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About Matt L.

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Astoria, NY

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My goal as a teacher is to provide an in depth understanding of the instrument to my students. Whether we are learning technique specific to the instrument or general musical concepts, it is important to me that I take the time to insure that my students not only learn how to do something, but also the reasons why we are learning a specific concept or technique. At the end of the day, my ultimate goal is to teach you how to teach yourself, so that you may enjoy playing the instrument outside of our lessons together.

I prefer not to conform to a specific teaching style, because every student is different, and I have been fortunate to have a great variety of types of students throughout my years as a teacher. Some of my students are children and adolescents who are looking to pursue music when they go to college or auditioning for state and regional band programs. Many of my students are very busy adults who are either looking to pick up an instrument for the first time as an ...

About Matt
Hello!

Thanks for choosing me as you private music instructor. I’ve enjoyed teaching music since 2001 and being a Takelessons teacher since 2008. I specialize in teaching beginner to advanced saxophone, beginner to intermediate clarinet, beginner flute, and beginner to advanced jazz improvisation. I welcome all ages and believe that it is never too late to pick up an instrument, even if you’ve had no prior experience in music. Specifically when it comes to beginners, I am able to provide virtually everything that you need to get started, including access to brand new and lightly used student model instruments that I have for sale at very reasonable prices.

I have been teaching and playing music professionally for almost 20 years and began studying music and playing the saxophone at age 11. I currently live and work in New York Ci
ty after moving here from Philadelphia in early 2001, after graduating from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia in 1999 with a Bachelors in Music Performance.

Throughout my musical career I have worked in a variety of capacities in addition to being a performer, including working as a composer and recording studio engineer. My main area of expertise is performing as a jazz saxophonist on alto, tenor, and soprano saxophones, and I regularly play throughout New York City in restaurants, jazz clubs, bars and other music venues.

As a private music teacher, I place an emphasis on giving the student an in depth understanding of his or her instrument, and I place the utmost importance on explaining advanced concepts in the simplest of terms in order to insure that the student fully comprehends the objectives of each lesson. Such concepts that I cover regularly are sight-reading, ear-training, technique, and creativity.

As a regularly performing musician in New York City, I can be seen every Sunday night at Ba'sik (a very popular bar in Williamsburg Brooklyn) where I lead an open jazz jam session. A few of my adult students have even been able to reach a level in jazz improvisation that they've been able to come out and sit in with the band.

YOUNGER STUDENTS: I’ve found that in most cases, it is very difficult for students younger than 8 or 9 years old to learn instruments like the clarinet, saxophone and flute. Occasionally, an exception can be made if a younger student is taller than average for his or her age, but most of the time the size of a student’s hands, as well as his or her amount of a physical strength, are not adequate enough until around the ages of 8 or 9. A worthwhile alternative, if a student is absolutely enthusiastic about learning a woodwind instrument, is to begin them on an instrument called the recorder. The recorder is a real instrument, but it is a more primitive, smaller, and simpler of an instrument than the saxophone, clarinet, or the flute; however, it is a great way for young students to begin learning the basics of playing a woodwind instrument and also learning important musical concepts such as reading music notation, pitch, and rhythm. I have also been introduced to a new line of instruments that are developed for younger students by a company called Nuvo. These instruments are smaller and simpler analogs to the saxophone, flute, and clarinet, and they can function as the next step in a younger student’s progression between the recorder and an actual saxophone, flute, or clarinet. The specific instruments that I deal with are called the jSax and the DooD by Nuvo Instrumental. I was asked to demo these instruments and you can check them out if you scroll down to the video section of my profile and look for the videos entitled “jSax and DooD review and demo. Nuvo Instrumental” or “jSax and Dood demo. Nuvo Instrumental”.

In addition to teaching woodwind instruments and jazz improvisation, I also have experience teaching Sibelius music writing software, and audio engineering and editing with Pro-tools LE and Logic Pro X.

PLEASE NOTE: Because the NYC area is very different geographically from other parts of the country, especially in terms of transportation, I may appear outside of your area in terms of where I am available to travel. If you are very interested in taking lessons with me, but you are outside of my travel zone, please feel free to follow up with a Takelessons counselor and have them contact me personally to see if we might make an exception. I am available to travel to virtually all areas of Queens, Brooklyn, and Manhattan as well as Jersey City and Hoboken, depending on if the day and time selected allows me acceptable travel time between other scheduled lessons. If my location in Astoria Queens is not convenient for you, and you are unable to have lessons in your home, then there is also an option where I can most likely find a very affordable teaching studio in an area that is more convenient for you that we may rent by the hour and split the cost for your lesson.

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Any student, regardless of age or experience level, learns best when engaged in an activity that he or she understands and enjoys. Part of my success as a teacher can be attributed to my willingness to take into account every student's particular musical interests and strengths, and attempt to teach directly to those areas. For instance, in the initial stages of developing a student and teacher relationship, I like to request that the student compile a "wish list" of approximately ten pieces of music that he or she would like to be able to play. This list may include pieces in such genres as classical, jazz, and popular music, just to name a few. It is through this list that the student can begin almost immediately learning exactly what he or she likes, and by default, I can then teach the student all of the technical components needed to perform on his or her instrument, as well as determine the specific areas where the student needs to receive more focused instruction. More importantly, this "thinking outside of the box," customized approach provides a fun atmosphere and enables the student to enjoy learning the art of playing music by not being solely dependent on instructional booklets which many students, regardless of age and experience, find boring and tedious.

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Additional saxophones for students who do not currently have a saxophone to use during a lesson. Recording equipment, including software and microphones. Mac book pro with music writing and recording software. Full 88 key keyboard.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Additional saxophones. Macbook pro with recording and music writing software

*** Specialties ***
music, music theory, home recording, saxophone, clarinet, flute,
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Athena L. February 9, 2018
· Saxophone · In studio
First lesson was great. It felt like he was teaching to what I need rather than just a formula he uses across the board. So I’m looking forward to learning with Matt
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Igor January 16, 2018
· Saxophone · In studio
Awesome person and teacher.
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Yuanfeng November 20, 2017
· Clarinet · In studio
I will recommend Matt to anyone who is searching for a clarinet teacher as a beginner, because he is extremely patient and encouraging. A very comprehensive teacher, always know what you do not understand or why you were doing wrong.
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Matt L.

Matt L.

Astoria, NY 11103
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About John O.

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Huntington Station, NY
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Lessons in living room with stereo; teacher has own instruments, student needs their own

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect the student to have an instrument to play on.

*** Specialties ***
From Jazz to Brazilian, Cuban, Puerto Rican, world music from just about everywhere. Specialist in teaching students how to improvise on chord changes.
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Jeffery S. October 4, 2015
· Saxophone · In studio
John is very nice and patient teacher.
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tu Y. June 11, 2015
· Saxophone · In studio
Mr o. Is the best saxophone teacher I have never meet . He care about me so much . When I just start at jazz , he let me borrow a lot of CD to listen and learn . And that helped me so much . He had only be my teacher for one year , but he teach me so much that I have never thought .
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John O.

John O.

Huntington Station, NY 11746
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About David N

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Elmont, NY
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About David
I am a 20 year musician with 11 years teaching experience. Born and raised in New York City, I attended Laguardia high school for music and art and afterward Queens College majoring in music. My main instruments are Clarinet, Drums, and Saxophone, but i also have a strong background in Piano, Trumpet, and Flute. I've taken private music lessons for the past 15 years with world class musicians, among them David Weber and Howard Hirsch. I've performed in every major concert hall in New York City, including Carnegie Hall when i was only 11 years old. I performed alongside many famous musicians, including the late Tito Puente.

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My teaching includes all aspects of music; Musical theory, sight singing, as well as Music History. My teaching style allows the child to have fun while they learn their instrument, but I emph
asize a strong practice regiment. Your child will understand that while learning music and an instrument can be fun, there will be some work involved if they want to become great. I usually use either the Alfred or Rubank method books to supplement a curriculum that I tailor make for each individual student. Any question or confusion a student has about anything during the lesson will be explained in detail and dealt with until he/she understands the concept. I've had many students pass all levels of the ABRSM and NYSSMA exams as well as receive academic scholarships for musical excellence.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Lessons in the living room, drums set, piano,

*** Travel Equipment ***
I require that students buy the books I suggest, but if it is necessary, I can provide photocopies of pages from the books that I own. I also require my students to provide all writing equipment.

*** Specialties ***
all methods and styles. I've played clarinet and saxophone for orchestras, symphonic bands, and jazz bands. I've played drums for jazz, rock, and acoustic sets.
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Noah January 19, 2018
· Saxophone · In home
My son really enjoyed his first lesson. Looking forward to how he will progress.
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Matt January 8, 2018
· Trumpet · In home
David came on time for our schedule lesson and came in ready to go. He helped my son the corrected way to blow trumpet (which he never learn from school) and broke down lesson so that he is not over wheeled. In just first lesson, I can hear the difference in my son's use of trumpet.
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matt September 13, 2017
· Piano · In home
great teacher
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Elmont, NY 11003
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About Gio A.

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New York, NY
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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).

About Gio
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.

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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!

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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)
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Michelle P. January 11, 2018
· Banjo · Online
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Ian C. July 7, 2017
· Drum · In studio
1 lesson and he wants to go back so it is a win for me.. Gio is an educator and knowledgeable on many instruments.
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Steve May 6, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
Gio is an encouraging and helpful teacher!
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Gio A.

New York, NY 10034
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About Lauren K.

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Brooklyn, NY

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Alto & Tenor

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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.
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Sonny R. March 19, 2017
· Clarinet · In home
The lesson went great. My son was very happy. Lauren is a sweet young lady who I could see right away works well with kids.
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Brooklyn, NY 11234
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About Alexander S.

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Brooklyn, NY
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Since I started playing at age 11, I have been fortunate enough to study with some prolific musicians including: UNT sax professor Brad Lelei, Grammy nominated saxophonist Myron Walden, and world renowned bass player Reggie Workman. I currently study saxophone at the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in NYC. In my lessons we'll have fun while focusing on your goals. Through practice and the materials I provide, you will notice a dramatic increase in your musical abilities. See you soon!

About Alexander
At my lessons, I use the experience and knowledge that I have acquired from over 10 years of playing and studying music to teach students how to take their playing to the next level and reach their goals.

I attended Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Dallas, TX, and am now one semester shy from graduating from the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, a conservatory in New York City.

I find the best way to learn is in a fun, stress-free environment where the instructor pays close attention to the needs of their students. I believe in cultivating an appreciation for jazz and other styles of music, paying close attention to detail, and building a strong foundation through focused practice.
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Giulia September 8, 2016
· Saxophone · In studio
I've attend Alex lessons since more than 6 months. He has been extremely accomodating with my crazy work-schedule and available to change hour or day even with small advance notice.
During the lessons we have fun and that is what I think is the most important thing!
Alex is really passionate about music and is capable of transmit this passion during his lessons.
I would definitely recommed him as a teacher!
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Ligori N. May 9, 2016
· Saxophone · In home
Best instructor ever!
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Ligori N. May 9, 2016
· Saxophone · In home
Best instructor ever!
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Alexander S.

Alexander S.

Brooklyn, NY 11233
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About Xavier R.

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Elmont, NY
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NYS Certified Music Teacher. Public school teacher (Elementary)on Long Island since 2002. Excited to work with new students and students desiring to learn more and do more with their instrument!

About Xavier
Music education is my passion. Currently a certified New York State N-12 music teacher, teaching instrumental music in a school district on Long Island. I have been playing piano since I was 5 years old and performed a pair of recitals at Carnegie Hall and other fine performance halls. In addition to the piano I play multiple instruments and teach several such as the cello, violin, trumpet, clarinet and saxophone. Learning to play an instrument and make music can be challenging but it is wonderful experience! I look forward in teaching you.
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Chelsey S. November 13, 2017
· Violin · In home
My daughter really enjoyed her 1st Session. She stated that the Instructor was very patient and he made learning to play the Violin very interactive and fun.
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Xavier R.

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Elmont, NY 11003
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About Louis A.

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Brooklyn, NY
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Discover or improve your mastery of saxophones from the Soprano to the Baritone with of course the standards Alto and Tenor!
Enjoy playing these incredible horns and crafting your sound! Turn music into your second nature and sax into your own voice!

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My name is Louis and I play and teach Clarinets, Saxophones and voice. I am a Classical, Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, Jazz and Pop musician freelancing in NYC. Join my studio and connect with numerous other musicians!
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Louis A.

Louis A.

Brooklyn, NY 11221
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$42 / 30-min

About Niall B.

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I advocate for a well-rounded approach to learning an instrument. My lessons focus on the development of instrumental technique, general musicianship, compositional ability and creative thinking.
My main goal is to create an enjoyable and rewarding learning environment for students of all ages and abilities. I believe in steady progress, and I help the student map out short and long-term goals when developing a personalized lesson plan.

About Niall
Niall Bakkestad-Legare is a New York based saxophonist, composer and bandleader. Originally from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, Niall has performed at several NYC jazz clubs including Smalls, Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, The 55 Bar and The Shapeshifter Lounge. He has performed with artists such as the Jimmy Greene Big Band, the Curtis Nowosad trio, the Seth Weaver Big Band, the Niko Seibold Big Band, Vinyl Live, and the multi-Grammy nominated Manhattan School of Music Afro-Cuban Big Band.

Niall has toured throughout Canada, performing at many high-profile festivals including the Ottawa, Montreal, and Winnipeg International Jazz Festival. He has performed with international recording artists including multi-Grammy nominated reggae artist Luciano and Juno-nominated indie-pop band Royal Canoe.

The winner of numerous scholarships and awards, Ni
all holds a Master in Music from the Manhattan School of Music and a Bachelor in Jazz Performance from the University of Manitoba. He participated in the Ottawa Jazz Festival Youth Summit (2013) and the Banff International Workshop (2012).
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Niall B.

Niall B.

New York, NY 10033
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About Cory O.

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I have been playing the Saxophone for 17 years, played at Bard College, participated in a jazz band, competed at NYSSMA 4 times, and received a perfect score for every performance. Currently I have been teaching a 10 year old how to play, so I am experienced with beginners and intermediate levels. I like to make my lessons fun yet challenging, I encourage and push my students to be the best possible musicians. I play along with every one of my students, and enjoy it just as much as them.

About Cory
Hello there!

I have been playing the saxophone for 17 years now. I have competed in saxophone competitions, was apart of a jazz band all through high school, was apart of the school's marching band, and participated in NYSSMA 4 years in a row and received a perfect score every year.

I still play my saxophone almost everyday! I cherish the joy it brings to others around me when I play. Growing up I would practice the saxophone for so many hours that it was only natural that my little brother picked up the saxophone as he enters middle school. Over the past four years he has received personal one-on-one lessons from me. Since my teaching structure was based around a fun environment, many of his classmates and friends requested lessons from me which I happily agreed to.

I look forward to working with students that want to start their lif
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Cory O.

Harrison, NJ 07029
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