Trumpet performer and educator Traci is known for her rich tone, her highly developed sense of musicality, and her passion for sharing music with others. Traci currently resides in Cleveland, Ohio. Traci has performed with numerous ensembles across the country including the Denver Brass, the Wheaton Band, the Oistrach Symphony, and the elite ensembles of DePaul University's School of Music and Denver's Lamont School of Music. Traci was principal trumpet of the Tuscia Opera Festival in Viterbo and Rome, Italy in the summer of 2010. She was also featured as a trumpet soloist with the Lamont Symphony Orchestra in May, 2011. As a member of the International Trumpet Guild, Traci was honored with their Young Artist Award in June 2005. Traci is passionate about making music and sharing her passion for performance with others. In addition to music making, Traci is also an award-winning and widely sought visual artist, specializing in acrylic and pastel paintings, ink and charcoal drawings, mixed media art and cartooning. Traci is also seeking ways to integrate her passions for music and art. *** Lesson Details *** Traci enjoys teaching trumpet players of all ages and ability levels. Traci believes that studying music teaches a person much more than the art of self-expression; studying music reveals a lot about life. In addition to music performance-specific skills, whether on trumpet, piano, or any other instrument, great lessons such as being a team player in an ensemble, creativity, dedication, habit-building, self-motivation, and the reward of daily practice become second nature. Traci enjoys teaching because she enjoys this process of self-discovery. Lessons with Traci will focus on musicality, fundamentals, creativity, that problems and challenges are opportunities for success, and attitude. A comfortable environment and atmosphere between student and teacher is necessary for growth! *** Travel Equipment *** Students should have their own instruments. *** Specialties *** Trumpet: any level, beginner to advanced! In lessons of all ability levels I stress the importance of a vocal approach to playing the trumpet, understanding how to make anything musical, that fundamentals are important, and that challenges are opportunities for success. Individual problems are always addressed in personalized ways for each student.