What should I be looking for in a private trumpet instructor?
There are many things to consider when finding an instructor. Over all it is up to you to decide how much or little each of these factors matter to you.
Teaching style: Do you or your child thrive with positive reinforcement or need something more strict? Do you like a teacher who is more light-hearted or serious? Do you do best with clear goals or do you like to keep things more open-ended? Whatever your preference, the teacher should be flexible enough to meet your needs.
Budget: Consider how often you would like to take lessons. Be that once a week, every other week, or on an as needed basis. Also think about if you would prefer 30 minute or 1 hour lessons.
Qualifications: Does the instructor have a degree in music? If so, is it in the instrument you want lessons on or something else? Many times when visiting a music shop, you will see many instructors who can play a wide variety of instruments. It can be easy to believe that if a person can play many instruments they are extremely qualified. However, most people have one instrument they specialize in and know very little about the others.
Distance: How far are you willing to drive to see highly qualified private instructor? Or do you want an instructor who does house visits (at possibly an extra cost)?
Community Involvement: Do they still play around town such as in symphonies, orchestras, bands, or do freelance work?