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How to Make A Good Sound on the Trumpet


How to Make A Good Sound on the Trumpet

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The link is to my blog, where I have posted a StAIR (Stand-Alone Instructional Resource).  The StAIR is a PowerPoint presentation that is designed for beginning trumpet players to learn how to achieve a good tone on the trumpet.  
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Material Type: Presentation
Technical Format: HTML/Text
Date Added to MERLOT: April 21, 2013
Date Modified in MERLOT: December 02, 2016
Submitter: Jason Novak
Keywords: Trumpet, Music (Band), Embouchure, Brass, Musician, Beginning


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Primary Audience: Grade School, Middle School
Mobile Compatibility: Not specified at this time
Technical Requirements: This can be viewed on my blog.  All you need is an internet connection. 
Language: English
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Avatar for Meltem Akbulut Yıldırmış
3 years ago

Meltem Akbulut Yıldırmış (Faculty)

I really like the idea of presenting the content through a variety of modalities (pictures and videos). Yet, I would like to see more videos highlighting the critical features in the StAIR. I would also like to see a teacher page giving information about the learners that this StAIR was intended for and explaining the objectives of the StAIR and also a student page guiding students about how to use the StAIR. 

Technical Remarks:

Some of the links do not work (Slide 3).

Time spent reviewing site: 20 minutes

Avatar for Sarah Horan
3 years ago

Sarah Horan (Teacher (K-12))

I really liked the video that you included at the beginning.  It's a nice introduction to the sounds of the trumpet and an excellent example. The pictures are really helpful.  Especially when you talk about embouchure; it's nice to have first the explanation and then the visual.  I think the simplicity is nice.  It gives kids who are learning the information without being overwhelming.  I was a little confused about the music being included... It assumes the kids have the background to know how to play the notes, but I would think that if they can play the notes, they would know the other things you were introducing as well?  I may just be misunderstanding, but that was my thought.   

Technical Remarks:

Several of the links were broken.  I wasn't able to link from slide 3 and the quiz responses didn't work for me either.  If those things were fixed, I think it would be a great tutorial!

Time spent reviewing site: 20 minutes

Avatar for Denise Keil
3 years ago

Denise Keil (Teacher (K-12))

Hi Jason,

Coming from a nonmusical background I found your StAIR project interesting in the fact that I learned a little about the trumpet.   Clarity of audience- what is the grade level that this project is geared for?  I wonder if more video clips showing posture positions would have enhanced the concept you are trying to achieve.  Overall, I think you have an audience that would benefit from a StAIR.  



Technical Remarks:

Some of the links are broken but the few that I were able to view furthered my appreciation of the work that needs to be put forth by the musician to understand the concept.  I am a visual learner and appreciate the images that you supplied in your presentation, but I know we must also be mindful of the other learning styles in our planning.  Would a video embedded with you playing the trumpet sounds add to your work?  This addition would also address the UDL principles and supply differnentiation to your StAIR.

Time spent reviewing site: 55 minutes

Avatar for Atoya Martin
3 years ago

Atoya Martin (Teacher (K-12))

I really liked the various ways the material was presented in this StAIR. The use of video and downloaded sheet music were a plus. The clear directions for the phyiscal exercises were very helpful.

Technical Remarks:

The slide show did not flow well. Some slides did not advance the presentation and other slides began to loop (slide 3). The Video embeded in did not play and the link did not take me to a video. I think the StAIR would play better if downloaded to my computer instead being played via the blog.

Time spent reviewing site: 20 minutes

Avatar for Sara Galbreath
3 years ago

Sara Galbreath (Teacher (K-12))

This resource reminds me of my days in band playing trumpet! I appreciate the thoroughness of the content, as well as the videos and pictures to help understand the meaning behind the content. I would like to see more questions, interaction, and feedback.

Technical Remarks:

There are a few links that do not work (slide 3).

Time spent reviewing site: 20 minutes

Avatar for Kareem Jabbar Downer-Shojgreen
3 years ago

Kareem Jabbar Downer-Shojgreen (Consultant)

I like how informative this StAIR was, my only concern is that some of the flow in the information and the review is lost because the links are broken. 

For the most part this StAIR is ok to use. The language and examples are great, the pictures depicting the act of using the trumpet were great. I also like the analogies to filling a glass with water, they helped me understand the breathing better. 

Aesthetically, this StAIR is monotonous and I wish there were more visual examples, video examples, and input from more individuals that play the trumpet. 

Also, it would have helped to have more aid to some of the vocabulary words like diaphragm and aperture.

Technical Remarks:

Only two links in the actual presentation work. I had to use the navigational links from the slideshare. It took away from the presentation not to be able to participate in it. 

Time spent reviewing site: 40 minutes