t5Back to School


training trumpeters to teach themselves

Fundamentals Boot Camp

Winter TBA

An Online Experience For A Limited Number Of Trumpet Players Who Want To Take Their Playing To The Next Level

We had a blast doing this in August and I want to do another sometime this winter – stay tuned for more details!

In your trumpet-playing life, what matters most is the basics. Mastering the building blocks of your technique is the fastest, smartest approach to reach any kind of musical goal. 

Would you like to hit this fall in stride, playing as well as you can? I hope your answer is “yes.”

I am always most impressed by the students who use their summer to make improvements. In my professional life, I’ve noticed that the players who work hard during the summer are more successful during the school year and throughout their professional lives.

There is no doubt that my career in the Boston Symphony Orchestra has been fueled by the basics, including:

  • a beautiful sound
  • stable pitch
  • solid rhythm
  • good intonation
  • elegant phrasing 

I created the T5 Back to School Bootcamp to get you in peak condition at the end of your summer break. I use the same teaching techniques for my students at the New England Conservatory of Music, plus new materials I’ve developed just for this program.

This is only a partial clip : the full video for my Gekker tutorial is over 20 minutes long.

This is only a small sample – the full Schlossberg tutorial is 35 minutes long!

The centerpiece of the program is  a set of video tutorials from my Sound Truth Library™ that explain how to practice my favorite exercises from these classic fundamentals method books:

  • Arban 
  • Caruso
  • Clarke
  • Gekker 
  • Shuebruk
  • Schlossberg
  • Stamp
  • Thibaud


    All in all, this program offers nearly 10 hours of video tutorials and instruction. 




    Studying with Ben was one of the best things that happened to me for my trumpet playing… Hearing Ben, not only in lessons, but on stage with the BSO every week, was enormously beneficial for my later success. I wouldn’t be where I am today without my time studying with him.

    Travis Peterson

    Principal Trumpet

    The Utah Symphony


    “Ben’s teaching made me see the importance of playing longer lines and being more organized. Hearing him in person and in the orchestra was always inspiring. My playing wouldn’t be where it is today if I hadn’t studied with him.”
    Elmer Churampi

    Dallas Symphony and NEC BM '18

    “Ben has been an incredible mentor and teacher for me, and I can’t thank him enough for all the invaluable lessons he has given me in music and beyond…. The perspective he provided was just the right push at just the right time to allow me to be happy and successful here and now.”
    Chris Boulais

    MM New England Conservatory

    “Ben’s approach of singing to save chop time and focus on the music was really beneficial to me. His focus on being mentally and physically balanced was one of the keys to my success in winning auditions. Years after I studied with Ben, he was a pillar of support when I needed his it most – his advice helped me bounce back from a challenging time in my career and move forward.”
    Mike Myers

    Trumpet, The Seattle Symphony