It's not just for musicians.   

I live a life deeply empowered and enriched by music.  

I don't care whether you are the highest level corporate professional, a doctor, a person who quit the violin at the age of eight or a person who listens to "House Of The Rising Sun every afternoon with coffee.  Everyone connects to music on some level, every day.

Through 30 years of studying, playing and experiencing music, I have found it to be the lens through which my life makes complete sense.  It provides vital lessons in every major area: intellect, spirit, business, relationships, health, community and artistry in general.

As a result of my own personal experience I have established a coaching practice which is flexible enough to inform people who seek a deeper connection to all parts of their life. They've gotten some great results.  I customize a wide range of fitness, dexterity and creativity exercises to unlock previously unseen potential for high-level professionals and beginning instrumentalists alike.  

Below are some aspects of my practice, paired with testimonials from clients and colleagues.  If this intrigues you, read on.

 

reclaim your musical life.

It took me a long time to begin coaching, I didn't know where to start.  I'm a full-time working musician, but "Music" was really just the beginning, a point of entry to deeper truths and longer quests.  

Embracing it produced a delicious ripple effect: the quality of life I and members of my community enjoy owes more to the music we share than to our sometimes-delicate finances or personal lives.  

Music sees us through it all, follows us everywhere.  It helps us make sense out of life and connects us to our unique spirit.  

Music is pure wealth.  Uncounted, unburdened, ageless, and available to all.

focus, connectedness, depth, presence, pattern recognition

While I'm grateful for my early training in the world of classical cello, piano, jazz bands, conservatories and orchestras, the real quest was for a different kind of fulfillment.  

Parts of me were missing - maybe broken - and I sensed that music would be the key.

As I journeyed around the world, hopping from gig to gig and culture to culture, I gathered clues but the voice within me kept growing.  I enjoy singing, writing, putting on shows and making records for the public as much as the next guy, but the real magic is the behind the scenes, in practice.  

That's where you really show up.

 

groove, impulse control, mindfulness, tone, confidence

Music is often overlooked as a forum to develop problem-solving skills.  It's equally taken for granted as a connective tissue in society.  When we yearn for a musical life, it's often for far more than mere adventure, validation or stage time.  

It's connectedness that we seek.

We also crave musical fitness.  Music (when done right) is much more than an art form or commercial medium, it makes your brain work better.  Your life will flow when you prioritize music in the right way: not as a hobby, not as a vanity pursuit but as a guide.  Music will flood your life with truth.  Are you ready?

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As you can see, music isn't just about passion.  

Music connects us to each other, but it's also an essential part of connecting with ourselves, seeing the real landscape and taking us where we want to go.

You don't have to win the YouTube olympics, or audition for X factor.  The sound already belongs to you, and it will tell you what you need to know.

"the musician has one job: to help us make sense of the present moment."

With over 30 years of experience, I specialize in helping clients identify and dissolve their invisible barriers. I help young players find solid ground, amateurs find their comfort zone and professionals deepen their performance and practice, always with an emphasis on building healthy and sustainable habits and attitude. 

It's not just for musicians.   I customize a wide range of fitness, dexterity and creativity exercises to unlock previously unseen potential for high-level professionals and beginning instrumentalists alike.  

Email me for more information about the custom packages I offer.

My studio is located in downtown Manhattan, or we can connect via Skype.  

I offer: professional goal and mindset coaching, performance/repertoire coaching, technique, theory, ear training, rhythm/groove development, songwriting and improvisation.
You bring: integrity, hunger, your goals and an open mind.
Beginner, intermediate and advanced 
CELLO, GUITAR, ELECTRIC BASS and VOICE.

 

 

"It is rare to find someone like Trevor who is both an exceptional musician as well as an incredibly skillful teacher. His expertise and knowledge of music is matched with this patient and innovative teaching style. His creative language and teaching style creates the most inspiring learning environment for a musician of any level."

Ally B. student

 

 

 

 
(photo: Peter Hapak)

(photo: Peter Hapak)

 
"Trevor Exter is one of the most profound musical thinkers I know.  Classically educated but universally informed, his approach to rhythm and presence speaks to the desire of all musicians - to participate more deeply in their own practice and to more easily connect to their audience. Methods for practice, avenues for focus and center, a more fundamental experience of music in any genre, Trevor contributes that to students and colleagues alike, beginning with yours truly. " Todd Reynolds, violinist for Bang On A Can, Steve Reich, Meredith Monk, faculty at Manhattan School of Music

"Trevor Exter is one of the most profound musical thinkers I know.  Classically educated but universally informed, his approach to rhythm and presence speaks to the desire of all musicians - to participate more deeply in their own practice and to more easily connect to their audience. Methods for practice, avenues for focus and center, a more fundamental experience of music in any genre, Trevor contributes that to students and colleagues alike, beginning with yours truly. "

Todd Reynolds, violinist for Bang On A Can, Steve Reich, Meredith Monk, faculty at Manhattan School of Music

 
"Trevor Exter is a unique and powerful voice for our time. I have known him for over a quarter century and have seen him blossom as a singer, songwriter and modern cellist. Students will benefit a lot from his disciplined, holistic approach." Chris White, Founder and Artistic Director of the New Directions Cello Festival

"Trevor Exter is a unique and powerful voice for our time. I have known him for over a quarter century and have seen him blossom as a singer, songwriter and modern cellist. Students will benefit a lot from his disciplined, holistic approach."

Chris White, Founder and Artistic Director of the New Directions Cello Festival

 
Trevor is a unique and old musical soul. He is a deep thinker who often resides outside of the box, yet remains firmly grounded in the fundamentals. This gives him a refreshing perspective on the art and technique of making music. Trevor's ideas around memorization, rhythm, understanding harmony and ensemble-work are inspiring and have shifted the way I think about music. Any student of his, whether it be for a one-off or for longer term, will benefit immensely from this kind, relaxed, and truly gifted cellist. Mazz Swift, singer, composer and violinist.  (D'Angelo, Whitney Houston, Perry Farrell, Dee Snider, James “Blood” Ulmer, Vernon Reid, DJ Logic, William Parker, Kanye West, Common and Jay-Z)

Trevor is a unique and old musical soul. He is a deep thinker who often resides outside of the box, yet remains firmly grounded in the fundamentals. This gives him a refreshing perspective on the art and technique of making music. Trevor's ideas around memorization, rhythm, understanding harmony and ensemble-work are inspiring and have shifted the way I think about music. Any student of his, whether it be for a one-off or for longer term, will benefit immensely from this kind, relaxed, and truly gifted cellist.

Mazz Swift, singer, composer and violinist.  (D'Angelo, Whitney Houston, Perry Farrell, Dee Snider, James “Blood” Ulmer, Vernon Reid, DJ Logic, William Parker, Kanye West, Common and Jay-Z)

 

"Trevor is that rare combination of teacher, mentor, coach, and friend. No matter where you are in your journey he is the perfect guide, giving you the motivation to pursue your passion and the tools to get there. In just a matter of months, he has already changed the way I internalize rhythm and melody. More than that, he has deepened my understanding of how music can be applied to everyday life and how important it is for the soul. What I find most impressive though is his ability to synthesize complex ideas into very simple terms. He is kind of like the Yoda for all us Jedis in training. He taught me how to feel instead of think and for that I am forever grateful. "

Daniel D. student