I have played saxophone since I was in 5th grade. I have been in a variety of groups over the years; rock, funk, punk, jazz quartets and big-band jazz, and the experimental use of electronics. You will learn proper breath (dynamics) and embouchure control, tonguing techniques, standard and alternate fingerings, approaches to improvisation and assistance with a varied repertoire for performance. I own a 1967 Beuscher alto saxophone and an Elkhart C-tenor saxophone. My home studio has recording capability which I use to record lessons when they are needed for review. Ear training is a crucial part to music on any level, and I encourage playing by ear as an important element to improvisation and music appreciation. My lessons are fun, informative, and creative!
Hello Future Students!
Whether you want to pursue a Musical Career or simply learn how to Play your Favorite Tunes for friends and family, I am here as your Teacher and Guide. I teach at my own home, at the Student's home or through the use of Skype.
I am originally from Ann Arbor. I spent much of this century living in NYC and prior to that I lived in Chicago. Those experiences vastly helped me develop Networking, Performance and Teaching experience. I now live in southwest Detroit near River Rouge.
As a Father of four, I have had the joy in teaching my own children Guitar, Saxophone, Songwriting, Composition and Keyboard. As a parent I have found that Patience and Encouragement is often the best form of support.
It has been proven that learning Music helps develop intuition, self-awareness, and social skills as well as imp
rove in other subjects not directly related to the arts such as Mathematics and Science.
One of the most important aspects of playing Music is being able to Play by Ear. This has been a priceless gift that I was born with and have developed throughout my life. I encourage all musicians, young and old, to do the same. The use of simple Rhythmic Dictation and Ear Training exercises can do wonders for "picking out" Beats and Harmonies no matter what Genre we are interested in.
I attended music courses at The Boston School of Contemporary Music and Thomas Jefferson College (MI). I have a BA at Columbia College Chicago double majoring in Music Composition and English .
My band THIRD BORDER's "Sun of Water; Sea of Light" was selected to be nominated for the Grammy's as The Best Alternative Album of the Year in 2006. On this record, I played Guitar, Saxophone, sang Lead Vocal and wrote all the Songs. If you are a Songwriter, we can polish up your approach.
As a Composer, I have done Sound Design for Film, Dance, Spoken Word and Multi-media Performance - most notably with renowned poet Anne Carson and former members of The Merce Cunningham Dance Co. I also formed and composed two symphonies for my 12-member saxophone orchestra in NYC. Currently, I am rehearsing new work with a Detroit-based multiinstrumental orchestra.
I hope to talk to you soon! Benjamin
*** Lesson Details *** My teaching style is relaxed with a forte on Patience and Encouragement. Though I have specific expectations on what needs to be learned, I gear each lesson towards the student's wishes and their personal direction in Creativity. Whether you are a beginner or an advanced student, I can guide you wherever you are headed!
For Guitar (acoustic or electric), you will learn the fundamentals of Music Theory, Chord Structure, varied Strumming and Picking Techniques, and Scale Positions to travel from one part of the neck to the other. Any song you wish to learn, I can teach!
For Saxophone, you will learn proper Embouchure technique, Notation, Music Theory, and Scale Patterns for improvisation. Whether you are interested in a Classical, Blues, Funk or Jazz approach, I can help you find your own sound that is both personal and professional.
I teach 2nd year Piano and Drums/Percussion directing you into Intermediate level.
For those leaning toward the experimental genres, I am well-versed in the use of Electronics. Much can be accomplished with my lessons on Sound-Scape Improvisation either as 1 on 1 or Group Workshops.
*** Studio Equipment *** At Home Studio: music stands, metronome, guitar amps, electric and acoustic guitars, guitar tablature, staff music paper, a scanner for weekly homework. I can also record and send MP3s of our lessons to review at home if you wish.
*** Travel Equipment *** Students will need their own instrument, a mutually chosen music book to learn from, a metronome, and hopefully easy access to a keyboard (very helpful!)
*** Specialties *** I am fluent in Rock genres, Blues, Beginning Jazz, Beginning Classical technique, Prepared Guitar, Electronics/Sound Art.
Excellent instructor and a way cool guy. My first lesson was really informative, with so many helpful tips and techniques. Ben is a friendly, patient teacher, and I am looking forward to my next lesson!
June 22, 2019
Charlie and Cindy
We had our first saxophone lesson with Benjamin today and it was excellent! He is clearly a master that can assess a student’s skill level and adapt the lesson to suit their needs. He is just what we needed :)
March 14, 2019
30 lessons for my high school son with Ben. Excellent teacher. Always on time. Very professional. Baritone Sax. Highly recomend. Will be getting more lessons with Ben.
I've been teaching saxophone for 20 years and my students have gone on to the State level Band Auditions and won multiple times. Within the first few lessons, you'll be able to make a decent sound, play scales, arpeggios and simple tunes, and as time goes on you'll be able to play popular tunes solo and with accompaniment of piano or band. I specialize in classical, jazz and klezmer style, typically use best published books, and have the renovated, quiet and spacious studio, music stands, audio equipment. I love working with students of all ages and experience levels and I can't wait to meet you!
Music studio offering clarinet, saxophone, flute, trumpet and recorder lessons taught by the Principal Clarinetist of the Livingston Symphony Orchestra.
Recent Student Auditions, Awards & Achievements:
Chris M., 8th grade (clarinet and saxophone) - Winner of the 1st chair in N. NJ Regional Concert Band 2019 - Successful audition to N. NJ Regional Symphonic Band 2018 - Successful audition for Honors Band - Promoted to 1st chair in his school band (2016) - Selected from over 500 students to participate in the North Jersey Region 1 Honors Elementary Band Festival (May 2016).
Morwen, 7th grade (clarinet) Successful audition to N. NJ Regional Concert Band 2019 Ashley, 6th grade (flute) - 1st chair in Concertino Winds Band in NJ Youth Symphony
Aidan, 9th grade (clarinet) - Successful audition to Centra
l NJ Regional Symphonic Band: 1st chair in 2016-2017, 10th chair in 2014-2015; and Advanced Wind Ensemble (2014-2015). - Successful audition to NJ Symphony Orchestra Summer Band Camp.
Kevin, 8th grade (clarinet) - Successful audition to Philharmonia Orchestra of NJYS (New Jersey Youth Symphony) orchestra
Chris F., 6th grade (trumpet) - Successful audition for the first seat in school band trumpet section
Isis, HS senior (clarinet) - Successful auditions for: * 1st chair in HS Band in 2013-2014, 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 * HS Central NJ Regional Symphonic Band (2013-2014, 2014-2015 & 2015-2016), HS NJ All-State Symphonic Band (2014-2015 & 2015-2016) and NJ Youth Symphony Orchestra (2013-2014 & 2014-2015).
Stella, HS junior (clarinet) - Successful audition for 1st chair in HS Band (2015-2016).
Jennifer, 7th grade (clarinet) - Successful audition to NJ Youth Symphony Orchestra (2014-2015), Middle School North NJ Regional Symphonic Band (2014-2015 & 2015-2016), and Interlochen Arts Camp in Michigan (Summer of 2014 & 2015).
Morven, 4th grade (clarinet) - Promoted to 1st chair in 5th grade Advanced Band (2016)
Chris Y., 4th grade (saxophone) - Promoted to 1st chair in 5th grade Advanced Band (2016)
Jacob J., 4th grade (clarinet) - Promoted to 1st chair in 6th grade Advanced Band (2017)
Established in 1996.
For the past twenty years, Dimitry has been teaching students of all ages to play the clarinet, saxophone, flute, trumpet, and recorder.
Students will learn proper techniques, posture, breathing, phrasing, articulation, tone, rhythm, sight reading, solfeggio, music theory, and music history. They will also learn to play solos (with and without accompaniment), as well as duets (along with the instructor).
Private lessons are customized to meet each student's goals, such as preparation for regional and state band auditions, concerts, and other music competitions.
Meet the Business Owner
Business Owner Dimitry Chernavsky is the Principal Clarinetist of the Livingston Symphony Orchestra, the Co-Principal of the Hanover Wind Symphony, and a member of the 'A La Mode' clarinet quartet.
Dimitry is a graduate of Kiev Tchaikovsky Conservatory, where he received a Bachelor's and Master's Degree in Music Performance and Education.
Our 12-year old son has been learning clarinet from Mr. Dimitry for about a year now and we highly recommend him to prospective students for his deep music knowledge, rich clarinet performance experience and above all, just being a great clarinet teacher.
In a year's time with Mr. Dimitry, our son's progress has been very impressive. After our son started lessons with Mr. Dimitry, it quickly became apparent that Mr. Dimitry is a very experienced teacher for young musicians. He engages our son effectively to keep him interested in music and clarinet while at the same time sets high expectations for him. Our son always looks forward to clarinet lessons and also is motivated to practice pieces at home.
Mr. Dimitry not only teaches sound clarinet skills, but also emphasizes the importance of playing music the right way, that is to tell stories and express feelings through music rather than to play music like a technician. Although it is difficult for a young musician to fully appreciate this concept, it does go a long way in preparing him to become a really good musician in the long run.
Mr. Dimitry is very polite, pleasant and professional. We recommend him without any reservation.
June 8, 2015
My 7 year old son has been taking recorder lessons from Dimitry for almost 1 year now. Dimitry is very patient, encouraging, and enganging - considering that my son is on the younger side. Dimitry provides music instruction that is appropriate age and level wise, so my son feels accomplished and challenged at the same time.
We plan to continue with Dimitry and hopefully advance to the clarinet once his fingers can cover the clarinet holes and he has learned more music theory. My son looks forward to his music lessons. We are very pleased with his musical instruction.
June 16, 2014
Incredibly amiable, professional, and talented as a teacher.
As a senior in high school now graduating and transferring into college, I started my lessons with Dimitry in December last year and had to end this summer at the end of the music school's program. Even though my time learning the saxophone was short, Dimitry used my past musical experience to help guide me through the instrument. His lessons did not feel long in any sense of the word, and in fact some two-hour lessons I took to make up missed weeks blew by, as I was constantly engaged by his teachings. During my studies with him I found myself in the presence of a true musician, and this was only further driven home when I saw him play in the Hanover Wind Symphony at the Morristown Community Theater with Stanley Drucker. I would highly recommend Dimitry as an instructor for a student at any level.
I am very excited to teach you all what my 23 years of experience in playing the saxophone can bring. I can teach children to adults, beginner to advance players the tools to become and great musician. I workout of various books to suite the students playing level. I also use a metronome , tuners , sheet music all to help develop good habits. I work with kids and teenagers so they can audition and become more effective in their school band. You must practice at least a hour a day to reach the goals you require .Contact me and you will be on your way to becoming a great musician.
Hello, my name Is Lonze. I can't wait to meet you and start fun, professional, and rewarding private lessons. I have been teaching for 7 years and I absolutely love it. Every lesson is as rewarding for me as I hope it is for my students. Observing the progression of my students is one of the most fulfilling parts of teaching for me.
I began playing the Saxophone in elementary school, going on to play at Cass Technical High School. From there I went on to Knoxville College Of Music, studying classical and jazz improvisation. I have played with the All State Symphonic Band at the Fox Theater in Detroit, Michigan, and First Chair Alto Saxophonist with Ben Pruitt and Friends at Bakers Keyboard Lounge. I've played with several bands throughout the years performing classical, many forms of jazz, and blues music. I currently perform in vario
us venues around the Metro Phoenix area.
I am a very easy going and enthusiastic person that will bring those qualities to every lesson with my students. I have extensive experience working with kids, specifically in the music department of the Rosedale Community Center, in Detroit.
Regardless of skill level, I will teach the basics and progress at the rate the student learns the material. I look forward to helping all my students reach their goals, whether it's in their school band, just for their friends and family, or even for those who want to pursue becoming a professional musician.
Lonze is an excellent teacher for our children! He is able to keep them focused and on task and help them even if they sometimes have a few wiggles. He is able to understand the challenges of working with kids of different ages and different abilities. We are so glad we found Lonze and are happy he is teaching our children to play Piano! Our kids are already finding successes in their piano studies!
September 19, 2019
My son really enjoys taking lessons with Lonze. He takes a very gentle and encouraging approach with him, which really works well for my son. We are very pleased so far.
Experienced teacher of 6 years with over 14 years of playing experience. My background is in jazz performance and music education. I know how to get results while having a good time! I strive to put the FUN back in fundamentals and always make music the joyful experience that it should be. I can help you excel in performing, ear training, sight reading, harmony, composition, improvisation and any other general musicianship skills you would like to acquire!
I am a professional saxophonist and recording artist with 15 years of playing experience. I studied Jazz Saxophone at the Manhattan School of Music and then William Paterson University, where I graduated with a Bachelors degree. I received a Master of Science Degree in Music Education from Towson University. I have performed original music with my jazz group for the last 10 years across New York, New Jersey, Maryland and D.C. I have had the good fortune of being able to study with some of the worlds greatest jazz musicians including Mulgrew Miller, Christian McBride, Rich Perry, Chris Potter, Seamus Blake and Donny McCaslin. I have enjoyed helping students of all ages reach their fullest potential and simultaneously find lasting joy and excitement in music. I think these qualities are so important for anyone trying to improve the
ir musical skills! I enjoy passing on all of the knowledge I possibly can to my students, crafting our lessons to their individual learning styles and comfort levels.
I have been playing saxophone for eleven years and absolutely love teaching it as much as I do performing. My goal is to inspire any student by the power of music. My lessons are relaxed, fun, and productive. I teach all ages and all ability levels on saxophone - soprano, alto, tenor, and baritone. Students will learn technical skills, repertoire, and/or a basic overview of the saxophone. I also have experience in clarinet and flute. Ultimately, I want to positively influence any and every student and create a foundation of music for them to carry for a lifetime.
I recently graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree in performance from St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wisconsin. I will also be attending the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities for a Master of Music degree in performance as well. I hope to continue my education and pursue a Doctor of Musical Arts degree within the next few years.
In the eleven years I have played saxophone, I have participated in a wide variety of ensembles. I have played lead alto saxophone in my undergraduate jazz band my entire four years there and principal saxophonist in the wind ensemble my senior year. I have also participated in pit orchestra, playing clarinet, flute, and soprano saxophone, saxophone ensemble, and in a backup band for a show choir, Kids from Wisconsin, playing alto, tenor, and soprano. I have also recently been awarded the Tony Winters Ins
trumental Music Award for extraordinary musical performance.
With knowledge in jazz, classical, and pop saxophone, I am able to teach all ages and ability levels in one, or all three of these categories. I have had a few students over the past six months and absolutely love teaching them. We have covered technical skills, repertoire, and saxophone basics. Whether it's a 30 minute lesson or a 60 minute lesson, I make every second count! I work in a relaxed environment and make it fun and productive for all ages. I am willing to do lessons online or in-home.
My passion for music has no limit and I really want to share that with any and every student. I strive to be a positive influence in the music teaching world so that students can carry a firm foundation of music for a lifetime. I look forward to meeting you and helping you become a better musician!
You'll be playing songs in no time! With over eight years of teaching experience with students of all ages, I know how to tailor your experience to you or your child's goals and experience level. I believe that we get the most joy from playing our instrument by developing strong fundamentals so that new musical challenges are enlightening rather than frustrating.
I began teaching in-home lessons to K-12 and adult students in 2010. Since then I have: 1) Taught thousands of fun and engaging lessons to over 150 students 2) Helped high school students attain successful college music auditions 3) Had students on saxophone AND clarinet place successfully in All-State and All-County Honors Bands and Gifted and Talented Ensembles
Whether your student is excelling and wants new musical challenges to stay engaged or you think they could enjoy music but are struggling to keep up, I have experience with that situation. I am a passionate performer myself, and I released my debut jazz album in early 2018. I truly believe that music is one of the greatest sources of joy in the world.
I played the sax through high school and then stopped playing until I retired ~ 4 years ago. I started lessons with Julian when he lived nearby and have continued with "skype" lessons since he moved out of the area. He's a great teacher: motivational, thorough knowledge of both classical and jazz, kind, good sense of humor, and a good communicator. I highly recommend him.
September 5, 2018
I highly recommend Julian as a saxophone teacher. My son started playing saxophone and taking lessons with Julian three years ago, when my son was 9 years old. Julian is patient with my son and has built a good rapport with him. Julian has always encouraged him to try his best and to not be discouraged when he makes mistakes, and that has made my son comfortable with Julian and confident enough to push himself. Also, Julian is reliable and punctual, and is good at communicating through text and email.
I was in one of the top marching band programs in the nation in high school and I know how hard it can be to learn the saxophone Or any new instrument. I have lesson books and sheet Music that we can look through and work on together to get you playing how you want.
I’ve loved the saxophone since I was 12 and my goal in life is to help others to love it like I do. If you love music and wanna learn new instruments I’m your guy.
I’ve been teaching saxophone & clarinet for over 20 years of students of all ages. Beginners to seasoned players, I welcome everyone. I teach any style of playing that the student would like to learn.
Kevin Giordano is the instructor of saxophone and clarinet at Lakewood City Schools located in Lakewood, Ohio. In addition to the instructor of saxophone and clarinet at Olmsted Falls Middle School and Academy Music Company located in Cleveland Heights, Ohio and Royalton Music Center located in North Royalton , Ohio. Kevin is also on staff with the Cleveland Youth Wind Symphony, associated with the Cleveland Institute of Music. His principal instructors include Greg Banaszak and John Perrine on saxophone and Louis Gangale and Ted Johnson (retired Cleveland Orchestra) on clarinet.
A native of Brooklyn, Ohio Kevin has been a frequent soloist and recitalist throughout the United States and Europe performing in some of the finest venues in the world. In addition to work abroad Kevin has had the opportunity to perform with the North Coast
Saxophone Quartet, Neo-Tessares Saxophone Quartet, University Circle Wind Ensemble directed by Gary Ciepluch and Ted Witt Night Owls A 1920s Dixieland Jazz Band. He has also recorded music for Ludwig Publishing Company in Grafton, Ohio.
Kevin maintains a full time saxophone and clarinet studio. He has presented masterclasses to some of the regions most respected school and university music programs in addition to performing at numerous state and national music conventions. Kevin is a member of the North American Saxophone Alliance as well as the Ohio Music Education Association.
Kevin has prepared students successfully for all types of events including solo and ensemble contests as well as auditions for the Cleveland Youth Wind Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra, Cleveland Contemporary Orchestra and the Settlement Jazz Orchestra, among numerous college auditions. He has had students accepted into some of the finest college and university programs around the United States.
Kevin is pleased to be both a Conn-Selmer Performing Artist & Clinician as well as a D'Addario Performing Artist & Clinician.
"my first language is spanish, I tough that was going to make it more dificult for me to learn. I can now tell you how wrong I was. Matt took me from not k
nowing anything about music to playing the Ave Maria on Sax at the St. Patriks Cathedral in NYC . Matt you are the best. I can't thank you enough."
"Best teacher ever. Very patient."
"A wonderful teacher!
Dave is very helpful and patient when it comes to teaching. He is certainly my best,and favorite teacher."
"Matt's awesome- I love our lessons. I'm learning so much and he pushes me! After several years not playing, it's been amazing to get back into it."
"i have been with him for a few months and he is awesome"
"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."
"My son enjoys learning Saxophone from Tammye. I observed that she adopts to the pace of hi s learning. She is also flexible on timing. Highly recommended."
"Number ( 1 ) 7 *******. stars To her
Thank you ...
"Skilled in both jazz and classical saxophone, Ian has been a great source of information and encouragement for the whole eight years I've been playing sax
. He is very aware of the differences between members of the saxophone family and has helped me feel comfortable switching between alto and tenor. His ability to analyze and critique what I used to consider minor details in my tone/embouchure/etc. has made a significant impact on how I practice. I've even been able to pick up some quick basics on clarinet while my horns were in the repair shop.
Ian also performs quite a bit around town. I don't often get a chance to see him play (outside of lessons. of course), but whenever I do, I have a great time seeing him apply the same skills that he teaches me."
Learning how to play saxophone starts with the right equipment--namely, a quality neck strap! Read on for some helpful advice from Brookings, SD teacher Carl S...
The saxophone is a unique instrument for many reasons. One example is that the saxophone is the only band instrument that uses a neck strap. Unfortunately, the neck strap is often the most overlooked aspect of playing the instrument. One of the first things that I stress to a new student is the importance of the neck str …