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Teaching Biography

Kenneth Thompkins really enjoys working with young musicians and has presented masterclasses and recitals at institutions throughout North America. These institutions include The Curtis Institute of Music, The University of Michigan, Peabody Conservatory of Music, University of Northern Iowa and Oberlin Conservatory of Music He has also served on the faculty of the National Orchestral Institute, National Youth Orchestra and the Taipei Music Academy and Festival.

Kenneth Thompkins teaching a masterclass at the University of Illinois

Instructional Videos & Recommended Studies

Effective Practice Strategies
Daily Routine for Brass Players

Recommended Studies

Click here to view my recommended studies for trombone

My Teachers

One of my greatest musical influences has been Frank Crisafulli whom I studied with at Northwestern University from 1985-1989. Every day I focus on Mr. Crisafulli’s straightforward approach to the instrument and singing style.

Also pictured below is Art Linsner, who also taught trombone at Northwestern University in the 1980’s, and Erik Carlson, who taught at Temple University.

Eric Carlson was a great inspiration to me when I studied with him at Temple University. Eric’s captivating sound, clear musicality and sound fundamentals were truly remarkable. His teaching took me to a new level of awareness and refinement.

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