- Who can play the trumpet? Is there a recommended age, or can size or teeth be an issue?
- If it is not suitable for everyone, what alternative instrument would you recommend and why?
- What qualities of the trumpet are special?
- Learning to play any instrument develops lots of new skills. What are the particular benefits of playing the trumpet?
- How are trumpets similar/different to other brass instruments?
- Are there any famous musicians or pieces associated with the trumpet?
Ideally you need your second teeth! The trumpet is an excellent starter instrument for young brass players ideally in year 3-4 or above.
The trumpet is one of the smaller brass instruments; if the mouthpiece is too small, the tenor horn, baritone or trombone may be more suitable.
The trumpet has been around for hundreds of years in different forms. It makes a bright, majestic sound and can be used to play a wide range of styles.
Playing the trumpet is:
Good for breathing and posture especially for those who suffer from asthma.
You can join lots of groups.
Playing encourages independent learning as well as working as part of a team.
The trumpet is the most common brass instrument and can play in bands, orchestras, and pop groups. The trumpet looks longer than the cornet - its long bell gives it a characteristic bright sound.
There are many famous trumpet players including Philip Jones, Maurice Andre, Louis Armstrong, Winton Marsalis and Miles Davis.