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Welcome to the Trombone and Brass Instrument teaching page of Brian Kay, a trombone private lesson teacher in the metro-west area of Boston. There are many resources here for players, private teachers, and school instrumental teachers of trombone, bass trombone, tuba, euphonium, baritone, and trumpet.

I hope that adult and school age music students, teachers, and parents of young brass players at all levels will find these pages encouraging, and filled with helpful resources. If you have any comments or suggestions for this site, please email me.

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About Brian Kay

A teacher of trombone private lessons in the Boston area since 1991, brass instructor, Brian Kay teaches private lessons from his home studios in Natick, Massachusetts, as well as maintaining studios at New England Conservatory Preparatory Division, and the Longy School of Music. He is the author of two volumes of Intermediate Trombone Methods, as well as numerous other materials and guides for instrumental music teachers and trombone private lesson instructors.

Comfortable teaching a wide variety of ages, backgrounds and ability levels, he traveled to Haiti during the summers of 1999 and 2001 where he taught trombone, trumpet, and recorder to young adults and youths, and helped to set up a school music program and train teachers.

At the college level, Brian Kay has taught students at Olin College, Regis, and the Longy School, where he has taught chamber music in the Professional Studies Division. He has taught sessions on topics including Historical Performance and the Art of Teaching at area conservatories including NEC, Boston Conservatory, and the Longy School, where he taught a year-long graduate class for future private lesson teachers. He is also experienced as a teacher of adult semi-professional and avocational players, and has taken leadership roles in professional ensembles.

His school-aged private lesson students have regularly taken part in groups such as NEC's Youth Philharmonic and Youth Symphony, GBYSO, Junior and Senior Massachusetts Youth Wind Ensemble, Junior and Senior District Orchestras, Bands, and Jazz Bands, and All-State. His students' performances have included Carnegie Hall performances, and a student guest performance with the BSO. As a private lesson instructor, his highest hope for his students is that they enjoy their musical endeavors and continue to grow through them.

As a freelance trombone performer, Mr. Kay's work has ranged from playing Mahler symphonies on stage at Carnegie hall, to playing backup for Aretha Franklin, to performing on sackbut from a facsimile of Petrucci's 1501 Odhecaton! Originally from Urbana, Illinois, he holds degrees in trombone performance from New England Conservatory, and the University of Illinois. His trombone teachers have included Robert Gray, John Swallow, Doug Yeo, and Norman Bolter, with additional lessons from Per Brevig, Joe Alessi, Ralph Sauer, and other instructors. He has toured the country and Europe with The King's Brass and the American Waterways Wind Orchestra, and has performed on trombone with many of the Boston area's top ensembles including the Handel and Haydn Society, Boston Philharmonic, Rhode Island Philharmonic, Indian Hill Symphony, Boston Academy, and many of the area's choral groups. His trombone playing can be heard on compact disc recordings with the Handel and Haydn Society, King's Brass, and the Dave Rasmussen Jazz Orchestra.

Mr. Kay's home studio private trombone, bass trombone, tuba, euphonium, baritone, and trumpet lesson students have traveled to his Boston Metro West studio in Natick from Wayland, Dover, Needham, Belmont, Holliston, Hopkinton, Wakefield, Sharon, Boylston, Milford, Acton, Westwood, Southborough. His Natick, Metro West location is also convenient to private lesson students from Framingham, Sherborn, Ashland, Wellesley, Sudbury, Weston, Millis, Medway, Medfield, Norwood, Dedham, Waltham, and other Metro West, and Metropolitan Boston locations.

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