I have been playing trumpet for 20 years, and have been teaching sine 2008
A professional voice teacher from The Boston Conservatory of Music, Dominic S. (lyric baritone) has years of experience teaching people of all ages, and in all styles of music. Professionally, he has performed in National Tours, Off Broadway, and in major films.
"Music has always been my absolute favorite thing in the world, and so to teach it to others through singing really is special."
Currently Dominic's studio consists of - An Academy Award winner A Tony Award nominee One student is working with Lady Gaga's producer One student is signed with Akon Four students are currently p
erforming on Broadway
BFA The Boston Conservatory of Music
Performed in two national tours and off Broadway Has a speaking role in the films "Milk" and "The Dropout"
List of notable students:
Constantine Maroulis Jessica Stam Jennifer Babiak Jason Jurman Mitchell Jarvis Spencer Plachy Jenn Marie Hertel Brendan Washington Kasey Marino Jordana Marcus Krisztina Soltesz
Victor Jannett Sheri Greenawald James Javore
Lead singer of the bands Air For Ants and Dead Body Music Director and House Pianist of The Vaudeville Villianettes Burlesque
Notable Quotes about S.:
Ken Nelson (Coldplay) - "Fantastic voice" Kenneth 'Babyface' Edmonds - "Really cool songs" Dan Grigsby (Keith Richards' Engineer) - "Genius"
*** Lesson Details *** Music is fun.
My personality is laid back, but I would never say that I teach that way. There is a delicate balance between learning, fun, and concentration.
I have watched my students (especially the beginners) grow as people as well as musicians over the course of a few months. It's really amazing to watch someone do things they never thought they would do, sing or play something they thought was beyond them. That alone makes what I do really special to me.
*** Studio Equipment *** Yamaha U1 Upright Piano, MIDI Keyboard, Akai Miniak, Gibson Les Paul Electric Guitar, Fender Squire Electric Guitar, Fender DG-60 Takamine Acoustic 3F30CE
*** Travel Equipment *** Both the teacher and student should have sheet music
Marla H. March 22, 2016
In home Verified Student
Dominic is fabulous. if you have a chance to work with him, do yourself a favor and do it!
Cathy M. February 2, 2016
Online Verified Student
Dominic is really easy to work with. He is very patient, talented and can work will all levels of learning. Absolutely recommend!
Corey Birtles January 29, 2016
In studio Verified Student
Dominic has been an excellent voice coach. Each week he uses appropriate techniques tailored for the unique challenges that I've been having and genuinely shows an interest in my progress. He's always pleasant to be with and continues to be punctual. On the weeks where my work schedule affects our slot, he's been more than obliging in finding another appropriate slot. Before each session, Dominic makes a point of reaching out to me to confirm all is ok. I would definitely recommend him to anyone who is looking for coaching at any level.
The key to this instrument is its simplicity! Learn to have unlimited technique to play any style.
As a younger brother at the age of five, I began studying the piano because my older sister did. After my foundation in music strengthened I fell in love with the trumpet. At first, each note took time to develop and I enjoyed the challenge. The trumpet allowed me to travel all over the Southeast later in life and even to China with a 1940's Radio Show. I enjoyed many top-level bands the kindled my love and passion for good music. I want to share that kindling with my students in a nurturing and guiding situation, just like my teachers gave me. I used to go to lessons and become
so motivated and inspired that I thought I could change the world. I always knew that I would want to give back exactly that. As my performance opportunities grew into venues like Churchill Grounds, The Rialto, and The Variety Playhouse in Atlanta and Radio City Music Hall, 54 Below, The Jazz Standard, Bowery Ballroom, Shapeshifter and Flushing Town Hall in New York, my fire for wanting to develop my teaching did also. I was always thinking back to what my old teachers gave me, inspiration. I then understood that inspiration is the key to success in life.
*** Lesson Details *** Lessons will be something the student looks forward to every week. We will work through common method books and learn material that the student has an interest in. For example, some students want to learn to play high notes, a popular song, improvise, or write their own songs. I am a laid back guy, but I do expect effort in the lessons and at home. I believe whatever you put into music is what you get out of it, and I will inspire and motivate the student to get as much out of the lessons as they can. Students will create, with my advisement, and update short term and long term goals every few months.
*** Studio Equipment *** Keyboard or Piano and Music Stand
*** Travel Equipment *** They should provide their instrument, instrument care products (valve oil), method books and sheet music.
*** Specialties *** I specialize in jazz and classical music. I use many common methods depending on how the student tends to learn the best, and will even combine different methods if the student requires it.
Chip S. November 25, 2015
In home Verified Student
We could not ask for more in a teacher. Gregory helped our son prepare for NYC high school auditions this year and he was extremely professional, a very, very good teacher and overall just a very nice person to deal with. He gets our highest recommendation.
Vala P. October 9, 2015
In home Verified Student
Great bonding with a new student, engaging and encouraging.
Ian S. August 26, 2015
In home Verified Student
As a trumpet player, I feel confident instructing beginners and advanced students on this instrument. I tailor my lessons to students individual needs, using many different respected trumpet methods to meet the challenges of the individual players.
Katie holds a Bachelorâs degree in Music from Central Washington University and a Masters in Trumpet Performance from Rutgers University at Mason Gross School of the Arts. Her principal teachers include David Krauss; Principal Trumpet of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Matthew Muckey of the New York Philharmonic, and Steve Emery of the Boston Pops.
As a trumpeter, Katie has appeared with the Rodney Mack Philadelphia Big Brass, The New Amsterdam Orchestra, The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Sinfonietta Nova, the Yakima Symphony Orchestra, the Lake Chelan Bach Festival Orchestra and
many others in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and Washington state. Katie was also a semifinalist in the Ensemble Division of the National Trumpet Competition for three consecutive years and appeared as a featured performer at the International Trumpet Guild Conference in Boulder, Colorado. You can currently hear her as part of the pit orchestra in the latest Broadway revival of the KIng and I, now playing at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.
As a private teacher, Katie has worked as a resident artist and teacher at the Luzerne Music Center Festival in upstate New York, and as a regular member of Play On, Philly! She maintains an active private studio in Montclair, NJ.
*** Lesson Details *** I am primarily a trumpet teacher, but I also have experience with beginning trombone and french horn students. I like to tailor each of my lessons to the individual student, with general weekly playing assignments that help to expand each student's ability level.
*** Studio Equipment *** H2 Recorder; student may review their lessons each week.
*** Specialties *** Trumpet Instruction, Music Theory
Ron H. May 10, 2016
In studio Verified Student
My 1st Trumpet lesson with Katie went well. I need the actual exercise music that
we worked on ?? Also, I was wondering if we could do a lesson somewhere out in the open. Like a hall, church, or bigger room, maybe my apartment ??
Thanks a lot Katie for your expertise, it is much appreciated.
Sincerely...... Ron Hooper
Victor March 24, 2016
WOW!!!! All I have to say is WOW!!! I never thought I would have picked up the trumpet as fast as I did. Katie was def easy to get a long with and made it easy for me to pick up the trumpet.
Toby March 20, 2016
Katie is the best teacher I've ever had. She's very patient with us kids even when we talk a LOT. For me personally, the best thing about her is that she knows where my problems are, and gives me the fastest way to overcome that problem. Stay awesome Katie.
The trumpet is a colorful and exciting instrument played in many styles of music throughout the world, from jazz and classical to funk and soul to reggae, afro-beat, and Balkan music. In addition to covering the basic technical requirements of the instrument, I'm particularly interested in the many genres in which the trumpet can be found, and I like to focus on the styles of music that most interest and challenge my students. I have been playing trumpet for more than 18 years, and I teach my students valuable brass exercises based on lessons I learned under the tutelage of John McNeil, Laurie Frink, and Walter White. I encourage the use of long tones, air support, and trumpet calisthenics to improve tone, increase range and endurance, and work towards greater flexibility.
I am a jazz trumpeter, improviser, and composer as well as an avid listener and enthusiastic educator. I maintain an active performance schedule playing improvised music as well as funk, soul, afro-beat, reggae, hip-hop, and American folk music. In addition to trumpet, I have experience performing and recording on slide trumpet, trombone, baritone horn, and french horn. I write and arrange music for my own groups and regularly write and record horn arrangements for folk, pop, and reggae groups. I have attended Berklee College of Music and Ithaca College, and I have a Master's degree in jazz tr
umpet performance from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston.
I have over nine years of experience working with students ages 7 to adult. I have worked both from my home studio and though several public and community music school programs including the Hudson Arts Alliance in Hudson, MA, the Kittredge Elementary School in North Andover, MA, and the Performing Arts Center of Metro West in Framingham, MA. I have studied jazz performance with trumpet greats John McNeil and Walter White, improvisation with jazz gurus David Schumacher and Jerry Bergonzi, and George Russell's Lydian Chromatic Concept of Tonal Organization with master composer and theorist Ben Schwendener.
As an educator, my aim is to inspire in my students an enthusiasm for the artistic performance of music of any style. I strive to convey my own excitement for the art to young trumpeters and improvisers, and I have worked to encourage self-motivation and a longstanding interest in musical self-expression in elementary through high school students and adults. I have experience performing many styles of music from jazz and experimental improvised music to funk, reggae, and afro-beat, and I use my knowledge of divergent genres to encourage creative experimentation and convey the expressive artistic elements shared by all music. As an improviser I am particularly interested in teaching the theory and philosophy of spontaneous composition and musical communication.
Tom Wanielista July 11, 2016
In home Verified Student
Bobby is personable, fun to chat with, smart, and an all around great teacher! Bobby can customize the lessons for your goals. I can't recommend Bobby enough if you're just starting out fresh or picking up an old talent like I am.
David G. April 20, 2016
In studio Verified Student
All my lessons with Bobby has been great!
Excellent teacher very knowledgeable and makes learning fun.
Michael March 30, 2016
Bobby has a great talent for breaking down complicated music theory concepts and explaining precisely why they are important to your progression with the instrument. I started taking lessons with him after having taken a ten-year hiatus from the trumpet. During the first lesson, he was immediately able to identify where my abilities had eroded and gave me exercises to improve my technical skills. He also to helped me improve my sheet music reading skills, even transcribing some of my favorite songs into sheet music that I could memorize. I would highly recommend Bobby as an instructor. His enthusiasm for music and teaching is infectious!
Throughout my time at Berklee, NEC, and now Juilliard, I have studied with many great teachers and musicians from Wynton Marsalis, Eddie Henderson, Kenny Barron, Tiger Okoshi, John McNeil, and Laurie Frink to Jerry Bergonzi, and Miguel Zenon. The diverse subjects we went over in lessons and classes gives me a unique knowledge of certain styles and musical ideas. I try to be as personal and individual as I can when it comes to teaching students. That was the thing that stood out amongst my favorite teachers.
At 26 years old, David is one of the most active and exciting trumpet players in Boston and New York's jazz scene. A native of Massachusetts, Neves was awarded a full scholarship to attend the Berklee College of Music. There, he was chosen to be a member of the Berklee Global Jazz Institute. There, David had the privilege of studying with some of the most accomplished and well-known jazz musicians in the world, including Wayne Shorter, Dave Liebman, Danilo Perez, John Patitucci, Joe Lovano, and George Garzone. Neves then attended the New England Conservatory where he received his M.M. in Jazz
Performance. At NEC, David studied under and with a diverse group of artists, including John McNeil, Laurie Frink, Ralph Alessi, Miguel Zenón, Jason Moran, Fred Hersch, Dave Holland, and Jerry Bergonzi. David is now attending The Juilliard School in the prestigious Artist Diploma Program in Jazz Studies under the direction of Wynton Marsalis.
Teaching Philosophy • To relate to the student in a way that keeps them constantly engaged. • To focus on areas of improvement as well as their strengths allowing him/her to feel comfortable. • Develop discipline and a sense of creativity within the student, and allow them to express themselves freely with music. • To improve their technique and musicality in a fun and informative way. • Lessons will also include information on trumpet history, music theory, jazz improvisation, and musicianship.
Teaching Experience • Juilliard Jazz Workshop Faculty Torino Jazz Festival, Italy - April 2016 Featured artist and faculty at 2016 Torino Jazz Festival. Conducted trumpet/improvisation masterclass. Taught advanced ensemble (featured at the final day of festival). Topics included trumpet technique, jazz history, jazz recordings, jazz theory, musicianship.
• Trumpet Instructor Music To Your Home, NYC - November 2015 to present Private lessons in students homes. Developed lesson plans for each student, and assessed progress during weekly lessons. Topics included trumpet technique, improvisation, musicianship. From ages 10-18.
• Resident Trumpet Instructor Medfield High School, MA - September 2014 to May 2015 After school program, where private and group lessons of 4-5 people were conducted. Developed lesson plans for each student, and assessed progress during weekly lessons. Topics included trumpet technique, improvisation, musicianship. From ages 10-18.
• Private Instructor Norwell High School and Middle School, MA - June 2007 to September 2015 Private and group lessons of 5-10 people were conducted. Created unique exercises based on each students learning challenges/needs. Occasional clinics were conducted for whole band program. Topics included trumpet technique, improvisation, musicianship, and music and jazz theory. From ages 14-18.
• Clinician and Performer Panama Jazz Festival - January 2011 Featured artist at 2011 Panama Jazz Festival. Conducted trumpet/brass/jazz masterclass to 40-50 people. Topics included trumpet technique, jazz history, jazz recordings, jazz theory, musicianship.
Education • The Juilliard School New York, NY - Candidate, Artist Diploma in Jazz Studies September 2015 - expected May 2017 • New England Conservatory Boston, MA - Master of Music in Jazz Studies September 2012 - May 2014 • Berklee College of Music Boston, MA - Bachelor of Music in Trumpet Performance September 2007 – May 2011
Performance Highlights/Awards: • Juilliard Artist Diploma Ensemble at Torino Jazz Festival 2016 • Juilliard Artist Diploma Ensemble at Macy’s Window Unveiling in Herald Square, NY • Juilliard Artist Diploma - Music of Buddy Bolden, Louis Armstrong, and Sidney Bechet • Juilliard Artist Diploma at the Sherman Theater in Stroudsbourg, PA - Jazz in the Movies • Terraza 7 Big Band in Jackson Heights, Queens • David Neves Group at WhyNot Jazz Room in Greenwich Village, NY - February 28th, 2015 • Louie Bello Band at Boston Music Awards (Winner of “Best Live Residency in Boston”) • Robin McKelle and the Flytones at the 2014 Saratoga Jazz Festival • David Neves Group at ShapeShifter Lab in Brooklyn, NY - December 9th, 2014 • David Neves Group at Scullers - February 11th, 2014 CD Release Celebration of “Progress Report” • New England Conservatory Jazz Orchestra with the Miguel Zenon Quartet at New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall • SpeakEasy Stage Production of “The Color Purple” - January 2014 • David Neves Group at the Lily Pad in Cambridge, MA - January 2013 • Zach Brown Quartet at Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival in Rockville, MD - February 2012 • John Coltrane Memorial Concert at Northeastern University, Blackman Auditorium - October 2011 • Mario Castro Quintet at Newport Jazz Festival - August 2011 • Mario Castro Quintet at Martha’s Vineyard Jazz Festival - August 2011 • Kenny Garrett Tribute Band at Agannis Arena (Berklee College of Music Commencement Concert) - May 2011 • Global Jazz Institute at Berklee Performance Center with Wayne Shorter, Danilo Perez, John Patitucci, Terri-Lynne Carrington, Joe Lovano, George Garzone - April 25th, 2011 • Global Jazz Institute at Panama Jazz Festival - January 2011 • Global Jazz Institute at JEN Conference in New Orleans, LA - January 2011 • Mark Whitfield Jr. Quartet at Institute of Contemporary Art - September 2011 • Global Jazz Institute at Beantown Jazz Festival - September 2010 • International Trumpet Guild Conference Finalist Jazz Solo Competition 1st Place Winner in Sydney, Australia - July 2010 • Various volunteer work at prisons, nursing homes, high school and elementary schools (Global Jazz Institute) • Mario Castro Quintet featuring Dave Liebman at Wally’s Jazz Cafe every Friday and Saturday • Phil Wilson’s Rainbow Big Band at Scullers Jazz Club in Cambridge, MA • Greg Hopkins Concert Jazz Orchestra in various performances around U.S. including performances with Peter Erskine, Lewis Nash, and Steve Smith • Kendrick Oliver Group at Cambridge River Festival in Cambridge, MA
Gabby July 5, 2016
David's a really cool teacher. He knows a lot and has given me a ton of stuff to improve my playing and get ready for college. He's such a good and helpful teacher I even recommended him to my friend to take lessons.
Lee July 5, 2016
Dave is an inspiring and extremely thoughtful teacher. He always brings the right energy and gives 100% of his heart and soul. Whether it's studying trumpet or music in general, you'll be in great hands!
Naomi June 30, 2016
Definitely recommend Dave as a Trumpet teacher! I'm a musician but had never played trumpet; Dave helped open a totally new side of my musicianship! He is so knowledgable not only in Jazz, but all other genres of music as well. Dave won't just make you a better trumpet player by focusing on technique and learning the instrument, but he'll also make you a better musician overall with his well rounded approach to music and theory. He is also just a super awesome guy and easy to get along with and feel comfortable around. Definitely recommend for any ages or skill levels!
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