors at schools such as University of Massachusetts and SUNY-Buffalo.

I have many local references and testimonials by band directors. I teach primarily in the following areas: Briarcliff Manor, Ossining, Millwood, Chappaqua, Armonk, Somers, Mt. Kisco, Irvington, and Ardsley, but will consider other areas if you can schedule your lessons at the beginning or end of my day, or if you have more than one student.

Please visit my piano blog at allegrettopianolessons.blogspot.com
and my trumpet blog at
thetrumpetvibe.blogspot.com

Location

Briarcliff Manor, NY 10510

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  • 5/5 stars October 21, 2013

    Joyce has been teaching my twin 9 year old boys for over 3 years. She started teaching piano to them and now they learn trumpet from her as well. Joyce is an excellent teacher. She is a wonderful and accomplished musician and she is patient and makes learning fun for my boys. They love her and they playing their instruments.

Question and answer

Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?

A. Choose a teacher who pays attention to what your kid says and wants. There shouldn't be an assembly line, with every student doing the same material. Look for a dynamic teacher who engages with the student.

Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?

A. Over the years, I've gained a reputation as a teacher who goes the extra mile to work with students who have difficulties with their music studies for whatever reason. I don't cut off the lesson right in the middle of a teaching point, but will continue until the point has been covered. I am constantly providing specialized arrangements for my students, music that is not published, or is only published at an inappropriate level for the student requesting it. I try to teach students how to practice, and tell them that my goal is to help them improve their skills to the point that they don't need my help anymore.

Q. What do you like most about your job?

A. I tell people my job is making kids smile. However, it's just as likely that they'll make me smile.

Q. What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

A. Customers ask: do you teach any other instruments? Although I play the flute and can play a few other instruments a little, I really only teach trumpet and piano. There is a lot of knowledge involved in teaching beginners, both in terms of the techniques needed to get students started right and also the appropriate repertoire for each level. I have twenty-five years of experience teaching trumpet (and learned something every minute of that time) and ten years teaching piano, for which I also studied at the Suzuki Piano Institute of Cleveland. I am constantly asking my colleagues for advice and read books and articles about learning so that I can really excel at teaching both trumpet and piano. I just don't feel I can teach at that level for any other instrument.

Q. How did you decide to get in your line of work?

A. It was a natural progression from performing to sharing my knowledge with others. When I began teaching, students found me, rather than me seeking them out. I had really great instructors and of course I wanted to share what they had taught me.

Q. Write your own question and answer it.

A. Why should I hire a trumpet player to teach piano?

I began teaching piano at a music school I was affiliated with as a trumpet teacher. They had a need for a teacher for very young students, and I had been interested in the Suzuki method.

I have played classical piano since I was five, and studied jazz piano as an adjunct to my trumpet playing. In addition, I had taught a few piano students who were my neighbors. So I agreed to do the Suzuki training and try a few students.

Frankly, it was an experiment for the school and for me. I quickly saw that Suzuki was a burden for working moms, and yet traditional piano wasn't appropriate either, especially for the four-year-olds that started taking lessons through the school. So I had to develop my own method. And I discovered that I really liked teaching young kids. Most of my trumpet students don't start until age 9 or 10, but the majority of my piano students were 4 or 5, and I found teaching them to be delightful and rewarding. I have a lot of patience and empathy, and I truly like little kids (and dogs and cats).

One of those four-year-olds is now a teenager and tearing it up--he always had an interest in pop music and we'll probably be hearing him on the radio (Sirius? Pandora?)

Give me a chance with a free lesson for your beginner or early intermediate student, and see if my teaching style is right for your child.

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