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Report Reveals Trumpet Lessons Are Becoming A Main Source Of Learning As Band Programs Are Slashed


JazzGreens, investigating several topics regarding the rise and fall of music education in our public schools, has found varied attitudes from parents when it comes to music education, band, orchestra, and private music lessons.
It was discovered that even in affluent school districts, some or even all the music and band programs are completely extinguished from curriculum! A recent and high-profile example is the Mt. Diablo School District headquartered in Pleasant Hill, CA.
Due to the horrific and deep-cutting economic crisis that has affected just about every person and business, The Mt. Diablo School District took the questionable action to totally eliminate 4th grade band in all the elementary schools in the district in 2009 leaving other much more important school subjects like basketball, soccer, etc…untouched.
Did it help? Not exactly: Just one year later starting the new school year of 2010-2011, Mt. Diablo School District laid the 5th grade band program for all elementary schools in its district on the Guillotine bench and then swiftly beheaded the 5th graded band program thus resulting in a total and complete annihilation of its elementary band program.
How many elementary band students and potential band students were affected? Approximately 15,000 children could no longer participate in music nor have the choice to be involved in music.
California Credentialed Music Teacher, private online trumpet teacher, and professional jazz trumpet player, Kurt Thompson, was asked for his take on the current crisis in the public school music programs.
Kurt Thompson,of, said: “It really is a travesty what is going on here: Thousand upon thousands of band students who were just starting band and possibly starting to enjoy music, dropped like a hot potato.”
Thompson continues: “It really is a bitter-sweet situation. I have actually seen my private online trumpet lesson and video trumpet lesson program do better possibly because students wanting to still be involved in music at least could choose private music lessons.
However, where before, I really did not have many trumpet students electing to try my trumpet video lessons, now many of them are and probably for 2 important reasons: First, the video trumpet lessons ( can be played over and over again thus allowing better retention and the ability for the trumpet student to go back over the parts they didn’t quite understand and Second, they are quite cost effective ranging anywhere from $19 up to $49.”
JazzGreens did a Google search for the terms, “private music lessons” and “school budget cuts” and indeed found the search corroborated that Thompson’s remarks were right on point!
Says Thompson: “When people have approached me about taking private online trumpet lessons at, but can’t make up their mind because of the cost, I tell them to go ahead and start with the Video Trumpet Lessons and at least, their child can begin making progress and getting better.”
Thompson continues: “It is quite ironic that prior to 2006-2007, the typical objection I got from parents when I went to recruit students for my private online trumpet lesson program was why should my kid take trumpet lessons from you when they are already in band? Now, I don’t get that objection anymore because there IS NO band.”
Lastly, it was noted on, that Free Trumpet Lessons( are offered on a regular basis.


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