Clayton Heath is a freelance bass trombonist and music educator in Austin, TX. He currently teaches lessons and masterclasses for all low brass instruments in several districts across Central Texas. Clayton also serves as an adjudicator and offers masterclasses, career lectures, and performances to public schools and collegiate programs across the country.
Prior to moving to Texas, he served as the Adjunct Lecturer of Low Brass at Frostburg State University, taught lessons in communities across Pittsburgh, and was a private instructor at Johnstonbaugh's Music Center in Allison Park, PA.
He has taught privately and in public schools in Texas, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Maryland, and has served as a staff member for several high school marching programs and the Salvation Army. Current and former students hold top chairs in their school ensembles, have placed in TMEA All-State, regional and state honor bands and solo & ensemble competitions, and have been accepted to colleges and universities to pursue music.
Clayton offers virtual and in-school instruction and clinics for all brass instruments, including marching band consultations, performances, coachings, career lectures, and private lessons.
"I got to be a much more confident player and found greater enjoyment in playing. Mr. Heath is a patient teacher who has a routine for developing any skill. He also has a well thought out answer for everything... You only need to hear Mr. Heath play to know that he is a skilled musician, and you only need to have a conversation with him to understand why he is a great teacher."
"Taking lessons with Mr. Heath has expanded my capabilities on my instrument. His lessons are student specific which allows for enormous growth in instrument proficiency. He is very organized and prompt, which allows for enjoyable and stress-free lessons."
"Working with Mr. Heath has been one of the most beneficial experiences I have had in my Trombone career. The two skills that he helped me develop that have been the most helpful have been sight reading and how to practice. I often have to play very difficult pieces for my symphonic band, and these skills have been immeasurably helpful."
"I would highly recommend Clayton Heath as a trombone instructor. Not only is he an excellent musician, but he is a skilled teacher who is both reliable and professional. My son felt his range improved dramatically while working with Clayton."
Meghan, Lesson Parent
"Mr. Heath has worked for me as a clinician multiple times and consistently provides a welcoming and professional learning environment for my students."
Joe, Band Director