I took up clarinet several years ago and have done some writing and recording for clarinet. I'm happy to offer my skills and to work with novice players on proper fingering and technique, embouchure, music notation reading and theory, phrasing, and musicality.
I studied music at UCF (Orlando), focusing on classical and jazz guitar, but I also have years of experience playing rock, blues, folk, hip-hop, and musical theater on both guitar and drums.
I have been teaching guitar, drums, and piano for about eight years to students of all ages. Music is what I'm passionate about and it's what I enjoy. I want to inspire that same passion into the hearts and minds of others.
*** Lesson Details *** I am a laid-back teacher, fun, and I focus on the needs, abilities, and ambitions of the student. In turn, students must realize that learning an instrument takes a lot of work and dedication. One can't expect to learn very much if s/he only practices or thinks about the instrument during the lesson. If the student is willing to put some time into practicing, then I will help them go far!
o Equipment *** I have several guitars, a drum kit, djembe, mandolin, clarinet and full-size keyboard.
*** Specialties *** Guitar: Classical, jazz, American or Irish folk, rock and pop; lead or rhythm. Drums & Percussion: All genres Piano: Classical (includes sight reading)
I have been playing various woodwind instruments for almost my entire life. I focus on tone, intonation (staying in tune), and the confidence needed to be a strong melodic player.
In addition to being a Berklee College of Music Graduate, I have a Masters in Music Education, and currently completing my Doctorate in Music Education from Boston University, I have been playing for over 30 years.
Lessons are written and tailored to you. I use music, printouts, and instructional material to make sure you progress as you should.
I have spots available every day of the week, so I'm confident that we can find something that works for both of us.
I know that learning to play any style of music whether it be Jazz, Blues, Soul, Motown, Funk, or Rock is a challenge, but with help from an experienced educator, your instrument becomes a rewarding lifelong enjoyment.
Please feel free to contact me. I would be happy to speak with you regarding any questions you may have.
It's so rewarding to meet a teacher on the same page with me. Very personable, knowledgable and sets direction/goals clearly.
December 3, 2018
Dwonka "Dee" C.
I enjoy my song writing coach Frankie. His knowledge and patience was well appreciated.
September 10, 2018
Frankie tailors each music lesson to my needs and interests, while sharing his extensive knowlege of music, theory, and playing technique. I have enjoyed each lesson over past 8 years, as he has encouraged me to grow and develop my own knowledge and skill. An excellent instructor!
I am currently a principal clarinetist in Livingston NJ symphony orchestra. All my 40 years of band, symphony and opera orchestra experience and 30 years of teaching are available to my students. I've been teaching clarinet for 20 years and my students have gone on to the State level Band Auditions and won multiple times. Within the first few lessons, you'll be able to make a decent sound, play scales, arpeggios and simple tunes, and as time goes on you'll be able to play popular tunes solo and with accompaniment of piano or band. I specialize in classical, jazz and klezmer style, typically use best published books, and have the renovated, quiet and spacious studio, music stands, audio equipment. I love working with students of all ages and experience levels and I can't wait to meet you!
Music studio offering clarinet, saxophone, flute, trumpet and recorder lessons taught by the Principal Clarinetist of the Livingston Symphony Orchestra.
Recent Student Auditions, Awards & Achievements:
Chris M., 8th grade (clarinet and saxophone) - Winner of the 1st chair in N. NJ Regional Concert Band 2019 - Successful audition to N. NJ Regional Symphonic Band 2018 - Successful audition for Honors Band - Promoted to 1st chair in his school band (2016) - Selected from over 500 students to participate in the North Jersey Region 1 Honors Elementary Band Festival (May 2016).
Morwen, 7th grade (clarinet) Successful audition to N. NJ Regional Concert Band 2019 Ashley, 6th grade (flute) - 1st chair in Concertino Winds Band in NJ Youth Symphony
Aidan, 9th grade (clarinet) - Successful audition to Centra
l NJ Regional Symphonic Band: 1st chair in 2016-2017, 10th chair in 2014-2015; and Advanced Wind Ensemble (2014-2015). - Successful audition to NJ Symphony Orchestra Summer Band Camp.
Kevin, 8th grade (clarinet) - Successful audition to Philharmonia Orchestra of NJYS (New Jersey Youth Symphony) orchestra
Chris F., 6th grade (trumpet) - Successful audition for the first seat in school band trumpet section
Isis, HS senior (clarinet) - Successful auditions for: * 1st chair in HS Band in 2013-2014, 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 * HS Central NJ Regional Symphonic Band (2013-2014, 2014-2015 & 2015-2016), HS NJ All-State Symphonic Band (2014-2015 & 2015-2016) and NJ Youth Symphony Orchestra (2013-2014 & 2014-2015).
Stella, HS junior (clarinet) - Successful audition for 1st chair in HS Band (2015-2016).
Jennifer, 7th grade (clarinet) - Successful audition to NJ Youth Symphony Orchestra (2014-2015), Middle School North NJ Regional Symphonic Band (2014-2015 & 2015-2016), and Interlochen Arts Camp in Michigan (Summer of 2014 & 2015).
Morven, 4th grade (clarinet) - Promoted to 1st chair in 5th grade Advanced Band (2016)
Chris Y., 4th grade (saxophone) - Promoted to 1st chair in 5th grade Advanced Band (2016)
Jacob J., 4th grade (clarinet) - Promoted to 1st chair in 6th grade Advanced Band (2017)
Established in 1996.
For the past twenty years, Dimitry has been teaching students of all ages to play the clarinet, saxophone, flute, trumpet, and recorder.
Students will learn proper techniques, posture, breathing, phrasing, articulation, tone, rhythm, sight reading, solfeggio, music theory, and music history. They will also learn to play solos (with and without accompaniment), as well as duets (along with the instructor).
Private lessons are customized to meet each student's goals, such as preparation for regional and state band auditions, concerts, and other music competitions.
Meet the Business Owner
Business Owner Dimitry Chernavsky is the Principal Clarinetist of the Livingston Symphony Orchestra, the Co-Principal of the Hanover Wind Symphony, and a member of the 'A La Mode' clarinet quartet.
Dimitry is a graduate of Kiev Tchaikovsky Conservatory, where he received a Bachelor's and Master's Degree in Music Performance and Education.
Our 12-year old son has been learning clarinet from Mr. Dimitry for about a year now and we highly recommend him to prospective students for his deep music knowledge, rich clarinet performance experience and above all, just being a great clarinet teacher.
In a year's time with Mr. Dimitry, our son's progress has been very impressive. After our son started lessons with Mr. Dimitry, it quickly became apparent that Mr. Dimitry is a very experienced teacher for young musicians. He engages our son effectively to keep him interested in music and clarinet while at the same time sets high expectations for him. Our son always looks forward to clarinet lessons and also is motivated to practice pieces at home.
Mr. Dimitry not only teaches sound clarinet skills, but also emphasizes the importance of playing music the right way, that is to tell stories and express feelings through music rather than to play music like a technician. Although it is difficult for a young musician to fully appreciate this concept, it does go a long way in preparing him to become a really good musician in the long run.
Mr. Dimitry is very polite, pleasant and professional. We recommend him without any reservation.
June 8, 2015
My 7 year old son has been taking recorder lessons from Dimitry for almost 1 year now. Dimitry is very patient, encouraging, and enganging - considering that my son is on the younger side. Dimitry provides music instruction that is appropriate age and level wise, so my son feels accomplished and challenged at the same time.
We plan to continue with Dimitry and hopefully advance to the clarinet once his fingers can cover the clarinet holes and he has learned more music theory. My son looks forward to his music lessons. We are very pleased with his musical instruction.
June 16, 2014
Incredibly amiable, professional, and talented as a teacher.
As a senior in high school now graduating and transferring into college, I started my lessons with Dimitry in December last year and had to end this summer at the end of the music school's program. Even though my time learning the saxophone was short, Dimitry used my past musical experience to help guide me through the instrument. His lessons did not feel long in any sense of the word, and in fact some two-hour lessons I took to make up missed weeks blew by, as I was constantly engaged by his teachings. During my studies with him I found myself in the presence of a true musician, and this was only further driven home when I saw him play in the Hanover Wind Symphony at the Morristown Community Theater with Stanley Drucker. I would highly recommend Dimitry as an instructor for a student at any level.
Hello my name is Tyreese. I'm originally from Harrington, DE. I'm a professional flautist located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. I've played the flute for about 21 years. I hold a degree in Music Performance from Delaware State University. I plan on pursuing my Master's in Music Performance at Southeastern Louisiana University in the Fall of 2019. I've participated in various ensembles such as marching band, concert band, pep band, wind ensemble, orchestra, jazz band, etc... As your instructor, I will be able to transform you into a well-rounded musician. Practice is the key. I strive for excellence! My philosophy of music is, "Enhancing the minds of students through music". Let's make music! Are you ready???
I teach online and in-home lessons to students. I create an encouraging, fun, and focused lesson atmosphere. I assess a student’s re
adiness and ability. I teach weekly flute lessons as well as other woodwind instruments to students of all ages and ability levels (especially beginning and intermediate levels) I'm flexible with my schedule academic school year and summer months. I also teach all ranges of styles and repertoire
Tyreese is super patient and thoughtful in his instruction and fine-tuning. Couldn’t have asked for a better instructor after a 30 year hiatus from an instrument that is fast becoming so dear to me once more!
October 3, 2018
Very good, very clear, very patient. I can actually make a sound out of the clarinet.
February 26, 2018
The teacher was wonderful. But the platforms connection was poor. Really enjoyed the lesson.
I believe in catering lessons to a students individual desires and musical goals. Our lessons can cover a broad range of concepts like: Musicality/Performance Jazz Improvisation Composition/Arranging Transitioning from Clarinet to Sax, Bass Clarinet or Flute How to practice Tone and Sound production Technique Reading/Sight Reading Learning Tunes And MUCH, MUCH MORE!!!
With over 20 years playing experience Preston began playing professionally very early. He has toured over 6 countries including England, France, Switzerland and Italy. He received his degree in Jazz Studies/ Performance from the prestigious University of North Texas Jazz program, the first Jazz program in the country and still the greatest with alumni like Norah Jones, The Eagles and The Blues Brothers.
My son took lessons in person with him but the school moved.
We are very happy to continue with such a positive teacher!
September 23, 2019
Preston is incredibly knowledgeable and professional. He is kind and takes time for new students to understand the concepts at their pace. Our son is really looking forward to his next lesson! Thank you!
November 20, 2018
A very patient person.Listens too what i'm saying has got me doing things i really haven't thought about doing before,such as listening and playing the notes from the bass line.Something new i'm going too have too get used to doing in order too become a better sax player.
Most all my beginning Clarinet students progressed to be first chair players
I am a professional saxophonist, (all saxes) a retired High School Band Director and Woodwind Repair Technician. I started private teaching as a junior in High School and have continued intermittently to the present. Almost all of my private students became first chair players. I currently play 1st alto sax in a professional concert band. I was blessed to be in the top band at the University of Minnesota which toured the Soviet union playing 28 concerts and ending up in the White House playing a concert for the President of the United States. I have worked with students and adults in a teaching setting in music, the BSA and Human Resources.
Mark is a fantastic instructor and Aaron enjoyed his first lesson very much!
March 8, 2019
I am writing in support of Mark Levenson. I have known Mark for over ten years. In this time I have been lucky to work with him on several projects. Mark is a very fine musician and a great person. 'For the past several years he has been Principal Alto and Saxophone Section Leader for the Sarasota Concert Band. This is a semi-professional Symphonic Band that I conduct. His playing is at an artist level and his commitment to the ensemble is exceptional. When needed to help out, Mark will gladly switch to play soprano, tenor or baritone saxophone for the good of the group. And he plays these equally well. Also, about once a year, Mark would take the baton and guest conduct with great ease and artistry. Mark also worked for the Board of Directors of the SCB. In this capacity he was very helpful in many aspects of keeping the band running smoothly. Raising money, suggesting music, publicity, concert and rehearsal logistics and more are all elements Mark was always willing to help with. His previous experience as a high school band director makes him able to understand and have expertise in all areas of band affairs. He is always willing to help with a positive attitude. His experience in Human Resources also helped in matters of personnel and logistics.
Another way I have been involved with Mark is through his teaching. The SCB has a commitment to fostering music education in our area. Mark has served as a teacher and mentor to many high school band students in our area. We run an Honor Band, a Summer Music Camp and regular playing opportunities for middle and high school students. Mark's hard work and high level of knowledge has always helped our groups..
Mark is also a very fine musical instrument repairman. He does a great job repairing both woodwind and brass instruments. For the past decade or so he has been my main repairman for my clarinets and saxophones that I play professionally.
When Mark and his family decided to leave our area, it was a big loss for us. Besides myself, many other music teachers, performers and students miss the influence of Mark. I know that Mark will continue his high standards and exceptional commitment where ever he is. Our loss is your gain. I enthusiastically recommend Mark Levenson to you.
January 22, 2019
Mark is a very clear and learned instrumentalist, my instrument of choice is the Saxophone. His approach is very relaxing and direct, Mark is very complimentary towards the things I did correctly which is a real plus for a student like myself.
I know his knowledge base is deep and look forward to actually picking up something new and redirecting bad habits. Tone, Breathing, relaxing, improving the embouchure enjoy what your doing was his focus on the first visit. 1st lesson five stars...
If you choose to take lessons with me, your money is going toward top-notch private music instruction. My curriculum includes goal-setting meetings and check-ups to ensure that my student and myself are both doing our best to realize his or her musical ambitions. I utilize 'before and after' recordings to show my students just how far they've come without even realizing it, stirring up deeper motivation and reinforcing the power of practicing. Although I've been playing for over 15 years and now perform regularly in the NYC area, I don't expect my skills and experience to simply rub off on my students. When you schedule a lesson with me, you are working with an educator, not a performer.
Although I am a saxophonist professionally, I've been playing clarinet alongside it for a few years, and I'm fully capable of taking on beginner and intermediate students on this instrument. Rest assured, the unique features of my teaching style and curriculum are no less powerful because clarinet ...
I'm a baritone saxophonist and a die-hard jazz enthusiast living in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. I graduated from Bard College with a BA in music, specifically jazz performance and contemporary composition. In addition to saxophone, I also play clarinet, bass clarinet, flute, and piano (I'm also convinced that I can play the drums, but my friends disagree). Since moving to Brooklyn, I've entrenched myself in the New York music scene, playing mainly jazz, funk and pop, as well as composing my own music on the side.
In addition to performing, I teach regularly, giving in-home lessons to my students throughout the NYC area. I teach all levels of saxophone, as well as beginner to intermediate piano, and beginner flute and clarinet. I offer a rich curriculum with my own set of teaching materials such as, goal calendars, practice logs, and be
fore-and-after recordings. If you are thinking of booking lessons, don't hesitate to contact me via Take Lessons. That way I can ensure that I have space in my studio and that you will get the most out of your experience with me. Can't wait to work with you!
My son, Justin, started taking lessons with Alden about a year and a half ago, and absolutely loved it! Justin has always loved music, and I think that lessons with Alden have taken this up a notch. It's so great to hear Justin's progress and for him to hear it too! Thanks Alden!
October 23, 2018
Alden is a wonderful young man! Very professional and always prepared, he keeps lessons interesting and fun for my daughter Chanda, who was just a beginner last year. Now she’s playing all kinds of songs and filling our home with music!
October 21, 2018
If I were to recommend a saxophone teacher to anyone, it would 100% be Alden! My son has been taking lessons with Alden for about 6 months now and I can notice great strides being made in both his playing and overall confidence. Alden's encouraging nature coupled with his love and knowledge of his instrument and music in general creates an incredibly nourishing learning environment for a student. If you are looking for a new saxophone teacher for yourself or your child, you have found the one!
My name is Jerry. I LOVE music and passing my knowledge on to others. I have played many different instruments in many different kinds of bands. It all one major thing in common, it was FUN! If you are not having fun while learning an instrument you won't want to learn. Lessons can be fun AND educational at the same time. I have had many parents tell me I'm one of the best teachers they have ever seen. (A couple of them were public school teachers themselves). I truly want my students to succeed and I will do everything in my power to help them accomplish that!
My name is Jerry. I LOVE music and passing my knowledge on to others. I have played many different instruments in many different kinds of bands/groups. They all had one major thing in common, it was FUN! If you are not enjoying learning an instrument you won't want to learn. Lessons can be fun AND educational at the same time. I have had many parents tell me I'm one of the best teachers they have ever seen. (A couple of them were public school teachers themselves). I truly want my students to succeed and I will do everything in my power to help them accomplish that!
Jerry is a wonderful instructor. I wasn’t sure how online lessons would go but they have been seamless and fun and my son is making progress with the bugle. I would highly recommend this format and this teacher. The convenience and quality of instruction are excellent. We are signing up for more lessons and may move on to another instrument once my son feels confident on the bugle.
August 27, 2019
April 11, 2019
Jerry is knowledgeable and enthusiastic. I’m looking forward to our series.
"Victoria is fantastic with Audrey. Audrey is progressing well and excited to continue learning which is the most important part."
"Matt was great teaching me about rhythm. He was patient with me as I struggled getting the song right."
"Josh is a wonderful clarinet teacher. He's patient, instructive, and he gives positive and constructive feedbacks. I am an adult beginner on the clarinet
and I feel like I've improved a lot during the first three lessons with Josh."
"Passionate and great enthusiasm for teaching"
"Erick is very patient and really encouraging !"
"Very good, very clear, very patient. I can actually make a sound out of the clarinet."
"Wilma is very patient and encouraging. Love her demeanor. I’m enjoying my lessons"
"I know Joseph's work as a wonderful clarinetist and chamber musician having worked with him closely at the University of Maryland as one of his professors
. Joseph's command of the instrument and his artistry are absolutely outstanding and his personality, demeanor and diligence are such that I am confident he would be an excellent instructor. I recommend him most highly with no reservations!"