Private Lessons

Philip offers private lessons in Morrison, Colorado for students of all ages and abilities. He has experience teaching beginners through adults and has maintained a private studio since high school.

His recent high school graduates have been accepted into several prestigious universities nation-wide, including Rice, Curtis, and Cleveland. 

Philip's high school students have received honors such as; been selected to perform in the Colorado All-State Orchestra and Band, members of the Denver Young Artist Orchestra, and runner up in the solo competition at the National Trumpet Convention. 

Please contact Philip for lesson rates and availability.  

Teaching Philosophy

My main objective is to teach students how to teach themselves. This means that I provide the student with the tools and guidance required to flourish as a successful trumpeter. I believe that students should become self-sufficient so that when they encounter technical issues, the student may resolve the issue efficiently without relying on a teacher. By experimenting with ideas and techniques and determining if they achieve the desired effect, the need for a teacher gradually diminishes and the student transitions into the professional world.

I have a mixed background of teachers, which has greatly influenced my approach to playing the trumpet. I have taken the best aspects of each teacher and combined them to make an approach that works for me. This unique approach allows me to tailor the lesson to each student’s specific needs.

I encourage students to become proficient in many different musical styles. We no longer have the luxury to be only a soloist, orchestral, jazz, pops, ballet, opera (etc.) player. The modern trumpeter often has to play all of these styles on a regular basis, which is why I prefer to teach various styles to my students. I also heavily emphasize the ability to transpose and sight-read. These two abilities are easily the most useful for successful playing.
— Philip Hembree