Rachel Allen is a free-lance trumpet player and teacher from San Diego, California. In pursuit of her musical career, she has made great climate sacrifices. She received her Bachelor's in Classical Trumpet Performance from Oberlin Conservatory in Ohio. Then, emboldened by her survival of winter there, Rachel studied in the near arctic, completing her Master's Degree in Orchestral Performance at McGill University in Montreal.
In an effort to thaw out, Rachel has been on several more temperate international adventures including musical outreach at rural schools in El Salvador and a residency at the Festival de Musica de Santa Catarina in Brazil. Rachel has also toured throughout Mexico premiering an opera with the Orchestra of Baja California. Domestically, Rachel has played with the La Jolla Symphony and the San Diego Symphony as well as the orchestras for Broadway San Diego and San Diego Musical Theatre.
She was the 2010 recipient of a Williamson Foundation Summer Music Scholarship and has played in the Aspen and Idyllwild summer music programs and the Chosen Vale International Trumpet Seminar. In addition to performing, Allen is a dedicated private music instructor and high school trumpet coach. When she isn't busy performing and teaching, Rachel loves to bake and subsequently runs marathons and line dances.
As a teacher, I believe there isn't one right way to teach trumpet, but rather, there is a best way for each individual student to learn to play. I tailor lessons to each student's strengths and learning style which allows them to learn quickly in an environment that is both fun and supportive.
Lessons are structured with a focus on strong technique because optimal technique and facility is the door through which musical expression is found. I also encourage and expect all of my students to practice at home so that their individual discoveries and habits become part of the teaching process.
I believe learning and teaching an instrument should be fun and I encourage all of my students, regardless of skill-level, to try their best, strive for excellence, and take pride in their work and accomplishments.
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