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About Edward Whitaker

Edward Whitaker
Edward Whitaker
Music Teacher, Master
Location: Richmond, VA
Speaks: English
Instructs: Trombone, Trumpet, Tuba
Education: Master of Music in Jazz Performance - Rutgers University Bachelor of Music in Jazz Performance - Virginia Commonwealth University
Performance Experience: Bon Iver, Bio Ritmo, The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, NOBS Brass Band, Os Magrelos, The Devil's Workshop Big Band, The Upper East Side Big Band, and many others...
Teaching Experience: Toby is currently a member of the music faculty at Virginia Commonwealth University where he directs Jazz Orchestra II and teaches Jazz Improvisation as well as Small Jazz Ensembles. He has also served as co-director of the Greater Richmond Youth Jazz Band. While at Rutgers Toby taught Chamber Jazz Ensembles and has also taught Jazz Trombone, Digital Creativity in Music Technology, Aural Skills, and Jazz Ensemble Techniques at Christopher Newport University.
Teaching Philosophy: I approach every student as an individual. What has worked with helping a student achieve success in the past is not always effective with a current student. Everything we do is rooted in tradition but how we explore those traditions depends on the interests of the individual. Music is a very personal art form and I believe how we develop our abilities in this art form should be unique to each learner.

Get to know Edward Whitaker

     Toby Whitaker is a trombonist, composer and educator and is currently directing Jazz Orchestra II at Virginia Commonwealth University where he also teaches Jazz Improvisation and Small Jazz Ensembles.  He earned his Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies from VCU and his Master of Music in Jazz Performance from Rutgers University, where he had the privilege of studying with trombone virtuoso Conrad Herwig. 

Edward Whitaker teaches at:
8980 Quioccasin Rd
Richmond, VA 23229
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