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Acting, Arithmetic, Basic Math, Bassoon, Clarinet, Elementary Math, English, Flute, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Oboe, Organ, Phonics, Piano, Saxophone, Songwriting, Speaking Voice
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.
*** Lesson Details ***
Whether your interested in the blues, J.S. Bach or Burt Bacharach, I am interested in having you succeed on your instrument! My interest in a variety of musical styles benefits my students, of which I often learn about new interesting styles! Having a diverse performance experience gives me insight into each student's interests, and allows me to teach to the musical genre that interests you most!
In 2008-10, I taught general music to K-3nd grade. I learned patience, exuberance, and how to quickly assess each students level. In our lessons together, you can expect that I will quickly put you on the path to musical success!
Every lesson I teach is split into at least 3 parts.
#1. technique, scales, chords and rhythm
#2. musical literacy skills and ear-training
#3. repertoire building
Each student is unique and has their own interests, no single lesson book would make a music lesson complete. However, I find that the following lesson books have been responded to the best:
piano- Piano Adventures, Faber and Faber
piano- Suzuki Method, Alfred (w/ CD)
saxophone, clarinet, flute- Standard of Excellence, KJOS
saxophone, clarinet, flute- Essential Elements, Hal Leonard (w/ CD)
Within 6 months of lessons together, you will have learned all of your sharp scales, understand basic harmony and rhythm, and be able to perform and/or record one piece from memory. Music is a language. Like any language, It must be spoken, written and read to become fluent. With practice, your success will be obvious!!
*** Studio Equipment ***
Music room with seating for parents.
The Strand Studio is a rehearsal studio with seating.
*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide all lesson books, manuscript paper, and writing utensils for our lesson. I expect students to have an instrument and a willingness to learn!
*** Specialties ***
I specialize in teaching improvisation and literacy skills in a wide variety of musical styles. From jazz to hip-hop, classical, pop, and rock music, my method is malleable for the individual student's interests.
My experience in classroom music teaching gives me a different approach than the average studio teacher. Integrating learning styles is very important to me, mixing music with other academic subjects gives students a deeper understanding of the music they study.
Alex, age 10, a student of mine, is learning Burgmuller's Arabesque on piano. When in lessons, I asked him, "What is an Arabesque?" We devoted a portion of that lesson to researching what an Arabesque was and listening to other composers' versions. Alex was able to describe the vast dynamic differences that occur in this style, and where this term comes from in a historical perspective. His smile showed me how much he enjoyed listening to Debussy's "Arabesque" #1.
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2012 Award-Winning New Jersey music teacher, Brandon has been teaching music since 2000.
Bassoon, Clarinet, Logic Pro Software, Music Theory, Saxophone
A founding member of Vortex Street woodwind quintet, graduate of The Juilliard School, and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM), bassoonist, collaborative artist, and multi-instrumentalist Brandon B. has been hailed as an insightful, engaging, and energetic musician by professionals in New York City and Cincinnati, members of The Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.
Brandon B. has given solo recitals throughout Ohio and New York City, and has performed and recorded with MIVOS Quartet, Rat Wakes Red, The Juilliard Ensemble, and Axiom Ensemble, as well as premiering over a dozen new works with the New Juilliard Ensemble. As a multi-instrumentalist, he has performed in several orchestras for theatrical stage productions in Ohio, New Jersey, and New York City. Since graduating from The Juilliard School, he still performs on occasion with the New Juilliard Ensemble and the Juilliard Electric Orchestra.
In 2013, Mr. B. was awarded a featured bassoon fellowship for the American Soundscapes program at the Weill institute at Carnegie Hall, where his playing was praised as 'heartfelt and singing' by world renowned composer John Adams. In contemporary music, Mr. B. has been instrumental in premiering the inspired works of artists such as Rex Isenberg, Kyle Werner, Shin-Lei Chen, Vincent Lombardi, and Paul Rouders.
"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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