Arts Academy Boarding School: Trumpet Major

Interlochen Arts Academy boarding high school offers student trumpet players a program of pre-professional music training and college preparatory academics. Trumpet students graduate well-prepared for the rigors of study at the university and conservatory level.

The trumpet major requirements include:

Private Lesson and Studio

This course focuses on the fundamental sound production and the basic technique of the Trumpet. Playing efficiency, sound, expression and musicality are all focal points.  Performance skills including the knowledge of genres and styles of music will be emphasized. Students are expected to practice a minimum of three hours per day on the assigned lesson materials.  Progress within the student’s potential is demonstrated in private lessons, studio class performances and the semester jury.  The student and instructor work towards specific short term and long term goals including recitals, college auditions and career choices.

Text/materials needed:

Schlossberg, Daily Drills and Technical Studies
Getchell-Hovey, Practical Studies, Book I, II
Arban, Complete Method
Concone/Sawyer, Lyrical Studies
Clarke, Technical studies
Sachse, 100 Studies
Goldman, Practical Studies
Brandt, Etudes for Trumpet
Charlier, Etudes Trancendantes
Rochut, Bordogni, Vocalises for Trombone Book 1
Stamp, Warmups and Studies
Thompson, Buzzing Basics
Vizzutti, Method Books
Solo literature
Haydn - Concerto
Hummel - Concerto
Kennan - Sonata
Arutunian- Trumpet concerto
Selected French Literature

College Matriculation

An Academy education provides excellent preparation for continued studies at top universities and conservatories. Academy trumpet students regularly enroll in top music programs including:

  • Boston Conservatory
  • Centre College
  • California Institute of the Arts
  • Cleveland Institute of Music
  • DePaul University
  • Eastman School of Music
  • Grand Valley State University
  • Indiana University
  • The Juilliard School
  • Lynn University
  • Manhattan School of Music
  • New England Conservatory
  • Northwestern University
  • Oberlin Conservatory
  • Oklahoma City University
  • Peabody Conservatory
  • Roosevelt University
  • San Francisco Conservatory
  • University of Louisville
  • University of Washington
  • Western Michigan University
  • Lawrence University

Video Lessons


Ken Larson

Instructor of Trumpet, Interlochen Arts Academy and Interlochen Arts Camp

M.F.A., Trumpet Performance, California Institute of the Arts; B.F.A., Trumpet Performance, California Institute of the Arts