Trombone study at Millikin University includes a weekly private  lesson and masterclass. All  students, regardless of their major (performance, music education, music business or commercial music) receive a 50 minute lesson each week. Lessons for music minors are 30 minutes. Masterclass includes trombone ensemble rehearsal and performance class.  The Millikin Trombone Ensemble (MUTE) performs on campus at our Area Recitals and Student Thursday Recitals. The Trombone Ensemble has performed at Krannert Auditorium on the campus of the University of Illinois, and recently, at the Midwest Trombone and Euphonium Conference at Eastern Illinois University. Two to three times each semester, students perform a prepared solo or etude to for the studio class. Students write positive and helpful comments for their peers and we discuss common issues that benefit and help all of us to become better players.

Please read further for additional information about Gary Shaw, Professor of Music at Millikin and the members of the trombone studio at Millikin University!

Applications and Auditions

To apply or schedule an audition, learn more about the application process for the School of Music.

Prospective trombone students are invited to sit in on rehearsals for wind ensemble and jazz band, and have a free lesson. To schedule a date and time, contact Gary Shaw.

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            The Millikin University Trombone Ensemble (MUTE) Fall 2019


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