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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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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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D O. January 6, 2019
· Piano · Online
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Rusty July 3, 2018
· Piano · Online
Great first class!
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About Thomas W.

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Downingtown, PA

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I can help beginning students on bassoon learn the basics.

About Thomas
Thomas J. W. is an active music teacher, composer, adjudicator, and clinician in the greater Philadelphia area. He has over fifteen years experience as a concert band director, marching band director, jazz improvisation instructor, choral director, private instructor, and marching drill writer. His directing career has included small rural band programs, small metro programs, large high-achieving suburban programs, and non-profit youth bands. In addition to his band compositions, he also has over forty unpublished vocal arrangements to his credit, most written for use with collegiate men's a cappella groups. Thomas taught over 600 online and local private music lessons in 2016.

Thomas has a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education from The Pennsylvania State University. He holds a teaching certificate in the states of Pennsylvania
and New Jersey and has taught at the secondary level in both states. In addition to both instrumental and choral ensembles at Penn State, Thomas was a student leader in the Penn State Blue Band and a member of the brass section of the Cadets of Bergen County Drum and Bugle Corps in 1993 and 1994. He served as an Associate Director of the Warren Junior Military Band of Youngstown, Ohio from 1995 to 2005. He also served as a visual staff member for the renowned North Penn Marching Knights of Lansdale, PA for one season in 2004.

He is a current adjudicator with Drum Corps International and Cavalcade of Bands. He is a member of MENC, PMEA, NJMEA, ASCAP, CASA, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and the National Band Association. He appeared in the Marquis Who's Who Among American Educators in 2004 and 2005, an honor rarely bestowed upon teachers, as students who appear in the Who's Who Among American High School Students must nominate them. He currently is a music teacher at the Center for Performing and Fine Arts of the PA Leadership Charter School in West Chester, PA and resides in Downingtown, PA with his wife and two sons.

Thomas will happily work with students on the autism spectrum or students with ADD.

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My lessons are tailored to the needs and interests of each student. If a student is involved in school music ensembles, we will work with their lesson books from school in addition to material outside of the books, including SmartMusic, Noteflight, and teacher-created materials. We will focus on building proper tone production and individual technique - something that often is difficult to learn in a large ensemble setting.

I am capable of starting a beginner student on any band instrument including percussion, any classical string instrument (violin, viola, cello, string bass), and piano. I can begin a student on drum set and work with them through their first method book, but I would then recommend they find a specialized drum set teacher after a period of six to twelve months.

For advanced students, I work from selected conservatory etude books on developing advanced skills and can work with students on audition pieces for honors bands/orchestras or college auditions.

My lessons are a half-hour once a week, with the option of working for 45 minutes or 60 minutes.

*** Specialties ***
music, band, orchestra, flute, clarinet, oboe, bassoon, saxophone, trumpet, french horn, trombone, euphonium, tuba, violin, viola, cello, string bass, piano, Percussion
classical, jazz improvisation
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Kimberley B. February 7, 2019
· Clarinet · Online
I love my lessons. In only a few lessons, Thomas has given me some tips that I have been trying to figure out for years. He is very kind and knowledgable.
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Nora L. January 23, 2019
· Clarinet · Online
We were in a tough position getting ready for a performance that we were not prepared for. It was a big help to have a few sessions with Thomas.
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Russell C. January 15, 2019
· Tuba · Online
My son was very nervous about his first online lesson. His instructor had him start right in on the lesson, which helped my son quickly get over his nerves. By the end of the lesson, he was all smiles and feeling very confident about his ability to play a very hard piece for his solo contest. He is looking forward to his next lesson.
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About Michael T.

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Forest Hills, NY

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Experienced Woodwind teacher of 7 years available for eager students of all experience levels and ages! Clarinet was the Primary instrument I studied while attending Ithaca College to receive my music education degree. While attending Ithaca college i required to become proficient in all woodwind and brasswind instruments. Further, I advanced my Bassoon skills by participating in an all campus Orchestra.

About Michael
Michael A Tate graduated from the prestigious Music Education Program and Psychology Program at Ithaca College in 2012. Ithaca gave him the incredible opportunity to hone in on his musicianship and compositional skills. He was also able to discover a new medium of composition, film composition. Tate immediately fell in love with the art of writing music for film and was able to make his first musical debut on a film directed by Mike Blaney. In his time at Ithaca College, he composed scores for multiple films and continues to maintain an active composition career. Tate is currently finishing as a music teacher Brooklyn Scholars Charter School (BSCS) and Music Content Leader for National Heritage Academies (NHA) New York Branch. In the fall Tate will be returning to school to study the psychological benefits of music education for children
and adolescents, while teaching private lessons.
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Calum March 4, 2019
· Clarinet · In home
Best instructor ever! Michael tailors each lesson for my 10-year-old son--who honestly is a reluctant student. In three lessons Michael has improved his playing and also given him practical fun tips on how to practice between lessons.
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Brady S. February 15, 2019
· Trombone · In home
My son loves playing trombone with Michael! He
makes learning fun and is always positive and encouraging.
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Raechelle E. November 10, 2018
· Percussion · Online
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About Antonio D.

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Long Beach, CA
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Classically trained Bassoonist and Music Educator. I plan my lessons so students acquire the fundamental techniques and habits necessary for orchestral and wind band performances as well as solo and chamber repertoire.

About Antonio
Antonio first began his path in music on the alto saxophone and soon after took up the bassoon in high school. Since then, Antonio has studied bassoon under the direction of John Campbell, while pursuing a degree in Music Education.

As a future band director, Antonio's passion lies in working with young students to not only develop quality instrumental technique and expression, but also in the development of a strong character. He is staunchly dedicated to traditional and emerging methods of music education and pedagogy, and actively applies these principles to lessons with his students.

I have performed as a bassoonist with the CSULB Symphonic Band under Jeremy Arnold, CSULB Symphony Orchestra under Johannes Müller Stosch, and Bellflower Symphony Orchestra under Joseph Taylor.

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Victor T. June 1, 2017
· Bassoon · In studio
As someone that has rehearsed and worked on chamber music with Antonio, I have to say that his pedagogy extends much further than bassoon. His background in rehearsal techniques and broad musical knowledge have been indispensable during our rehearsals, and he has often pointed out ways in which I can fine tune the expressionistic or technical aspects of my playing. Awesome teacher!
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About Sean M.

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Groton, CT
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I have experience teaching bassoonists of all ages and backgrounds, from beginner to advanced. Whether you are just playing for fun, or working towards a career in music, I can help you improve through encouraging yet insightful advice.

About Sean
My name is Sean, and I have been playing bassoon since I was 12 years old. Since April of 2018 I have been the Co-Principal Bassoonist in the United States Coast Guard Band and Bassoonist in the Woodwind Quintet. Originally from Northern Virginia, I attended the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, MA where I completed my Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Bassoon Performance. In December of 2013, I joined the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, FL where I performed with musicians such as Michael Tilson Thomas, Joshua Bell, Renee Fleming, and Emanuel Ax. During my time in Miami, I taught at Miami Northwestern High School as part of the MusicLab program, as well as working with other local high school students during the Side-by-Side projects. In 2017, I moved back to the Northern Virginia area where I taught in schools and privately,
and performed with groups such as the Richmond Symphony, Kennedy Center Opera, Nashville Symphony and Pittsburgh Symphony. I have also performed with the Boston Symphony and Jacksonville Symphony. I am a big believer in the power of music, and have taught students in Medellin, Colombia, Nashville, TN, Miami, FL and Japan.
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About Jack F.

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Greensboro, NC

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I am an active performer and teacher of bassoon, and am still an active learner on my instrument. Lessons with me are fun, engaging, and informative on this unique and often difficult instrument. I strive for my students to love the bassoon and enjoy working on their craft, whether a beginning band student or an aspiring professional. I earned my Bachelors of Music in Bassoon Performance from Sacramento State University and am currently earning my Masters of Music in Bassoon Performance at University of North Carolina, Greensboro. I also can help with reed making and adjusting, I make all of my own reeds and have for years.

About Jack
Jack Fanning has been teaching the bassoon since 2015. He is currently available to teach lessons online, or at the student’s home (and is ready and willing to travel within the NC Triad area). Jack aims to make each lesson fun, enjoyable, educational, and informative. He has helped middle school and high school students win positions in youth orchestras and honor bands in California and North Carolina.

Jack studied bassoon performance with Dr. David Wells in Sacramento, CA, and is currently studying bassoon performance with Dr. Michael Burns in Greensboro, NC. The tutelage of these great bassoonists fostered a love of music education and sharing the magic of bassoon playing with younger students.

Jack is an accomplished bassoon reed maker and makes his reeds available to purchase for his students. The importance of a good reed to
a young bassoonist is paramount; it is key to making great music and being successful from day to day.
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Jessica M. March 11, 2019
· Bassoon · Online
Our daughter was amazed and in "Ah" with all she learned in just her first lesson with Jack. It was fantastic to see her excitement again for private lessons. So excited she wanted to continue playing and practicing even after the session. Thank you, Jack! She wanted me to let you know she is looking forward to many more days like this!😁👍
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Ali October 28, 2018
· Bassoon · Online
Jack is a friendly, encouraging instructor---a great match for my 11-year-old daughter. He's obviously an expert bassoonist, but does a fantastic job of explaining things clearly and simply for the less-advanced student. My daughter can't wait for her next bassoon lesson with Jack!
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Claire June 13, 2018
· Bassoon · Online
Very knowledgeable and friendly, and a great communicator about bassoon technique. Today was my daughter’s first lesson with Jack - She learned so much and has some good assignments to work on before the next lesson. We totally recommend Jack as an instructor!
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About Lee Q.

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Inglewood, CA

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Lee is an accomplished bassoonist and “reed doctor” who can direct students to the best bassoon reeds as well as offer the best advice on starting and developing skills on bassoon. 

Lee received a Master of Music degree in Bassoon Pedagogy (Belmont University) and graduated from Loyola University New Orleans (Bachelor of Music Education), where she performed as principal bassoonist for both orchestras.

Lee also graduated from the U.S. Armed Forces School of Music and served as a Bassoon Player in the U.S. Army with the 1st Cavalry Division Band.

About Lee
Lisa "Lee" Q. is a teacher, conductor, bassoonist, and guitarist with comprehensive experience in music instruction and performance, including full orchestra, concert band/wind ensemble, folk/bluegrass orchestra, chamber ensembles, folk/rock/blues and pep bands, opera and musical theatre.

Lee is a conscientious teacher who can direct musical development as well as offer advice on adjustments and recommendations for the best accessories. Ms. Q. has instructed beginning and intermediate instrumentalists for many years and knows the shortest and easiest ways to technical and musical proficiency through personal experience.

Ms. Q. received a Master of Music degree in Instrumental Pedagogy (Belmont University) and graduated from Loyola University New Orleans (Bachelor of Music Education), performing as principal bassoonist for both orch
estras. Ms. Q. also graduated from the U.S. Armed Forces School of Music and served as a Bassoon Player in the U.S. Army. 

Lee started playing guitar at age 14 and has played guitar and bass in many eclectic situations, including New Orleans French Quarter venues and a Saints halftime show at the Superdome. She has recorded and performed live as a singer-songwriter-guitarist since 2001, including ten years of solo sets at the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville.
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Georgeanne November 26, 2018
· Bassoon · Online
I learned many tips and technical things specific to the bassoon in my first lesson! Lee is patient and very knowledgeable. I'm looking forward to the next lesson.
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About Jessica C.

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Tucson, AZ
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Being a professional bassoonist in the Tucson and Phoenix Communities, I bring a wonderful range of expertise to any student. In lessons, we work on bassoon fundamentals: technique, tone, and reed-making.

What is exceptional about lessons with me is that I make all of my reeds from scratch: from the tubes! I will teach you how to make reeds this way and how to fine tune your reeds.

I also play the contrabassoon, which is a very rare find in a bassoon teacher. I am willing to teach bassoon and contrabassoon lessons.

I have several incentives in my studio: loyalty rewards, free reeds, and extended lessons.

Because I understand the overall expense of being a bassoonist, I also sell my professionally finished bassoon reeds at a discount to all my students.

I look forward to hearing from you!

About Jessica
I started playing the clarinet in 6th grade. I soon realized that I was a decent musician, but the clarinet just wasn't fulfilling... then I saw it. The BASSOON. I fell in love with this instrument. So much so, that I have two degrees and professionally play in Arizona! I currently play in the Tucson Symphony, Arizona Opera, True Concord Voices and Orchestra (Grammy-nominated), and Broadway in Tucson.

I have had my own bassoon studio since 2002. I started in Florida and moved out here to begin my doctorate in bassoon performance. I am originally from Columbus, GA, where I received my Bachelor's in Music Performance degree. I then went to Florida State University and completed my Master's of Music Performance degree after being a full-time teaching assistant.

I have been making my own bassoon reeds from scratch since 1996 and continue to
research and hone my craft. I have a professional reed-making business through Etsy and eBay, and soon to be (unofficially) bassoon/oboe websites.

Being a crafty person, I am also trying to develop my own silk bassoon swabs and bassoon-wrapped pencils! When I am not doing that, I make my own jewelry to give to friends and family.
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About Eva Galina K.

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San Diego, CA

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Experienced Bassoon teacher of 7 years, I've worked extensively with beginner, intermediate, and advanced students of all ages. Whether you're a beginning band student, enthusiastic amateur, or have hopes of pursuing bassoon professionally, I can offer fun, challenging, and productive private instruction. I can supply reeds and/or teach reedmaking. Let's get started!

About Eva Galina
As a professional bassoonist, I've enjoyed a versatile career both performing and teaching! I received my bachelors degree from the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, PA, and my masters degree from Rice University in Houston, TX. I've enjoyed working and playing with some of the leading symphonic and opera orchestras around the country, including the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Atlanta Symphony, the Houston Symphony, the San Diego Symphony, Houston Grand Opera, Sarasota Opera, among others. I taught throughout the Greater Houston Area for two years before moving to California, and I'm currently building my private bassoon studio here in San Diego, while currently serving as bassoon instructor at the University of San Diego.
Students can expect a solid approach to fundamentals, reeds, and music-making. I like to keep things fun an
d challenging, and will frequently play duets to develop ensemble skills.

Whether you're a beginner, enthusiastic amateur, or have dreams of playing bassoon professionally, I have the skills to get you where you need to go and to develop your musicianship.
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About Catherine K.

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Raleigh, NC
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My lessons are bespoke to you! It can be as fun or as challenging as you or your child wants! We can focus on one style of music, or mix it up a bit. We can even throw in some theory if you want. I'm a fun and smiley teacher who thinks everybody should be able to enjoy playing and performing music. I'm originally from the UK and studied at the RNCM, a music conservatoire in Manchester, England. I also have a British qualified teacher status, and a post-grad certificate in education. I have worked as a freelance bassoonist in the UK and Europe, including a tour with the European Opera Centre.

About Catherine
I'm originally from the UK, and have been playing music in one form or another since I was a little girl. I studied at two music conservatoires in England: Guildhall in London and the RNCM in Manchester. During that time I studied bassoon and baroque bassoon, attaining a masters degree in solo performance. After that I completed a post-grad teaching certificate.
Although bassoon is my first instrument, I am also a proficient clarinet player, pianist and singer.
I have worked as a freelance musician in the UK and Europe, including touring with the European Opera Centre and a summer residency with the Dartington Festival Orchestra, Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Ensemble.
As a teacher I am friendly and smiley, I think music lessons should be the highlight of someones week! I can change my lessons to fit you or your child, we can do any s
tyle and it can be as fun or as challenging as you wish. In the past I have taught everything from adult beginners who just want to have some fun and get good enough to join a local band to teenagers studying music at a high standard, taking exams and performing regularly.
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Ruth March 6, 2019
· Piano · In home
Love this teacher. Catherine is so easy to work with.
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