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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.

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

West Hartford, CT

About Rachel

Mezzo-soprano Rachel Abrams has captured audiences throughout the United States with her rich and warm timbre, beautiful blend, and dynamic stage presence. A native of Stockton, California, Rachel was born into a musical family and quickly developed an affinity for the performing arts. She first fell in love with classical music as an oboist and gradually found her niche as a singer through her passion for languages, literature, and theater. In the fall of 2012, she relocated to Connecticut where she continues to be an active performer of opera, oratorio, art song, crossover, and new music.


Formerly a soprano, Ms. Abrams has been featured with multiple companies throughout New England. Most recently, she captured audiences as the First Niece in Benjamin Britten’s Peter Grimes and Mrs. Nordstrom in A Little Night Music with Madison Lyric Stage, Mabel in Pirates of Penzance with the Greater Meriden Concert Chorale, with Hartford Opera Theater as Miss Paige in Boston based composer Dan Shore’s An Embarrassing Position, Mrs. Nordstrom in A Little Night Music, and the premiers of Christopher McCormick’s opera In A Grove and Miss Romano in Jeremy Beck’s I Can Hardly Wait!. She has also performed the role of Peep Bo in The Mikado and as Casillda in scenes from The Gondoliers with the Simsbury Light Opera Company, with Greater Worcester Opera and the 4th Wall Stage Company in Massachusetts.

Prior to moving to Connecticut, Rachel lived in St. Louis, Missouri, where she frequently performed with the St. Louis Symphony as a member of the St. Louis Symphony Chorus. She has also performed with Winter Opera St. Louis, Union Avenue Opera, and the Southern Illinois Music Festival. In 2012, Ms. Abrams had the opportunity to be a sponsored young artist with Winter Opera St. Louis where she performed the role of Echo in Ariadne auf Naxos, covered Musetta in La Bohème, and performed in the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical review: A Grand Night for Singing. Ms. Abrams has also performed with Opera Fort Collins, Loveland Opera Theater, Victorian Lyric Opera, and Opera Classica Europa in Bad Schwalbach, Germany as an apprentice artist. Additional operatic credits include: Gretel in Hansel and Gretel, Zweite Dame in Die Zauberflöte, Giannetta in L’Elisir d’Amore, Susanna and Barbarina in Le nozze di Figaro, and Fanny in Rossini’s La cambiale di matrimonio.

No stranger to the concert stage, Ms. Abrams has performed in numerous concerts, oratorios, and recitals throughout the United States. She has performed the mezzo-soprano solos in Mendelssohn’s Elijah, and Vivaldi’s Gloria. A passionate performer of Jewish music, Ms. Abrams was featured as a soloist in Martin Bresnick’s puppet opera, Der Signál, with the Hartford Independent Chamber Orchestra during the 10th Annual Celebration of Jewish Arts and Culture at Charter Oak Cultural Center in October of 2014.

As an active performer of art song, Ms. Abrams has collaborated with various musicians throughout the New England region to create diverse and accessible art song recitals. In the fall of 2014, Rachel and pianist Andrew King performed an art song recital throughout Connecticut and Massachusetts titled Songs of Land and Sea. This recital consisted of works by Schubert, Fauré, Rorem, and Rachmaninoff and was received with great acclaim. In April of 2015, Ms. Abrams and pianist Michael Korman presented a recital featuring the works of Schönberg, Ruth Schönthal, Previn, and Weill with the Maurice Greenberg Center for Jewish Studies at the University of Hartford.

In addition to being a passionate performer and collaborator, Rachel is a private music educator dedicated to the success of her students. Ms. Abrams maintains a private studio of voice students out of her home in West Hartford, Connecticut. In addition to her private teaching studio, Ms. Abrams teaches Musical Discovery courses at the Farmington Valley Academy Montessori in Avon and Introduction to Musical Theater and Group Voice classes at The Arts Place in Cheshire.

Before opening her own private studio in Connecticut, Ms. Abrams lived in St. Louis, Missouri where she taught throughout the region. While in Missouri, she served as an Adjunct Voice Instructor/Lecture Professor at East Central College and a Private Voice and Music Instructor at St. John's School of the Arts.

In addition to her teaching experience in the Missouri area, Rachel was a Graduate Teaching Assistant at the University of Northern Colorado where she was an assistant instructor for Music Survey and Music and World Cultures classes.

*** Specialties ***
I teach classical technique, specially focusing on proper resonance and breath control. This method can be highly useful to broadway, jazz, popular or any other style of singing.
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Sheila M. January 23, 2016
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Very enthusiastic and knowledgeable.
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Matthew Lemaster December 21, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Wonderful first lesson!!
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Rachel A.

West Hartford, CT 06119
(2)
starting at
$40 / 30-min
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Steve K.

Ellington, CT

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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Tim M.

Manchester, CT

About Tim

I am a Hartt School of Music trained classical guitarist raised on the electric guitar. With over 20 years of teaching experience, I have helped students of all ages achieve their musical goals. Whether it's getting into the school jazz band, a college degree program or simply playing for friends, I can help you get there. My studio is a spacious and equipped learning environment designed with the guitarist in mind.
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Jack January 7, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Very patient, intuitive and instructional. Looking forward to the next lesson
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Lucas D. November 19, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Tim is an excellent teacher. It is clear that he has a solid grounding in musical theory, technique, and experience playing across many different genres. You will learn what you want to learn with Tim, no matter what it may be. He will help you focus your practice to hone the particular skills you need to create the sounds you hear on your favorite records. I highly recommend Tim!
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Stephanie October 7, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Tim is a wonderful guitar teacher. He works with my son at his own pace and it has been a joy to watch his confidence and skills grow with every lesson. He recently became a member of his school's jazz band and has deeply appreciated Tim's support and encouragement.
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Tim M.

Tim M.

Manchester, CT 06042
(6)
starting at
$27 / 30-min
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Bruce G.

Longmeadow, MA

About Bruce

Bruce G. is an American guitarist from Hartford, CT, United States. As a virtuoso guitarist, he has performed for over 36 years dazzling audiences with his soul and feel approach to playing guitar and with true “non-stop” and “all energy” shows throughout the United States and North America, Europe, and The Mediterranean. Bruce has performed on some of the greatest event stages graced by a multitude of major international recording artists and entertainers. He has not been short on inspiration in his musical direction. In his early teens, Bruce was invited to play at one of Massachusetts oldes
t jazz, blues, and rock venues, Theodore's Blues, Booze & BBQ with the legendary Billy Arnold and Taj Mahal. Shortly after, he was invited to play and study with jazz legend Jackie McClean.
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Kev K. December 1, 2015
Guitar · Online
Verified Student
Bruce is a masterful guitarist. He knows how to play with a lot of taste; understands theory and knows how to easily pass on the information. He is a real nice, down to earth. modest guy. I really look forward to my lessons with Bruce.
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Tom October 4, 2015
Guitar · In studio
I think I am going to learn a lot from Bruce. I told him what I am interested in doing with the guitar, and he sent me a direction I like. First lesson and I am looking forward to putting in the work and learning from Bruce what I can. I have faith in him.
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Ron N. June 11, 2015
Guitar · In home
Excellent guitar instruction. This guy's been playing a long time! Laid back style, easy going, and humor too.
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Bruce G.

Bruce G.

Longmeadow, MA 01106
(3)
starting at
$25 / 60-min

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