Today, jazz is taught at the same music schools and colleges that also teach the music of J. S. Bach, W. A. Mozart and Béla Bartók. These are institutions whose identity has been shaped by classical music, its performance practice and teaching tradition, and where, slowly and occasionally, small departments of jazz have been able to establish themselves since the middle of the 20th century.
How can we attain fascinating virtuosity in today's environment? Here we should note that virtuosity exists on many levels, not only the technical. It requires a lot of patience, combined with being good to ourselves, until we are able to infuse our music-making with playful virtuosity. Anyone who does not attain the frequently ambitious goals within a short period of time is tempted to devote themselves exclusively to searching for problems. We then often prioritize the found »problems«, neglecting potentially strong aspects that could constitute music at a later point in time in other musical environments. In Europe, the musical socialisation on the trumpet occurs primarily within the brass band culture. For the most part there is no room for improvisation in this orchestra repertoire, and in terms of sound one first needs to meet the requirements of this ensemble's repertoire.