Brass instruments are a beloved member of both our marching bands and concert bands. Instruments such as trumpets, trombones, tubas, and French horns are all instruments considered as a part of the brass family. Brass instruments are defined by their ability to be played through a mouthpiece by creating a buzzing sound in the lips. The size of the mouthpiece of the brass instrument actually determines the range of the instrument. Years ago, brass instruments were only able to achieve different pitches by the shaping of the lips and the frequency of the lip buzzing of the instrument’s player. Now, we have valves that allow us to change the pitch more easily and efficiently. In most brass curriculums, the instructor usually requires that the beginning brass student be able to make a lip buzz in the instrument’s mouth piece before he or she will be allowed to continue to play more difficult pieces. Because of the nature of playing a brass instrument and the importance of having effective lip and breath technique, it is recommended that a child should not learn to play brass instruments until the age of 11, or at least until they’ve lost and grown back all of their baby teeth. The embouchure (or the tension of the lips on the mouthpiece) could affect the development and alignment of their teeth. Brass is a great instrument to play and is often a favorite amongst boys and girls in school bands. Their is quite a great deal a variety to these instruments and also a great deal of sound that can be produced! At Premier Performing Arts Studio we offer lessons for any brass instrument! Whether you or your child is looking to just get started with an instrument, get a refresher, or extra lessons to stay current or get ahead of the band, we have lessons to fit any need!