Teaching Artist and Trumpet Player in Austin TX
Hello black belt trumpeters and parents! My name is Estela Aragon and I am the CEO/Founder of MusicFit Academy and Trumpet Headquarters, as well as a professional trumpet player in Austin, TX. As a young musician, I frequently earned high marks on solo performances, won auditions and was the recipient of numerous awards. When I was 11 years old I decided to pursue music as a career...but little did I know exactly how.
Fast-forward 8 years and I'm going to college for a trumpet performance degree. Actively working in the Tampa Bay area in Florida allowed me to perform with a variety of wind ensembles, jazz bands and chamber groups, as well as playing for church engagements and as a soloist. My favorite adventure was playing Principal trumpet for The Tampa Bay Symphony for four seasons and in 2010, I had the pleasure to share the stage with the pop vocal group Rockapella. I'm well-versed in Bb, C and Piccolo trumpet in a variety of styles and settings. Some of my performance locations include Italy, Peru, Montreal, England, Myrtle Beach, Columbia, Charleston, Williamsburg and more. Performing has always and still is a passion and important factor in my career, but trumpet education was game changer for me.
When it comes to teaching the trumpet, my students experience dynamic lessons and always walk out inspired. While living in Florida I was a trumpet instructor at a local music school and had a small studio of my own while completing my undergraduate degree. Once I moved to Columbia, SC for my Masters degree I really started to spend time studying trumpet pedagogy, and coming up with innovative ways to teach trumpet and music in general. These new ways of teaching music allowed me to take home 1st place at the Savvy Arts Venture Competition in 2014, a retreat for artists with out-of-the-box ideas. After winning that it wasn’t long before I started my own studio and it was the best decision I ever made.
Today, I am a successful full time private trumpet instructor and I love my job. Members of my studio quickly advance in chair placements at their schools, win auditions into county/state honor bands and are accepted into college music programs. My students occupy 1st chairs in their local youth symphonies, compete in concerto competitions and excel in summer programs, not to mention they somehow manage to be valedictorians! The age and skill levels of members of MusicFit range from 8 to 75 years old, and from absolute beginners to professional trumpet players and Grammy-winning musicians from world renowned orchestras. As of today, I have taught over 5,000 lessons and counting.
In 2018, I founded the website Trumpet Headquarters to aid trumpet players with everything they might need. It’s a website jam-packed with trumpet information and a self-paced trumpet course for those who do not have the means to take face-to-face instruction. I believe anyone who wants to learn should be able to without having to worry about paying a high monthly fee. While face-to-face private instruction provides the highest quality of lessons, the course I created covers all of my teachings for a very small fraction while keeping the professionalism and quality content of my private lessons. The site also boasts tons and tons of free resources for your enjoyment.
Let’s see…a few facts about me. On my down time I love practicing trumpet, playing with my dog, exploring Austin’s wonderful food and playing video games. I also enjoy cross-stitching and meditation as relaxation hobbies. My most prized moral value is absolute honesty, which I strive to uphold in every aspect of my life.
Enough about me, come join the studio and start your trumpetfit journey! Click here to learn more about what it means to be "MusicFit" and check out what students, directors and parents are saying about my teaching right here.
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Estela Aragon received her B.M from the University of Tampa and M.M in Trumpet Performance from The University of South Carolina School of Music. She plans on pursuing a D.M.A in Music & Human Learning in 2020. Her former teachers include Aric Brian (professor of trumpet at the University of Tampa and active freelance musician), James Ackley (former Principal of the Bogota Philharmonic Orchestra and internationally acclaimed solo artist) and world renowned trumpeter Allen Vizutti.