Illinois State University trumpet studio members hone their professionalism through the development of musicianship.
Each trumpet major has one lesson per week with the trumpet professor and be a part of a group master class once a week. The lessons would be working on musicianship, technique, sound and other fundamentals.
These classes consist of presentations of various topics such as breathing, how to practice, etc.. given by a guest artist, or me performance opportunities for my students, or trumpet ensemble rehearsal. Master class is given to the students once/twice a week.
If you are a performance major, you will need a professional line Bb flat trumpet, a C trumpet, and eventually a piccolo trumpet. As a music education major, you will need a professional line Bb and a professional line C if you perform in our top band, the orchestra, or brass quintet. Music Therapy, Music Business, Composition, and BA/BS majors will need a professional line Bb trumpet.
The following suggestions are representative of acceptable repertoire for undergraduate admission auditions. You are NOT limited to what is listed. Students should not hesitate to use music similar in nature and difficulty.
In addition to the above requirements, one must prepare 4 orchestra excerpts from the standard trumpet orchestral repertoire.
Every year I try to bring to campus professional trumpet artists to give my students a “dose of the real life.” I feel that it is very important for my students to hear and interact with trumpet artists who are in the field. Such guests through the years have included