Brass Explorers Program
We welcome students ages 8-11 to begin their brass studies at NEC Prep. Young students interested in learning a brass instrument can begin by taking private lessons in trumpet, horn, trombone, or euphonium/tuba, or choose to enroll in one of our new P-Trumpet or P-Trombone Brass Explorers classes. The Brass Explorers classes can be paired with Eurhythmics class, in which students learn to read and write music, move, sing and listen together.
P-Trumpet and P-Bone are relatively new instruments on the market. These instruments provide several advantages for young brass players:
- The cost of one of these colorful plastic instruments is about $150. You can own a P-Bone or P-Trumpet for about the cost of renting a brass instrument for three months.
- The instruments are lightweight so young players can easily hold them.
- P-Instruments are virtually indestructible and come in a variety of colors.
- P-instruments are not toys; they are real instruments that sound good and work the same as their more expensive brass counterparts.
- P-Trumpet and P-Trombone classes cost much less than private lessons, yet are still taught by expert instructors.
P-Trumpet Explorer Class
Zebediah Upton, Instructor
This is a one-year entry-level program for students between the ages of 8-11 wanting to learn the trumpet. Young trumpeters will learn the fundamentals of breathing, breath support and embouchure, holding the instrument, and playing simple tunes. Reading music is not required and will be covered as part of the class. As the class progresses, P-Trumpet Explorers will start playing brass ensemble music.
Saturday, 2:00-3:00 p.m.
P-Bone Explorer Class
Alexei Doohovskoy, Instructor
This class is a one-year entry-level program for students between the ages of 8-11 wanting to learn the trombone. Young trombonists will learn how to breathe and support, hold the instrument, form a healthy embouchure, and play simple tunes. Reading music is optional and will be covered as part of the class. As the class progresses, brass ensemble music will be introduced.
Saturday, 2:00-3:00 p.m.
Other Opportunities for Brass Students
NEC Prep Brass Students may also be interested in:
Workshops & Recitals
Brass players of all ages and levels are welcome to participate in this totally unique program. Some of the top players and teachers in the country—all faculty members—offer workshops and lectures on topics that range from the technical (breathing, posture, ensemble playing) to the practical (equipment choices, careers in music, auditioning). Students must be registered for at least 12 lessons each semester to perform in brass department workshops and recitals.
All brass workshops take place from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Saturday, October 13
Saturday, November 10
Saturday, January 19
Saturday, March 2
Saturday, April 13
The series also features our extremely popular “BrassFest,” which are hands-on, side-by-side playing experiences with our brass faculty, both in large ensembles and instrument-specific groups. Each year, NEC Prep presents BrassFest, which features masterclasses, large - ensemble playing, and individual clinics led by our stellar faculty. These free Saturday morning events focus on a particular instrument's challenges and joys, and promises to inspire and expand the awareness of participants. These classes are open to the public. Bring your instruments!
Information regarding the 2019 BrassFest date will be updated here when it is available!