Now Offering In-Person Instruction in the Seattle Area. Online Lessons Available.
Music has always been a part of who I am. It has been a constant presence in my life and companion while going through difficulties and celebrating great times. I have maintained a trumpet instruction studio for the past 30 years (I started young!) and have been an active musician in the Seattle area throughout.
I’ve enjoyed performing with the Northwest Chamber Orchestra, Auburn Symphony, the Bolshoi Ballet, shows at the Village Theater, the Paramount, the Jazz Police, Bumbershoot, along with many weddings, brass quintets, and recording sessions. I have also been the Director of Bands at Cascade High School in Everett, WA, and Tyee Middle School in Bellevue, WA, as well as a coach for the Seattle Youth Symphony. My formal education includes a BA in Music Education from Central Washington University. I was awarded a scholarship to study with the Empire Brass at the prestigious Tanglewood Music Center and have also studied with Tim Morrison, Fred Sautter, and Charles Butler. I have also been the principal trumpet in the Wind Ensemble and played in John Maowad’s 12:00 jazz band.
In addition to trumpet, I earned a certificate as a corporate trainer from the UW, studied and worked in the field of Occupational Safety and Health, and graduated from an ICF accredited coaching program with a focus on transformational and leadership coaching. I have also focused my coach training on sports psychology, and mindfulness in performance. This allows me to effectively coach my students to find their own expression and power through music and have it transferred to other areas of their lives.
Over the years my students have distinguished themselves by winning awards such as the State Solo Contest, Essentially Ellington Competition, and Lionel Hampton as well as top positions in All-Northwest Jazz Band, Orchestra, and Wind Ensemble. They have performed with the Seattle Youth Symphony, obtained leadership positions in their schools, and won scholarships to a wide range of Universities.
I believe what makes me unique is my wide range of experience in the instruction, playing, and performance of the trumpet. My style is engaging, educating, and most of all, fun.
"Barb is an amazing teacher. I definitely wouldn't have improved this much had I not had her lessons. She gives me fun things to play on the trumpet that also help me improve, and I've been able to stay at the top of my band. She has inspired me to want to play trumpet for as long as I can." - Nate