A Great Teacher Passes

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013


Laurie Frink was a great music teacher. She helped many brass players (like me) improve. She even saved the careers of some trumpet players who had lost the ability to physically play their horns at a professional level.
Nate Chinen in Jazz Times wrote “Laurie Frink fell somewhere between a sideline coach and a mountaintop guru.”

Jon Crowley wrote on his blog: “One day after having a great week of playing I showed up for a lesson and was surprised at how bad I sounded in her office. I desperately said “I was playing so well this week I don’t know what’s happening!”, she calmly said “Jon, in this room the worse you sound, the more I can help you.” This changed the way I viewed both taking lessons at the time and how I teach now. Another time when I was struggling with something in the upper register she told me to ‘Stop trying to be so perfect’, which was exactly what I needed to hear at the time and really lead to a breakthrough on the horn.”  https://joncrowleymusic.blogspot.com/2013/07/remembering-laurie-frink.html

As someone who attempts to coach and teach others, I am inspired by what Laurie told Jon.