Roger Ingram - Trumpeter, Recording Artist, Educator, Author
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Lessons with Roger Ingram

Roger is available to teach private lessons in Peru, Illinois, about 90 miles / 90 minutes west of Chicago. While out of town for concerts, clinics, or recording sessions, he can also be booked for private lessons (see below). In addition, he teaches online lessons via Skype and FaceTime.

 Online Lessons

If you have a computer with internet access and a webcam, you can have an online lesson with Roger. If you have a Skype or FaceTime account, all you need to do is buy lesson time here on this page, pick an available time from Roger's online schedule (from the menu above, click Schedule), and setup your lesson.

The rate for online Skype lessons is $50 per half-hour. Generally, for your first online lesson with Roger, it is recommended you purchase a minimum of 2 half-hour sessions. However, in emergency situations (ie, your chops have stopped working altogether, etc.), Roger is available for troubleshooting at short notice. In any case, you may purchase as many half-hour lessons as you would like using a PayPal account or a credit card.

After purchasing lesson time and checking Roger's online calendar (Roger updates his calendar daily), email Roger at with the time and date of your lesson request. In your email to Roger, please include your Skype name and your time zone to help with time scheduling.

To pay for your online lessons, you may use paypal or a credit card. Please enter your name, select years studying, and click the "Pay Now" button. Except for emergency situations, for your first online lesson, it is recommended you purchase a minimum of two half-hour sessions. You may purchase as many half-hour lesson increments (at $50 each) as you would like
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Private, In-person Lessons

To schedule a private in-person lesson with Roger, check Roger's online schedule, then email either Victoria or Roger and we'll set it up for you and put you on the calendar.

Roger encourages every student to make an audio or video recording (for their own use) at their private lesson. Roger does not grant permission to post these recordings online in any form (i.e. YouTube, Facebook). Many times Roger only works with a student once or twice every few years. Each lesson is tailor-made for the individual and their specific goals and needs. Much of his approach to teaching (especially on a one-time basis) is the discussion of concepts, principles, the application of same.

Private in-person lessons are scheduled for a minimum of 2 hours and cost US $100 per hour. A form to pre-pay $200 for a 2 hour lesson is below.
For local area regulars, high school, junior high, and grade school students who study with Roger on a regular basis, Roger's rate is $75 for a one hour lesson.

Bring a recording device, your trumpet, and any mouthpieces you are currently using.

Students are encouraged to become familiar with Roger's approach prior to taking their lesson with him. Ordering information on Roger's book, Clinical Notes on Trumpet Playing can be found here: This book is a great resource for students, and presents much of the material that is covered in lessons and clinics.

  • Lessons in the northern Illinois area held at Roger's home studio in Peru, Illinois. After payment has been made and the lesson time/date is scheduled and confirmed, we will email you the address of Roger's home music studio.
  • While Roger is traveling, in all instances, finding the lesson location is the responsibility of the student. Hotel rooms are unacceptable. Roger does not teach lessons in hotel rooms. Depending on the city, the student may be able to find a lesson venue at their local church, music store, school, or rehearsal studio.
  • When Roger is out of town for recording sessions, or to present a concert and/or masterclass, sometimes a private lesson can be scheduled at the concert or clinic venue.

The student may pay cash at the lesson, or pre-pay via credit card or paypal.
Paypal and Credit Card Pre-Payment for Private Lessons

If you would like to prepay for a 2 hour private lesson, you may pay the $200 via paypal (or credit card) here. Please enter your name, select years studying, and click the "Pay Now" button.

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If you would like to prepay for a 45 minute private lesson, you may pay the $75 via paypal (or credit card) here. Please enter your name, select years studying, and click the "Pay Now" button.

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To make a payment in some other amount, enter your name and click this "Pay Now" button. On the secure payment page, change the desired amount in the quantity field - and then click "Update Totals".

Type of Payment Selected

For Credit Card payments, click Pay Now above, then click Continue on the next page, then beneath the PayPal login section on the following page, click Pay with Debit or Credit Card.

If you charge the lesson fee to a credit card (via paypal or directly) the charge will show on your statement as PAYPAL-ROGERINGRAM.

Roger's continuing students can email to request a paypal link to autopay for regular lessons by credit card.


Comments from trumpeters who have studied with Roger:

  • " I would like to thank you Roger, for showing me the way of playing in the upper register. My lesson with you opened up a whole new avenue of playing for me. It's like you said, "I'm dating my horn for the first time, so take it slow and it will be there when you need it." Roger, that is so true. When I first came to you for a lesson, I was a high E player. Now 2 weeks later, I have a consistent AA, and I'm gaining each week. The breathing system you have shared has made my playing much easier and has opened up my sound even more so. Roger, again thank you for your time and best of luck to you. You are such a talent, keep playing man."
    Carlo Isabelli, Joliet, IL
  • " I had a lesson with Roger in a dressing room after a sound check for the Paul Anka show. Roger was more than willing to share his ideas on breathing and embouchure as it applies to playing lead trumpet. He has "real-world" knowledge and tons of experience of playing lead and he was able to verbalize how he approaches playing the instrument. The atmosphere was professional, but it was also very relaxed. Roger was able to give me some new insight and he was able to give me some new (good) habits to practice. I look forward to a follow-up lesson with Roger in the future."
    Jason S. Plosch, A1C, USAF Band of Flight
  • " There are a thousand great things that I could say about my lesson with Roger. It's a rarity and pleasure to find someone that is not only great trumpet player, but is also able to so clearly define exactly how he does what he does and how to incorporate that into your own playing world. On top of being an amazing trumpet player and teacher, as many people know already, he's also a genuinely nice person. I was truly expecting to be nervous and uneasy playing in front of Roger....when I arrived we hung out for a while after his sound check joking around a little bit, talked to the rest of the band, and by the time we started the lesson i felt like i was sitting in the room with a friend of mine and was completely at ease. Everything was great, and I can already feel the new breathing technique working to my advantage after just a few days. Thanks a lot, Roger. It was really nice to meet you and i'll be looking forward to our next lesson."
    Matt Day, Portland, Maine
  • " I knew Roger from the NYC scene and before that only from his Harry Connick recordings. It was a real pleasure and great experience to get this lesson with one of the best lead trumpeters of our time. I felt my playing improve dramaticly after this one lesson. The breathing system that he taught me really opened my sound and made me play the trumpet so much easier. I have to thank Roger for taking time out of his busy schedule to give me this lesson, it was well worth it.
    Keep swingin' Rog!"
    Ryan Resky, NYC
  • " Let me just say the lessons were an awesome and life changing experience. Roger was more than generous with his time and knowledge. Told me what was wrong with my setup, how to fix it and had the ability to demonstrate the results that will come from the correct setup. Truly a great person and an amazing trumpet player. "
    Tony Gehrt, Atlanta
  • "The time spent with Roger was fantastic! ...demonstrating his technique and listening to us play and helping us with our breathing and range. We were awestruck of his abilities and his willingness to share his talents with us. "
    Jay Copenhaver, Sr. and Jay Copenhaver, Jr., Pittsburgh
  • "Roger unmistakenly personifies a level of excellence that all trumpet players should strive for. Studying with Roger has taken my playing to new " heights ". Not only is he the one of the best lead players in the world, I am happy to say that Roger is also a friend and a great human being. "
    Kevin Prouse, Seattle
  • "My lesson with Roger was wonderful! He's a pretty interesting guy, and sure has a lot of stories! The lesson went great. In a matter of 2 days, I was able to do things that I've NEVER been able to do before! ... Roger showed me what I was doing correctly, and what I needed to improve on.... a tune up, so to speak."
    Pete Berg, Grand Forks ND

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