John Rutherford offers private lessons at his home in Detroit. All levels and ages of low brass players (tenor and bass trombone/euphonium/tuba) are welcome. Fundamentals are emphasized, including warm-ups, etudes, and solos. Duets are an imporatant part of each lesson. Students are expected to practice and be prepared for every lesson.

Lessons available via Skype (motorcityhorns)

John Rutherford also offers lessons in Royal Oak at: The Detroit School of Rock and Pop

Rates are as follows:

1 hour at my home: $50
1 hour at your home: $60
(within 15 minutes of Grosse Pointe)

24 hours notice required for cancellations

Call: 734-945-5984

Email John


Orchestra, Band Directors & Music Teachers:

I’m available to come to your school and teach lessons and sectionals. Discounted rates available for multiple hours of teaching.

Resume: PDF  | html  References available upon request.

Please print and post this flyer for your students.

Low Brass lesson flyer:  PDF | html

Required texts:

Arban’s Complete Method for Trombone and Euphonium
Marco Bordogni/Joannes Rochut, Melodious Etudes for Trombone Book 1

Solos to be selected on an individual basis. Large selection of solos available at:

Hickey’s Music | Robert King Music

Other Requirements:

Tuner and Metronome available at the Woodwind and Brasswind


Links to everything trombone related:

The International Trombone Association

The Online Trombone Journal

Doug Yeo’s Trombone Website