Arizona State University
About Arizona State University
As a proud alumnus of ASU, I feel that I am qualified to share with you why I think this is a great place!!
Associate Professor of Trumpet
Inaugural Recipient of the ASU School of Music Distinguished Alumnus Award (2003)
Affordable Tuition and Great Scholarships
Very competitive, affordable tuition
Low cost of living
(most of my students have a robust mix of music and academic scholarships)
Academic scholarship calculator for first-year students (academic scholarship only, before additional music scholarship!):
High Quality Comprehensive Education
Top 10 “Best Buy” public universities for quality in relation to cost and student debt
Top 10 fine arts program
No. 1 in U.S. for innovation (over MIT)
Top 1% of world’s most prestigious universities
more rankings here: https://www.asu.edu/rankings
As an alumnus of ASU, I like to think of studyingMusic at ASU as a multi-layered and flexible experience...
within the village that is the School of Music (about 750 people)
within the town that is ASU (about 52,000 on the main campus)
within the metropolis of Phoenix (about 5 million)
My father thinks that the ASU campus feels like a resort.
That probably says it all!
But please do not let this make you think this means a lack of intensity. The abundant sunlight makes us happier here, yes, and also more energized (this is science, not opinion).
The "Heat" vs. "Paradise"
Arizona has the reputation that is "hot" here. Well, ok... yes, if you want to live here in the summer, then it's hot! In that case you stay indoors, and go swimming a lot (so many pools here!). However, during the school months, it's paradise!
Here's a chart of average temperatures.
Month Low High
August 81° 105°
September 75° 100°
October 64° 89°
November 51° 76°
December 44° 68°
January 45° 68°
February 48° 72°
March 52° 77°
April 59° 86°
May 67° 94°
June 76° 104°
About the ASU Trumpet Studio
Who will you surround yourself with as you strive to get better?
The answer, to me, is simple: good people. Great people, really.
Persons who will uplift you, inspire you and reciprocally demand the same excellence from you... through their actions, their choices, their respect, their attitudes, their focus, their sense of purpose, their positivity, their relentlessness, and through healthy competition with each other.
All trumpet students, regardless of degree track (Performance, MusEd, MusTherapy, Jazz, Popular Music, Double-Major, etc.), are intensely integrated into the studio with each other. Our bond together is trumpet, and we can all learn from each other.
We start every week with our Trumpet Warmup Show on Monday mornings. We see each other again twice more per week for Trumpet Studio Class, which includes activities such as:
Pedagogy discussion (we also have a separate, dedicated Pedagogy class)
Some accomplishments of current students in the studio:
All-State (in high school)
Arizona (2 Principals)
N. Carolina (2 Principals)
Texas 5A (Principal)
Washington, and more
National Youth Orchestra (NYO2) – (Principal)
National Repertory Orchestra
National Honor Band and Orchestra of America - (Principals)
National Music Festival – (Principal)
Essentially Ellington at Lincoln Center (Brass Award)
Eastern Music Festival
Rafael Mendez Brass Institute
Brevard Music Center Summer Institute and Festival
2019 DCI World Champion Blue Devils, and more
About the ASU School of Music
Our School of Music is an inventive music school with a comprehensive view of music; a cutting-edge music school with an abundance of opportunities; and a music school that inspires originality and demands dedication.
A 21st Century, cutting-edge curriculum
Award-winning ensembles (i.e. ASU Orchestras won the 2019 American Prize for Orchestral Programming)
Robust Health & Wellness Resources
Amazing and inspiring students (see below in the Trumpet Studio section)
Unbelievable facilities (again, my father thinks that ASU feels like a resort!)
A world-class faculty
Unique, Modern, Relevant and Cutting Edge Curriculum
Our faculty is made up of world-class performers, educators, and scholars.
Together we’ve reverse-engineered our paths to becoming modern, thriving professional musician an all fields, and incorporated our experiences into our curriculum, integrating our 21st Century skillsets into the traditional core musical skills, including a brand-new Certificate Course in Music Entrepreneurship.
We have multiple, flexible and creative degree paths not found at other institutions. This reflects the uniqueness of ASU itself, which mashes together different disciplines in inventive and complimentary combinations.
Discover some of these degrees here: https://music.asu.edu/degree-programs
ASU ensembles have commissioned and premiered many new works, performed at major state, regional and national conferences and produced a number of recordings.
Music Theatre/Opera Orchestra
Concert Jazz Band
Jazz Repertory Band
Latin Jazz Band
World Percussion Ensemble
Sun Devil Marching Band