Erik Kramer

(423) 444-1186  -  [email protected]

Instruments & Instruction Offered
  • Trumpet (Beginner through Advanced, all ages)

Lesson Rates

  • $25.00 per half hour


  • Bachelor's Degree in Political Science, Cal State Northridge, California 1969
  • Masters' in Education, university of Houston, TX 1973

Teaching Experience

  • Wile I was not a  music major in college, my experience is extensive.
  • I had seven years of private trumpet lessons, classical and jazz, from fourth through eleventh grade.
  • I was in a teen combo and began playing jobs at age fifteen.
  • I played in school orchestras and bands all the way through school, from junior high through graduate school.
  • In later years I was one half of a duo, playing both trumpet and electric bass. The duo hung together for twenty five years, playing fund raisers, private parties, restaurants, etc. (CD's available on request)
  • I have some years teaching private lessons. Students would come to my home or I would go to their homes.

Philosophy of Teaching

I was fortunate to grow up in Los Angeles when the big bands were still in business. At a tender young age I saw Harry James, Count Basie, Maynard Ferguson, etc.

My graduate program emphasized the teaching of basic skills; a student needs a solid foundation on which to build. I would not move a student to more difficult material until he is ready physically and intellectually. For most students a lot of repetition is necessary.