Clarinet, Flute, Music Theory, Saxophone
I have a BA in Music and have been a freelance performer for many years. My teachers have held the highest degrees in their field and some are professional performers. I've played in many different types of groups including: marching bands, concert bands, orchestras, chamber groups, and pit orchestras for theatrical performances. While my primary instrument is clarinet, I can double on any woodwind that doesn't have a double reed on it. Not only is doubling fun and helps you get more work, it can help you pinpoint strengths and weaknesses with your primary instrument. It can also tell you whether or not your primary instrument will stay the same or will change over time (there's nothing wrong with either option!).
My goal is to meet each student where he or she is at and find out what they want to accomplish. If the student has specific goals, then the entire process can be tailored to each individual. I do have standard material that I work with, but I also encourage students to bring in things that they want to play as well. If you're a younger student, I encourage as much parental involvement as possible. Your parent(s)/guardian(s) is/are more than welcome to sit in on your lessons (if it's ok with you, that is). Things go much better if everyone is on the same page.
I strongly believe that any performer of music has to enjoy what they're doing in order to be successful and reach their full potential. If someone isn't playing with passion and doesn't like to play, they can have the best technique in the world and play all of the notes on the page perfectly, but still not be making music. I truly believe that music comes from within.
If your availability doesn't fit into what I have posted or if you absolutely can't travel to me, please send me an e-mail and I will take each individual request into consideration. I don't have a car, so if I do end up coming to you, you'll need to be on an RTS bus line (or within reasonable walking distance to a bus stop).
Finally, if you have any special needs or disability concerns, don't let that deter you! Music is one of those universal things that can touch anybody's soul. I have worked with kids and young adults with special needs before (examples include epilepsy, autism/aspergers, and various physical and emotional challenges). Unfortunately, my apartment isn't wheelchair accessible (it's on the first floor, but you do need to go up a few stairs to get in), but depending on scheduling, I may be able to come to you (see previous paragraph).
I hope that I can be your guide into this wonderful world.
Guitar, Piano, Clarinet, Classical Guitar, Flute, Music Theory, Oboe, Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone
I have a master's degree in musical education. My main instrument is guitar, and I have played in rock groups, studied classical guitar with a student of Pepe Romero, and am a solid blues player. Receiving my NYS teaching certificate has allowed me to teach band and lessons in public and private schools for the last twelve years. I have taught most band instruments in these settings, as well as a beginning guitar class and a guitar ensemble. In my younger years, and while in college studying music, I have developed great piano skills as well.
Clarinet, Flute, Music Theory, Saxophone
After graduating from the Eastman School of music in 2012 I returned there to pursue a masters degree in jazz saxophone performance, which I will complete in 2014. I play baritone, tenor, alto, and soprano saxophone as well as flute, clarinet and bass clarinet. I also teach music theory as well as jazz composition. Students of all levels are very welcome. As a woodwind player I have had the opportunity to perform with wonderful musicians and band leaders like Bob Brookmeyer, Bill Holman, Ryan Truesdell, et al. I have also been lucky enough to perform in places like Perugia Italy, New York City, Chicago, and Rochester. I want to help you create some of your own wonderful musical memories, so sign up now.
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