In 2001, after 31 years with the San Francisco Symphony Floyd turned his career exclusively to teaching. While he was with the San Francisco Symphony Floyd taught at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and Stanford University. Currently, he gives master classes and teaches private lessons throughout New Zealand, Australia, Japan, and Europe.
“Floyd Cooley’s knowledge of the physiological and psychological aspects of brass playing make him a destination teacher. His is the next best thing to Arnold Jacobs.” – Dale Clevenger, retired principal horn, Chicago Symphony Orchestra
“I remember that after one year of school, during summer break, I went back to listen to a recording I had made of myself preparing Wagner’s Prelude to Die Meistersinger for an audition, the year before I went to DePaul. My only means of recognizing the tuba player on the tape was the label with my name on it. After one year’s time studying with Floyd Cooley, my playing had changed so much from a fundamental side and musicianship side, that I didn’t recognize the player as myself.” – Mike Roylance, Tuba, Boston Symphony Orchestra