Trumpet lessons, classical and jazz, are generally available in Worcester and also remotely, online, with faculty member Scott Daugherty.
Students should generally be about 10 years old to begin trumpet lessons. Students younger than 10 years may wish to consider recorder lessons.
We accept students of all levels, beginning to advanced. Adult students are also welcome.
While lessons are scheduled on a weekly basis during the school year, we will consider accepting adult students on an every-other-week basis if scheduling permits.
Summer lessons are available on an individual basis according to student and teacher availability. Please contact the office in April or May for information regarding summer lesson availability.
Please contact the Director at Sarah@pakmusic.org for more information regarding scheduling.
You can view more information about our Trumpet teacher, Scott Daugherty, here.
Scott is a graduate of the Manhattan School of Music.
Numerous studies and research over the decades shows a direct correlation between music learning, success in school and beyond, and on-going health and well-being. When we take private music lessons, we’re developing important skills that we don’t always learn in other group-based classroom settings.
The National Center for Biotechnology Information published a study on the effectiveness of music to lower stress. The test involved putting volunteers into three groups. Before being exposed to a stressor, each group was exposed to a different stimulus. Group 1 – Relaxing music, Group 2 – the sound of rippling water, and Group 3 – resting with no sound present. After exposure, the researchers measured each group’s stress indicators. The study showed that those who listened to relaxing music before the stressor had significantly lower cortisol (the stress hormone) levels than those in the other two groups.
The process of learning to play an instrument is not always easy. Music learning combines mental and physical skill sets. You will have to learn fingerings, work on breathing and relaxation, develop technique, and memorize new information.
Slowly, with consistent practice, you will find yourself getting better. With each new milestone, you gain a small reward for your efforts and this will keep you motivated. Making music requires patience.
Check out this great video from TedEd about how music benefits your brain.
Way back in 2003, ABC Science included a study conducted among school students, half of whom had been musically trained, and half who had not. The test involved reading a list of words to the students and asking them to recall the words after a space of time had elapsed. The study found that the boys who had been musically trained had a significantly better verbal memory than the boys who had not. In addition, the more musical training they had, the more words they were able to remember.