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About Oliver E.

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Hi, I'm Oliver Edsforth, a professional musician currently residing in north Brooklyn.

In addition to composing and performing concert music and jazz in Brooklyn, I played in the rock bands Arpline and The Kiss Off and recorded for Universal Records with the super group Pure Love. I currently record and perform under the monikers Negation, Afterworldsmen, Sandglass and Marlowe Dies as well as performing live around New York with the post-punk band Cloak.

At the end of 2017 I graduated from Hunter College with a Masters in Music Education (preK-12), which included high level conducting at Stuyvesant High School as part of my student teaching. I graduated from NYU in 2005 with a degree in music theory and composition (after completing 2 years as a jazz performance major on saxophone). I played in the rock bands Arpline and The Kiss
Off and recorded for Universal Records with the super group Pure Love. I currently record and perform under the monikers Negation, Afterworldsmen, Sandglass and Marlowe Dies as well as performing live around New York with the post-punk band Cloak.

I've been teaching both piano and music theory lessons since 2006 and have had great success with students. With my vast knowledge of esoteric and popular music genres (I'm comfortable with folk, death metal, modern jazz, indie rock, hip-hop... well, you get the point. I'm a music obsessive) I believe becoming a total musician should be a goal for any student but I enjoy the challenge that each individual brings to the table.

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In the past I've tailored lessons based on the specific needs of my students.
For example: someone who can read music based on childhood experience, but is struggling to regain confidence, could use technical exercises, piece-learning w/ structure and theory insights, as well as genre work outside their comfort zone. For a total beginner, reading music might be a long haul; so strategies for learning simple tunes and more general theory insights are a must.

Curriculum I commonly use for piano/theory includes, Hannon, easier Bach repertoire, Beethoven/Mozart/Chopin/etc,, The Jazz Piano book, Tonal Harmony, This is Your Brain on Music. Because of my extensive relationship with a wealth of texts, I never just rest on my laurels and will find the right material for you (even if that means printing or e-mailing pages from my own collection)

I'm fairly laid back compared to many teachers, but as a forward thinking, well-rounded musician (music is my life) I will revel in pushing students to max out their potential, no matter what their experience level.

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High-end digital stage piano, midi keyboards, music software, guitars, sax, trumpet, snare drum, small studio set-up (microphone, interface, etc).

*** Specialties ***
Very adept at explaining music theory and the dissemination of practical information into piano lessons. The solo piano repertoire from the 18th through late 20th century is another specialty. The students I've had most success with range from absolute beginners to advanced professionals, but all seem to have a broad range of music interests and curiosity for improvement.
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Brianna May 23, 2016
· Piano · In studio
I have only had a few lessons so far, but I am enjoying them. Oliver is very willing to rehearse music of your interest and is very helpful with any concerns you may have. He pushes you out of your comfort zone just enough and I feel that I am definitely growing as a musician. Great experience so far.
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Rachel M. June 2, 2015
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Oliver has a wealth of knowledge in music. He is also very nice and comfortable to be around with.
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Daniel D. October 1, 2014
· Piano · In home
I've been taking piano lessons with Oliver for about a year now, and in just one year, my love and ability to play piano has surpassed my expectations. Oliver creates his lesson plan based on the individual's needs, and adjusts his teaching to match the students capacity to learn, making for a fun, relaxed, and comprehensive lesson each time.

Oliver has helped me not only understand theory, which helps with composing music, but also how to read and play sheet music. Like anything, you only get better with practice, but having a great teacher to guide you along the way makes all the difference.

I would recommend Oliver to any individual seeking to enhance his/her ability to play, read and/or write music, whether you are a beginner or an advanced musician.
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Oliver E.

Brooklyn, NY 11211
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About Dan B.

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Dan, a multi faceted musician, composer and educator active in the tri-state area since 1994. Dan's eclectic education, upbringing and fields of interest render him one of the unique voices in the dynamic field of current music education.
In an era where old boundaries are breaking and a growing musician needs to have expanded horizons, Dan stands out in the crowd.

Born and raised in Jerusalem, Dan received his musical education from the Rubin music academy in Jerusalem and the Manhattan School of music in NYC where he completed a Masters degree in classical composition and Jazz performance. Dan's playing and compositions were performed nationally and internationally, reviewed by the New York Times, The St Louis Post Dispatch and other publications.

Currently Dan is teaching composition, film scoring, theory and ear training at the
Manhattan school of music pre college division (where he has been a faculty member since 1994) and piano, theory and composition at the JCC on the Palisades Thurnauer school of music,where he also served as theory department chair from 1999 - 2005.
The newest addition to Dan's expending circle is The Red Bank Regional High School for the performing arts where he has a been a guest lecturer since fall of 2011.

Dan has been giving private lessons of music and music related subjects for over 20 years.

The system Dan developed over the years of teaching is based on two fundamental principles-
The paramount importance of developing sound traditional skills and the strong conviction that you should always tailor the method to the student and never tailor the student to the method.

Dan's eclectic background enables him to draw on a wide range of musical styles and techniques, fulfilling the needs of students from all walks of the musical experience. Lessons are available in the following areas for all ages and levels:

Piano - classical

Piano - contemporary / jazz / Broadway.

Piano - eclectic

Composition

Song writing, arranging and producing

Music theory, General theory, Jazz and popular music theory, a special AP music theory preparation workshop.

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I am a strong believer in combining traditional skills and sensibilities with a strong affinity to today's musical and pop culture, While I am an extremely patient teacher, I do expect (and achieve) results. If a student starts with me from scratch they should be able to play real piano tunes within 6 months.

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living area piano seating for parents

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The student needs to have a piano/keyboard

*** Specialties ***
Classical, Jazz, Pop, Broadway, composition, song writing, music for film, production, music history, theory, ear training, AP preparation.
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Anthony September 28, 2017
· Piano · In home
Great teaching! Dan adjusts to your progress very effectively and efficiently to make sure that you are successfully progressing to the next level.
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Pamela June 2, 2017
· Piano · In studio
It was a great first lesson! He really individualizes the lessons and tailors his teaching to your wants and needs. He is very nice and honest and I felt like I already learned so much. I look forward to progressing in every session!
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Trevis P. April 20, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Dan is an excellent instructor. My half hr per week under his guidance helps me develop good practice routines; learn music history, & theory. I don't even have to tell him what I've struggled with during my practice sessions (at home) Dan identifies those obstacles and provides tools for improvement. Quite an impressive pro in my estimation. Just what I need to continue my musical journey. Pretty nice guy also.
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Dan B.

New York, NY 10023
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About Luca C.

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New York, NY

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There are lots of reasons people take singing lessons...a dream of performing for crowds, wanting to melt faces at karaoke, not being embarrassed when singing in the shower... But the common goal is finding your voice and creating a sound you love. My studio is designed to create a space where that process is comfortable and fun! Lessons will start wherever you’re at and go at your own pace towards your specific goals.

I was trained at the School of Creative Arts in Sydney, Australia and specialize in pop, rock and R&B vocal technique. I work with a lot of beginners as well as people in bands and songwriters.

I'm from an extremely musical family and have always loved singing. (I almost pushed my parents over the edge as a kid because I would hum CONSTANTLY...) I lived in Haiti, the Dominican Republic and the US of A growing up and
then moved to Sydney, Australia after high school to study music. I ran a vocal studio in San Diego for a few years and now live in NYC.

I teach online and in my downtown NYC studio.

If you don't see a time available in my schedule that works for you please feel free to contact me. Things are always moving and changing!

(PS: If you read reviews and notice every one was calling me Rachel, don't be confused! That is my middle name, I now go by my first name, Luca.)
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Isaac February 2, 2018
· Songwriting · In home
Luca was outstanding. Her educational framework was thoughtful and nuanced, she approaches the subject matter in a welcoming and demystifying way, and she has an a knack for making the learning process feel engaging and empowering.

Based on her bio and reviews I had high expectations, and she wildly exceeded them in our first session.
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Amy January 24, 2018
· Singing · Online
Luca is an amazing teacher that makes learning fun and effortless! First lesson was great, look forward to learning more.
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Beth G. December 16, 2017
· Singing · Online
Luca was fantastic. Even though I couldn't continue with my lessons because of health problems, the few lessons I had with her made all the difference. She was compassionate, gifted and skilled. I just loved her.
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Luca C.

New York, NY 10013
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About Marlon O.

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Astoria, NY

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While some musicians achieve their success by their talents, others, like guitarist Marlon Oliveira, earn it through their hard work, perseverance, and dedication.

Motivated by his passion to bring the wonderful music of the classical guitar to a wider audience, Oliveira has overcome many obstacles to his goals: He started the guitar at the late age of 16, significantly behind his peers in music school; he did not pass his first audition to get into music school, but changed his teacher and worked even harder to get in; and he overcame the debilitating effects of Repetitive Strain Injury that plagued him for 3 years by committing himself the study of better technique, better health, and better practice habits. Oliveira says, “The injury slowed me down a bit, but I remained persistent in my practice and my studies and I have recovered s
o that I can still play, something I am very happy about”.

Before auditioning for music school, Oliveira was enrolled at Queens College as an undeclared major. “I was scared to do music, because it seemed like such a hard living, especially when I saw many other guitarists drop out of the music program. But then I realized if I didn’t devote myself fully to the study of music, then nothing was going to happen with it, so I put everything else off to the side to pursue my degree and a life of music.”Since earning his degree in music, Oliveira continues teaching music for a living.

Since his graduation in 2011, Oliveira has performed at the International Toronto BrazilFest, at LIC Concerts, with the NYC Guitar Orchestra, and in many private events.
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peter February 18, 2018
· Classical Guitar · In studio
Marlon is a patient instructor with a pleasant demeanor. He has the knack of understanding where the student is and what he or she needs to get better. Highly recommended.
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Mercedes February 18, 2018
· Classical Guitar · In studio
One of Marlon's qualities is his patience, absolutely fantastic! excellent teaching tehnicque, will explain until you get it, and will repeat it if you forget; treat each student at their own level, like one one even when there is 6 -8 students. Coolest teacher ever!
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Val February 17, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
After one year, Marlon has been a great teacher since our first lesson and continues to be. His lessons never gets boring. He has been teaching everything I’ve always desired to learn, how to read notes interpret beats, tempo, theory, and different strumming patterns. He’s also very patient, generous, and always responds to my questions in a prompt manner, whether it is via email or text. He understands that each student has their own pace to learn guitar playing and has always been encouraging. Marlon has the skill set to teach students such as myself, who had no prior experience, To the most experienced ones. I have faith he will make anyone play a guitar like a professional. Check him out!
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Marlon O.

Marlon O.

Astoria, NY 11106
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About Brendon R.

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Brooklyn, NY

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About Brendon
I am a composer, guitarist, arranger, engraver, and songwriter located in Brooklyn. I have taught extensively for the past ten years in a variety of settings, including teaching private guitar lessons at Saint David's School in Manhattan, teaching private composition lessons and TA'ing two electronic music courses at Yale, as well as teaching guitar and musicianship in public elementary and high schools in San Francisco and New Haven, as well as several private music schools and my own private guitar studio.

As a guitarist, I perform regularly with legendary NYC experimental groups the Glenn Branca Ensemble, Dither Quartet, and Object Collection, and freelance with groups such as the Atlanta Symphony, Ensemble Signal, and Magik*Magik Orchestra. I've played at the Barbican in London, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, the Kennedy Center in
Washington D.C., on the Beijing Modern Music Festival and the Ellnora Guitar Festival, among many others. As a composer, my work has received support from the Jerome Foundation, New York State Council for the Arts, the Guitar Foundation of America, the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, and ASCAP, and been performed by the Bang on a Can All-Stars, the Omaha Symphony, Dither, and Friction Quartet.

I am the co-founder of two groups: Invisible Anatomy, a composer/performer ensemble described as “sometimes haunting sometimes hilarious and consistently mesmerizing ” (I Care If You Listen) and “otherworldly and uncanny” (The Village Voice); and Marateck, “a gripping math-rock band...[that] manages to wring out everything that its guitar-bass-drums instrumentation (traditionally) has to offer, while still remaining focussed and direct” (Tone Madison).

My teachers and mentors have included Mark Stewart (Paul Simon's musical director), Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang, and guitarist Jack Sanders (winner of the American Guitar Society's lifetime achievement award).
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Jake L. February 11, 2018
· Guitar · Online
Brendon was very enthusiastic, and quick to suggest things to help me improve. I'm really looking forward to continuing with lessons!
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· Guitar · Online
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Fred September 30, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Great first lesson. Looking forward to learning a lot.
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Brendon R.

Brendon R.

Brooklyn, NY 11222
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About Elizabeth P.

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Hi there! I am a classically trained, professional trombone player, ukulele player and songwriter working in New York City. I've been helping my students achieve their musical goals for 2 years! It's important to me that my students have a strong technical foundation that allows them to have fun and make beautiful music. From my lessons, you can expect to grow your skills as an overall musician, as well as in your specific lesson subject. Musicians make well rounded human beings and I love being a part of that process! Contact me today!
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Rahm January 19, 2018
· Trombone · In home
First lesson today went very well— my son (12) is excited to continue! Looking forward to hopefully many more! Thanks, Elizabeth, for being very responsive and prepared.
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Ashley H. January 8, 2018
· Ukulele · In home
My daughter was so excited to play the Ukulele after her first lesson. She has already completed her practice sheet 5 Times.
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Helena S. December 9, 2017
· Ukulele · In studio
Elizabeth is a great teacher. I am very impressed with how she continues to move my child forward with learning to play without my daughter really even knowing it. She is very patient with her and also goes with the flow. If my daughter wants to spontaneously create a new song Elizabeth will go with it and even create a chart so they can play it properly. Very much looking forward to continuing more lessons with Elizabeth and watching my daughter grow with her.
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Elizabeth P.

Elizabeth P.

New York, NY 10003
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About Dave K.

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I studied bass performance at Berklee College of Music and have spent years honing my craft in all styles. I specialize in Rock, funk/soul and slap bass techniques. but I am well versed in Jazz, Latin and many other genres.
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Dave K.

Dave K.

Brooklyn, NY 11206
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About Elizabeth M.

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I have a passion for teaching flute and piccolo to anyone interested in learning. I hold a Bachelor's Degree in Flute Performance from Hofstra University, where I have played with the bands and orchestras, as well as various chamber ensembles, having premiered many contemporary works throughout my college career. I have experience playing in opera orchestras, as well as musical theater, and I have performed four times at the Long Island Flute Club Festival, with the Hofstra University Flute Choir.
For beginner to intermediate students of all ages, I enjoy helping them explore classical music and improvisation, while working with the student to see what other styles might interest them. I can teach students to read music, and work music theory into our lessons to build a solid foundation for success. From audition preparation and NYSSMA o
r anything in between, I will tailor our lessons to fit the student’s goals.
I believe in helping students to build confidence in their playing. Whether they want to pursue music as a career or are just looking to learn, students will see, and hear, themselves improving every week. I love seeing students develop a passion for music and playing, and I enjoy being able to give them the tools they will need to continue to flourish.
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Leah July 20, 2017
· Flute · In studio
Elizabeth is truly a gifted musician and teacher! After just 3 lessons with her, my tone quality and breath support improved dramatically! She is full of innovative and creative ideas in order to support any needs a student has. She is also a compassionate, intelligent, and kind human being and educator. I highly recommend her!
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Prateek July 18, 2017
· Flute · In home
Elizabeth is the best flute teacher I know. She helped improved my sound on the flute so much and really care about how well you do.
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Elizabeth M.

Elizabeth M.

Brooklyn, NY 11228
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About Franz H.

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Franz, trumpeter, clinician, composer and brass instrument maker is the founder and artistic director of the internationally renowned Outreach Music Festival and Academy and leads his own group, Franz’s IDO Quartet. His feed-forward approach, building on traditions and looking beyond the fashionable trend leads to his distinctive style.

Franz is constantly evolving as an artist, producer & teacher searching for new ways to collaboratively expanding the musical language.
Franz was born in Tyrol, Austria. Growing up with traditional Austrian brass music as a soloist, he soon became interested in jazz. She is an alumnus of the Conservatory of the City of Vienna and received an M.S. degree from the Manhattan School of Music, where he studied with Lew Soloff.

As a composer, his stylistic versatility grew to include works for full orc
hestra, chamber groups, choral works, and multimedia events.
He received commissioned works from many prestigious venues and institutions and his works were premiered at places like the 'Theater an der Wien', UN Headquarters NYC ( Year Of the Mountains Launch Event), Red Bull Hangar 7, European Forum Alpbach, Austrian Cultural Forum NYC & Washington, Lincoln Plaza etc.

As a bandleader he performed at the Jazz Standard, Dizzy's Coca-Cola Club Lincoln Center, Porgy & Bess, Brucknerhaus Linz and many Jazz Festivals (Vienna Jazz Festival, Espoo Jazz Festival etc.) Franz is co-leading a brass trio with the legends Dave Taylor (bass trombone ) and John Clark ( french horn). He also has duos with percussion super star Mino Cinelu and pianist Michael Wolff.

Franz also works quite often with leading classical artists like Dietmar Küblböck ( principal Trombone Vienna Philharmonic) and Gerhard Fluch ( principal trumpet Bruckner Orchester Linz) Franz taught at many workshops ( Jazzmarathon Mattighofen, Jazzworkshop Pulawy/Poland, SUNY Purchase, Friedberg Jazz Cocktail, etc) and is regularly hired for masterclasses ( University of Music and Theater Leipzig, Music University Tunis, Musikschule Wiener Neustadt, brass bands, masterclasses at music exhibitions etc.)

In partnership with his father Franz sen., who is a famous trumpet virtuoso in Austria and started his career in the mid 50's, Franz jun. is also hand crafting innovative horns & accessories (Hybrass, DeeflexxBrass). The family business was established in 1965.
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Paul January 23, 2018
· Flugelhorn · In studio
Franz is a deeply knowledgeable instructor who truly cares about sharing his expertise. Plus his easy-going demeanor makes him a great mentor, can't recommend him enough!
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John December 2, 2017
· Trumpet · In studio
With Mr. Hackl, you get not only world-class training and experience, but also access to the best equipment and technological skill!
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Morty December 1, 2017
· Trumpet · Online
Franz is a master musician.
As a teacher he is able to take the student from their level of playing and introduce them to new concepts on the instrument, thus raising their musicianship to much higher levels.

I highly recommend studying with Franz.
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Franz H.

New York, NY 10031
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About Jessica Y.

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Praised for her “artistry, musicality and tonal beauty,” New York City based flutist, Jessica Yang enjoys a versatile career as a soloist, orchestral musician, and pedagogue. As a flute soloist, Jessica has performed as a concerto soloist with the Music in the Mountains Festival Orchestra and the Carnegie Mellon Baroque Ensemble. As an orchestral musician, Jessica performed regularly with the Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic and Wind Ensemble. She has also performed with the Eastern Music Festival Orchestra and the Bowdoin International Music Festival Orchestra. Jessica has maintained a private flute studio in Massachusetts since 2009 and has inspired students of all levels with her gift of music. Her primary teachers include Jeanne Baxtresser (former Principal Flute of the New York Philharmonic), Alberto Almarza (International Flute Soloist
& Pedagogue), and Tadeu Coelho (International Flute Soloist & Pedagogue).

Aside from her passion and achievements in flute performance, Jessica is also accomplished in the area of arts administration. In addition to holding a Bachelor of Music in Flute Performance, she also holds a Master of Arts Management and a Minor in Business Administration. (She earned all of her degrees from Carnegie Mellon University.) She currently serves as the Development & Marketing Associate at Midori & Friends and has previously held positions in development, marketing, and general administration functions at the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon School of Music, Brevard Music Center, and Boston Ballet.

Jessica accepts students of all ages and levels into her NYC studio and also offers private lessons through video conferencing. In addition to teaching musicality and performance training, she also engages students with business and pedagogy skills, equipping students with all of the necessary areas to be successful in the music business.
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Jessica Y.

Jessica Y.

New York, NY 10019
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