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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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Brian H.

Glastonbury, CT

About Brian

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Guitarist Brian H. studied at The Hartford Conservatory and the Hartt School of Music, graduating at the top of his class with honors from The Hartford Conservatory. Brian has been a guitar and bass instructor at Choate Rosemary Hall since 1999. Brian also teaches at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, The Music Shop in Southington, and is the owner of Guitar Star Studio, located in Glastonbury, CT. In the past, he taught at The Hartford Conservatory and Riccardo's Music in East Hartford.

Brian has performed in many bands with diverse styles of music. As a past member of the Jo
hn Jeski band for 13 years, he was a voting member of the Grammy Awards. Brian has 25 years experience playing in rock/pop bands, and currently performs with country artist Frankie Justin Lamprey. He has had the opportunity to perform several times at the Oakdale Theater, the Rock Cats Stadium, and has also done a number of radio and television interviews. Brian has provided liturgical music for many years in CT; also, in Sicily and Rome. Mr. H is a patient, enthusiastic teacher who enjoys helping his students master the art of guitar.

*** Lesson Details ***
In the first half of the lesson, students can expect to learn music fundamentals from a guitar method book, i.e. how to read music; I also teach guitar tablature. Depending on ability (beginner, intermediate, advanced), I will show them chords, scales and how to play a guitar solo. The second half of the lesson is spent with the student learning their favorite songs and building a repertoire (song list) for possbile future performances.

*** Studio Equipment ***
home: Seating for parents. I provide the amp, instrument cable and music stand. I expect the student to have a guitar and notebook. If the student does not have a guitar, I will give a referral for reasonably priced guitars.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect the student to have a guitar and notebook. If the student does not have a guitar, I will give a referral for reasonably priced guitars.

*** Specialties ***
Rock, Pop, Jazz, & Beginner Classical

Pick and Finger style Guitar & Bass
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Joannie M. June 25, 2014
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
I have been taking guitar lessons from Brian for a little over a year. His style is both patient and encouraging. I admire his ability to "hear the music"....every note ! I am an adult who has wanted to learn guitar for many years and thrilled to have found Brian. He truly displays a desire to teach at a pace that is comfortable. I would recommend him to folks of all ages.
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Brian H.

Glastonbury, CT 06033
(1)
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.

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.

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

Vernon Rockville, CT

About Numan

Guitarist Numan S. studied Music at Central Connecticut State University, Graduating in 2003. Throughout his musical journey he has studied with famous musicians/instructors (Miami Sound Machine Guitarist) in the Northeast area. Numan S. has been a private guitar and bass instructor since 1998. He has performed in many bands within many genres/styles of music from Rock, Jazz, Blues, and Pop. Doing 250+ shows. Numan has had 20+ years experience playing in rock/pop, jazz and country bands in the Northeast and Southwest USA. He currently plays in music projects in the Hartford, CT area. He is an
enthusiastic and patient teacher who enjoys helping his students master their craft in music, guitar and bass.
Students can expect to learn music theory and utilize lessons from using tools from guitar instruction method booklets, and written lessons provided by the instructor, for example, music theory, chords, scales, sight reading, improvisation, picking techniques, teach guitar tablature, songwriting and lyric writing. Lessons will also incorporate having the student learn their favorite songs, and how to create their own songs.
Other training is also available including: Computer Recording, Digital Audio/MIDI, DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) creation, amp setups, guitar equipment, guitar setups and modifications, repairs, music industry knowledge, etc.
Equipment: Its expected that the student have their own guitar, bass and notation notebook for lessons.
Numan S. specializes in Metal, Rock, Blues, Pop, and Jazz.
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John Coffey November 24, 2015
Guitar · In studio
If your considering taking guitar lessons for the first time,
or looking to "spice up" your playing ability, Numan is the teacher for you.
He's patient,knowledgable and always go's the extra mile to help me during our lessons together. I've had previous teachers who charged more and are nowhere near as talented; my playing has inproved drastically since studying with him and friends have noticed..Highly Recommended!
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Maria October 12, 2015
Acoustic Guitar · In home
Numan first of all is a great guitar player. He has studio experience, and has played professionally for years. He has taught me many great techniques in playing guitar. He has patience and is very clear and thorough when teaching and works at the students pace. In just a short while I was already learning some of my favorite songs, reading music, scales, music theory and writing my own tunes! I definitely recommend this teacher if you want to learn the guitar from top to bottom.
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Jon July 4, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Numan is the real deal. I spent years putting off taking guitar lessons as I've never been the best student. A friend of mine recommend Numan and I thought I'd give him a try. His teaching style is very patient and thorough. He does not get frustrated and works with me at my pace. He's also the best guitar player I've ever known. In just a few months I'm playing at a level I never thought I'd be able to. I cannot recommend Numan enough.
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Numan S.

Numan S.

Vernon Rockville, CT 06066
(3)
starting at
$15 / 30-min

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