Daniel Louis Duncan, Trumpet

Daniel Louis Duncan, Trumpet

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Audition Guidance

Do you have an upcoming audition for college entrance, regional, state or other auditions? I can help you improve your audition.

One of the best things you can do as a musician is to play for others.  Add playing for professionals who have tons of experience with auditions, and knowledge of what it takes to succeed and perform at your finest, and you have a recipe for success!

I have auditioned for every major orchestra in the US (and some abroad as well) and have advanced to finals.  Plus, I have coached students and listened to colleagues countless times.   I also have a unique approach to playing.  The combination of my extensive experience and unique approach allows me to, first, determine whether you have an issue, or whether your issue is just "in your head;" second, to "see" an issue (if you have one) that you are unable to solve by yourself because it is invisible to you; and finally, to provide you with steps that will concretely solve the issue.

If you want experienced coaching to help prepare for your audition, call or email me to schedule an appointment to come to my studio (New Haven metro area).  Too far away?  I also offer coaching via SKYPE.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Lesson Scheduling is Now!!

I currently have openings on Saturday!  If you are in the area and can make it to New Haven (Morris Cove) you have an opportunity to study with a teacher who can set you on the path of not only becoming a better player, but one that understands how and why things go wrong and how to fix them, I have space for you!

Monday, July 17, 2017


I have finally decided to work for myself exclusively at my home studio!  I will be accepting private students for hour lessons only.  Beginners will be on an evaluation level only as I want to focus on more advanced/driven students who want to take their playing to the highest level.  This doesn't mean you have to want to be a professional musician, just that you want to practice, take getting better seriously.
I have the rare ability to communicate real concrete concepts that not only make your playing better, but empower you with the ability to know when things go wrong and how to correct them.
Try a few lessons and see what you think.
If you are a parent and don't know where to go to help your daughter or son find the right teacher, read my blog here.  Look at my teaching philosophy, my performance experience and testimonials.
From the president of one of the best band programs in Massachusetts:

"He is one of the most gifted communicators and teachers I have ever had the pleasure of witnessing. He is a superb technician and has the ability to share his knowledge and expertise with his students in very creative and concrete ways. Not only does he bring out the best possible sound quality in his students, he is boundlessly enthusiastic and encouraging in the process, and just a really terrific person! I would recommend him very highly to anyone looking for an instructor or performer!"

What are you waiting for???

Thursday, April 27, 2017

The Most Beautiful Room in New York


Very excited to be performing this premier of a new musical by New Yorker writer and author Adam Kopnik, that's sure to hit broadway in the near future!
I even get billing on the website!  Running the Month of May!

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Hard work = great results

Congratulations to my students who made CT regionals!
Also last year's senior who is on scholarship at Hartt School of Music this year as a freshman (I'm sure she's grateful for the break); one of my 8th grade female students who is 1st trumpet in the Regional Band, and one of my seniors who is auditioning to several schools to study music next year.
Another one of my high school seniors made regionals on trumpet and just found out he will be on a full academic scholarship to NYU studying economics, presidential honors program, and a trip with other honors students to Florence, Italy.  Oh yeah, he also plays violin and piano!  When does this guy sleep!
You have all worked very hard and deserve recognition.  Good job!
All of my students this year are progressing very fast using my concepts of air flow control and tongue position in combination with retraining subconscious response.
Do you need a great teacher?  Do you practice, but feel frustrated at your lack of progress?  What are you waiting for?

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Accepting new students, adult through advanced junior/high school and college level

If you're interested in studying with someone who has extensive teaching and performing credentials and a concrete methodology to fix problems with your playing or take your playing to the next level, shoot me an email or phone call.

I have some students travel as far as Wilton, CT and Westchester County,  NY(south) and Rhode Island (north) to New Haven to study with me.  I prefer one-on-one instruction to Skype style teaching, but will consider this method if you just can't get to me.

I have students taking once a month lessons or just fine tuning isolated lessons here and there if you can't commit to a regular schedule.

If you are preparing for college auditions and you need some extra help or a new prospective give me a try.