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Masterclass Articles

This column will address issues that are important to young trumpet players in middle school and high school. Each master class will address a specific topic and may include music examples to download and practice. You may want to show these to your band director so that they may use them with the entire trumpet section of band. New columns will appear periodically, so you will want to bookmark this page, and check back often! If you have any ideas about topics you would like to see in future masterclasses or general suggestions, please email the editor at: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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11 Music as Part of Our Life Vince DiMartino
12 Sing Through the Trumpet Michael H. Tunnell
13 Jazz Improvisation as a Language Mike Metheny
14 Listening: The Primary Musical Skill Keith Johnson
15 Practice Tips, With Words From A Friend: Two Teaching Essays John Haynie
16 Making the Most of SmartMusic and TuneUp Michael Anderson
17 Warmed Up Ron Modell
18 Opening Up to the Form of Practice Brian McWhorter, Meridian Arts Ensemble
19 Short Attention Span, The Secrets of Life, Music, and...umm....What Was I Saying? Allen Vizzutti
20 Get A Good Grip On Your Trumpet! David R. Hickman

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About the Editor: Lisa Blackmore is Adjunct Professor of Trumpet at the University of Missouri-St. Louis and Adjunct Professor of Trumpet and Horn at East Central College in Union, Missouri where she also teaches Music History and World Music. She is a member of “Cadre” at Missouri Baptist University, teaching trumpet and assisting with the concert band. Lisa earned a Doctorate of Musical Arts (D.M.A.) in Trumpet with a minor in Music History at the University of Illinois-Urbana/Champaign, where she received the Graduate College Dissertation Award in Musicology. Dr. Blackmore also holds degrees from the University of Missouri-Columbia and SUNY-Stony Brook. She previously served on the faculty at Lindenwood University and under her direction, the Lindenwood Trumpet Ensemble performed at the 2007 ITG conference at the University of Massachusetts―Amherst. Her private studio teaching has resulted in students performing in the St. Louis Youth Symphony and various Missouri All-State ensembles.

Lisa is a member of the Stonehenge Brass Trio and Confluence Brass. She was a bugler with the Missouri Military Funeral Honors Program from 2008-2013 and performed Taps at over 350 military services for Missouri Veterans. She performs with the Compton Heights Concert Band, and she is principal trumpet in the St. Louis Wind Symphony. She serves as a trumpet adjudicator for the Missouri All-State groups.

Lisa lives in Wright City, MO with her husband, Mark (also a trumpeter!) and their two cats, Chet and Ella. In her spare time she makes practice mutes and also enjoys reading and traveling.

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