Carrie Rexroat

Freelancer and Teacher, Horn

TESTIMONIALS

In addition to being a phenomenal musician, Carrie is one of those truly kind people who connects and teaches extremely well. She is a major reason why I am pursuing a music major at the University of Michigan”
— Patrick W., student 2009-2012
Carrie came in and held brass sectionals with my students weekly, and I saw a lot of progress in their abilities and confidence. She held the students to a high standard and really worked to establish and reinforce strong fundamentals within my students. Watching her teach and hearing my students speak about her, it was evident that she had built a fantastic rapport with them.
— Max Karler, Band Director at Bremerton High School, WA
Carrie has always been a very passionate teacher and instructor, reaching all kids and abilities. Her enthusiasm is contagious, and she brings a smile to everyone that she works with.
— Jason Smith, Band Director at Ann Arbor Skyline H.S.


MISSION

Teaching is a passion of mine, and it is always my goal to inspire my students to experience a heightened appreciation for classical music. If you or your student chooses to study with me, I can personally guarantee that a newfound appreciation into what the world of music has to offer will be gained! I take music and teaching very seriously, and expect all students to adhere to my guidelines, but I too want lessons to be a fun and rewarding experience for all involved!


LESSON RATES

*In certain cases, I am flexible with rates. For any band teachers, we can discuss group rates as well!*


30 minute lesson: $30

60 minute lesson: $50


GETTING STARTED

Washington Residents:  Please contact me through the contact page to set up lesson times/locations.

Non-Washington Residents:  Please message me privately on Play with a Pro to set up a virtual lesson. You'll find available lesson times listed along with specific rates. 


WHAT TO EXPECT

I always want the best for my students, and it is my personal belief that every student has the capability to achieve something great. But, I also believe that in order for anyone to achieve anything, he or she must be committed to working hard and being diligent in what he or she is setting out to accomplish. I really aim to challenge all of my students, and because I believe so deeply in the fact that someone has the capability to be great, I have high expectations in regards to a student’s work ethic. I sympathize with the inordinate amount of tasks and other extracurricular activities students are participating in these days, and understand that there are more important things than practicing sometimes. However, I must ask that if your child decides to study with me, I would very much appreciate both you and your child being very upfront about how serious they are about learning their instrument. I say this to not be discouraging in any way shape or form, but to be clear and upfront with what you can expect from me as a teacher, and what I can expect from you as a student/parent. There are different things people are passionate about, and if your child is either learning for fun, or wants to maybe someday pursue it as a career, either is great, and I will be happy to help achieve those goals.

BEGINNING TRUMPET/HORN

In a typical lesson, students will work on breathing exercises. Many of the problems young musicians face in their playing can be avoided simply by having better air support, and by teaching the importance of using air from the beginning, your student will have a greater chance at improvement and playing with ease. Musically, I incorporate scales, tonguing exercises, long tones, as well as other technical exercises that will strengthen the student's ability to better move around their instrument, and be able to begin to tackle music with proficiency. These following books are a requirement for beginning lessons, and can be purchased at Ted Brown OR on Amazon:


HORN:

  1. Musician, Heal Thyself: A Self Help Guide for Hornists-K. Morrell (purchase online)

  2. Essential Elements for Band-French Horn Book 1 & 2

  3. The Art of French Horn Playing- P. Farkus

TRUMPET:

  1. Musician, Heal Thyself: A Self Help Guide for Hornists-K. Morrell (purchase online)

  2. Essential Elements for Band-Trumpet Book 1 & 2

ALL STUDENTS:

  1. Practice Journal

  2. Metronome/Pencil

  3. Manuscript Paper


Depending on the student's age and their level of interest in music, I will also cover basic music theory in lessons, and will provide additional exercises that will allow the student to learn more about music theory if he or she so desires. Aural training, however, is an integral part of learning the instrument, and therefore will be a part of lessons. Last, but not least, my favorite aspect of lessons is playing duets. It is vitally important for a young musician to be able to create the sound they want on a horn/trumpet by listening to how an advanced player sounds, and playing duets is a perfect and fun way to achieve this.


ADVANCED HORN/TRUMPET

In a typical lesson with my more advanced students, students will also learn breathing exercises to frequently use both in our lessons and in the practice room. Depending on where they are currently in their technique and their musical abilities, I will create a customized lesson plan that challenges them to strengthen their weaknesses, and solidify their strengths. I require that all of my advanced students purchase these technique/etude books, from which I will assign weekly exercises to bring back to perform the following week.


HORN:

  1. 60 selected studies for Horn- G. Kopprasch

  2. Grand Theoretical and Practical Method for the Valve Horn- Josef Schantl

  3. Maxime Alphonse Horn Etudes-Book 1 and 2

  4. W.A. Mozart- Horn Concertos in E flat (numbers 1-4)

TRUMPET:

  1. Lyrical Studies for Trumpet-G. Concone

Again, depending on the skill level, I might have a student purchase additional books and additional music, but these books are what we will begin with. I will also cover basic music theory in lessons, and will provide additional exercises that will allow the student to learn more about music theory if he or she so desires. Aural training, however, is an integral part of learning the instrument, and therefore will be a part of lessons. Last, but not least, my favorite aspect of lessons is playing duets. It is vitally important for a young musician to be able to create the sound they want on a horn/trumpet by listening to how an advanced player sounds, and playing duets is a perfect and fun way to achieve this.


PRACTICE EXPECTATIONS

In addition to playing in lessons, I expect all levels of students to do outside practicing each day. They are required to keep a practice log which must be signed off by a parent each week and brought to lessons. This is to make sure that the students can visibly see their progress, and for them to keep track of their assignments.


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

  • How long until I see progress in my student’s playing?

Great question. The answer depends entirely on how much they practice, and how consistently they come to lessons both prepared and ready to learn. Much like when we go work out at a gym, the more you practice the more progress you’ll make and the stronger your muscles will get. Our facial muscles both strengthen and atrophy as any other muscle group would, so we need to make sure that we get in our “daily workout” on the instrument. Here is a great chart that describes with what amounts of practice you and your student should begin to see progress:

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  • My student seems to be struggling, and is getting more and more frustrated during practice/band class. What do I say to them?

Not to worry! Learning a new skill takes both time and patience, much like it would to build a house, learning to ride a bike, etc. If your student is new to the instrument they’re learning, the first few months are vitally important not to rush, so we will start slowly. You’d never want to rush the foundation job on a new house, and we can equate bad playing/practice habits to any cracks in a building foundation. If your student has come to lessons already having some experience, they may have developed some compensation habits we want to eliminate and change, which may cause their playing to worsen before it gets better (ie embouchure changes, holding the instrument, breathing, etc). Please know there is no such thing as instant gratification when it comes to learning an instrument. It will take time, it will take patience, and it will take a positive attitude to make the progress we all want to see. If your student is committed to the process and puts in their practice time, I guarantee they will begin to see positive results!

  • We don’t have the ability to purchase extra materials. Is there an available alternative?

Of course! If for whatever reason purchasing additional materials is not an option, just let me know. I have many books and can even create specific exercises for your student to use. You and your student’s needs will always be taken care of! :)


GENERAL DISCLAIMER…

As a general disclaimer, I hope parents will understand that I make a majority of my living performing and freelancing around Seattle/the PNW. Occasionally, this may cause scheduling conflicts with our designated lesson times which is a variable I cannot control. In order to combat this issue, I ask for your patience and understanding, as well as your communication, in figuring out alternative ways to ensure we get your student their lessons each month. I am as equally dedicated to teaching as I am to performing, so I will ALWAYS do everything I can to quickly communicate and reschedule make-up lessons. Thank you in advance for your understanding!


FINALLY…

THANK YOU for considering me as your teacher, and always feel free to get in contact with me with additional questions!