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Ben B.

Spencerport, NY

About Ben

Hi, I'm Ben Britton, a professional saxophonist and educator. I have been teaching lessons for ten years, including young students as well as professional musicians, and I find it fun and rewarding. I've also taught music at various colleges, and I've written two saxophone method books, which are used in college teaching. In my own learning, I've studied with the best, including earning a doctorate in music from Eastman School of Music. As a performer, I've worked all over the U.S. and performed with great artists like Chris Potter and Dave Rivello.

I like to make lessons enjoyable for stud
ents, but I also push them to learn and grow. My students learn to understand the music they hear. Not only do they learn to read music, they learn to perform with style and expression. I find that students play their best when they love their sound, so I also focus on technique. Overall, my students learn to use their ears and musicianship to be the best musicians they can be.
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Steve Brasgalla September 10, 2016
Saxophone · Online
Ben is a fantastic teacher, HIGHLY recommended!
He is an accomplished musician himself and is a seasoned professional in the fields of teaching, writing, theory and general promotion of the arts.

He is patient and positive in all things.
He quickly identifies areas of a Student's performance that can be addressed easily and directly for noticeable improvement in a short time. He works with what he has (meaning student skill levels across the spectrum) and is able to propel a student forward and help them advance, while remaining fun and upbeat.

The lesson cost is very reasonable and online lessons seem to work out fine. Be sure to watch his Blog regularly because there is always fresh information there that keeps you thinking and motivated to surge forward in your playing.

You will be glad you took instruction with Ben Britton!
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Adam September 9, 2016
Saxophone · Online
Ben is engaging, knowledgeable and patient, qualities any student should appreciate. I certainly appreciated the attention to detail on developing a good tone with a follow-up check, after the actual "tone" lesson was completed. If one puts the work in the advice from Ben will produce results. Look out Chris Potter!
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Ted September 8, 2016
Saxophone · Online
Ben is a world class musician, and an equally amazing teacher. Studying with him I made some serious progress, and through his methods we would discover lots of uncharted territory. We covered sound production, transcription, ear training, and various topics from his insightful perspective and guidance that I have never explored in the 20 years I have been playing the saxophone. His lessons are the perfect balance of fun, yet very challenging. I noticed huge improvements right away studying with him. I think of the concepts and his unique perspective on how to approach improvisation every time I pick up the horn.
I first sought him out for private lessons after picking up his "Complete Approach to Sound" book and was completely floored when I noticed how significantly my sound changed when we started working on those concepts. We worked through some really fun transcription projects with John Coltrane, and Chris Potter, we worked on some different areas of Time and Bebop language characteristics as well as ear training to hear the changes. Before studying with him I had never transcribed changes- I would look at a lead sheet or fakebook, and in a relatively short time I made some great leaps in my own musicianship and began hearing things (Root Movement, Chord Quality) and experiencing music on a more profound level, and that, to me, is what it is all about.
World Class Musician and Teacher !
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Ben B.

Ben B.

Spencerport, NY 14559
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$25 / 30-min
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Christian D.

Romulus, NY

About Christian

Christian D. has been playing professionally for 10 years. He completed his BM in Music Education and Saxophone Performance at SUNY Fredonia. There he studied classical and jazz saxophone.
Christian recently completed his MM in Jazz performance at New Jersey City University. There he studied saxophone with Bob Malach, Joel Weiskopf, Walt Weiskopf, Allen Farnham, and Nathan Eklund. He also studied flute and clarinet with Ed Joffe. He actively played gigs in the New York City and suburban area while at school.
Christian D. has played with numerous recording artists, including Conrad
Herwig, Dave Douglas, Kurt Elling, Steve Wilson, and Steve Davis. Currently, he plays with Nik Entertainment Co. and other various groups in the Western New York area. Christian also spent some time playing professional on Royal Caribbean's cruise ship, Adventure of the Seas.
Currently, Christian D. is employed as a elementary general music and vocal teacher in the New York State public school system. He also runs his own music studio with around 35 students. Christian specializes in teaching improvisation, saxophone, flute, and clarinet with extensive professional performing careers in each area. He also has 4 years experience teaching and playing trumpet, trombone, tuba and euphonium both privately and in the public school setting.

*** Lesson Details ***
I like to cater my lessons to the students' wants and needs. I suggest various exercises to study in effort to make each student reach their fullest potential. I push each and every one of my students, regardless of their goals as a musician.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Selmer Series III Soprano
Selmer C** Mouthpiece with Vandoren Java 4s
Selmer Mark VI Alto
Vintage Berg Larsen with Rico Jazz Select 2H
Selmer Reference Tenor
Vintage Otto Link with Rico Jazz Select 3S
Buffett E11 Clarinet
Brad Behn Mouthpiece with Vandoren 3.5
Armstrong Flute
Casio Privia Piano
MacBook Pro
Zoom Recorder
Various method books and music

*** Specialties ***
Woodwind Doubling
Jazz
Classical
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Joy L. September 7, 2016
Clarinet · Online
Verified Student
He is very patient, give very clear instructions and is very organised. A great instructor!
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Ben A. June 20, 2016
Flute · Online
Verified Student
Christian was well prepared, remembered the conversations/texts we exchanged prior to the lesson. Christian was extremely effective and efficient with the time and the online lesson was even better than a real life one as I didn't need to commute (that saves a lot of time!). I am looking forward to the next lessons and see how this works on the long run.
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Matthew S. March 14, 2016
Saxophone · Online
Verified Student
I've been pleased with my son's progress with Christian as a teacher. Christian is personable, encouraging and clear. My son really enjoys his lessons.
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Christian D.

Romulus, NY 14541
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$22 / 30-min
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Keith S.

Webster, NY

About Keith

Hi, there! My name is Keith Spratley and I can't wait to meet you! I've been teaching private lessons since 1998 and have loved helping my students achieve their various personal goals.

I went to The City University, London, and earned a degree and a doctorate in chemistry from 1971 to 1977. I'm an extrovert music lover (many different kinds) and have a wide ranging sense of humor. My teaching style is very relaxed and lessons are tailored to the needs of the individual. Music theory and composition are taught as required.

I look forward to helping you reach your goals!
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Rose July 26, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Keith is very enthusiastic in his teaching as well as very informed on many instruments. This makes the lessons very enjoyable and playing actually fun! Also he is flexible in scheduling, so if you need to move lessons around he is very good at accommodating that. Overall I would highly recommend Keith as a guitar teacher for anyone looking to get into guitar, or someone who already knows but is looking to improve! He is good at teaching the proper technique at first and then how to change that to make it easier to different chords, depending on how you can reach the right strings and frets.
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jim larner March 22, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Keith is a really nice guy and very knowledgeable. he not only knows guitar but several others as well. I bought a guitar and knew nothing about it, but he has been more than patent with me. His teaching style is very easy to follow and I've learned a lot, could have done a lot more if I'd followed his advice and practiced more. That's not his fault though! Each lesson goes over what I learned before and he throws in new things along the way. He seems to spend a lot of time before each lesson getting me new material for me to practice from and puts that music into "tab" form so I can follow it easier[and this is time he's not even getting paid for]. I will continue to take future lessons from Keith and some day with his teachings my wife might actually like my guitar. He's worth your time, so give him a try. Do you already play good? Go see him and he could help you to improve.
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Gavin E. January 17, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
I think he is very knowledgeable but, I think he is more cut out for older people not kids
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Keith S.

Webster, NY 14580
(3)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Kristina S.

Rochester, NY

About Kristina

A vivacious and passionate educator and performer, Kristina received her Masters in Clarinet Performance and Literature at the Eastman School of Music where she held the Graduate Teaching Assistantship for instructing MUE-221 Clarinet Methods. At Eastman, Kristina was a member of the Eastman Philharmonia, the Eastman Wind Ensemble, a founding member of Trio Ario, and performed with Ossia, a student managed contemporary music ensemble.

Currently, Kristina is a Teaching Artist for Sistema Ravinia's Harza Nucleo, bringing intensive after school El Sistema music program to elementary and midd
le school students of Lake County. In addition, Kristina has an active private studio in the greater Chicago area.

Kristina’s principal teachers include Kenneth Grant, Larry Combs, Julie DeRoche, Susan Warner, Deborah Chodacki and Nancy Mathison. Kristina holds a Bachelor of Music in Clarinet Performance, Magna Cum Laude, from DePaul University and is an alumna of Interlochen Arts Academy.

Kristina has performed in master classes for Ricardo Morales, Michel Lethiec, Mark Nuccio and Jon Manasse. In 2013, Kristina made her international solo debut in Chåteauneuf, France. Kristina can be heard on the Eastman Wind Ensemble's most recent album.

In addition to music engagements, Kristina is a 300-hour Certified Jivamukti Yoga Teacher, and enjoys cooking and hiking.

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Scheduling Disclaimer:
Please message me before scheduling lessons to verify that I have the availability to be at your students' location at your preferred times.
I input my general availability into the calendar, however it does not account for commuting times between teaching engagements. Depending on your location in the greater Rochester area, my lesson availability my vary.

A student's weekly lesson time is decided based on a mutually agreed upon time. If the student needs to reschedule their lesson, the instructor will do her best to accommodate the student's needs. Reoccurring lessons are confirmed and scheduled minimum of one week in advance.

I look forward to being in touch.
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Rami A. November 23, 2015
Clarinet · In home
Verified Student
Punctual, dedicated, patient and compassionate. Couldn't recommend her more, especially for children. Great instructor all around!
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Kristina S.

Rochester, NY 14607
(1)
starting at
$70 / 45-min
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Brett L.

Lima, NY

About Brett

My name is Brett, I have been playing in bands since 1992. I received a degree from Monroe Community College in performance: guitar in 2012. I've written recorded and performed my own music the last 5 years. I just opened a recording/instructional studio this summer and am looking forward to passing on my knowledge to students who are serious about music.
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Hunter A. August 28, 2016
Bass Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
First lesson went very well. Looking forward to the next.
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Deborah Dickson Jones December 7, 2015
Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
I just had my first lesson with Brett and he customized it according to my individual needs and circumstance. I am passionate about guitar and folk music but have no musical experience. Bretts plan is to start with the very basics and move forward from there. He was very patient with me and his directions were easy to follow. Though I am a senior I feel like I am 20 years old again and learning a new skill. Thanks Brett
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Michael October 28, 2015
Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Brett provides a unique blend of expertise and personalization in his teaching. He takes the time to find out what your musical interests and experiences are so that instruction can be targeted at specific goals. His love of music is apparent. I look forward to learning more about music and how to make my guitar sound good from him!
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Brett L.

Brett L.

Lima, NY 14485
(3)
starting at
$25 / 30-min

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