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Dr. Caleb Lambert-Trombone

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Teaching Philosophy

Music is about more than the combination of playing the right notes at the right time. It is about turning the song and melody we imagine in our mind into musical sound to communicate with the world. The goal is to express ourselves the way we hear in our imagination.


With this in mind, I focus on the following when working with the needs of individual students:

  • Development of technique through scales, arpeggios, and lip slurs, as well as technical exercises from Schlossberg, Arban, and others.

  • Development of musical phrasing and style through the etudes of Cimera, Bordogni, Blazhevich, Edwards, and others.

  • Music history and music theory

  • The history of brass instruments and how they work

  • Collaboration with piano accompaniment and small chamber groups for development of aural and physical awareness


Once learned, these tools can then be applied to music from any era or genre. The end result is easier and more enjoyable music making, and a better sense and appreciation for music.




Dr. CALEB LAMBERT earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Roosevelt University in Chicago where he studied with Jay Freidman, the Principal trombonist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Caleb graduated from the University of Iowa in 2020 with his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Trombone Performance and Pedagogy.


Caleb is a member of Orchestra Iowa, the Palisades Ensemble, and the Cedar Rapids Municipal Band, which featured him as a soloist in their 2018 season. He has also been a frequent guest with the Quad City Symphony Orchestra, the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra, and has performed several concerts with the Waterloo Cedar Falls Symphony Orchestra since relocating to Iowa City from Chicago in 2016.


During his time in Chicago, Caleb was a member of the award-winning Axiom Brass Quintet and performed frequently with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, including memorable performances playing tenor tuba on Janacek’s Sinfonietta, Holst’s Planets, Mussorgsky’s Pictures at An Exhibition and John Williams’ Raiders of the Lost Ark. He was also the winner of the 2012 Chicago Brass Festival’s Solo Competition.


Dr. Lambert currently operates a private music studio in Iowa City and has had many students over the last five years successfully audition for All State, SEIBA, and solo and ensemble competitions.

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"With Caleb's classes. my son was able to catch up with his trombone lessons in school. Caleb was extremely knowledge about the subject matter and also offered a list of events with trombone(s). We are very appreciate of his well-thought lesson plans and wish him the best in the future. We discontinued only because my son will not be continuing with Band next year in high school."


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