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Acting, Basic Math, Elementary Math, Piano, Arithmetic, Clarinet, English, Flute, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Oboe, Phonics, Saxophone, Songwriting, Speaking Voice, Bassoon, Organ
Wisconsin cultured in 1983, I was born to a family of teachers and artists. In 1989, I started the Suzuki piano method, which I continued until 2001. As well, I sang high tenor in a barbershop choir, played organ and piano at my Catholic church and was interested in stage acting and musical theatre. But In 1996, my obsession with woodwinds was sparked by discovering my dad's alto saxophone. In 2001, I graduated from the Interlochen Arts Academy in jazz saxophone and piano performance. I then went on to graduate Western Michigan University(BM,‘05) and the New England Conservatory(MM,‘08) for degrees in Jazz Studies.
I currently live in Astoria, NY (Queens), and have a conveniently located studio space available for lessons. I've been active as a performing and recording musician in NYC since 2008, and am enjoying learning more and more about music production. Instrumentally, I enjoy performing and recording on a plethora of instruments: saxophones, clarinets, flutes, piano and keyboards, and vocals. I am a member of several active bands in the jazz and indi-rock scenes: Dapp Theory, Zodiac Ensemble, and my own band, Education Reform.
I've performed at the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival in NYC, the Toronto Jazz Festival, Vancouver International Jazz Festival, the Oslo Jazz Festival, Chelsea Music Festival ('12), and the Beantown, San Francisco and Halifax Jazz Festivals. I've performed at the Chopin Festival in Luxembourg and and the Festival de la Medina in Tunisia. In my spare time, I like to learn new recipes and practice yoga.
Piano, Flute, Music Theory
Flutist, Roberta M., is equally at home playing classical and new music. I Care If You Listen has extolled her “lush, full tones… even among the best professionals, not many flute players sound so compelling in a lower register.” Praising her “extreme adventurousness,” New York Concert Review said she “riveted with her performance, inspiring one to want a repeated hearing.” Roberta is a founding member of the Cadillac Moon Ensemble, a quartet of unusual instrumentation dedicated to commissioning and performing new works. To date, the group has commissioned over fifty pieces.
Roberta holds a Bachelor of Music with highest honors from the University of Colorado at Boulder, a Master of Music from SUNY-Purchase College, and Doctor of Musical Arts from the City University of New York Graduate Center. Her teachers include Robert Dick, Tara Helen O’Connor, Alexa Still, and Jean Rosenblum. Roberta resides in Brooklyn, New York where she teaches privately and is on faculty at Great Neck Music Conservatory.
Roberta has performed with groups including Duo RoMi (with pianist Mirna Lekic), the Portland String Quartet, SEM Ensemble, Wet Ink Ensemble, Argento Chamber Ensemble, Wordless Music Orchestra, Ensemble Moto Perpetuo, Lunatics at Large, Kagel Nacht, Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas, Cheyenne Symphony, and the Greeley Philharmonic in venues including Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Alice Tulley Hall, Merkin Hall, The Kennedy Center, Bargemusic (with tenor Robert White), and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. As a guest artist, she has appeared at Bloomsburg University and the University of Southern Maine. She has recorded on New Dynamic Records, Meta, Bridge, and Innova Records.
Roberta has been a Bang on a Can Summer Institute fellow and a participant in the Institute and Festival of Contemporary Performance at Mannes College, as well as participating in festivals at Banff and Domaine Forget. Roberta recently won the Artists International Special Presentation Award and was presented in her debut recital at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall. Other awards include: Purchase College’s Baroque Concerto Competition, Bay Chamber Summer Music Woodwind Prize, Dante Alighieri Society of Denver Music Scholarship, and the Emily K. Rand Award.
Acting, Creative Writing, Crocheting, English Literature, Essay Writing, Grammar, Knitting, Literature, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Publisher, Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Word, Needlework, Piano, QuickBooks, Singing, Spelling, Study Skills, Vocabulary, Writing, Broadway Singing, Clarinet, English, Flute, Language, Music Performance, Music Theory, Opera Voice, Reading, Songwriting, Speaking Voice, Test Prep
Hello, my name is Brenda and I recently received my B.M. in Music Education from William Paterson University. I was a voice major and flute/piano double minor. Although I do work with students of all ages, I specialize in working with younger children. I teach flute, clarinet, voice, and piano and have experience teaching in both individual and group settings. I am currently studying different teaching methods so I can develop a custom program that best fits your learning styles and incorporates what you already know, with what you will need to learn in order to achieve your goals.
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.
Piano, Singing, Violin, Flute, Music Theory, Saxophone, Viola
I never asked for much as a child, so when I arrived home one day after school asking to play the violin, Mom just couldn't say no.
This led to lessons on violin, and a little later, viola. The next year, I decided to start flute and piano lessons – on the same week! As a youngster, I wanted to experience all the music I could, and by high school was playing in the school’s marching and concert bands, orchestra, percussion ensemble, jazz band, and singing in the chorus. It was during this time I started teaching a few private music lessons, with my teacher’s support, and got hooked!
My senior year I was asked to perform a solo concerto with the Concert Band, and set a record during Ohio’s Adjudicated Event by receiving 4 Superior (I) ratings, all for Class A solos on different instruments.
My love of music and teaching led me to enroll in one of the top Music Education schools in the Midwest, Bowling Green State University, where I was awarded a Talent Award Scholarship all four years. I played with the Wind Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble and Jazz Band. I had more opportunities to solo during this time, both with the BGSU Concert Band, and with the Findlay Civic Band.
Straight out of college I moved to the South and got a job teaching orchestra with the Berkeley County School District, outside of Charleston, South Carolina. There my responsibilities were to the 5th grade beginning string classes, the 6th, 7th and 8th grade string orchestras, and the high school orchestra. I continued to keep a private studio as well.
Then I moved back to Ohio to work on my Master’s degree at University of Akron, keeping busy with school, private teaching, and playing bass guitar (plus some piano, strings and flute) in a rock band. When my studies were complete, I started teaching general music to grades PreK-8th grade for the Cleveland Diocese Catholic Schools.
This experience served me well in the move to the Big Apple. Since moving to New York city, I have taught at KAPPA VII in Brooklyn, Birch Wathen Lenox School and Léman Manhattan Preparatory School, both in Manhattan. During my tenure with these schools I taught both elementary and middle school students. General music, including singing, playing Orff instruments and recorders, group violin class, group piano class, middle school Vocal Ensemble and Rock Band, were some of the classes I taught. During this time I had the opportunity to play with the Brooklyn Conservatory Community Orchestra, and the bands Team Genius and Miwa Gemini.
After spending many years teaching in the classroom, I have come back to what I love most, teaching one-on-one and in small groups, working with people who want to learn music.
Violin, Clarinet, Flute, Music Theory, Saxophone, Trombone
I've been playing and loving music for well more than half a century, now. I got started in second grade when my grandpa brought home a little violin one day, and I've been at it ever since. I was fortunate to take lessons for more than ten years with Carita Page, a teacher who was very warm, encouraging, and caring. I do my best to pass that on to my students in addition to the technique of playing and the theory of music, fascinating as those are.
I feel that playing in groups is very valuable experience for students and gives you a side of music that private lessons alone cannot. I encourage students to look for opportunities to do that. To help provide those opportunities I organized the Cranbury Scout Band, one of very few continuously-operating Scout bands in the country, which I have directed for more that ten years now. I've also been on the staff of several Jamboree Scout bands.
"Steven is very professional and extremely helpful. He always has a smile on and is serious about helping you phrase the music. I would highly recommend him to anyone."
"It's been really exciting so far! Jordan has been so helpful, so knowledgeable. I could not have found a better instructor and I'm getting better and better every day."
"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."