Daniel Louis Duncan, Trumpet

Daniel Louis Duncan, Trumpet

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.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Performing Napoli with wind ensemble tonight!  Then off for a well earned 2 week vacation!  More posts to come after my summer hiatus....stay tuned!

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Student progress

I have only one student leaving this year to go off to college.  She will be attending the Hartt School of Music as a double major in Trumpet performance and Music Education.  All of my other students will be continuing their studies with me next year working very hard and making progress.  My adult students continue to work hard and see terrific progress.  My beginners always start with a good sound because of my work on sound production from the beginning.  It pays off to invest time in the beginning explaining and demonstrating how to control air and tongue placement.
Plans are in the works to have a regional audition workshop day either this year or next.  If you're in the New Haven area let me know if you or your junior or senior level student/son or daughter would be interested in this helpful prep day.  Plans are for early October.
My brass ensemble at Neighborhood Music School continues to progress.  I hope to add more players to this group or start another brass quartet/quintet group.  We need more of every brass instrument, especially trombones and french horns (who doesn't).  If you're interested are in high school or are a very advanced junior high student, please let me know or call the office at Neighborhood Music School in New Haven.
We're always in need of high level high school trumpets and trombones for the New Haven Youth Orchestra.  The orchestra plays at a very high level, and is under the direction of Yale's own wind ensemble conductor, Dr. Thomas Duffy.  Last years two performances included Gershwin's American in Paris, Hindemith's Symphonic Metamorphosis, and Brahm's Academic Overture, just to name a few.
The youth Orchestra just started a collaboration with the New Haven Symphony offering full scholarships to advanced brass players.  Students travel from as far away as an hour in the New Haven area to play in this prestigious ensemble where I am the brass coach.

Please, spread the word if you know any high school students who might be interested in this great opportunity! Auditions will be very early in mid to late August!