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Music Performance, Music Theory, Piano, Saxophone
I have performed with the Juilliard Orchestra, the U.S. Coast Guard Band, and International Opera Theater. As tenor saxophonist in the Ineo Quartet, I received honors in the J.C. Arriaga, Music Teachers National Association (MTNA), and North American Saxophone Alliance (NASA) chamber music competitions. I currently perform with the Asylum Quartet, playing repertoire spanning classical, jazz, klezmer, and indie/electronic music, including many of my own arrangements. I hold a Master's in Music from The Hartt School where I studied with Carrie Koffman, and a Bachelor of Music summa cum laude from Arizona State University (ASU), where I studied with Dr. Timothy McAllister.
I have six years of private teaching experience, including in the USC Thornton Outreach program in Los Angeles, the Renbrook School in West Hartford, and Corner Music in Old Saybrook. Additionally, I completed a ten-week private teaching mentorship at the Hartt Community Division with saxophone instructor Sheri Brown.
Though I specialize in saxophone, I also love teaching beginning and intermediate piano.
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I strive to make lessons fun, challenging, and inspiring. I love teaching students of all levels.
Here is my teaching philosophy in more detail:
Why learn music? Music shares many the benefits of other subjects. Learning an instrument teaches multi-level techniques of problem solving, responsibility, teamwork, literacy, and self-expression. But unlike any other subject, music unites three domains of learning: psychomotor (physical motion), cognitive (analytical thought), and aesthetic (assessment of artistic beauty). Music is a mode of self-expression shared by all cultures - this powerful universality suggests that music should be part of a well-rounded education. At its most basic, music requires us to learn to listen. The process of listening and learning from others is fundamental to human civilization, and music helps us develop listening skills to their full potential.
Why learn the saxophone? Invented in 1856, the saxophone is a relatively young instrument. Yet in its short history, the saxophone has rocketed to immense popularity. The saxophone plays well with others - in jazz combos and big bands, concert bands, saxophone quartets, and reed quintets - and projects effortlessly as a solo instrument. A hybrid between woodwind and brass instruments, the instrument is capable of the softest murmurs, the loudest bellows and honks, lovely singing lines, agile leaps and mesmerizing runs, and much more. Studying the saxophone offers the student access to stylistic variety and rich performance traditions second to none. Yet as a young instrument, the saxophone beckons with endless unexplored possibilities to the creative performer.
Why learn with me? The famous violin teacher Shinichi Suzuki wondered, "Japanese children can all speak Japanese!...How, by what means, does this come about?" We all now know the answer. Japanese children have abundant access to great models of Japanese-speaking: the adults around them. So as a teacher, I seek to provide a great model of saxophone playing. I rely on teaching by example, and encourage students to learn by ear whenever possible. In conjunction with ear training, I address fundamentals (breathing, tone production, articulation, voicing, reading music, and technique) in every lesson, so that students develop great technical ability on the instrument. Finally, I hope to provide a model of responsibility, empathy, and creativity, which I believe are central to our development as musicians and people.
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Students should have a working saxophone with appropriate mouthpiece and reeds (with my help if needed!), a music stand, and other lesson materials (metronome, tuner, notebook, method books / pieces, personal recording device, etc.). I often provide handouts of music and exercises in lessons.
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I specialize in classical saxophone, but also have experience performing, studying, and teaching jazz. My goal is to give students a solid set of fundamentals in saxophone playing, forge strong aural and reading skills, and engender a broad curiosity in listening habits. I believe modeling is key. Of course, I want students to internalize and replicate a good saxophone sound. But I also want students to form the critical listening skills of mimicking and blending with other musicians. I believe these things will enable them to excel as musicians in any field.
Bass Guitar, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Theory
Guitarist Brian H. studied at The Hartford Conservatory and the Hartt School of Music, graduating at the top of his class with honors from The Hartford Conservatory. Brian has been a guitar and bass instructor at Choate Rosemary Hall since 1999. Brian also teaches at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, The Music Shop in Southington, and is the owner of Guitar Star Studio, located in Glastonbury, CT. In the past, he taught at The Hartford Conservatory and Riccardo’s Music in East Hartford. He has performed in many bands with diverse styles of music. As a past member of the John Jeski band for 13 years, he was a voting member of the Grammy Awards. Brian has had 25 years experience playing in rock/pop bands, and currently performs classic rock to today’s rock with Enny Corner. With his current Contemporary Christian Band, eXaudio, he has released three albums. He has had the opportunity to perform several times at the Oakdale Theater, the Rock Cats Stadium, and has also done a number of radio and television interviews. Brian has provided liturgical music for many years in CT; also, in Sicily and Rome. Mr. H is a patient, enthusiastic teacher who enjoys helping his students master the art of guitar.
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In the first half of the lesson, students can expect to learn music fundamentals from a guitar method book, i.e. how to read music; I also teach guitar tablature. Depending on ability (beginner, intermediate, advanced), I will show them chords, scales and how to play a guitar solo. The second half of the lesson is spent with the student learning their favorite songs and building a repertoire (song list) for possbile future performances.
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home: Seating for parents. I provide the amp, instrument cable and music stand. I expect the student to have a guitar and notebook. If the student does not have a guitar, I will give a referral for reasonably priced guitars.
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I expect the student to have a guitar and notebook. If the student does not have a guitar, I will give a referral for reasonably priced guitars.
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Rock, Pop, Jazz, & Beginner Classical
Pick and Finger style Guitar & Bass
Ableton, Abstract Painting, Alternative Medicine, Arrangement and Composition, Astronomy, Audio Engineering, Audition Prep, Calligraphy, Cartooning, Composition, Country Singing, DJing, Ear Training, English, Gospel Singing, Jazz Voice, Life Coaching, Logic Pro Software, Meditation, Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Word, Music Performance, Music Recording, Photography, Podcasting, Poetry, Pro Tools Software, Singing, Soccer, Songwriting, Speaking Voice, Spoken Word, Stage Performance, Synthesizer, Video Production, Visual Basic, Vocal Training
My passion is creativity...
*Equipped with a wealth of professional musician skills. 4+ years of clientele experience.
Spoken Word Artiste; Vocalist; Songwriter; Dub Poet
Digital Music Composer & Producer;
Audio/Sound Engineer: Studio Engineer; Production Project Manager/Support; Mixing & Mastering Engineer, Track Arrangement Engineer
Visual Graphic Designer
Digital Audio Workstation (DAW): Logic Pro; Pro Tools; FL Studio; Propellarhead Reason; Ableton Live; Steinberg Cubase; Magix Music
Acoustics: Loudspeaker Placement; Technological Input/output Assigning
Multimedia: Recording Studio & Videoing Studio Operations
Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI): Drum Machines, Samplers, Synthesizers; Performance Controllers (i.e. Keyboards, Drums, Horns)
" Songwriting: This adept passion of mine, has been proven suitable throughout a wide range of musical genres and rhythms including - but not limited to: Roots Reggae, Rocksteady, Ska, Dancehall, Hip Hop, Rap, R & B, Pop, Rock, Alternative Music, etc... My dictation is honed at delivering attractive, thoughtful, relevant, meaningful, heartfelt, soulful, & entertaining lyrics, which can be rapped or sung. To do this, I seek the best melody to complement your vocal style & vocal capabilities, in essence, bringing your "sound" out. "
" An exceptional understanding of the administrative needs, from the performers' perspective. In addition, possessing Audio Engineering skills as a Recording Studio Production Manager. "
" Interpersonal communication skills are exhibited through working as a knowledgeable and trustworthy liaison between the band musicians, artists, & vocal groups, with the management team, record label executives, booking & promoters, unions, etc..."
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"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."
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