Ryan Schultz, low brass

Teaching Artist Statement

I am passionate about teaching, and in particular, ensuring that all students, regardless of means, are able to have a high quality music education.  I was able to join band because my Uncle Jay gave me his trumpet.  I received aid that enabled me to study with Professor Brian Martz through the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point’s community music program.  Today, I make myself available to teach at Music Center so that low brass students might have some of the same opportunities that I was afforded while growing up.

At Music Center I teach low brass lessons (trombone, euphonium, “baritone,” and tuba).  In August of 2017, I founded the Yamaha Intensive brass Workshop at Music Center.

Whether helping a college student become a better musician or working with a beginner, I have seen a lot of growth in my students over the years.  My former students have performed with Seattle Symphony, Boston Symphony, won numerous awards, and others have gone on to become lawyers, dentists, scientists, and music educators.  Years ago I helped a student who appeared to have no ability to recognize pitches to dramatically improve “his ears.”  I’ve worked with adults who have gone on to perform as soloists and with community orchestras.  Sometimes my favorite part of teaching is just helping my students grow and develop as people. 


Teaching Bio + Performance Bio

Ryan Schultz is Principal Tubist of the Pacific Northwest Ballet Orchestra and the Auburn Symphony Orchestra.  He has performed and recorded with Seattle Symphony and can also be heard on numerous commercial recordings, including major motion pictures. Ryan has also performed on tuba, cimbasso and/or bass trombone with Seattle Opera, Bolshoi Ballet, Eugene Symphony, Spokane Symphony, Northwest Sinfonietta, among others, the musical Chicago at Seattle’s Paramount Theater.  Mr. Schultz is an Army Band veteran who performed extensively throughout the West as solo tubist, euphonist and bass trombonist with the West Coast’s (56th) Army Band.  In 2015, he co-founded the Pacific Coast Brass, a modular brass ensemble that often configures as a sextet. 

Ryan’s low brass students have won top prizes in international, national, and regional music competitions.  Alumni of Mr. Schultz’ teaching studios have gone on to study at some of the finest colleges and conservatories in the nation, win numerous honors, perform with major symphony orchestras and hold fellowships at major music festivals.  He is a long time faculty member at the University of Puget Sound, and has also taught at Central Washington University, Seattle Pacific University, Music Works Northwest and Lakeside School.  Ryan is also low brass artist-in-residence and Director of Educational Outreach and Partnerships for Music Center of the Northwest.  In his administrative role he was recently recognized by Conn-Selmer for his contributions as a “Conn-Selmer VIP.”  Mr. Schultz is in demand as a clinician, presenter, and adjudicator and has served in that role for the International Tuba and Euphonium Association, Music Teachers National Association, New York University, Lawrence University, and, among others, the Washington Music Educators Association’s State Contest.

In 2013, Mr. Schultz made his New York debut, with the nationally acclaimed Pacific Northwest Ballet Orchestra.  Alastair Macaulay wrote in the New York Times, “Prokofiev’s celebrated score for “Romeo and Juliet” has never sounded better in the theater, in my experience, than at Pacific Northwest Ballet’s two performances on Saturday at City Center.”  Of the evening performance, he wrote, “the brass players were flawless.”

Ryan completed his post graduate studies in Music Performance/Education at the University of Washington and completed his Master of Music degree in Music Performance/Pedagogy at Central Washington University, where he performed with the Central Brass (faculty) Quintet and taught music theory, brass methods, applied low brass and, co-directed and conducted the brass ensemble.  Ryan was a scholarship student at the Aspen Music Festival and also Lawrence University where he completed his undergraduate studies.  His early teaching mentors were Nick Keelan, Abe Torchinsky, and Stephen Fissel.  He studied with the American Brass Quintet in Aspen and Empire Brass Quintet at Tanglewood, and accompanied the E.B.Q. as a member of the Yakima Symphony Orchestra.