All tutors at International Music School Cardiff are hand-picked, highly trained professional musicians with an enthusiasm for teaching their instrument. Lessons take place in our city-centre venue, and it is our vision to create a place where music tuition of the highest quality is delivered alongside regular professional concerts and public performance opportunities for our students.

What should you expect from trumpet lessons?

Trumpet lessons can be started even at early primary school age. The first thing you will learn in your lessons is how to produce an even sound. This takes a few hours to get used to, not least because your lips will have to get stronger. In the beginning your lips and facial muscles need to get accustomed to the new way of being challenged. Then, the vast repertoire available to the trumpet player can be explored.

A little bit about the instrument

The trumpet has a bright and clear sound, unmistakeable among all other instruments. It is the highest-pitched member of the family of brass instruments and it has been used as a signalling and warning device for more than 4000 years but only for the past 500 years or so as a musical instrument.

It is played by blowing air through almost-closed lips into the mouthpiece of the trumpet, producing a buzzing sound which creates a standing wave that ultimately produces the sound. The trumpet is an extremely versatile instrument and can be played in virtually any genre. Whether in brass, concert, military or marching bands, jazz combos, big bands, classical orchestras, chamber music or solo repertoire, the trumpet in an essential part of the group.

This is what makes the trumpet a great instrument to play. Learning the trumpet means being involved in many group activities and ensembles, meeting lots of people who play different instruments, and particularly enjoying the fantastic social events after a successful orchestral or band concert!