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
• 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
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
*** Lesson Details *** Hi there! 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
Very knowledgable and enthusiastic teacher. He has a way about him that makes the lesson exciting.
January 27, 2019
Yoella & Malkiya O.
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!!!
I currently teach alto and tenor saxophone at the New School for Leadership and the Arts, but I have many years' experience teaching music to students of all ages. I teach to the abilities, passions, and ambitions of the student(s).
I studied music at UCF (Orlando), focusing on classical and jazz guitar, but I also have years of experience playing rock, blues, folk, hip-hop, and musical theater on both guitar and drums.
I have been teaching guitar, drums, and piano for about eight years to students of all ages. Music is what I'm passionate about and it's what I enjoy. I want to inspire that same passion into the hearts and minds of others.
*** Lesson Details *** I am a laid-back teacher, fun, and I focus on the needs, abilities, and ambitions of the student. In turn, students must realize that learning an instrument takes a lot of work and dedication. One can't expect to learn very much if s/he only practices or thinks about the instrument during the lesson. If the student is willing to put some time into practicing, then I will help them go far!
o Equipment *** I have several guitars, a drum kit, djembe, mandolin, clarinet and full-size keyboard.
*** Specialties *** Guitar: Classical, jazz, American or Irish folk, rock and pop; lead or rhythm. Drums & Percussion: All genres Piano: Classical (includes sight reading)
I provide all of the necessary coaching and teaching advice to get students playing the saxophone, first and foremost.
Once as student reaches a certain level, we can begin to explore the more musical aspects of the saxophone, as they pertain to soloing, playing melodies, improvising and stylistic inflections and tendencies as well as Music Theory.
About Jose Luis
My name is Jose Luis Alonso. A graduate of Hunter College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Performance, I have been been offering music lessons for several years now to students of many ages, backgrounds, and levels of experience. I have developed a very keen sense and understanding of Music and hope to share my experience and knowledge in a fun and creative way. Above all else, I encourage students to develop their talents in way that helps them find their own voice with which to navigate the world of music.
I use the Rubank series of method books which are full of exercises and songs that will help you bring your playing and technique to the next level. I also include Scales, arpeggios, and exercises as well. This method of teaching will lead to well-rounded, quick improvement!
Kathleen Little, after playing the flute and piano on her own for seven years, began her classical education at the age of sixteen with international soloist Jun Kubo. Only a year and a half after Ms. Little began her studies with Jun Kubo, she was accepted into The College of New Jersey for a Bachelors program in Music Performance where she studied with David DiGiacobbe. While at TCNJ, Kathleen performed her own programs in Mayo Concert Hall, featuring soloistic works by composers such as Nielsen, Hoover, and Takemitsu, and was complimented for her stage presence and musicality. She also had the pleasure of performing with the TCNJ Opera, Chamber, and Symphony Orchestras. She went on to perform with the NYU Symphony Orchestra and participate in the NYU Chamber Music program where she has played with a Trio, Quintet, Sextet, and flute ens
emble. Kathleen Little has participated in masterclasses with performers such as Trevor Wye, Min Park, Gary Shocker and Bradley Garner. Ms. Little currently runs a teaching studio in NJ where she teaches music theory, woodwinds, voice, and piano, and has taught at Calderone School of Music for 4 years. She is currently Principle Flute of the Bloomfield Symphony Orchestra. She has obtained her Bachelors from The College of New Jersey in music performance, and her Master of Music degree from NYU, where she studied with Bradley Garner.
I am extremely passionate about music and I strive to share this experience with my students. I am a graduate with a Masters in Music from the UMiami Frost School of Music and I am an accomplished and award winning performer and composer. Private lessons are catered to the individual needs and goals of each student. This way, students are self motivated and excited to grow and improve as musicians and artists.
Alex Weitz is an experienced and award winning saxophonist, educator, and composer. He began his career in Tucson, AZ as a member of the award winning Tucson Jazz Institute Ellington Band. He went on to further his studies at the prestigious University of Miami Frost School of Music, where he completed his undergraduate studies in Jazz Saxophone Performance and graduate studies in Studio Jazz Writing. While at the University he gained invaluable mentorship and experience as a member of the Henry Mancini Institute Jazz Septet coached by Terence Blanchard, as well as the award winning Concert Jazz Band.
Alex is also a passionate educator who has served on the faculty at Miami Conservatory of Music, and also at Coral Gables High School, Young Men's Preparatory Academy, Gulliver Prep, and numerous private students.
Alex has appeared
at prestigious venues including the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, the Monterey Jazz Festival, Birdland Jazz Club, The Velvet Note, the Banff Center, the Arsht Center, the Telluride Jazz Festival, and the Jazz Showcase. He has been the recipient of numerous Downbeat and ASCAP awards, and his original composition "Song for Peace" licensed as the theme song for a Swedish national documentary. Alex was recently named a semi-finalist in the 2019 Michael Brecker International Jazz Saxophone Competition which will take place in August 2019 at the Red Sea Jazz Festival in Eilat, Israel. ----
Alex is a professional musician dedicated to spreading the joy of music through performance and teaching. Private lessons are catered to the individual needs and goals of each student. This way, students are self motivated and excited to grow and improve as musicians and artists.
I have taught students from the age of four to sixty in all levels of flute, piccolo, alto and tenor saxophone as well as beginner clarinet. For the younger students I have also used to recorder to teach notes and to build confidence. My goal is to make the learning fun as that turns practicing into fun time not work.
Throughout weekly lessons my students develop proper tools and techniques for practicing efficiently and also learn ways to seek out music that speaks to them. Sound, technique, musicality, and expression are the corner stones to my teaching and personal practicing.
Hello! My name is Ian Levy and I specialize in Saxophone, Clarinet, and Flute private study. As a graduate of the New School - College of Performing Arts, regular performer, and private teacher in New York City, music has been the passion and greatest joy of my life. Private teaching has been the most rewarding experience and balance to my own professional career in music. Throughout weekly lessons, my students develop proper techniques for practicing efficiently and also learn ways to seek out the great instrumentalists and music that speaks to them. Sound, technique, musicality, and expression are the corner stones to my teaching and practicing.
I start with assessing the students' capabilities, after which I begin to develop the following areas: Development of their sound; Instrument Technique; Jazz Improvisation and Jazz Language; Theory and Jazz Harmony; Study and Development of Students' Own Repertoire. Depending on the level of the students and their needs, I push certain areas more or less. The key to becoming a successful student is to practice, to develop a good technique, but also to listen to a lot of music to develop the talent for music. Therefore I encourage my students to listen to a lot of records to understand the right sound.
About My Lesson Style ...I encourage the students to listen to the music, and above all, I encourage them to enjoy it, while teaching the discipline. The study will not be a burden if the student has fun while playing. One of my goals is that, at the end of the lesson, the students go home with the desire to play again and again. I also think that learning, and preparing oneself to ...
I Discovered at the age of 16, discovered my passion for the saxophone, and I started my training at a small music school in Bologna. Subsequently, I studied with Piero Odorici and attended jazz seminars at "Siena Jazz" and "Jazz Urbino". The seminars are a great opportunity to play in a big band scenario, with musicians such as Paolo Fresu, Enrico Rava, Marco Tamburini, Roberto Rossi, Eddie Henderson, and George Garzone.
I then continue my studies at the Verona Conservatory with Barry Harris, at the American School of Modern Music in Paris with Johnny Griffin and Charles Lloyd, at the "GB Martini" Music Conservatory in Bologna with Barend Middelhoff and Tomaso Lama, as well as with Tom Kirkpatrick and Bob Franceschini.
Later I moved to The Hague, in the Netherlands, where I attended the Royal Conservatory (Koninklijk Conservatori
um Den Haag) learning from musicians like Toon Roos, Eric Gieben, Erik Ineke, Rolf Delfos, Gwilym Simcock, Dave Glasser, Dave Libman, and Joshua Redman. Professionally, I collaborated with actor Edoardo Siravo in some theater projects for prose, and with Lucio Caliendo in the soundtrack of the film "Dreaming by Number", produced for the Dutch television and nominated for the International Documentary Filmfestival in Amsterdam (IDFA) ). In the last 10 years, he has collaborated as lead and sideman with several Italian musicians like Andrea Burani, Alessandro Altarocca, Lucio Caliendo, Flavio Davanzo, Enrico Lazzarini, Francesca Tandoi, Glauco Zuppiroli, Bruno Cesselli, Jacopo Zanette, Katja Hyunjung, Nico Menci, and Giani Lincan.
As for the discography, I recorded the album "Colors Ties", produced by the label To Be Jazz and distributed by SELF (IRMA) Music. Since 2015, I have played in numerous jazz festivals in the Netherlands, Italy, and Belgium: "Jazz It", "Jazz di Marca", "Biennale" in Venice and "Leiden Jazz Festival"
Francesco's great ability is to impart technical notions and rules with great precision and, at the same time, with passion and love for music. I learned a lot from him.
September 30, 2018
Francesco is a great teacher. He is a motivator and has a lot of patience. His lessons are a mix of technique and inspirational music hearing moments which led me to improve my musicality and my ability to play. I would totally recommenfld him. Guaranteed improvements if you follow his lead!
"If anyone happens to get so lucky to come across this wonderful individual as a sax instructor count your blessings. Kendra has been able to teach a 60 ye
ars old man(that's me)and teach him a new and exciting skill in a short period of time. Kendra has a tremendous amount of patients and she would be able to help you meet your musical goal. I highly recommend Kendra ,she is a great choice,"
"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."
"very thorough. Gave me a great lesson to get started. Looking forward to my future lessons."
"My son has completed 5 lessons with Andrew and it is amazing to see his progress! Andrew is punctual, professional, and very good with my son."
"Lucas was very patient with my daughter trying multiple ways for her to better learn the rhythm of her songs. She was encouraged with his positive feedba
"Lonze was great… Very attentive to what I wanted to learn and patient with things I didn’t understand"
"The right teacher for saxophone!"
"My 6th grade son really enjoys his lessons with Andrew and gives him this 5 star rating. I have been impressed by my son's progress and his enthusiasm to
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