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Piano, Clarinet, Flute, LSAT, Music Performance, Music Theory, Saxophone
Having an experienced and knowledgeable instructor is important for improving at any instrument! I am trained with two degrees from Berklee College of Music, in performance and film composing--where I studied with some of the best musical minds alive. Whatever you'd like to get out of your music lessons, I can give that to you!
My methods are very simple and very effective - when I was preparing for the LSAT, they were able to get my practice scores up into the 170s in just a few weeks - and all of my students see very visible improvement in their performance when they begin studying with me. I can make this test simple and fun for you, and as long as you put the time in, I can get you on the path to a perfect 180!
Acting, Dance, Elementary Math, Guitar, Piano, Violin, Clarinet, Classical Guitar, Flute, Improv Acting, Jazz Dancing, Music Performance, Music Theory, Saxophone, Speaking Voice, Theater Acting, Theatrical Dance, Trumpet, Bassoon, Trombone, Viola
• I have over 20 years experience as a music teacher, conductor, theater/orchestra director and a performer in Russia, Norway and the United States.
• I possess excellent interpersonal skills and over the years developed the ability to communicate efficiently and connect with every student I teach.
• I am creative and enthusiastic while working with people of all ages.
• I have a reputation of being passionate about achieving professional goals.
09/08- Present NYC Board of Education, P.S. 48
• Band & Orchestra Director
• Teach children K-5 to play musical instruments in small groups and large ensembles
• Organize and perform Winter and Spring Concerts
02/08- Present Yakov's Music for Gifted & Talented, Inc, Brooklyn, NY
• Founder and Music Director
• Teach various musical instruments and vocal
06/07-06/08 Rockaway-Five Towns Symphony, Lynbrook, NY
• Music Director, Conductor
• Conducted weekly rehearsals (night) and 3-4 concerts during the concert season
10/03-06/08 Globe Institute of Technology, New York, NY
• Adjunct Professor of Music
06/07-08/07 JCC of Cherry Hill, NJ
• Musical Theater Director
• Taught acting, improvisation, singing. Produced musical shows.
10/06-06/07 JCH of Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, NY
• Musical Theater Director
• Produced musical theater shows
• Taught students of ages 5-12 various vocal selections
09/00-06/07 NYC Board of Education, District 20, P.S.200; P.S.179
• Band / Orchestra Director
• Taught all woodwind, brass and percussion, violin, piano
05/99-06/06 School for Musical Performance, Brooklyn, NY
• Instructed students on Piano, Guitar, All string and wind instruments and vocals.
• Prepared students for the auditions to the prestigious schools and other music organizations.
1993-1997 St. Petersburg Radio Orchestra, Russia
• Principal Bassoonist
Other work experience:
• Performed as a bassoonist with The Kirov Opera & Ballet Theatre, the Mussorgsky Opera & Ballet Theatre, The St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, The Chamber Opera Orchestra of St. Petersburg and other Symphony and Chamber orchestras of St. Petersburg, Russia
• Performed Solo Recitals in Russia, Poland, Norway and United States
06/98 The St. Petersburg Conservatory of Music, St. Petersburg, Russia
M.A. in Music: Major – Bassoon Performance; Minor – Conducting
06/91 The St. Petersburg College of Music named after Rimsky-Korsakov, Russia
B.A. with a Double Major in Orchestral Performance (Bassoon) and Music Education
Piano, Clarinet, Flute, Music Performance, Music Theory, Saxophone
I began playing the saxophone as well as clarinet and flute at a young age. I studied the various woodwind instruments in his hometown of Buffalo, New York under instruction of some of the regions most renown players and educators. I earned my Bachelors degree in Jazz Studies at the Purchase College Conservatory of Music. While attending school at Purchase, I had the opportunity to study under a great variety of world class saxophonists and jazz artists such as Jimmy Greene, Eric Alexander, Steve Wilson, Jon Gordon, Todd Coolman, Jon Faddis and Pete Malinverni. Throughout my career, I've performed with such distinguished artists as Joey DeFrancesco, Randy Brecker, Bob Mintzer, and Cyrille-Aimee. I've performed in Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola at Linclon Center, Birdland, many other venues in the NYC and Buffalo areas and also played Reed 1 on the national tour of Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein: The Musical. Currently I reside in Brooklyn, New York where I've been able to immerse myself in the great musical hub of New York City. Alongside being a performer, I am also an experienced educator and have worked with many students ranging from grades K-12 and beyond. Before moving to New York City, I taught privately and was also a faculty member for the Ken-Ton Summer Music program held in Buffalo, NY teaching saxophone, flute and clarinet lessons from 2009-2011.
Clarinet, Flute, Music Recording, Music Theory, Saxophone
Matt, 36 years old, has enjoyed working and teaching as a professional musician for at least 15 years. He began studying music and playing the saxophone at age 11. He currently lives and works in the New York City area after moving there from Philadelphia in early 2001, after graduating from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia in 1999 with a Bachelors in Music.
Throughout his musical career, Matt has performed and worked in a variety of capacities including as a composer and recording studio engineer. His main area of expertise is performing as a jazz saxophonist on alto, tenor, and soprano saxophones, and he regularly plays throughout New York City in restaurants and jazz clubs.
Matt's area of expertise in teaching is beginner to advanced studies on the saxophone, beginner to intermediate studies on the flute and the clarinet, music theory, and jazz improvisation for any instrument. Whether he is teaching saxophone, flute, or clarinet, his teaching approach places emphasis on giving the student an in depth understanding of his or her instrument. He puts the utmost importance on explaining advanced concepts in the simplest of terms in order to insure that the student fully comprehends the objectives of each lesson. Such concepts that he covers regularly and places importance on are sight-reading, ear-training, and creativity.
As a regularly performing musician in New York City, Matt can be seen every Sunday night from 7 pm to 10 pm at Ba'sik (a new and very popular bar in Williamsburg Brooklyn, just off of the Graham ave stop on the L train) where he leads the open jazz jam session. A few of his adult students have even been able to reach a level in jazz improvisation that they've been able to come out and sit in with the band.
In addition to teaching woodwind instruments and jazz improvisation, Matt also has experience teaching Sibelius music writing software, and audio engineering with Pro-tools LE and Logic Pro.
PLEASE NOTE: Because the NYC area is very different geographically from other parts of the country, especially in terms of transportation, I may appear outside of your area in terms of where I am available to travel. If you are very interested in taking lessons with me, but you are outside of my travel zone, please feel free to follow up with a Takelessons counselor and have them contact me personally to see if we might make an exception. I am available to travel to virtually all areas of Queens, Brooklyn, and Manhattan as well as Jersey City and Hoboken. if my location in Williamsburg Brooklyn is not convenient for you, and you are unable to have lessons in your home, then there is also an option where I can most likely find a very affordable teaching studio in an area that is more convenient for you that we may rent by the hour and split the cost for your lesson.
Music Performance, Music Theory, Saxophone
I'm a pro saxophonist in NYC, currently performing both in the NYC area and internationally.
In the last 5 years, I have been performing with various bands in the area, spanning rock, funk, soul, Latin, and especially jazz. Performing has taken me to France, Switzerland, Italy, China, and most recently aboard luxury cruise ships.
I have been teaching privately and through a private music school for the past 10 years.
-8 years teaching experience
-studying the saxophone/music for 18 years, gigging for 8 years
-honors in Bergen County Band, Regional Band, Regional Jazz Band, All-State Jazz band
-Performed with Tom "Bones" Malone, Darmon Meader, Marvin Stamm, Conrad Herwig, Kristin Korb, Ralph Bowen
-Studied with Jeffrey Haas, Mark Friedman, Eric Alexander, Ralph Bowen, Andy Fusco, Mike Richmond, Conrad Herwig
-Attended Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University for Jazz Performance
Lessons will focus on the obvious matters of technique and theory but also will be stressed on the musicality and "feel" of your instrument as well. After all, music stirs the soul and so I believe learning the craft must be done with curiosity and spirituality as well! You will learn everything from the fundamentals to classical music to jazz improvisation and rhythm and well anything you would want!
I am NOT looking to simply be your one-on-one musical drill instructor. I am a very open and sociable person and I tend to develop strong relationships with my students. I love to have a laugh, connect with people, but I also take music and teaching it very seriously, and so if music and honesty is what you seek, I would love to study it with you!
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"My daughter's wedding was weeks away and I had never been able to dance a step. With Jenny's help, I came further than ever before in such short time in any subject."