MusicProfessor instructor John Holt filming beginning trumpet courses during the summer of 2013.
Today’s spotlight goes to the Chair of Instrumental Studies at the University of North Texas, the principal trumpet with the Dallas Opera Orchestra, the award-winning and highly sought after MusicProfessor trumpet instructor, John Holt. We got the chance to find out a little more about the man behind the titles; check it out below:
1. How long have you been playing the trumpet, and why did you choose to become a trumpet player?
I started in 6th grade like most students. My brother played trumpet (he was 9 years older than me) and I just inherited his instrument.
2. What has been your favorite experience as a trumpet player?
I was very lucky to get the opportunity to play principal trumpet in a major European Orchestra in Italy when I was 24 under the direction of Zubin Mehta.
3. What is the key to being a successful music educator?
Being extremely knowledgeable in your craft and being very patient with students.
4. What practice methods do you find most effective for beginning trumpet players?
The main thing is to have very good practice fundamentals, a good embouchure and to practice consistently every day.
5. What is one of the most challenging issues that you’ve faced as a musician and how did you, or how are you working to, overcome it?
Learning to play well or to your best level, under pressure. This can be by taking auditions and doing your best, or playing a recital and playing at a level that you are pleased with, or just playing in front of your peers and not embarrassing yourself.