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Astoria, NY

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My goal as a teacher is to provide an in depth understanding of the instrument to my students. Whether we are learning technique specific to the instrument or general musical concepts, it is important to me that I take the time to insure that my students not only learn how to do something, but also the reasons why we are learning a specific concept or technique. At the end of the day, my ultimate goal is to teach you how to teach yourself, so that you may enjoy playing the instrument outside of our lessons together.

I prefer not to conform to a specific teaching style, because every student is different, and I have been fortunate to have a great variety of types of students throughout my years as a teacher. Some of my students are children and adolescents who are looking to pursue music when they go to college or auditioning for state and regional band programs. Many of my students are very busy adults who are either looking to pick up an instrument for the first time as an ...

About Matt
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Thanks for choosing me as you private music instructor. I’ve enjoyed teaching music since 2001 and being a Takelessons teacher since 2008. I specialize in teaching beginner to advanced saxophone, beginner to intermediate clarinet, beginner flute, and beginner to advanced jazz improvisation. I welcome all ages and believe that it is never too late to pick up an instrument, even if you’ve had no prior experience in music. Specifically when it comes to beginners, I am able to provide virtually everything that you need to get started, including access to brand new and lightly used student model instruments that I have for sale at very reasonable prices.

I have been teaching and playing music professionally for almost 20 years and began studying music and playing the saxophone at age 11. I currently live and work in New York Ci
ty after moving here from Philadelphia in early 2001, after graduating from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia in 1999 with a Bachelors in Music Performance.

Throughout my musical career I have worked in a variety of capacities in addition to being a performer, including working as a composer and recording studio engineer. My main area of expertise is performing as a jazz saxophonist on alto, tenor, and soprano saxophones, and I regularly play throughout New York City in restaurants, jazz clubs, bars and other music venues.

As a private music teacher, I place an emphasis on giving the student an in depth understanding of his or her instrument, and I place the utmost importance on explaining advanced concepts in the simplest of terms in order to insure that the student fully comprehends the objectives of each lesson. Such concepts that I cover regularly are sight-reading, ear-training, technique, and creativity.

As a regularly performing musician in New York City, I can be seen every Sunday night at Ba'sik (a very popular bar in Williamsburg Brooklyn) where I lead an open jazz jam session. A few of my adult students have even been able to reach a level in jazz improvisation that they've been able to come out and sit in with the band.

YOUNGER STUDENTS: I’ve found that in most cases, it is very difficult for students younger than 8 or 9 years old to learn instruments like the clarinet, saxophone and flute. Occasionally, an exception can be made if a younger student is taller than average for his or her age, but most of the time the size of a student’s hands, as well as his or her amount of a physical strength, are not adequate enough until around the ages of 8 or 9. A worthwhile alternative, if a student is absolutely enthusiastic about learning a woodwind instrument, is to begin them on an instrument called the recorder. The recorder is a real instrument, but it is a more primitive, smaller, and simpler of an instrument than the saxophone, clarinet, or the flute; however, it is a great way for young students to begin learning the basics of playing a woodwind instrument and also learning important musical concepts such as reading music notation, pitch, and rhythm. I have also been introduced to a new line of instruments that are developed for younger students by a company called Nuvo. These instruments are smaller and simpler analogs to the saxophone, flute, and clarinet, and they can function as the next step in a younger student’s progression between the recorder and an actual saxophone, flute, or clarinet. The specific instruments that I deal with are called the jSax and the DooD by Nuvo Instrumental. I was asked to demo these instruments and you can check them out if you scroll down to the video section of my profile and look for the videos entitled “jSax and DooD review and demo. Nuvo Instrumental” or “jSax and Dood demo. Nuvo Instrumental”.

In addition to teaching woodwind instruments and jazz improvisation, I also have experience teaching Sibelius music writing software, and audio engineering and editing with Pro-tools LE and Logic Pro X.

PLEASE NOTE: Because the NYC area is very different geographically from other parts of the country, especially in terms of transportation, I may appear outside of your area in terms of where I am available to travel. If you are very interested in taking lessons with me, but you are outside of my travel zone, please feel free to follow up with a Takelessons counselor and have them contact me personally to see if we might make an exception. I am available to travel to virtually all areas of Queens, Brooklyn, and Manhattan as well as Jersey City and Hoboken, depending on if the day and time selected allows me acceptable travel time between other scheduled lessons. If my location in Astoria Queens is not convenient for you, and you are unable to have lessons in your home, then there is also an option where I can most likely find a very affordable teaching studio in an area that is more convenient for you that we may rent by the hour and split the cost for your lesson.

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Any student, regardless of age or experience level, learns best when engaged in an activity that he or she understands and enjoys. Part of my success as a teacher can be attributed to my willingness to take into account every student's particular musical interests and strengths, and attempt to teach directly to those areas. For instance, in the initial stages of developing a student and teacher relationship, I like to request that the student compile a "wish list" of approximately ten pieces of music that he or she would like to be able to play. This list may include pieces in such genres as classical, jazz, and popular music, just to name a few. It is through this list that the student can begin almost immediately learning exactly what he or she likes, and by default, I can then teach the student all of the technical components needed to perform on his or her instrument, as well as determine the specific areas where the student needs to receive more focused instruction. More importantly, this "thinking outside of the box," customized approach provides a fun atmosphere and enables the student to enjoy learning the art of playing music by not being solely dependent on instructional booklets which many students, regardless of age and experience, find boring and tedious.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Additional saxophones for students who do not currently have a saxophone to use during a lesson. Recording equipment, including software and microphones. Mac book pro with music writing and recording software. Full 88 key keyboard.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Additional saxophones. Macbook pro with recording and music writing software

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music, music theory, home recording, saxophone, clarinet, flute,
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Richard May 30, 2018
· Saxophone · In studio
First class was awesome, Matt really knew how to help me with getting the correct articulation on the Alto Sax and made it very easy to understand the keys and musical notes, Can’t wait to advance and learn more.
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Athena L. February 9, 2018
· Saxophone · In studio
First lesson was great. It felt like he was teaching to what I need rather than just a formula he uses across the board. So I’m looking forward to learning with Matt
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Igor January 16, 2018
· Saxophone · In studio
Awesome person and teacher.
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About gwendolyn b.

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Bellevue, WA

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As a private instructor, I genuinely encourage efficient practice, solid technique and good tone quality, as well as an appreciation for music. I also incorporate the study of music theory and the study of music fundamentals in my lessons. I have experience teaching the genres of classical, jazz, modern, folk, and pop music and hope to extend the joy of learning music to my students as well as help them grow and gain confidence in order to bring on-going fulfillment to their musical experience.

About gwendolyn
I currently teach private lessons in saxophone, flute, and piano and have experience working with individuals as well as small groups. In 2007, I received a Bachelor’s degree in Music Performance from the University of Washington where I studied jazz and classical saxophone. For the past 15 years, I have been performing with many professional groups, ranging in styles from big band jazz, classical, samba, funk, to gospel and blues.
As a private instructor, I genuinely encourage efficient practice, solid technique and good tone quality, as well as an appreciation for music. I also incorporate the study of music theory and the study of music fundamentals in my lessons. I have experience teaching the genres of classical, jazz, modern, folk, and pop music and hope to extend the joy of learning music to my students. Over the past ten years I
have been able to help my students grow and gain confidence, which brings on-going fulfillment to their musical experience.
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Alexis March 31, 2017
· Saxophone · Online
It was an honor and a pleasure working with Gwen. Due to personal circumstances, I had to stop working with her, but I highly recommend her as an instructor. She's very knowledgeable, accommodating, and made me feel comfortable. You'll find yourself in good hands with her.
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About Theresa D.

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Rosedale, MD
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I will customize your lessons to suit your learning style. I will combine music theory with your goals to develop a lesson plan.

About Theresa
I am a former instrumental music teacher in the Catholic school system. I have been teaching in some way, shape or form for the past 20 years. My methods of teaching vary depending on the student and what they need to succeed. I make myself available between lessons via text, phone and email for questions regarding the lesson. Please let me know if you have issues with animals, I can put them in another part of the house. I have both cats and a dog. All of which are friendly.
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shiela marie summers October 18, 2017
· Drum · In studio
Theresa does a wonderful job guiding me along in my lessons. She carefully watches my technique, suggesting slight changes I can make in order to improve my style.
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Charles I. March 25, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Enjoyed the lesson. Received new perspective on concept practice and theory. Looking forward to my next lessons.
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Norah B. March 15, 2017
· Violin · In studio
This was my daughters first lesson and she came away loving it!
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About Aaron H.

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Columbus, OH
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I am a Juilliard trained musician that has been teaching the saxophone for more than 10 years now. My students have gone onto win state competitions and awards in music, as well as get in honors bands. They have also been admitted to Manhattan School of Music and Juilliard. I can teach all levels from beginning to advanced musicians.

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Saxophonist and Producer Aaron Holbrook is a Juilliard trained musician who has performed and toured with many notable artists
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Erica S. December 4, 2017
· Saxophone · Online
Aaron has really inspired my son to pick up the Sax again after a six month hiatus. Aaron pushes him musically and challenges him daily on scale work, music theory and song performance. I could not be happier.
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Connie P. October 15, 2017
· Saxophone · Online
Aaron was patience and she felt comfortable with him.
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Lee August 30, 2017
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I have been taking soprano saxophone lessons with Aaron for about 8.5 months now. Aaron is enthusiastic, energetic and knowledgeable. His serious training shines through and he encourages your development along the lines that the student desires. Your musical goals become his for you. I am fortunate to have him as my teacher.
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About Stephen M.

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Newbury Park, CA

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With 11 years experience, classical and jazz background, I can have your child ahead of the class or you ready to play in any setting with any material, written or improvised.
Already play? As musicians there’s always something we can learn from each other!

About Stephen
Why should you take lessons from me?
There are some musicians who teach only as a way to make ends meet and there are those who are passionate about education in general. There are some music teachers who will show you how to play songs and call it a day. That's giving the hungry a fish. I prefer to teach the hungry how to catch fish. Why you use a certain rod, line, lure, how to find fish, what fish are edible, how to drive a boat, etc...In musical terms this translates to things such as why you hold an instrument a certain way, the logic behind finger positions, how to construct chords/scales then use them, how to count musically and why, etc...I teach how to think musically and creatively on and off of the page and have a vested interest in the progress of my students.
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Brian May 17, 2018
· Piano · In home
Stephen is very patient and introduces thoughtful ways to approach learning and different techniques for mastering the keyboard, sheet music reading and styles.

Highly recommended for any age student.
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About Rich J.

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Encino, CA

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10+ years of saxophone experience in NYC and LA!

About Rich
Rich has been teaching private lessons since 2010 and is currently available to teach lessons at your home and online. Rich has helped students from beginners to advanced improve their musical abilities and perform with confidence.

Rich received his training at NYU in 2011where he received a degree in Music Education and Technology. As an expert in his field, Rich looks forward to helping new students achieve their goals. Rich's teaching style is inspiring, challenging, and fun.
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Dedee April 2, 2018
· Piano · In home
He's great!
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Braxten & Maximus P. March 29, 2018
· Piano · In home
AWESOME!
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Paula February 23, 2018
· Clarinet · In studio
Rich has been a wonderful and patient teacher for my 3rd grader as she begins clarinet. His encouragement helps keep her going!
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About Miguel R.

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Joppa, MD

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Experienced teacher of 6 years with over 14 years of playing experience. My background is in jazz performance and music education. I know how to get results while having a good time! I strive to put the FUN back in fundamentals and always make music the joyful experience that it should be. I can help you excel in performing, ear training, sight reading, harmony, composition, improvisation and any other general musicianship skills you would like to acquire!

About Miguel
I am a professional saxophonist and recording artist with 14 years of playing experience. I studied Jazz Saxophone at the Manhattan School of Music and then William Paterson University, where I graduated with a Bachelors degree. I am currently pursuing my Masters Degree in Music Education at Towson University. I have performed original music with my jazz group for the last 5 years across New York, New Jersey, Maryland and D.C. I have had the good fortune of being able to study with some of the worlds greatest jazz musicians including Mulgrew Miller, Christian McBride, Rich Perry, Chris Potter, Seamus Blake and Donny McCaslin.
I have enjoyed helping students of all ages reach their fullest potential and simultaneously find lasting joy and excitement in music. I think these qualities are so important for anyone trying to improve th
eir musical skills! I enjoy passing on all of the knowledge I possibly can to my students, crafting our lessons to their individual learning styles and comfort levels.
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mytina May 31, 2018
· Piano · In home
He is working with my 5 yr old and he is great. Very patient and personable.
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kathy January 26, 2018
· Piano · In home
Miguel is a great teacher.....I'm an adult learning to read music and play an instrument for the first time. He's knowledgeable, patient, and wants to make sure I learn the basic foundation skills to build on. He's always on time, pleasant and interested in my progress. He's also flexible, wanting to make sure I'm enjoying the experience. I wasn't sure what to expect, but this introduction to playing exceeds my expectations. I feel very fortunate to have Miguel leading the way.
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Discover or improve your mastery of saxophones from the Soprano to the Baritone with of course the standards Alto and Tenor!
Enjoy playing these incredible horns and crafting your sound! Turn music into your second nature and sax into your own voice!

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My name is Louis and I play and teach Clarinets, Saxophones and voice. I am a Classical, Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, Jazz and Pop musician freelancing in NYC. Join my studio and connect with numerous other musicians!
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Los Angeles, CA

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I teach saxophone with the student's musical interests as my main priority! Whether the student wants to play jazz, classical music, or pop, I work with the student through their favorite songs that they want to learn and teach technique to match their goals. I have experience performing and recording in a wide variety of different settings and genres as well as a background in music theory and composition. I aim to impart these skills to all of my students!

About Thomas
I'm a saxophonist, composer, and arranger with a Bachelor's of music in Jazz Studies from the University of Southern California. I'm also a flautist, clarinetist, and pianist with experience performing in anything from pit orchestras for musicals, electronic pop bands, to Disneyland!

My students can expect to see a great amount of improvement in tone production, embouchure, sight reading, and overall musicality. I usually assess how to teach each student individually based on what genre or kind of music they want to learn! If a student loves a certain recording by any artist, we will listen to it and work through how to learn it and perform it together while laying a solid foundation for great technique.

I've been a saxophonist for more than 10 years and been taught through a combination of formal education at USC, private lesson
s, and performing experience. I have taken lessons with world renowned saxophonists such as Bob Mintzer and Bob Sheppard. I know what it's like to be a student and in my years of teaching experience I have taught students of every level.

I hope to share my love of music with you!
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Thomas F.

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About Uchenna R.

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I am a Senior Elementary Education Major at Howard University who has been bn playing saxophone for 13 years. If you enjoy marching band or concert band and are in need of a specific tutor for school bands I am your girl. I participated in high step marching bands from middle school through college and concert bands from 5th grade through college. I have also been in a few jazz bands and solo concerts. I am a very thorough teacher because I love playing saxophone and I love when people are interested in learning. It makes my music heart happy. I am also a proud memeber of Sigma Alpha Iota a music fraternity in which my primary instrument is saxophone. Being section leader for so many years gave me the opportunity to teach students, many of which are my same age of younger, how to play saxophone. I started out playing soprano saxophone in the 5th grade and have gone to alto, tenor, and even bari sax in jazz and concert bands. If y pi u want a detailed lesson where you learn techniques ...

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Hi! My name is Uchenna!
I am a Senior Elementary Education Major at Howard University! I am very excited to start lessons with you whether is be for saxophone or Japanese. I am a very fun and colorful person as alot of my materials are visual based. Nut because I am becoming a teacher, I have helpful strategies that are important for any kind of learner! Even though I love to teach and i am very fun, we will be partaking in very detailed lessons that will take hard work and dedication to achieve the best results. If you want to learn all you can about playing saxophone or speaking Japanese, even random facts that will put you ahead of others when displaying your new skill. I am the one!
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