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About Yakov D.

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Brooklyn, NY

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Beginners: posture, breathing techniques, embouchure, sound production, articulation, phrasing, note reading
Intermediate: interpretation of different styles, dynamics, ensemble performance, building solid technique and stamina
Advanced: studying of orchestra excerpts, solo pieces, study of various concert and chamber music compositions

About Yakov
• I have over 20 years experience as a music teacher, conductor, theater/orchestra director and a performer in Russia, Norway and the United States.
• I possess excellent interpersonal skills and over the years developed the ability to communicate efficiently and connect with every student I teach.
• I am creative and enthusiastic while working with people of all ages.
• I have a reputation of being passionate about achieving professional goals.

Employment:
09/08- Present NYC Board of Education, P.S. 48
• Band & Orchestra Director
• Teach children K-5 to play musical instruments in small groups and large ensembles
• Organize and perform Winter and Spring Concerts

02/08- Present Yakov's Music for Gifted & Talented, Inc, Brooklyn, NY
• Founder and Music Director
• Teach various musical instruments and vocal

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06/08 Rockaway-Five Towns Symphony, Lynbrook, NY
• Music Director, Conductor
• Conducted weekly rehearsals (night) and 3-4 concerts during the concert season

10/03-06/08 Globe Institute of Technology, New York, NY
• Adjunct Professor of Music

06/07-08/07 JCC of Cherry Hill, NJ
• Musical Theater Director
• Taught acting, improvisation, singing. Produced musical shows.

10/06-06/07 JCH of Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, NY
• Musical Theater Director
• Produced musical theater shows
• Taught students of ages 5-12 various vocal selections

09/00-06/07 NYC Board of Education, District 20, P.S.200; P.S.179
• Band / Orchestra Director
• Taught all woodwind, brass and percussion, violin, piano

05/99-06/06 School for Musical Performance, Brooklyn, NY
• Instructed students on Piano, Guitar, All string and wind instruments and vocals.
• Prepared students for the auditions to the prestigious schools and other music organizations.

1993-1997 St. Petersburg Radio Orchestra, Russia
• Principal Bassoonist
Other work experience:
• Performed as a bassoonist with The Kirov Opera & Ballet Theatre, the Mussorgsky Opera & Ballet Theatre, The St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, The Chamber Opera Orchestra of St. Petersburg and other Symphony and Chamber orchestras of St. Petersburg, Russia
• Performed Solo Recitals in Russia, Poland, Norway and United States

Education:
06/98 The St. Petersburg Conservatory of Music, St. Petersburg, Russia
M.A. in Music: Major – Bassoon Performance; Minor – Conducting
06/91 The St. Petersburg College of Music named after Rimsky-Korsakov, Russia
B.A. with a Double Major in Orchestral Performance (Bassoon) and Music Education

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Would you just like to learn a few songs on the piano, violin or guitar? Or you'd like your child be become next Joshua Bell or Evgenij Kissin? My lessons are designed with each individual student in mind. I will start my lesson with introduction and proceed with warm-up routine. I always make sure that the student is comfortable with the pace that I am offering. I am mixing elements of music theory, history and performance techniques in order to help my student to embrace the beauty of music making experience. All my students are ready to perform at the recital after just 3-4 months of lessons.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I teach using Fisher Baby Grand Piano. Fender guitars. Major brands band instruments; yamaha, selmer, gemeingardt, etc.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Fender Guitar, Yamaha Flute/Saxophone, Casio Digital Piano, Custom Violin made in England.

*** Specialties ***
suzuki violin, classical, jazz
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Iasonas & Odysseas A. March 31, 2019
· Violin · In home
Very knowledgable and enthusiastic teacher. He has a way about him that makes the lesson exciting.
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Yoella & Malkiya O. January 27, 2019
· Piano · Online
Mr Yakov is very pleasant, patient and professional. He makes learning fun. One of my daughters is very shy and particular. I was concerned for her first violin. But she ended up loving the lesson and the instructor. We did some lessons online and at his studio. During the online lesson, the connection with our internet was horrible. He could hear her playing but she couldn't hear him. Yet, patiently, he got creative and taught the lesson with my daughter through chat. The environment of the studio is comfortable. You can tell he's passionate about what he does. That left me with a great impression of him. We look forward to more lessons with him for as long as we can.
Thanks Mr Yakov!!!
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D O. January 6, 2019
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About James F.

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Grand Prairie, TX

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I have taught saxophone for 19 years. Available for students of all experience levels and ages! I structure my lessons so students learn what they want to learn, while also building a strong foundation of proper techniques.

About James
Mr. James Falcon
Assistant Director of Bands at International Leadership of Texas Grand Prairie K-8, graduate of Richardson High School, holds a BM in Jazz studies from the University of North Texas, and is a state-certified music teacher in Texas.
James began his professional performance career in 1990 with Dallas' own blues great Al 'TNT' Braggs, and continues to perform in various local groups. As a professional player, he has experienced both national and international tours while playing with a multitude of outstanding performers.
James has 18 years experience as a music educator in public schools including: elementary, middle and high school band and choir, as well as adjunct saxophone at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction Colorado.
As a director, James inspires a strong foundation of musicianship, ensuring meaningfu
l musical experiences for his students both in rehearsal, and in performance. Additionally, his efficient and flexible teaching style ensures for his students musical enjoyment that comes with an invaluable sense of personal achievement, as they learn how to overcome the many challenges that all musicians must tackle in the pursuit of excellence.

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons are planned and tailored to the specific needs and goals of each student.

Basic outline of music curriculum:

• Instrument assembly, care, and maintenance.
• Hand and body posture/technique.
• Tone production, articulation, multi-phonics and vibrato.
• Method Books/Etude Books.
• Strategies for efficient practicing and performance prep.
• Reading music
• Music theory - scales, arpeggios, harmony, and ear training
• Repertoire - build a list of pieces that you study and perform
• Purposeful listening
• Improvisation/composition
• Transcribing

Materials needed:
• Instrument in good playing condition
• All sheet music, books, and recordings
• Lesson logbook
• Metronome - mobile app is acceptable
• Tuner - mobile app is acceptable

*** Specialties ***
Saxophone full well-rounded approach utilizing several books/recordings. I am a strong theory teacher and stress proper technique throughout. I always tailor my methods and materials to the specific needs of each student. I also stress good practice skills/habits and make a point to build a performance repertoire and provide students with performance opportunities often.
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Jenny S. February 12, 2016
· Piano · In home
James has been teaching my 9 and 11 year olds piano, guitar, violin and recorder. He has a great ability to connect with kids and he's extremely patient and kind. My kids really enjoy his lessons and they have learnt a lot.
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Aliva K. February 12, 2014
· Piano ·
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Mr Falcon James is a wonderful teacher and we are very happy with his teaching skills and ability. He is a great teacher and a wonderful person. We are very excited to have him as our child's instructor!!
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About Mark A.

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New York, NY

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I provide thorough one on one instruction to pinpoint any issues which could prevent you from progressing as fast as you potentially could.

About Mark
Hello! My name is Mark and I am a Master Student studying Clarinet Performance at New York University. Before moving to the city, I was adjunct faculty at the New Music School in Chicago, IL. I look forward to working with you soon. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out!

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Mark A.
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Mark A.

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About Nathan S.

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Allston, MA

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Lesson topics include

-Fundamentals of saxophone sound and technique
-Jazz Improvisation
-Solo Transcription
-Music Thoery
-Ear Training
-Compostion

About Nathan
I am a professional saxophonist, composer, and educator based in Boston, MA. I received a full scholarship to Berklee College of Music and graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Music Performance. I have studied with George Garzone, Ralph Peterson, Tia Fuller, Shannon Leclaire. I have performed at Dizzy's Club Cola and Small's Jazz Club in New York City, Scullers Jazz Club in Boston, The Monterey Next Generation Jazz Festival in California.
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Ariel A. May 12, 2019
· Saxophone · In studio
Nathan is a great saxophone instructor. He was able to help my son with our song and understood what we need right away. Looking forward for our lessons together...
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Eric December 17, 2018
· Saxophone · In home
Knows what he's talking about, gets to the point, does not waste time, personable, and listens to where I want the training to go.
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Soma C. October 18, 2018
· Saxophone · In studio
Great teacher! I enjoyed our lesson!
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Nathan S.

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About Tyler B.

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Brooklyn, NY

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With training at high-level schools and over a decade of diverse professional experience, I'm well-suited to teach saxophone in any style. Whether you need help with school ensemble music, want to learn your favorite melodies, or even want to write your own music, I can offer experienced and relaxed guidance towards your goals!

About Tyler
I'm a multi-instrumentalist, teacher, composer, arranger, freshly transplanted to Brooklyn after seven great years in Boston, Massachusetts. My professional experience on saxophone, keyboards, clarinet, flute, and bass in many different musical styles has offered me a wide-ranging palate to teach from. For the past five years, I've worked for multiple organizations and agencies as a private lessons instructor, averaging 15-20 students at any given time and maxing out at over 30! My approach to lessons is laid back, yet goal-oriented. My main goals are to equip my students musical and instrumental fundamentals, help them discover their particular passions within music and work towards related goals, and to foster an environment rooted in fun and mutual respect.
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Karen October 22, 2018
· Clarinet · In home
My daughter enjoyed learning clarinet with Tyler. As another reviewer has noted, Tyler is a gentle and patient teacher. My daughter could be difficult during lessons and often got distracted, and Tyler was great at steering her back on track and engaging her through new music and exercises.
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Katrin September 28, 2018
· Piano · In home
Tyler was the piano teacher for our two daughters for almost 5 years. They were piano beginners aged 4 and 6 when we started. My daughters are more on the shy side, and Tyler ended up being the perfect teacher for them. He is gentle and patient but at the same time got them excited about learning the instrument and playing music of different genres. My daughters enjoyed the lessons very much and they were sad to see Tyler leave for New York. I can highly recommend Tyler as a teacher especially for shy beginners like my daughters were.
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Paul September 25, 2018
· Saxophone · In studio
My son's comment was that Tyler was the best music teacher he ever had and he has had a lot. He misses him a lot.
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About Kris J.

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I've played the sax for 10 years and have some experience in music education. I know the instrument thoroughly and would love to share the fun of the sax with you.

About Kris
I'm a pretty laid back easy going guy. If you want to learn a variety of things, check out my subjects and I'd be happy to help you.

I have quite a bit of life knowledge and experience that I'm willing to share. I see myself as more of a tutor, helping students along the path to get better grades and understand their subject material better.

Some things to expect during a lesson: We will go over the material and find any areas you are struggling with. We will hone in on those areas and get to the root of the issue, then build you up so that you have a solid base of understanding and can grow from there.

I hope we can partner to enhance your education and knowledge.
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michael April 24, 2019
· Microsoft Word · In home
kris is the best!!
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About James D.

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New York, NY
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Experienced saxophone and piano teacher of 5 years! All ages are welcome, I've taught students from 5 years old to 65 years old! The lessons are customized to your specific needs and what you want to learn! I guarantee you will be playing your favorite songs in no time at all, with a beautiful tone, learning how to read music and play by ear! Let's get started!

About James
Today, I play music throughout New York City with various styles of bands, from Church Ministry to Rock bands and Jazz groups. I have taught a diverse variety of people from all walks of life. I am now following my musical passions and, besides playing saxophone regularly, I also am a singing pianist that plays at various piano-bar/restaurants in New York.

I began playing saxophone and piano in the 2nd grade. I was a member of the New York State ‐ All State Jazz Band in High school. I performed regularly at Ossining High School where I was a member of the elite Woodwind Ensemble and played 1st alto sax and flute in the Jazz Big Band and Jazz Workshop ensembles. I also performed periodically in Westchester County and New York City with groups from the Lagond Music School where I studied and had taught privately starting in 2003.

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rly age, I was inspired by the playing of Phil Woods and Lenny Pickett to take up the saxophone and pursue the study and playing of Jazz. I studied saxophone, flute and clarinet privately with Jon Irabagon (winner of the 2008 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition) and with Charlie Lagond at the Lagond Music School in Elmsford, New York.

During High School I was a regular attendee at the SUNY Summer Jazz Institute in Purchase, New York where I had the privilege of attending Master Classes led by Ralph Lalama and played alto sax in workshop ensembles led by Ralph as well as Doug Munro, Jon Gordon and Charles Blenzig.

In college, at New York University, I had the distinct pleasure of working with musical masters, Lenny Pickett, Chris Potter, Kenny Werner, Rich Perry, John Scofield, Wayne Krantz, to name a few. My time at NYU helped me hone my creativity and prowess as an artist.
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James D.

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About Lucas L.

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Shreveport, LA
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I am a recent graduate of Centenary College of Louisiana's Hurley School of Music. During my time there I received lessons for saxophone, refining my skills, and played in multiple ensembles. Apart from my involvement on campus, I also play live music in the Shreveport area with a couple of musical groups. I've played saxophone since I was in middle school and now have about 10 years of experience. I have received classical and jazz training so I am able to help in multiple styles. Ultimately the instrument is a piece of metal and I am here to help you control it, not it control you.

About Lucas
Hello! Thank you for taking the time to read this. I am a recent graduate of Centenary College of Louisiana's Hurley School of Music. I started playing saxophone in middle school and now have about 10 years of experience. While at Centenary I received private lessons and participated in multiple ensembles. Apart from Centenary I play in the Shreveport area with a couple of groups. I believe fundamentally that this instrument is just a piece of metal and you can control it to make it do what you want, not the other way around.
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About Kevin P.

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West Babylon, NY

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I have been teaching saxophone, music theory, and jazz improvisation for over 5 years. My lessons specifically focus on what the student wants to learn whether it be learning the instrument, improvising, NYSSMA preparation, or summer maintenance. Whatever you want to do, I can teach! I aim to have my students achieve their potential while also having fun!

About Kevin
I am a music teacher based in Long Island. I play saxophone, flute, clarinet, jazz piano, in many different styles such as classical, jazz, rock and roll, and show music. I am currently one year from graduating from CUNY Queens College with a bachelors degree in Music Education.

I teach saxophone, flute, clarinet, beginner piano, jazz piano, and music theory. I aim to focus mainly on what my students want to learn, whether it be learning the instrument, preparing for a performance, improvising, or simply increasing their skill. I like to mix an educational experience with having fun! My past students have all had great achievements such as perfect scores on NYSSMA auditions, being selected for all county jazz band, being selected for SCMEA, and being accepted to prestigious music schools.

I will travel to you or teach lessons online, w
hichever is preferred! I look forward to teaching whatever you may want to learn!
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Kevin P.

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