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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. My lessons focus on developing technique, practice strategies, a good sound, aural skills, music theory knowledge, and stylistic fluency.

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. I hold a Master's in Music from The Hartt School and a Bachelor of Music summa cum laude from Arizona St
ate University (ASU).

I have eight years of private teaching experience working with students of all ages and backgrounds. 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 Scheduling***

I offer lessons on a monthly basis (4 lessons total) or semester basis (17 lessons total). Committing to multiple lessons encourages students’ progress and dedication to the instrument, and enables me to reserve a regular time-slot in my schedule.

I do not accept students on a week-to-week basis.

***Lesson Materials***

Saxophone students must have an instrument in good repair and required accessories (reeds, mouthpiece, etc.). Piano students must have access to a tuned piano or a keyboard with touch-sensitivity. I am happy to recommend instrument and accessory brands; please check with me before a major purchase. Quality, working equipment is critical to students’ success.

I periodically request that students purchase books and other lesson materials.

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.
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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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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, specifically 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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Christina March 1, 2016
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Rachel is a very good match for Christina! She is excited to return next week. Thank you.
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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
(3)
starting at
$40 / 30-min
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Kathleen F.

Providence, RI

About Kathleen

Kathleen is a classically trained bass clarinetist and flutist who has over 15 years of experience.

During high school Kathleen performed on a variety of instruments under the direction of Metro Narcisi, and found her passion laid with the woodwind family. Kathleen then attended the Community College of Rhode Island where she graduated with an Associates in Fine Arts with High Honors. She showed promise in music theory, and her orchestration of the Annie Overture was chosen for the opening of 2011 Hello Broadway!

After receiving her Associates, she continued her studies at Rhode Island
College where she received a Bachelors of Arts with concentrations in Music Theory and Music History. She showed a high aptitude for counterpoint and twentieth century theory, and concentrated on female studies in her musicology studies. While attending RIC, Kathleen had the benefit of studying clarinet under Ian Grietzer, principal clarinetist for the RI Philharmonic Orchestra and Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra and flute under Mary Ellen Kregler. She also performed in a variety of chamber ensembles on bass clarinet, flute, and alto saxophone including New Music Ensemble, Sax Quartet, and Early Music Ensemble to name a few.

While attending RIC, Kathleen decided to open her own studio and offer lessons in clarinet, flute, saxophone, and music theory. After graduation, she has remained a community member of the Rhode Island College Wind Ensemble and is with the Rhode Island Wind Ensemble and Charles River Wind Ensemble performing on both bass and contrabass clarinet. She was voted into the positions of Music Librarian and Personnel Manager for the RI Wind Ensemble in May 2015 and frequently performs on piccolo in a variety of marching bands throughout Southern New England.

Kathleen is available to teach in three convenient locations including her studio in Providence located on the RIC Campus, the Amped Music School in Richmond, and your living room!
***To book at the Amped Music School, please visit https://ampedmusicschool.com/ or call 401-323-1477 to book your lesson today!***

For more updated information including performances, pictures, and videos, please visit https://www.facebook.com/Kathleen.Fontaine.Musician/
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Jean April 6, 2016
Flute · In studio
Very patient and understanding teacher!
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Athena H. February 5, 2016
Saxophone · In home
Verified Student
Kathleen is a hands on instructor with the patience of a saint. Enthusiastic & comitted to her craft she is passionate about teaching others with optimism & the "one step at a time" approach. She is prompt in communication as well.
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Steve S. November 24, 2014
Clarinet · In home
Verified Student
Kathleen is dedicated, positive and timely. My daughter likes learning from her and I am glad I hired her.
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Kathleen F.

Kathleen F.

Wyoming, RI 02898
(4)
starting at
$20 / 30-min
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mark M.

Portland, CT

About mark

I grew up outside of New York City, in Westchester county. I studied with the late, great Tony Williams. I went to the University of Bridgeport and studied with Ed Soph. I moved to Boston to study with the late, great Alan Dawson (Tony's teacher!). I graduated from New England Conservatory in 1984 and have been teaching and performing for the past 30+ years. I have taught privately and at public schools, prep schools and colleges. I have performed throughout the United States and Northern Europe(Germany). I have a soft approach but I strive for perfection and try to prepare every student to pe
rform in public and enjoy themselves with music.
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mark M.

mark M.

Portland, CT 06480
starting at
$40 / 30-min

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