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About Yakov D.

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Brooklyn, NY

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Beginners: posture, breathing techniques, embouchure, sound production, articulation, phrasing, note reading
Intermediate: interpretation of different styles, dynamics, ensemble performance, building solid technique and stamina
Advanced: studying of orchestra excerpts, solo pieces, study of various concert and chamber music compositions

About Yakov
• I have over 20 years experience as a music teacher, conductor, theater/orchestra director and a performer in Russia, Norway and the United States.
• I possess excellent interpersonal skills and over the years developed the ability to communicate efficiently and connect with every student I teach.
• I am creative and enthusiastic while working with people of all ages.
• I have a reputation of being passionate about achieving professional goals.

Employment:
09/08- Present NYC Board of Education, P.S. 48
• Band & Orchestra Director
• Teach children K-5 to play musical instruments in small groups and large ensembles
• Organize and perform Winter and Spring Concerts

02/08- Present Yakov's Music for Gifted & Talented, Inc, Brooklyn, NY
• Founder and Music Director
• Teach various musical instruments and vocal

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06/08 Rockaway-Five Towns Symphony, Lynbrook, NY
• Music Director, Conductor
• Conducted weekly rehearsals (night) and 3-4 concerts during the concert season

10/03-06/08 Globe Institute of Technology, New York, NY
• Adjunct Professor of Music

06/07-08/07 JCC of Cherry Hill, NJ
• Musical Theater Director
• Taught acting, improvisation, singing. Produced musical shows.

10/06-06/07 JCH of Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, NY
• Musical Theater Director
• Produced musical theater shows
• Taught students of ages 5-12 various vocal selections

09/00-06/07 NYC Board of Education, District 20, P.S.200; P.S.179
• Band / Orchestra Director
• Taught all woodwind, brass and percussion, violin, piano

05/99-06/06 School for Musical Performance, Brooklyn, NY
• Instructed students on Piano, Guitar, All string and wind instruments and vocals.
• Prepared students for the auditions to the prestigious schools and other music organizations.

1993-1997 St. Petersburg Radio Orchestra, Russia
• Principal Bassoonist
Other work experience:
• Performed as a bassoonist with The Kirov Opera & Ballet Theatre, the Mussorgsky Opera & Ballet Theatre, The St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, The Chamber Opera Orchestra of St. Petersburg and other Symphony and Chamber orchestras of St. Petersburg, Russia
• Performed Solo Recitals in Russia, Poland, Norway and United States

Education:
06/98 The St. Petersburg Conservatory of Music, St. Petersburg, Russia
M.A. in Music: Major – Bassoon Performance; Minor – Conducting
06/91 The St. Petersburg College of Music named after Rimsky-Korsakov, Russia
B.A. with a Double Major in Orchestral Performance (Bassoon) and Music Education

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Would you just like to learn a few songs on the piano, violin or guitar? Or you'd like your child be become next Joshua Bell or Evgenij Kissin? My lessons are designed with each individual student in mind. I will start my lesson with introduction and proceed with warm-up routine. I always make sure that the student is comfortable with the pace that I am offering. I am mixing elements of music theory, history and performance techniques in order to help my student to embrace the beauty of music making experience. All my students are ready to perform at the recital after just 3-4 months of lessons.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I teach using Fisher Baby Grand Piano. Fender guitars. Major brands band instruments; yamaha, selmer, gemeingardt, etc.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Fender Guitar, Yamaha Flute/Saxophone, Casio Digital Piano, Custom Violin made in England.

*** Specialties ***
suzuki violin, classical, jazz
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Iasonas & Odysseas A. March 31, 2019
· Violin · In home
Very knowledgable and enthusiastic teacher. He has a way about him that makes the lesson exciting.
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Yoella & Malkiya O. January 27, 2019
· Piano · Online
Mr Yakov is very pleasant, patient and professional. He makes learning fun. One of my daughters is very shy and particular. I was concerned for her first violin. But she ended up loving the lesson and the instructor. We did some lessons online and at his studio. During the online lesson, the connection with our internet was horrible. He could hear her playing but she couldn't hear him. Yet, patiently, he got creative and taught the lesson with my daughter through chat. The environment of the studio is comfortable. You can tell he's passionate about what he does. That left me with a great impression of him. We look forward to more lessons with him for as long as we can.
Thanks Mr Yakov!!!
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· Piano · Online
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About Imraan K.

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Mount Vernon, NY
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I've been playing saxophone for 15 years, and I've picked up some cool tricks along the way! Saxophone lessons are custom tailored to the student's individual skill level.

Beginners learn basic technique and a foundation of good habits to build on!

Intermediate players challenge themselves with more difficult pieces, requiring use of more refined techniques.

Advanced players prepare and perform advanced pieces, and work on the most advanced techniques.

About Imraan
I'm a pro saxophonist in NYC, currently performing both in the NYC area and internationally.

In the last 5 years, I have been performing with various bands in the area, spanning rock, funk, soul, Latin, and especially jazz. Performing has taken me to France, Switzerland, Italy, China, and most recently aboard luxury cruise ships.

I have been teaching privately and through a private music school for the past 10 years.

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I offer three distinct types of lessons.

1) For 7-12 grade music students, I offer lessons geared towards preparing you for the NYSSMA competition. We work on the basic requirements for participation, can work together to narrow down the options and select the right piece for you to perform, and improve your musicality as a whole. I have sent many students to NYSSMA, all with positive res
ults. 2) My more expansive lessons are for beginner musicians and up. We work as basically as scales, modes, and fingerings, as well as a little bit of jazz history. As you progress, we dig deeper into jazz theory, focusing on the standards and improvisational theory. Like anything else, you get out of it what you put into it, and as long as you are willing to work towards becoming a better player, you will. 3) For NON-SAXOPHONE students with an interest in jazz improvisational techniques, I offer jazz improvisation lessons. This requires an intermediate level of proficiency on your instrument. We cover standards, different techniques to apply over different patterns of chord changes, and even basic elements of composition.

I like to keep the atmosphere light and positive during lessons, so we can have a good time and still be learning. I love to work on appropriate music that the student suggests, or has an interest in. Pending the level of the student, we may even arrange for special appearances at some of my performances.

*** Studio Equipment ***
1942 Conn 6M viii Naked Lady Alto Saxophone
Theo Wanne Durga 7 Mouthpiece
Vandoren Jumbo Java Mouthpiece
Vandoren Java Red / Vandoren ZZ Reeds
Monique Pro Series Soprano Saxophone
Otto Link Mouthpiece
CG Conn C Melody Saxophone
Akai EWI-USB Wind Synthesizer

*** Specialties ***
-Improvisation
-Jazz
-Rock
-Funk
-Soul
-Latin

Looking forward to making some music with you!
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Shai H. October 30, 2018
· Saxophone · In home
When I asked my son how his lesson went he said “I struck gold”. Imraan is amazing!
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Sal November 4, 2016
· Saxophone · In home
An excellent teacher. He keeps my son Sal interested and engaged with every lesson. Sal gets to choose some of the music he works on, and Imraan makes it into a lesson. Sal has been doing much better in band class, I recommend him!
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Livia C. February 19, 2014
· Saxophone ·
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My son Nicholas, 10 yrs old, has been taking saxophone lessons with Imraan for about a month. Searching for a young motivated teacher who is up to date with todays music is very difficult. My fear was for Nicholas to get discouraged in his saxophone playing and music with a non motivated instructor.
Imraan has been the perfect match for Nick. He is not only an excellent saxophone player but a great instructor. He motivates my son with his saxophone playing, has patients with his teachings and with kids, is up to date with todays music and most important, my son cant wait for his next lesson.

Imraan, Im glad we met you and look forward to hearing my son play in concert with you someday.
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About Karyn G.

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I teach beginner through year 5 saxophone students. Teaching online since 2013.

About Karyn
Teaching online since 2013. I teach beginner to advance flute and beginner to intermediate clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, euphonium, and tuba. I believe that performance-based music programs offer the most effective way to prepare 21st century students for the challenges of today’s competitive environment. My lessons are designed with the 21st century learner in mind. I am passionate about providing the best music education possible to all of my students. My goal is that every student develops and is able to share the same love for music that I enjoy.
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Nicole H. October 23, 2014
· Flute · Online
Karyn is a wonderful teacher! I was having trouble finding a private flute instructor in our area and, to my surprise, found that one could take lessons online. It's working out very, very well. Karyn's experience in music education is obvious and translates easily, even though lessons are online. She relates well to my fifth grade daughter and pushes her to do her best. I appreciate her patience, her encouragement for a job well done, and her guidance as to how to do better. This very choosy mom would recommend Karyn in a heartbeat for your flutist.
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About Thomas K.

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Glendale, CA

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Strong instrumental playing begins with a solid understanding of the fundamentals of music and the simple act of making a sound from the instrument. Students learn to play music by ear first, and are later introduced to music notation. More advanced lessons emphasize sight-reading, expression, and improvisation.

A woodwind player since age 10, Thomas has experience as a performer and teacher. His previous education has included methodology classes on teaching specific instruments, and he is available to teach intermediate and beginning saxophone lessons.

About Thomas
Piano, woodwinds, trumpet, composition
Chords, sight-reading, theory, jazz, classical, and pop

No one ever regrets learning an instrument… yet many grow old wishing they had taken music lessons! A talent they’ll be able to develop their entire life, your children will thank you for giving them the chance to learn music. And bonus points for you: after just a couple years, you’ll have free entertainment every Christmas!

Or maybe YOU’RE the one that wishes to learn! It is never too late to begin learning an instrument. Everybody has the ability, and if you’re determined and interested, there’s nothing stopping us from achieving this very special goal. (Interested in learning to compose? Scroll to the bottom to learn more.)

Everybody learns differently, and everybody likes different things. Whether it’s improvising or singing alon
gside a song you love or reading through a classical concerto, I’ll help prepare you or your child to tackle a wide variety of styles, without missing out on any of the basics that turn good players into phenomenal musicians. We all know it’s not about being the best. It’s about having fun, and playing music well is definitely fun. Music lessons include:

1. Building a really strong foundation so it's easy to interpret or understand any part, and to play it with the right amount of practice.

2. Learning to sight-read music, so you can play it well as soon as possible.

3. Learning how to improvise (make-up) music, learn music by ear, and to understand and create chords, which lets you play music in different ways.

4. Play different styles from classical to jazz to popular music.

5. Learning how to practice efficiently so you can learn music as fast as possible.

6. Composing our own original music.

Practice makes perfect! Learning an instrument helps build self-confidence and discipline. If your child’s bored, distracted, or just needs a constructive hobby, music is a great place to get them interested in something that will help them feel better about themselves, and the effects will be felt across everything else they do, through better studying habits to a more patient, diligent work ethic.

It’s also relaxing! Stressed about work? Need an escape? Everybody has the power to learn an instrument. Seriously, there’s no such thing as “talent.” Just start lessons and get practicing! It really is that simple, and I’ll guide you through every step of the way.

I have a diverse background teaching students of all ages, from 3-year-olds to retirees alike, customizing what we learn to the individual student. We’ll learn how to read music just as easily as you read words; improvise and compose music of our own; and feel good playing any style: classical, jazz, rock, and all. My experience as a working musician in films, musical theater, and pop music, as well as classical concert music, allows me to appreciate and teach styles that many other instructors overlook, and I know full well that learning an instrument is not about becoming a professional; it’s about being able to connect to others or oneself through music… and also to just have fun! There’s no need to learn music we don’t like! It’s not about stuffing Beethoven into your kids’ ears… we just want to make music, be that Beethoven or Billy Joel.

Learning an instrument is one of those few skills that will genuinely last you your whole life. I don’t want to sugarcoat it: it takes time to learn an instrument. It takes practice, and sometimes it’s frustrating. But the results are well worth it.

Now get out there and make some music! But start by signing up for lessons. I can’t wait to get started!

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“What’s that chord?” “Why does all my music sound the same?” “How do I fix this voicing?” “I just can’t get it out of my head!” …sound familiar? You’ve probably hit a rut. Or maybe you’re just starting out. Either way, you want your music to sound new, exciting, and to come out exactly how you hear it in your head. Yes… you CAN learn to compose music, you CAN learn to be more creative, and you CAN learn to share your sound with the world.

Film music, classical, jazz… whatever your interest, all music comes from the same place, and by learning a handful of basic concepts, you can apply these to whatever style you’re trying to write. Learning to emulate another musician involves knowing what they’re doing. Learning to create a groundbreaking sound requires that you know what’s already been done, and how to achieve it. Step by step, we’ll work our way there.

We’ll learn how to write cool, interesting chord progressions, how to write beautiful melodies, and how to voice chords. We’ll learn how to control the mood of our music, from making it sound relaxed to adding tension wherever we want. Maybe you’re trying to write for an orchestra, or just a small band. By learning the basics, you can then easily break away from what’s been done and come up with something truly new… the goal of any aspiring composer!
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Estefania March 5, 2019
· Composition · In studio
So incredibly patient and knowledgeable!
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Eric D. January 30, 2019
· Piano · In studio
The first lesson was successful. My particular background in piano is unique, and my needs are atypical as well. I thought Thomas assessed my abilities, lack of abilities, and goals well and quickly. He started me on a different perspective on looking at music (reading the staff) that seems very helpful. I'm encouraged.
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Armen T. September 24, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Excellent teacher!
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About Sergio M.

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Garfield, NJ
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I've been playing saxophone for over 15 years and i like to teach beginners or intermidiate level students. I graduated with a Bachelor's of Arts in Music Business.
I stress patience and helping in anyway needed

About Sergio
Hi, there! My name is Sergio and I can't wait to meet you! I've been teaching private lessons for a few years and have loved helping my students play saxophone, DJ, and learn the basics of piano. I went to New Jersey City University and earned a degree in Music Business in 2018. I'm a patient and understanding person and my teaching style is fun, understandable, and personable.
I am Proficient in the following:
Pro Tools 12
Saxophne
Serato DJ
Cannon Camera
I look forward to helping you reach your goals!
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Sarah Zaky August 17, 2018
· Saxophone · In home
I know it's too early to write a review after the first lesson. However, I was surprised by the wonderful way Sergio handled the time and the introduction for such a hard instrument like the alto sax.
My son Moneer is so excited to continue learning how to play alto sax with Sergio. In short Sergio is a very talented music instructor!
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Isaac May 29, 2018
· DJing · In home
Definitely knows his stuff and does his research! Sergio is a guy who goes over and above to fufill the highest expectations. Highly recommend.
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About Lonze R.

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Phoenix, AZ

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I am very excited to teach you all what my 23 years of experience in playing the saxophone can bring. I can teach children to adults, beginner to advance players the tools to become and great musician. I workout of various books to suite the students playing level. I also use a metronome , tuners , sheet music all to help develop good habits. I work with kids and teenagers so they can audition and become more effective in their school band. You must practice at least a hour a day to reach the goals you require .Contact me and you will be on your way to becoming a great musician.

About Lonze
Hello , My name Is Lonze. I can't wait to meet you and start a fun , professional and rewarding private lesson. I have been teaching for 7 years and I enjoy what I do . Every lesson of interacting with my students is a great experience for us both . Many of my students carry the skills I teach them to play with their high school , college and local bands.

I began playing the Saxophone in elementary school going on to play at Cass Technical High School . There after I went on to Knoxville College Of Music studying classical and jazz improvisation. I have played at the Fox Theater in Detroit Michigan with the All State Symphonic Band. First Chair Alto Saxophonist in the Ben Pruitt and friends at Bakers Keyboard Lounge. I've played with several bands throughout the years performing classical , many forms of jazz , and blues music. I c
urrently perform in various venues around the Metro Phoenix area.

I am a very easy going an enthusiastic person that will bring those qualities to every lesson with my students. I have plenty of experience working with Kids working in the music department of the Rosedale Community Center in Detroit Mi.

Regardless of skill level I will teach the basics and progress at the rate as you learn the material. I look forward to helping you reach your goals to become better at any level school band , as a hobby or if you just want to play songs for your friends and family.

I look forward to hearing for you!!
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Susan February 8, 2019
· Piano · In studio
Lonze has reignited my daughter's passion for music. He is talented, patient and fun. He listens to what she has to say and adjusts lessons to meet her needs. So glad we found him.
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Niranjan & Nihal K. January 10, 2019
· Piano · In home
Amazing class.
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Sara January 10, 2019
· Piano · In home
Patience Is the key!

Being a new student that's a senior, patience is a must...and Lonze always bring an extra helping...He makes you feel comfortable and accomplished..after learning each lesson...I highly reccomend him..
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About Lisa M.

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I have a Bachelors Degree in Music Education. I can teach students who are just beginning as well as students who are well into high school. I structure my lessons so students learn what they want to learn, while also building a strong fundamental skills.

About Lisa
My name is Liza. I am a public school Elementary Band Teacher. I have taught private lessons to students since 2012. I play flute, piccolo, saxophone, and clarinet professionally.
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Wendy B. March 23, 2019
· Flute · In home
Wonderful! Very knowledgeable and easy to learn from!
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Aaron January 28, 2019
· Saxophone · In studio
Just within 5 short lessons, my 10 year old son has greatly improved in playing the saxophone. Lisa was kind and patient with him, and I definitely plan to continue lessons.
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Paul June 5, 2018
· Saxophone · In studio
Lisa is trying to teach a senior on how to play again. I very rarely stick to what Lisa has set up for me to practice. Unlike youthful players we are not following a lesson book or books. But she is patient with me and we get along great and best of all i actually think i am doing better than i expected.
My guess would be that this is my third renewal.
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Mesa, AZ 85207
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About Kris J.

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I've played the sax for 10 years and have some experience in music education. I know the instrument thoroughly and would love to share the fun of the sax with you.

About Kris
I'm a pretty laid back easy going guy. If you want to learn a variety of things, check out my subjects and I'd be happy to help you.

I have quite a bit of life knowledge and experience that I'm willing to share. I see myself as more of a tutor, helping students along the path to get better grades and understand their subject material better.

Some things to expect during a lesson: We will go over the material and find any areas you are struggling with. We will hone in on those areas and get to the root of the issue, then build you up so that you have a solid base of understanding and can grow from there.

I hope we can partner to enhance your education and knowledge.
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michael April 24, 2019
· Microsoft Word · In home
kris is the best!!
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About Jason L.

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Peoria, AZ
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I have over 18 years teaching experience, and mastery and complete command of the saxophone-ALL scales, all arpeggios, all of the altissimo register, tonguing at 160+, double and triple tonguing. I will help you gain mastery of those skills as well.

About Jason
I have been teaching since 2002, have multiple references of satisfied former and current students, and have complete command over the saxophone and the ability to help you gain the same command.
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Claudia March 5, 2019
· Saxophone · In studio
I am new to the saxophone, but my whole experience of taking lessons with Jason has been absolutely wonderful. I always walk away from a lesson feeling encouraged, improved and great (even when I don't practice as much as I should)! Highly recommended.
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Sheila February 11, 2019
· Saxophone · In studio
Jason is an excellent teacher. He is very professional and easy to work with.
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Pradeep February 11, 2019
· Saxophone · In studio
Jason is a great saxophone teacher! I used to play in middle school and was reluctant to try again now that I'm graduate school, however Jason has made the transition back to playing easier than I thought. He is very knowledgeable about different types of music and saxophone accessories as well. Highly recommended.
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About Ritchy L.

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From the casual musician to the returning professional, my lessons teach you what works. I'm completely serious when I say that you're guaranteed to get started quickly and feel good about the progress you make each lesson. From buying your first saxophone setup (sax, mouthpiece, reed, and accessories) to developing strong practice techniques, I'll make sure you get realistic advice that works for you. After our first lesson, I aim for no questions left unanswered.

About Ritchy
I am a professional multi-instrumentalist part of a band that has toured on both coasts and performs regularly on the east coast. I also write journals, poems, lyrics and other creative writing on a regular basis for commission. I graduated from the University of Massachusetts Boston with a bachelors in Music focusing on Saxophone and Piano as my primary instruments.

The years I spent studying and immersing myself in the world of music theory helped me create a very passionate connection to music. Saxophone is the love of my life and has created so much joy over the years just from practice and performance. Knowing firsthand the fun and personal connection someone can make with music, this is what I focus on in any lesson I teach. Technique and scales are merely avenues to playing music that you connect with. While I do know all the cou
ntless fundamentals that lead to a strong musician, my goal with any lesson I teach is to never lose sight of the connection to the craft.

I would also go on to say that this principle doesn't merely stop at music. It extends into my creative writing and especially my cooking as well. I grew up surrounded by the sounds and smells of traditional Caribbean cuisine at home with my mom. She is my largest influence as a cook and as a creator. My mother taught me to be focused and purposeful in my habits at the stove and in life. She always said that Cooking that comes from the heart beats any recipe book and I believe her. Whether it be the simple ramen dish or five star cuisine, I always aim to teach how to cook stress-free and passionate. Even if you don't choose me as your teacher, I sincerely hope my words here can be carried into whatever you do. Thank you for stopping by and I hope we can create something special together. :)
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