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Introduction to the trumpet: my first trumpet lesson

with Kay Charlton

This course is for total trumpet beginners who are picking up the instrument for the very first time!

By the end of this course, you'll know how to make a sound on the trumpet and you'll be playing your first melodies and improvising your own ideas.

This course is currently FREE with the code: WARWICK100

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13 lessons · 23m 38s

Kay Charlton is a trumpet educator based in the UK, working with world-class institutions such as Trinity College London, LSO and Warwick Music. Her books have have taught thousands of students and teachers how to get started and get better on the trumpet.

This course is for total beginners, whether you're a kid or an adult! If you're curious about the instrument and want to know how to play your very first note, then this is the course for you!

Kay will tell you all about the instrument and how teach you to make a sound:

  • You'll learn how to hold a trumpet,
  • How to make your first note, first by making a buzz with your lips,
  • How to play with correct trumpet technique, avoiding bad habits
  • How to play your first melodies and even improvise your first tunes
  • How to care for your trumpet

It's all about picking up the good habits first, and fast!

If you want to make a great sound on your trumpet or are struggling and need advice to progress, this is for you - get started today!

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Kay Charlton

Kay is a trumpet player, composer and teacher of brass and curriculum music, specialising in KS2, First Access/WCET and teacher CPD. She completed a Masters in Music Education - ‘Teaching Musician’ at Trinity Laban Conservatoire in 2018.

Kay plays trumpet with Bollywood Brass Band, a 9-piece band of brass and drums, whose 2017 CD Carnatic Connection was nominated for a Songlines Magazine ‘World Music Award’ and was given a 5-star review in the London Evening Standard. Kay composes and arranges for the band and leads on their education work, founding the Bollywood Brass Academy in 2017. 

Kay has presented her research into WCET at the Music Education Expo and the First Access Forum. She has designed and led on CPD for LSO Discovery, Trinity College London, Music Education Solutions and Bollywood Brass Band and is an education consultant for Warwick Music.

Kay’s book of WCET repertoire, ‘Are You Ready?’ is published by Warwick Music; in 2017 Kay was commissioned by Warwick Music and Music Education Solutions to compose songs for a new KS 1 scheme of work for the pBuzz; this was nominated as ‘Education Resource of 2018’ by the ‘Education Awards’. 

Other publications include pieces for Trinity’s Initial (2015/2018) and Grade 1 (2018) piano syllabus, Bollywood Blast! (Spartan Press) - a series of brass and wind tutor books with backing tracks in a Bollywood style and Whole Class Bollywood Blast with David Rose (Bedford Music Hub) which is aimed at teachers of WCET, and includes an Arts Award Discover programme. 


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