Sheley Musical Services
The Beginner (Years 1 & 2)
Practice: 20-30 mins/day - 3 hrs per/week)
The students will learn to form the proper embouchure, be shown how to articulate the note and be taught the importance of supporting the sound with the air stream. They will learn the usefulness of buzzing on the mouthpiece and also just on the lips, to help create a more “centered” sound and a good tone. They will be taught how to hold the instrument properly and the correct technique to manipulate the slide.

They will be expected to learn the note names,  w/correct positions, from low “E” to “Bb” above middle “C”.  They will learn the difference between articulating the note in a legato, staccato or marcato style and how to recognize when they apply. They will learn the values of the different notes (ie. whole, half, quarter, etc.) and how to perform them in the correct rhythm. They will gain a general understanding of Melody, Harmony and Rhythm and how they function in music. They will be responsible for learning all 12 major scales (1 octave/memorized) by the end of the 2nd year and a 2 octave chromatic scale. By the end of the 1st year, they should  be able to perform a short solo (1 page) w/o accompaniment.

Methods Books
Rubank - Elementary Method for Trombone

Additional Materials
Brass Buzz - Michael Davis (Hip Bone Music)
Just Add Trombone - Michael Davis (Hip Bone Music)
Double Dip (Duets) - Michael Davis (Hip Bone Music)


The Intermediate Student (Years 3 & 4) 
Practice: 30-45 mins/day - 4 hrs per/week)
The student will continue his studies and be introduced to syncopation, the 6/8 rhythm, pedal tones, fake tones, the overtone series and how it applies to the trombone. They will learn the difference between a triplet feel and the “dotted eight/sixteenth” rhythm. They will learn how to use alternate positions, the relationship of scales to chords and how to develop good sight reading skills. They will be introduced to a “daily routine” including using long tones to gain stronger endurance and help produce a straight tone, Lips slurs to gain flexibility and tonguing exercises to improve articulation. They will be expected to play all 12 major scales (2 octaves/memorized) and all 12 minor scales (1 octave) in all 3 forms, natural, harmonic, and melodic. The student should be able to perform a Solo of Medium Difficulty by the end of the 4th year, with or without accompaniment.

Methods Books
Rubank - Intermediate Method for Trombone
Rubank - Selected Duets Book 1 - by Voxman
Rochut - Melodious Etudes Vol. 1
Arban Prescot  Method (1st & 2nd Year)
Additional Materials
15-minute Warmup Routine - Michael Davis (Hip Bone Music)
Total Trombone - Michael Davis (Hip Bone Music)
Triple Threat (Trios) - Michael Davis (Hip Bone Music)

Marceau Symphonique or similar piece


The Advanced Student (Years 5 & 6)
 Practice: 45 mins-1 hr per/day - 5-6 hours per/week)
As their studies continue they will further their abilities with advanced exercises in articulation (including learning to double and triple tongue), increased fexibility with advanced lips slurs (including lip trills and turns), and strengthen the breath support to create a strong foundation for the sound. Work to increase their range to: Low pedal “E” to High “F”, an octave and a 4th above middle “C”. The contemporary professional trombonist is expected to be able to play to that High “F” . Although, they seldom would expected to play the low pedal “E”, as the bass trombonist usually covers that low range, if the student works in both directions at the same time, he will realize the greatest success. The student will learn to read music written in Tenor & Alto Clef. More time will be spent developing solo work in preparation for continuing their studies at the undergraduate level. They will gain a better understanding of how to express themselves through the music and how to create music, not just notes on the page.

Methods Books
Rubank - Advanced Method for Trombone Vols. 1 & 2
Rochut - Melodious Etudes Vols. 2 & 3.
Rubank - Selected Duets Book 2 - By Voxman
Additional Materials
Blazhevich Clef Studies
Blazhevich Concert Duets
20-minute Warmup Routine - Michael Davis (Hip Bone Music)

Rimsky Korsakov Concerto for Trombone or similar piece


The College-Bound Student
 Practice: 2 hrs+ per/day - 14+ hours per/week)
At this point the student has decided to pursue a career in music. Additional practice time is a must. The student will be working on audition materials for entrance into the music school of their choice. Time will be spent perfecting the entrance materials in hopes of securing a scholarship. By this time the student should be spending much of their "free time" practicing and listening to music. More time will also be spent on the "Theory of Music", how chords function and how melodies are constructed. 

*Jazz Studies
For students interested in jazz, I can provide guidance in jazz performance and improvisation. We will study the “jazz”  feel, articulations, inflections and styles (including jazz, swing, latin, funk and rock). They will learn to improvise a  melody from scratch. We will study melody, harmony and rhythm and learn how to utilize these different aspects in order to create a music. They will study scales and modes in much greater detail. They will learn common chord progressions and what notes and patterns work the best over those “changes”. Time will be spent on “ear training” to be able to identify the different intervals, patterns and chord qualities. The student will learn how to transcribe solos from established contemporary and historic jazz musicians and learn how they interpreted the music. I have a strong background performing with jazz and commercial musical groups and enjoy sharing that experience with my students.

Methods Books
The Real Easy Book - Sher Music (easy tunes for beginning students of jazz)
The Real Book - Hal leonard "Fake Book"  (a collection of songs w/melody & chords to use for improvisation) 
Jamey Aebersold Play-along series
Dance Band Reading and Interpretation - Alan Raph
Maximum Mastery - Michael Davis (Hip Bone Music)
Patterns for Jazz - Jerry Coker
Trombonisms - Bill Watrous
Doodle Studies and Etudes - Bob McChesney
Plunger Techinques - Al Grey & Mike Grey
How To Improvise (An Approach to Practicing Improvisation)- Hal Crook
Sheley Musical Services