Vince offers private music lessons! His teaching studio is located in South Philly, Philadelphia, PA. Interested? Contact Vince here.
Vince has been a music educator for nearly a decade. During high school, he gave master classes as the trumpet instructor at Silver Creek Central School in Silver Creek, NY. While pursuing a Masters of Music at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA, Vince served as the trumpet department intern responsible for teaching private trumpet lessons, preparing transcriptions, and proctoring music theory exams. Additionally, he was a teaching assistant for the Freshman Jazz Improvisation class. Vince conducted sectionals, administered exams, and offered critiques regarding improvisation. Recently, he taught electric bass at Rock to the Future in Philadelphia, PA. Vince privately teaches trumpet, ear training, music theory, improvisation, arrangement, and composition to students of all ages and levels.

Vince offers private music lessons for the following subjects.

- Trumpet
- Arrangement and Composition
- Music Theory
- Ear Training
- Improvisation

Since each student approaches music differently; Vince tailors his teaching to fit their approach. Vince asks each student, "What are you aiming to accomplish?" Together, Vince and the student set short and long term goals. Vince believes a strong technical foundation leads to freer ease of artistic expression. Students receive a holistic approach to music applicable to whatever instrument of their choice.

Additional information regarding Vince's experience with each subject is below.


Vince began playing trumpet in 1998. He took lessons provided by his elementary school. Vince won principle chair in multiple school ensembles, and later with select county and state wide band festivals. He participated in many solo competitions performing classical and jazz trumpet pieces throughout middle and high school.

In 2003, Vince began studying classical trumpet privately with Mark Klose, later with John Maguda. Vince studied many of the classic methods including Arban's Complete Conservatory Method, Schlossberg's Daily Drills and Technical Studies, Clarke's Technical Studies, and Stamp's Warm-Ups & Studies. Vince also studied solo repertoire by Hindemith, Haydn, and Kennan among others. 

While cultivating the classical foundation, Vince focused on jazz trumpet by listening, transcribing, and studying many of the jazz trumpet greats including Miles Davis, Clifford Brown, and Maynard Ferguson. Vince studied jazz trumpet through undergraduate and graduate school with Rebecca Coupe Franks, Dennis Wasko, and John Swana. Vince has also attended master classes held by Randy BreckerMatt GallagherCraig Morris, Claudio RoditiMalcolm McNab, Scott Holbert, Bijon WatsonJeffrey Curnow, and Alison Balsom.

Vince is a strong improviser, which lends well to many genres. He is a frequent performer with cover and original bands. In the recording studio, Vince often lends his horns to a wide variety of genres including pop, indie, surf-rock, ambient, and soul. 

Vince is an all around trumpet player and soloist; he also plays other brass instruments including flugelhorn, cornet, slide trumpet, and mellophone.

Arrangement and Composition

Composition means writing music; arrangement is how music is distributed amongst other instruments. Although many first approach music as performers, writing music is a skill every musician should develop. Composing original music is highly rewarding and a wonderful way to learn about one's self. 

Early while learning trumpet, Vince improvised melodies based on lesson materials. As his trumpet technique and music reading skills expanded, he began writing the improvisations on paper, thus becoming compositions. Vince's early compositions were written and arranged for friends to play on their instruments. His knowledge of other instruments grew; he then arranged for instruments based on the instruments' character and how they it combined with other instruments. Vince's composition exploded when he formally studied music theory with Vinnie Martucci and John B Hedges. Vince continually compose new music while refining his personal voice through composition.

Vince first approached music as a performer. In lessons, he soon began improvising melodies based on the lesson materials. As he expanded his trumpet technique and reading skills, Vince began writing his improvisations on paper, thus becoming compositions that could be performed again. Vince's compositions were written and arranged for his friends to play on their instruments. As his knowledge of other instruments expanded, he began arranging for instruments based on the instruments' character and how they it combined with other instruments. Vince's composition exploded when he began to study music theory while taking formal composition lessons with Vinnie Martucci and John B Hedges. Vince continually composes new music and has developed a distinct voice through composition. 

Vince has composed music for many genres including jazz, classical, rock, and pop. He's arranged for many professional bands specializing in the jazz and commercial horn sections. His arrangements have been for many orchestrations including solos, duets, jazz combos, piano trios, string quartets, brass quintets, big bands, symphonic bands, and orchestras.

The arrangement of a composition is as important as the composition itself. A good arrangement can make a big difference on how an audience will receive the work. Vince will help identify and develop aspiring composers' unique voice. With his theoretical background combined with knowledge of many instruments, Vince will teach how to approach composing music from different perspectives. He'll also teach various ways to arrange and re-arrange compositions for different instrumentation. I will develop the student's knowledge of different instruments and help explore conventional and unconventional, imaginative orchestrations.

Music Theory

Vince was first introduced to music theory when he began playing trumpet and reading music. He learned the basics such as notes, scales, triads, key signatures, and time signatures, from the perspective as a performer. Later (especially when he started studying guitar and piano) Vince studied intervals, more exotic scales, and chord progressions. At college and graduate school, he formally studied advanced music theory as applied to tonal harmony, twentieth century music, and jazz. 

Often, theories are built upon other theories and thus support each other. Vince can teach the basics and some of the most advanced theoretical concepts to any musician regardless of instrument. He will teach to theories and how they can be successfully deployed in practice. 

Ear Training

Although Vince is excellent at reading music, he has an even stronger ear; which attributes to his aptitude for learning multiple instruments. By studying and performing jazz, he has developed and tuned his ear. Vince employs his ear by transcribing music for the bands' of which he is a member. 

Ear training is important for every musician regardless of instrument. Vince will teach how to recognize the elements of music including rhythms, intervals, melody, harmony, scales, and form. He will demonstrate how proper ear training contributes to practical situations.