Dr. Carrillo's Trumpet Blog

This page is targeted at my trumpet students here at James Madison University and any other trumpet students or enthusiasts. I hope you find something helpful to your path here.

Be the kind of student you'd like to teach.

My fantastic colleague and JMU professor of flute, Dr. Beth Chandler, has this phrase posted on the outside of her door for all to see.  I pass by Dr. Chandler’s office multiple times each day and everyday I look at that sign.  How can any student walking our hallway not notice that glorious sign? You know, that’s really all anyone needs to think about when preparing for his or her lesson. 

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Equipment Tips for Making Video Recordings of Your Trumpet Playing

Many contests, performance jobs, scholarship competitions, summer music festivals, and schools of music allow for video submissions of audition materials.  In fact, many require a video submission of your playing for the first round to be considered for a live audition. Knowing this, it would serve you well to make the best possible and highest quality video recording you can.

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Permission to Make Mistakes

As you perform in rehearsals and work in your personal practice today, I'd like you to take a few risks:

  • Sing through the horn with beauty and clarity
  • Go for the high note
  • Go for the low note
  • Hold the note to the bitter end
  • Decreschendo a niente
  • Sing all the way through the phrase
  • Articulate with absolute clarity
  • Sing out the sound that is in your head

What's the worst that could happen? You make a mistake?

Mistakes are opportunities to learn and improve. Mistakes are where we find out what our limits are so we can push those limits further out.

Please use the attached form and give yourself "Permission to Make Mistakes"

Happy trumpeting!

-Dr. Carrillo