Franklin D.

Belmont, CA


Experienced Brass Instruments and Music Teacher

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San Francisco State University
Music Education
San Francisco State University


San Francisco State University (Music Education)

San Francisco State University (Master's)

About Franklin

I give lessons and audition coaching on Trumpet, Cornet, French Horn, Trombone, Baritone and Tuba.
I also teach Music Theory, rhythm and ear training, either separately or as part of a brass lesson curriculum.

I welcome students of all ages, and tailor my teaching to the individual needs of both students and parents. With over 30 years' experience playing and teaching all the brass instruments, I know how to make our lessons both fun and productive, and I impart a deep knowledge and appreciation of music to my students as well. In our lessons I will cover all the basics of playing, from correct breathing to correct style.
I do both private lessons and group coaching, at my studio and on a house call basis. I offer flexible scheduling, with sessions varying in length from 30 to 45 to 60 minutes, to help fit all budgets.

I hold degrees in music education and performance from San Francisco State University, and have taught on the faculties of several learning institutions.
As Performer, Arranger & Bandleader, I head three of the Bay Area's finest musical groups. I serve as principal trumpet and program annotator for a local symphony orchestra. I have performed with San Francisco Opera, Childrens Opera and Pocket Opera; Golden Gate Park Band; Oakland Ballet; and Marin, Berkeley, Diablo, Vallejo and Napa Symphonies. For eleven years, I played lead trumpet in a world famous Jazz Orchestra. I enjoy playing Baroque, Classical, Brass Quintet, Big Band, Traditional Jazz, Hot Jazz, classic R & B and Rock & Roll, among other styles.
I give lessons and audition coaching on Trumpet, Cornet, French Horn, Trombone, Baritone and Tuba.
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Travels within 10 miles of Belmont, CA 94002
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Ear Training

My music degrees from SFSU include proficiency in sight singing and ear training, and I have taught these to all age groups for many years as part of a private music lesson curriculum.
I train my students to listen to the various aspects of a piece of music by focusing on one aspect at a time. Understanding pitch and hearing differences in pitch are crucial for ear training, as feeling the beat of the music and counting are crucial to rhythm training. My students learn intervals by singing and by playing them on the piano and/or on their instrument. I give musical dictation to test their understanding of pitch, duration and rhythm.

French Horn

I have performed on French horn at the college level, and I continue to play the horn so that I can teach it proficiently. I understand the beast, and can give a deep understanding of it to my students, starting with simple ways to determine what note the student is playing and how it relates to the other notes on the instrument. I also love the sound of the French horn, and give my advanced students solos from the orchestral repertoire to learn, along with movements of Mozart concertos and selections from the major etude books.

General Music

With a music education degree from SFSU and many years of private music teaching experience, I am proficient at teaching general music and music appreciation to all ages as part of my music lesson curriculum.
I have a deep knowledge and appreciation for the music of many styles and cultures, and I love to impart that knowledge and appreciation to my students.
When we study a piece of music, we also study its historical context, what the music is about, and why it is important. We learn how the lyrics of a song fit the tune, and how the composer's choice of melody and chords highlights the meaning of the music. We study the shape of the melodic line and the form of the piece, to learn how line and form help express the music.

Music Theory

I teach music theory basics for beginners, through more complex concepts for advanced students. I also incorporate music theory education in my instrumental lessons, so that my brass students can understand the mechanics of the music they are learning. For beginners, we learn how to read notes and name them, identify and name all the common musical symbols, including sharps and flats, and simple scales. We then tackle the circle of fifths, keys and key signatures, along with the scales for those keys, and different time signatures, meters, and rhythms. I have my students write their own music at every level of learning, including simple counterpoint when they are ready. Chords, chord structure, inversions, superimpositions, jazz chords and chord progressions are introduced when the student is ready. There are always listening assignments as well.


I play trombone professionally in certain groups, along with trumpet, so I understand how the trombone works and how to make it sound its best. I teach beginner through advanced level trombone. I give my trombone students tips on breathing, breath support, embouchure, alternate slide positions, and adjusting their slide positions when necessary to get notes perfectly in tune. My trombone students typically excel in their studies; I often receive great reviews from their parents and their school music directors. I also love the sound of a trombone!


I have played trumpet and cornet professionally for four decades, and have taught them for more than three decades. I understand how the trumpet and cornet work, and how to make them sound their best. I teach beginner through professional level. I teach all my students correct breathing & breath support techniques, correct embouchure and fingering, and how to play in tune. My trumpet and cornet students typically excel in their studies; I often get great reviews from their parents and their school music directors. I also love the sound of trumpet and cornet; I play both instruments professionally in the Golden Gate Park Band and in several other groups including my own brass quintet and brass band.

San Francisco State University
Music Education
San Francisco State University


San Francisco State University (Music Education)

San Francisco State University (Master's)

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $80.00

Cancellation: 36 hours notice required

Travel policy

Franklin will travel within 10 miles of Belmont, CA 94002.

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