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Welcome to the Trumpet Studio!

Welcome to the University of Colorado Trumpet Studio! The Trumpet Studio consists of 18 undergraduate and graduate students from the State of Colorado and beyond. Our recent graduate students have come from places such as The University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music, Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, Rutgers University, Texas Tech University, The University of Denver and Western Michigan University.  Our faculty includes Justin Bartels who is currently teaches applied Trumpet lessons and coordinates Trumpet studio activities and Tom Booth who joined the department this year to teach additional applied trumpet lessons.

The Trumpet Studio currently has three graduate assistants for the 2018-2019 academic year. Two Graduate Teaching Assistantships (Max McNutt and Ryan Spencer) are in the University of Colorado Graduate Brass Quintet, and our Graduate Teaching Assistant Drew Ziemba helps with additional studio duties (Teaching, Coaching, and Administrative activities). It is customary for our GTA’s at the University of Colorado to have coaching duties assigned including, coaching small ensembles, run sectionals, studio classes and work with students in lessons as a way to develop their pedagogical and performance skills.

The University of Colorado has many different degree types that are available for incoming students in the Trumpet department.

Undergraduate degrees

  • Bachelors of Music in Performance (BM) students attend weekly lessons, trumpet studio class, perform in ensembles, and chamber music with the goal to become a professional performer and teacher at the college level.
  • Bachelor of Music in Education (BME) students also attend weekly lessons, trumpet studio class, perform in ensembles, and chamber music with a degree geared towards pedagogical methods geared towards secondary education.
  • Bachelor of Arts (BA) student degrees are tailored for students that have a secondary interest, whether it is within music (BA-Music Technology) or another academic pursuit. The performance requirements are less rigorous than the BM. However, a BA student may choose to have a stronger emphasis on performance, lessons and ensemble participation if desired.

Graduate degrees

  • Master of Music in Trumpet Performance (MM) is a highly intensive approach to performance with the goal to be gainfully employed as a performer and teacher at the college level.
  • Master of Music in Trumpet Performance with an emphasis in Pedagogy (MM) is almost identical to the MM in performance except for different course requirements.  This degree is for those interested in an intense approach to performance as well as a pedagogical background to offer a broader range of career options.
  • Doctor of Musical Arts in Trumpet Performance and Pedagogy (DMA) is the highest degree offered at the University of Colorado at Boulder in the College of Music.  DMA students develop highly individualized curricula in the pursuit of their personal career goals.
  • The University of Colorado also offers Artist Diploma programs in Orchestral Performance, Chamber Music and Solo Instrumental performance for exceptionally gifted pre-professionals.

justin bartlesJustin Bartels

Lecturer of Trumpet Justin Bartels has been on faculty at the University of Colorado since 2012 and is Principal Trumpet with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, a position he has held since 2008. Over the past six years, his students have gone on to high-level graduate programs at several schools, including Indiana University, Temple University, The University of North Texas and Arizona State University. Student accomplishments include Military Bands appointments with the United States Marine Band, United States Navy, and Air Force Academy. Students hold positions with professional Symphony Orchestras and numerous positions in higher education. Read his full bio.

Tom Booth

Lecturer of Trumpet Tom Booth, fourth and Assistant Principal trumpet, came to the Dallas Symphony in 1977 from the San Antonio Symphony. He received his bachelor's degree in music from Baldwin-Wallace College, where he studied with James Darling and Mary Squire, and a master's degree in music from the University of Illinois, where his teacher was David Hickman. He has been on the faculty of the University of Illinois, Illinois Wesleyan University, the University of Texas at San Antonio and Southern Methodist University, where he currently teaches trumpet and heads the winds, brass and percussion department. Booth and his wife, Linda, also a musician and teacher, live in Sunnyvale, Texas, and have three grown children.