Trumpet Course of Study


  • Reyman, The Trumpet Blue Book (unpublished)
  • Clarke, Technical Studies (Carl Fischer)
  • Arbans, Complete Conservatory Method  (Carl Fischer)
  • Pottag, Preparatory Melodies to Solo Work (Belwin Mills)
  • Irons, 27 Groups of Exercises (Southern)
  • Reyman, 30 Progressive Jazz Duets (unpublished)
  • Solo Literature


  • Reyman, The Trumpet Blue Book (unpublished)
  • Bordogni, Melodious Etudes for Trumpet (Carl Fischer
  • Gates, Odd Meter Etudes (Fox)
  • Small,  27 Melodious and Rhythmical Exercises (Carl Fischer)
  • Reyman, Ultimate Chops (Mel Bay) for students interested in jazz improvisation
  • Solo Literature


  • Reyman, The Trumpet Blue Book (unpublished)
  • Vannetelbosch, 20 Melodic and Tech Studies (Leduc)
  • Longinotti, Studies in Classical and Modern Style (International)
  • Schlossberg, Daily Drills and Technical Studies (Baron)
  • Orchestral Excerpts
  • Solo Literature


  • Reyman, The Trumpet Blue Book (unpublished)
  • Bordogni, 24 Vocalises (Leduc)
  • Ceccarelli, 18 Studi Seriali (Ricordi) or Falk 20 Atonal Studies  (Leduc)
  • Charlier, 26 Transcendental Etudes (Leduc)
  • Bitsch, Vingt (20) etudes (Leduc) or Bodet Seize Etudes de Virtuosite (Leduc)
  • Orchestral Excerpts
  • Solo Literature

Syllabus, Trumpet Study at Millikin

Applied Trumpet ML 137-437, ML 138-438
Randall Reyman, Prof. of Trumpet
Office: 312 PMC
Phone:  433-4240

Learning goals

To develop the “whole musician;” a musician who has the intellectual, technical, and artistic skills to practice his/her art as a capable trumpeter in a variety of musical contexts.

To develop the “active learner” who possesses the ability to continue to develop and learn in a self-directed way well beyond his/her Millikin years.

Trumpet Credit Hours: You will either receive 1, 2, or 3 credit hours for trumpet instruction, depending on your program of study.  You may not take more than the amount specified by your program requirements.  If you are getting 1 credit hour, you will receive 1/2 hour of studio instruction per week.  People receiving 2 credit hours, will receive 1 hour of studio instruction.  Masterclass is required for all trumpet students regardless of program of study (with the exception of non-majors).

The Nature of Private Instruction: Private studio instruction is time intensive for both the teacher and the student.  It is very expensive for the University to offer one-on-one instruction.  Therefore, it is crucial that lesson time be put to good use.  It is expected that you be prepared for each lesson to the best of your ability.   Anything less is a waste of time for us both.  I do my best teaching when my students come prepared.  I am a lousy teacher when they do not.  If you want the best from me, you must first fulfill your obligation, which is to practice diligently everyday, preparing all assigned material as best as you can.

Trumpet Masterclass: Trumpet masterclass will meet on Tuesdays at 2:00.  All trumpet students are required to attend.  Location to be announced. The last Tuesday of each month is reserved for faculty meetings at 2:00, so masterclass will not usually meet.  Also, area recital will periodically occur during the masterclass time slot, and will take place in Kaeuper Hall.  The area recital is considered part of your masterclass responsibility, so you are required to attend this as well.  I will be taking attendance at these recitals, and your absences will be noted. Masterclass will be devoted primarily to performance.  I plan to have you performing  often for each other.  I also strongly urge you all to perform  on area and/or Thursday recital this semester, so the masterclass experience will help you prepare for those performances. The schedule for Tuesday 2:00 events (masterclasses, area recitals, SOM meetings) is posted on the Trumpet bulletin board near my office.

Written requirement for the fall semester:  Book report on one of the titles listed on the attached sheet “Trumpet Books in Staley Library.”  This will be due before you leave for Fall Break.

Statement on Academic Honesty: Academic dishonesty will not be tolerated. Refer to the University Bulletin (p. 16) for the Universtiy policy on academic dishonesty and plagiarism.

Lesson Attendance: It is unlikely that I will ever miss your lesson without notifying you in advance (and that will be rare).  I expect the same courtesy from you.  I expect you to be at your lesson at the scheduled time, warmed up and prepared to play, unless you notify me in advance.  If you do not call to cancel due to some conflict, do not expect me to make up that lesson at some other time during the week.  I will, however, attempt to make up a lesson for you if you are ill.

Grading Policy for Trumpet Students: Approximately 30% of your grade will be based upon your jury performance.  Your evaluation will be based upon your demonstrated level of technical and musical skill. (See handout entitled Brass Juries, Requirements and Procedures)

Approximately 10% of your grade will be based upon the quality of participation in masterclass and any additional masterclass requirements outlined during the course of the semester.

Approximately 60% of your grade will be based upon your work throughout the semester.  I will be considering the following questions as I determine a weekly grade for you:

  • Preparedness
  • Attitude
  • Organization
  • Participation recitals  

Since performance is the ultimate goal of studio instruction, you are strongly encouraged to perform on recital at least once each semester.  Your desire to perform regularly indicates to your teacher that you are serious about the instrument.  This can certainly impact upon your grade, especially in borderline situations.

Special Needs or Accommodations: Please address any special needs or special accommodations with me at the beginning of the semester or as soon as you become aware of your needs. If you are seeking classroom accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act, you should submit your documentation to the Office of Academic Development located in Shilling 205.

Brass Juries

Brass juries will take place at the end of each semester, usually during the last week of classes.  A sign-up sheet (PMC, front desk) will be available in advance of jury week so that the student can reserve a 12-minute jury time.  It is the student’s responsibility to check with his/her accompanist before signing up for a time.

Jury requirements

  1. Solo: The solo should be performed with accompaniment (if called for).  It should not be over 6 minutes ling and need not be memorized.
  2. Etudes: Your teacher will select 1-2 etudes that you should be prepared to perform for the jury. The jury may not hear this material in its entirety, but be ready to play all of it.  Trumpet and horn students may, at the discretion of the teacher, include transposition work in this portion of the jury.
  3. Scale: You will be asked to play several scales for the jury.  Your teacher will determine how they are to be articulated and how many octaves they should cover. The scale requirements are as follows:
    1. Freshmen (1st semester):  All major scales, chromatic scales
    2. Freshmen (2nd  semester):  All of the above plus major arpeggios
    3. Sophomores (1st semester):  All of the above plus natural minor scales
    4. Sophomores (2nd semester):  All of the above plus melodic minor scales
    5. Juniors and Seniors:  All of the above plus harmonic minor scales
  4. Sightreading: You will be given a short period of time to look this over before you begin.  Be sure to take a conservative tempo; speed doesn’t impress the jury, but accuracy does.  While correct notes and rhythms are important, take every effort to also play correct dynamics, articulations, etc.

Your attire for the jury need not be formal, but dress appropriately.  No jeans or t-shirts, please! Don’t underestimate the impression that dress and demeanor makes on the jury panel.

The brass jury takes great care in writing constructive comments about your performance.  Study the comment sheets and discuss them with your teacher.