Lessons

Methodology

The lessons are structured and built around the needs of each individual student. We begin by exploring strengths and weaknesses, and then customize materials and methods based on this. At the center of my pedagogical philosophy is a style of learning built on positive reinforcement, using methods that are supported by research on brain development and learning. For older students that are more driven, we also spend more time on developing effective strategies for individual practice, and together we set clear developmental goals.

Topics of instruction

  • Instrument technique (tone quality, range, articulation, tuning etc.)

  • Sight-reading

  • Improvisation and playing by ear, in various genres

  • Arranging, composition and orchestration

Rates & scheduling

Online – $60/hour (in-person lessons are currently not offered due to COVID-19)

Scheduling is flexible – most students opt for a weekly 60-minute lesson for maximum value.

Background

I have solid and extensive experience in teaching instrument technique, improvisation, and sight reading. From beginners all the way to highly advanced levels, with focus either on jazz or classical music. I've worked as a freelance musician in a multitude of genres all over the world, and taught both privately and at a university level.

2017–present – Freelance private lesson instructor, Los Angeles

2016-2017 – Lecturer of Music, University of Texas at Arlington

2015-2016 – Jazz trombone instructor, Carroll Senior High School, Southlake TX

2014-2015 – Jazz trombone fundamentals instructor, University of North Texas

2013-2015 – Big band director, University of North Texas

2012 – Jazz arranging tutor, Royal College of Music, Stockholm

Education

2015 – Master of Music, Jazz Trombone, University of North Texas

2012 – Bachelor of Music, Jazz Trombone, Royal College of Music, Stockholm

©2017 by Joakim Toftgaard

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