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  • High Brass Studies
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  • High Brass Studies

    Trumpet lessons are available to all students enrolled at the university. Students may register for up to three credits of applied lessons per semester. One credit of applied lessons is equivalent to one 1/2 hour lesson per week, two credits is equivalent to a 1 hour lesson per week, and three credits is equivalent to 1 1/2 hours of lesson per week.

    All trumpet students follow a standard curriculum for trumpet based upon a standard four-year sequence. Trumpet instruction for each student is based upon the level and ability of each student. All students are expected to perform standard literature including solos and etudes.

    For information regarding High Brass Studies at MSU Moorhead, please contact:

  • Strait, Thomas
    Faculty
    School of Performing Arts

    Office: CA 102C
    Phone: 218.477.4096
    Email: straitth@mnstate.edu
    Web Site:
    Dr. Tom Strait is currently in his twelfth year on the faculty at MSUM. In addition to serving as Chair of the Music Department, he teaches trumpet, horn, and jazz studies. He holds a Doctor of Arts degree in trumpet performance from the University of Northern Colorado, as well as degrees from the University of Texas and Henderson State University. Before coming to MSUM, he taught for several years at both the university and public school levels and served in the U.S. Air Force, playing with the USAF Academy Falconaires. An active free lance trumpet player, he has performed with many artists, including Bob Hope, Robert Goulet, Nancy Wilson, and Doc Severinsen. His past teachers include William Pfund, Raymond Crisara, and Donald Kramer. Dr. Strait is a Yamaha performing artist. For information regarding High Brass Studies at MSU Moorhead, please feel free to contact Dr. Strait.