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Max S.

West Hartford, CT

About Max

I am a performing musician who is passionate about helping students achieve their goals.

I currently perform over fifty concerts a year with the Asylum Quartet, an award-winning ensemble acclaimed for virtuosity, creativity, and innovation. I have also performed with the Juilliard Orchestra, the U.S. Coast Guard Band, and International Opera Theater. As tenor saxophonist in the Ineo Quartet, I received honors in the J.C. Arriaga, Music Teachers National Association (MTNA), and North American Saxophone Alliance (NASA) chamber music competitions. I hold a Master's in Music from The Hartt Sc
hool and a Bachelor of Music summa cum laude from Arizona State University (ASU).

I have eight years of private teaching experience. Additionally, I completed a ten-week private teaching mentorship at the Hartt Community Division with saxophone instructor Sheri Brown.

Though I specialize in saxophone, I also love teaching beginning and intermediate piano.

*** Lesson Details ***
I strive to make lessons fun, challenging, and inspiring. I love teaching students of all levels.

Here is my teaching philosophy in more detail:

Why learn music? Music shares many the benefits of other subjects. Learning an instrument teaches multi-level techniques of problem solving, responsibility, teamwork, literacy, and self-expression. But unlike any other subject, music unites three domains of learning: psychomotor (physical motion), cognitive (analytical thought), and aesthetic (assessment of artistic beauty). Music is a mode of self-expression shared by all cultures - this powerful universality suggests that music should be part of a well-rounded education. At its most basic, music requires us to learn to listen. The process of listening and learning from others is fundamental to human civilization, and music helps us develop listening skills to their full potential.

Why learn the saxophone? Invented in 1856, the saxophone is a relatively young instrument. Yet in its short history, the saxophone has rocketed to immense popularity. The saxophone plays well with others - in jazz combos and big bands, concert bands, saxophone quartets, and reed quintets - and projects effortlessly as a solo instrument. A hybrid between woodwind and brass instruments, the instrument is capable of the softest murmurs, the loudest bellows and honks, lovely singing lines, agile leaps and mesmerizing runs, and much more. Studying the saxophone offers the student access to stylistic variety and rich performance traditions second to none. Yet as a young instrument, the saxophone beckons with endless unexplored possibilities to the creative performer.

Why learn with me? The violin teacher Shinichi Suzuki wondered, "Japanese children can all speak Japanese!...How, by what means, does this come about?" We all now know the answer. Japanese children have abundant access to great models of Japanese-speaking: the adults around them. So as a teacher, I seek to provide a great model of saxophone playing. I rely on teaching by example, and encourage students to learn by ear whenever possible. In conjunction with ear training, I address fundamentals (breathing, tone production, articulation, voicing, reading music, and technique) in every lesson, so that students develop great technical ability on the instrument. Finally, I hope to provide a model of responsibility, empathy, and creativity, which I believe are central to our development as musicians and people.

***Equipment ***

Students should have a working saxophone with appropriate mouthpiece and reeds (see below), a music stand, and other lesson materials (metronome, tuner, notebook, method books / pieces, recording device, etc.). I often provide handouts of music and exercises in lessons.

IMPORTANT: If you are planning to buy a saxophone or mouthpiece, please consult with me first. Having a good quality saxophone and mouthpiece is essential to your success. There are a number of cheap saxophones and mouthpieces readily available, but they are often of poor quality. I can recommend options for your first saxophone or mouthpiece purchase that may be more expensive, but will help you succeed in the long term.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in classical saxophone, but also have experience performing, studying, and teaching jazz. My goal is to give students a solid set of fundamentals in saxophone playing, forge strong aural and reading skills, and engender a broad curiosity in listening habits. I believe modeling great playing is key. Of course, I want students to internalize and replicate a good saxophone sound. But I also want students to form the critical listening skills of mimicking and blending with other musicians. I believe these things will enable them to excel as musicians in any field.
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Ben R. January 12, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
My son gave Max 10 out of 10. He absolutely loved his flexible approach. Thank you Max!!
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Lathan A. September 20, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Wonderful, engaging and clear. My six year old loved his first lesson and is looking forward to the next one.
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Ify L. August 19, 2015
Saxophone · In home
Verified Student
My first experience learning the saxophone was really great!! Max is a great teacher. He was patient with me. And he took it bit by bit for me to follow easily. I definitely want to continue with him. I look forward to my second lesson with him.
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Max S.

Max S.

West Hartford, CT 06119
(3)
starting at
$39 / 30-min
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Ed D.

Meriden, CT

All styles from classical to jazz/blues to many ethnic/world music styles

About Ed

*** Travel Equipment ***
Student just needs a guitar and amp if electric.
I travel with a laptop/portable studio.

*** Specialties ***
Classical, Jazz, Rock, Metal, World, Electronic etc.
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Christine J. September 30, 2015
Classical Piano · In home
Verified Student
Wonderful first session. So nice to begin lessons again. Ed was very professional and enthusiastic.
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Ed D.

Ed D.

Meriden, CT 06451
(1)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Alan S.

Falls Village, CT

When it comes to the piano each instrument is different and has its own touch and tone quality. The pianist must be a good musician before being an instrumentalist. I work with my students to produce the fullest tone and "legato" touch possible. One must be extremely sensitive to the piano's dynamics, and listen carefully.

About Alan

CAREER:

PROFESSIONAL JAZZ ARTIST, ”MUSICIAN, EDUCATOR, PIANIST, COMPOSER, ARRANGER, BUSINESS OWNER: ALAN S. MUSIC CONSULTANTS

*** Specialties ***
Jazz improvisation over chord changes in various styles. Classical and Jazz background. Will work with student on Blues or Popular show tunes, etc. Any style for the piano. Interpretation, technique, tone quality and poise.

TEACHING EXPERIENCE:

HOTCHKISS SCHOOL, Lakeville, Connecticut 1997-present
Associate Faculty
Teach classes in Jazz Piano and small combo
Incorporate Music Theory into syllabus

RUTGERS UNIVERSITY, Newark,
NJ
Summer 2010 and 2011
Part-time Lecturer
Teach course-Intro to Music (Music 101).
Student comments were outstanding.

WESTPORT SCHOOL OF MUSIC; Westport, Connecticut 1991-present
Faculty Member
Teach classes in Jazz and Classical Piano Pedagogy
Incorporate Music Theory into syllabus
Organize recitals for two pianos (4 hands)

SALISBURY SCHOOL, Salisbury, Connecticut 2006-present
Instructor in Piano:

INDIAN MOUNTAIN SCHOOL, Lakeville, Connecticut 2004-2008
Music Instructor

PRIVATE PIANO INSTRUCTION
30 years experience
Teach Improvisation, Jazz, Classical Music, Vocal Coaching,

CLINICS TAUGHT

INSTITUTE OF NORTH AMERICA “CHILE. Santiago, Chile
Teach Jazz Master Classes throughout country.
Jazz Improvisation clinics/concerts in Iquique, Concepcion, and The Universidad de Valparaiso, Valparaiso, Chile

WESTPORT SCHOOL OF MUSIC, Westport, CT
Jazz Seminar-The Legacy of the Great Jazz Pianist-/Composers. Comparison of American Composers: Ellington/Strayhorn, Monk, Waller, Hancock, Powell, Gershwin,
Porter, Berlin, Rodgers & Hart/Hammerstein, and Bernstein.(three seminar series)

CRANE SCHOOL OF MUSIC, SUNY Potsdam, N.Y.
Jazz Seminar-The importance of playing in a rhythm section, comping, supporting, blending, and soloing.

BERKSHIRE SCHOOL, Sheffield, Massachusetts
Master Class / Workshop with school Jazz Ensemble followed by Quartet Performance

PUBLICATIONS

Article and Piano Arrangement-2006 Piano Today (Summer 2006 Issue) Jazz Piano Stylings: New Sounds, A Contemporary Approach (Pg. 38) Original Composition: €œMagic Squares by Alan S.

Cover Article and Piano Arrangement-2005 Piano Today (Summer 2005 Issue) on Cover: Modern Jazz Harmony-Alan S.. Musicianship - Harmony Workshop: The Pleasures of Harmonic Ambiguity. (Pg. 32) Original Composition: Snow Petals€ by Alan S.

Composition, Music Book, ©2005 The Steinway Library of Piano Music, €”Jazz Piano: Pieces To Grow On (Original song Contributor) How '€˜Bout It? by Alan S. - Piano Arrangement, (Edward Shanaphy and Stuart Isacoff, ed.) Ekay Music Inc. 2 Depot Plaza, Suite 301. Bedford Hills, NY 10507)

Composition, Music Book, ©2003 The Steinway Library of Piano Music, Piano Stylings of the Great Standards, Volume II (Contributor) Body and Soul by John Green, Edward Heyman, Robert Sour, Frank Eyton. Piano Arrangement, (Edward Shanaphy, ed.) Ekay Music Inc. Bedford Hills, NY 10507)

Music Book©2003. The Steinway Library of Piano Music, €”Piano Stylings of Classic Christmas Carols (Contributor) 3 Piano Arrangements. (Ed Shanaphy, ed.) Ekay Music Inc.

Piano Arrangement-2003 Piano Today (Winter 2003 Issue) Ballad for Very Tired and Very Sad Lotus Eaters by Billy Strayhorn

Music Book-©2002 Beautiful Christmas Piano-12 Easy and Elegant Solos for the 12 Days of Christmas (Contributor) 4 Piano Arrangements.Ekay Music Inc(Distributed by Warner Bros.)

Piano Arrangement, 2001 Sheet Music Magazine Vol.25, #3, (May 2001 Issue) Special Arrangement: €œNo Moon At All by Redd Evans, Words by Dave Mann

Contributor,€”Music Book-©2001 €œ505 Great Piano Intros€ (Ekay Publishers) Republished ©2004 as The Steinway Library of Piano Music, 500 Piano Intros For The Great Standards

Feature Article and Published Piano Arrangement,€”1999 Piano Today (Summer €˜99 Issue) The Jazzy Side of Leonard Bernstein, A Bernstein Beauty: €œLucky To Be Me€ by Leonard
Bernstein, Lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green

Piano Arrangement-1999 Piano Today (Fall €˜99 Issue) Daydream€ by Billy Strayhorn and Duke Ellington

Piano Arrangement-€”1999 Sheet Music Magazine Vol. 23, #4, (July €˜99 Issue) Special Arrangement: You Always Hurt The One You Love€ by Allan Roberts and Doris Fisher

Piano Arrangement-€”1998 Piano Today (Winter 97/98 Issue) My Ship,€ by Kurt Weill & Ira Gershwin

Piano Solo Sheet Music Series. 1990 €œRudy's Tail€ by Alan S., Second Floor Music, A Don Sickler Production

PRESS

All Music Guide to Jazz: Alan S.- Rainsplash CD Review (Style: Postbop Jazz) Cadence

Jazz Records 1027 / 7 of 9 stars, by Steven A. Loewy,2000

Marge Hofacre€™s Jazz News, CD Review by Jim Santella, Spring 2000

Cadence Review of Jazz & Blues (record review) Vol.23, #1, Alan S., The Present (Whispering Pines 120649) Jan. 1997

Poughkeepsie News: Alan S.: Artist of the Month €”Profile, 1997

New York Times- €œJazz Is Joining the Masters At Westport Music School-Alan S.-Jazz Pianist, by James Lomuscio, 10/13/91

The Advocate, Stamford, Connecticut - In a gig at the mall, the piano player puts the spirit of music into Christmas from About Town by Arthur Helms12/24/98

Savannah News-Press, Georgia Alan S. €”Jazz: Classic Jazz Group Performing "Sunday€ by Frank Jossi, 4/20/86

Omaha World Herald -€œHampton's Tasty Solos Delight Crowd€ (review)—by Rick Ansorge 2/8/86

El Mercurio Santiago de Chile €œCon Jam Session Seran Conciertos de Alan S. 12/5/86

Jazztimes (record review) by Stanley Dance, 10/86

Jazz Journal International “Festival Roundup: Nice, France by Martin Richards, 5/86

Chicago Observer-Consumer Guide To Jazz Records€, by Lofton A. Emenari, 5/31/86

The Gazette Montreal - New and old favorites make records that are a pleasure Jazz Notes by Len Dobbin, 6/5/86

Coda (record review) by David Lewis, June 1987

BeBop and Beyond (record review) 5/1 Spring1987

El Sur En Concepcion: Manana actua: Alan S. Jazz Trio, Concepcion, Chile, 11/24/86

Jazziz (record review) by Frank Spena, contributing writer

International Musician Interview with Lionel Hampton, by Burt Korall, June 1986.

New York Times A Couple of Artists Come Back To Jazz by Procter Lippincott, 10/24/82

MEDIA

FM Radio Interview at Columbia University Station WKCR where many CD selections were played. FM Radio Station WNCN (NYC) broadcast over the air Alan S.'s Solo piano version of Claude Debussy'€™s, €œReflets dans Leau€ into Billy Strayhorn'€™s €œLush Life on David Dubal's show as an example of Classical music meeting Jazz. (from Alan's Rainsplash recording)

Several Live broadcast performances of the Alan S. Jazz Trio on NPR station WAMC from Albany, NY

Television Documentary on Jazz in Chile€”Musicalimente: The Alan S. Jazz Trio
(1986)
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Alan S.

Alan S.

Lakeville, CT 06039
starting at
$53 / 30-min
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Steve K.

Ellington, CT

I enjoy teaching beginners to advanced levels. I specialize in beginning learners and believe that the initial path of studying should be reinforced with a positive teaching style and the right technique for that individual student. There is not a 'cookie cutter" music book for any beginner. As a teacher I learn the style of each student that best suits there goals to move forward.

About Steve

I am a Musical Director who has scored original music for many motion pictures and television and was musical arranger for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. I've scored and arranged original music for several television shows including, Desperate Housewives, MTV's Making the Band, It's Showtime at the Apollo and numerous series on PBS, A & E and Disney, . I have also served as on-set vocal and piano coach for many Disney TV series.

As a piano instructor, I believe in giving every student a foundation in classical music.. I enjoy teaching and playing Jazz and pop as well.

I've worked with
students ages 5-90. I simply love the teaching process and respect every student's journey. Mixing structure and discipline with a positive teaching style, I work to inspire students to be their best within a well structured curriculum that is fun and engaging.

Music must be fun...always!

*** Lesson Details ***
My students see progress. I don't believe in cookie-cutter instruction. I take the time to learn a students individual comprehension of the musical language and their learning style. I also build a practice schedule that is realistic and creates growth. Music instruction should not feel like a burden, but should be joyful. It's a process I have respected. Whether you are 90 or 9, you can learn music, love music and feel its presence by playing an instrument or singing. My job is to communicate that joy and show you how you can do it for yourself.

Learning to master a musical instrument is a two way commitment and I will always give you my full effort as I love the results.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have a digital upright piano for piano and vocal instruction.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I will provide the lesson material and help students with purchasing the right method books.

*** Specialties ***
For beginning Piano-Intermediate, I have embraced the James Bastien series, as I believe it paces the young student and builds a foundation on a musical and pedagogical level.
Vocally, I follow a classical technique, but use that foundation as a basis to meet the goals of the singer for the style they want to achieve.
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Emily S. January 7, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Excellent first lesson!
Steve quickly developed a good rapport with my 7 year old daughter.
She can't wait for lesson 2!
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Pablo November 20, 2015
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Steve is making singing, which seemed absolutely impossible, seem possible. He presents it as set of interrelated skills, at least while I'm still brand new to it. Helps me to see a path rather than decide "I'm just not a singer" as I always thought. I'm finding singing classes to be more challenging, encouraging, and a lot more fun than I expected!!
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Judy C. November 2, 2014
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Steven is very nice and attentive with my 9 years old son. He is very patient and creative with children. He is also very professional and organized. My son loves to play piano now. I would highly recommend him to give him a try.
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Steve K.

Steve K.

Ellington, CT 06029
(3)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Jonathan R.

Windsor, CT

Some people just want to learn how to play piano. This is just a class offered to introduce the piano. This class focuses on multiple genres of music. Students in this course will choose their own music, and learn how to work on it individually, while developing an ear for music.

About Jonathan

I am currently a Music Education major at The Ohio State University. My primary instrument is piano, and I am always willing to help! I also play saxophone in the Symphonic band, and I've been giving lessons for about 2 years now! My teaching strategy is simple; I believe in teaching the kids about the basics, and then guiding them in the direction they would like. I encourage students to take ownership in their learning, while I serve as a guide or adviser to them.

As of now, I can only teach summer lessons. My time would be from June-August
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Joanne S. July 12, 2014
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Jonathan is a wonderful teacher; very talented; very patient and on task with his student! Will get as many lessons as we can before he goes back to school.
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Jonathan R.

Windsor, CT 06095
(1)
starting at
$15 / 30-min

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