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Although I am primarily a saxophonist, clarinet is a secondary instrument that most saxophonists also have to know how to play. As a performer it is an absolute necessity that I be able to double on the clarinet and be just as proficient.

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 ...

About Matt
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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.

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Additional saxophones. Macbook pro with recording and music writing software

*** Specialties ***
music, music theory, home recording, saxophone, clarinet, flute,
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Adrian November 12, 2018
· Clarinet · In studio
Matt is wonderful! His teaching approach with very young students is incredible. My son loves going to his clarinet lessons every week. We look forward to our next lesson!
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Kristen P. October 29, 2018
· Saxophone · Online
My son Nick, who is 11 years old, began his journey on the saxophone with Matt and he has had a great experience. In just a few short months, Nick has improved tremendously. Matt is very patient and has a great style, teaching Nick to read music, play scales, and learn fun tunes. He's also taught Nick the best way to learn a tune, focusing on the hard measures first and repeating them, then moving back to the tune as a whole. Nick has enjoyed the challenge!
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Kristen P. October 22, 2018
· Saxophone · Online
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About Sara B.

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After actively playing the clarinet for 15 years and teaching more and more frequently as time went on, I'm now available for eager 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 technical skills. I specialize in tone development, typically use Essential Elements and J.B. Albert books, and also have a wide variety of music to practice with and gain appreciation for great clarinet repertoire.

About Sara
Hi, there! My name is Sara and I can't wait to meet you! I've been teaching clarinet lessons off and on since 2010 and have loved helping my students learn correct technique, train their ears, and develop a rich tone. I went to the University of Wisconsin-Superior and earned a degree in Music in 2013. I then went to Columbia College in Chicago and received a degree in Music Composition for the Screen. I'm a kind and patient person and my teaching style is laid back and personalized, based on the progress of each student. I look forward to helping you reach your goals!
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Manuel November 4, 2016
· Saxophone · In home
Sarah was kind and very patient with me while I worked on technique. She is an excellent instructor for a beginner, and I would highly recommend her.
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Seth September 29, 2016
· Clarinet · In home
Sara is great. She's been teaching my son who is a beginner and she is kind and patient and helps him with his technique. He likes her and has noticeably improved since he started.
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Molly May 30, 2016
· Clarinet · In home
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About Lauren S.

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New York, NY

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Lauren began playing the clarinet at age 10 and later was offered scholarship to attend university for clarinet performance. Although her life took her on a different path, she never lost her passion and heart for clarinet performance. She offers comprehensive lessons on clarinet tailored to the needs of each student. Lauren favors the "Essential Elements" and "Standard of Excellence" method books for teaching children.

About Lauren
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Multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Lauren is an active performer and music educator based in New York City. She holds a Master of Music in jazz performance from Manhattan School of Music as well as a Bachelor of Music in jazz studies from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a Bachelor of Science in fisheries, wildlife and conservation biology from North Carolina State University. During her time in graduate school, Lauren studied vocal jazz with Grammy-nominated vocalist Kate McGarry and double bass with Harvie S and Jay Anderson. In her home state of North Carolina, Lauren gained recognition for her eclectic musical style, her unique voice and her ability to play and sing simultaneously in the jazz idiom. She was lau
ded as a “revelation” in Triad City Beat for her vocal and bass performance in the 2015 Miles Davis Jazz Festival at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Lauren is an avid performer in the New York jazz scene and appears at venues such as the legendary 55 Bar, where she enjoyed a monthly residency. She has performed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Cosmopolitan Club, the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, Cornelia St Cafe, Zinc Bar, Club Bonafide, Swing 46, Caffe Vivaldi, as well as other venues in the city. Lauren enjoys sharing her love of music with her students and has taught both privately and in New York City schools, including the Manhattan School of Music Precollege Program. In addition to playing bass and singing, Lauren also plays piano, clarinet, electric guitar, electric bass and acoustic guitar.
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Annette F. March 13, 2018
· Guitar · In home
Lauren is a great teacher. Her lesson are comprehensive, but easy to learn if the makes sense. She is very patient and kind. I am glad she is my teacher. I really feel like I learning and advancing.
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Sree K. April 14, 2017
· Upright Bass · In home
Lauren is amazing and so patient. She is also awesome at making concepts real to an adult beginner like me. I am so happy to be working with her!
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About Laurie B.

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I'm an experienced music teacher of 9 years and I am available for eager 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 musical skills. I can teach all styles, but have a special love for jazz. I typically use the Rose books for etudes and the, Baerman for scales to build technique. I use Aebersold Play Alongs to learn tunes and work on improvisational skills for jazz players. I can help you pick out instruments, and I even have a clarinet a beginner could use to try it out and see if it is the correct instrument for you.

About Laurie
I have 10 years of teaching experience as a private teacher, a classroom music teacher, and a band director. I employ many different styles and methods while teaching, to ensure my students receive a well rounded music education, but also have fun. I love to use backing tracks, and I like to teach technique and important fundamentals through playing pieces of music in the styles my students love, while also introducing them to new styles and new pieces. I love music and what it does for the world, and I pass that love and passion on to my students. I am positive and encouraging, while still providing specific and structured feedback to students. I studied classical clarinet during my Bachelors of Music Education at the University of Illinois, taught as a high school band director, and went on to received a Master's in Music Education with
a jazz emphasis while playing jazz saxophone at Northwestern University. I have spent the last 4 years teaching at a British International School in China, and performing in orchestras, funk bands, and more around Beijing. This has given me the experience and knowledge base to teach students of all ages and backgrounds, as well as to teach many different instruments across a wide range of styles, including: clarinet, flute, saxophone, oboe, bassoon, trumpet, trombone, euphonium, tuba, beginning piano, and rock bands.
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Aaron August 7, 2017
· Clarinet · In studio
Miss Bonner is a very patient and fun teacher, whose methods have boosted me from a beginner to playing college standard pieces by Mozart. She is great at playing clarinet. Classical, Jazzy; any genre you choose and Miss Bonner can teach you well. At the end of the school year, I won an award for being the best member in our school band. I could never have done it without Miss Bonner.
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Jason June 21, 2017
· Music Performance · In studio
Ms. Bonner has been such an inspirational teacher over all the years she has taught me. She has helped me improve my clarinet techniques by pushing me to join various bands and best of all, introduced me to Jazz. Also, she is a really fun teacher, always making her lessons fun and entertaining. Without her, I wouldn't have the enthusiasm I have now for music.
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About Evgeny T.

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I am working on basics/fundamentals that is the first thing the student has to be awar of when learning the instrument.Help to go through orchestra repertoire,solo performances,chamber music.
I have very individual approache with each student that helps student to become a quick learner, indurceing student's selfestime,since "one size fits all" is not my believes.

About Evgeny
Hello everyone,
My name is Evgeny Taimanov and I am a clarinet teacher at Carnegie Mellon University, as well, as associate member with Columbus Symphony Orchestra(OH).
I maintain my private studio at home and help my students to achieve their goals,going through auditioning process and getting the highly expected results as a reward of hard working combined with my instructions.
To be successful you need a strategy and I am the one who will help you to build the one and guide you through it.
My teaching philosophy is simple- the teacher is your friend who tells you the things as they are, and provides solutions that simplify the tusks making them part of fun to resolve.
Thank you for your time.
Hope to hear from you soon.

Evgeny.
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Anzu October 11, 2017
· Clarinet · In home
Mr. Evgeny is a wonderful clarinet teacher. I have been able to learn a lot from his lessons and the lessons have helped me tremendously with auditions. He is very thorough in his teachings and methods which help increase your tone quality as well as technique. I high recommend taking lessons from him.
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Andy October 8, 2017
· Clarinet · In studio
Evgeny's the best. Evgeny is not only one of the best clarinetists in the country but also makes learning fun. I'm 48 and started playing about 6 years ago and learning the clarinet from him has been a rewarding experience.
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Matthew October 5, 2017
· Clarinet · In home
Mr. Evgeny has helped me develop a beautiful sound through his results driven approach to teaching the art of clarinet performance. He has patiently provided the necessary coaching to help me overcome obstacles and allowed me to discover strengths and use them to my advantage. I truly value our lesson time, and highly recommend Mr. Evgeny to anyone who wants to improve as a player.
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About Ricky S.

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Pittsburgh, PA

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Weekly lessons are offered for students of all levels and ages. An individualized and thoughtful lesson plan will be provided on a weekly basis which will be based on the students musical needs and skill level.

I am from Dallas, Texas but moved to Pittsburgh to study with Michael Rusinek of the Pittsburgh Symphony. I received my Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Southern Methodist University and my Master of Music and Advanced Music Studies Certificate from Carnegie Mellon University.

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I am from Dallas, Texas but moved to Pittsburgh to study with Michael Rusinek of the Pittsburgh Symphony. I received my Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Southern Methodist University and my Master of Music and Advanced Music Studies Certificate from Carnegie Mellon University.

I taught middle and high school students in the Dallas area while I was working on my Bachelors degree and even completed an entire semester of student teaching to receive my Teacher Certification to teach public school in Texas.

What I enjoy about teaching is helping students reach their goals and being able to see their improvement from week to week. Everyone learns differently so it is a lot of fun to try different things and find the specific way that each student will thrive.
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Ricky S.

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Pittsburgh, PA 15232
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Sacramento, CA

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Learn skills such as proper technique, how to generate a beautiful tone, and sight-reading, improvisation, how to practice efficiently and more.

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Emery Mesich is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, arranger, and producer hailing from Sacramento, California. As a child he was first introduced to musical genres like classic rock, folk, and jazz. Driven by music, he started playing clarinet at the age of eight. Two years later he quickly became fluent on saxophone after discovering jazz greats like Charlie Parker and Jackie Mclean. Emery grew up playing in symphonies, community bands, churches, college bands (Sacramento State University an American River College), and was considered an “old soul” because of his ability to excel on his instrument and command great stage presence at an early age. Throughout High School Emery excelled winning numerous awards at Reno, Monterey, Essentially Ellington, and Charles Mingus Jazz Festivals as well as touring with the Next Generation Jazz Orches
tra to Japan in 2014. In 2014 Emery was granted a full scholarship to the Berklee School of music where he recently graduated with two Bachelor's degrees; Performance (saxophone principal) and Contemporary Writing and Production. Emery owes much of his success and inspiration to his private instructors who assisted his learning at an early age, and in turn teaching others has also become a passion of Emery's. Because of his age Emery works well with young kids as well as young adults. If you have any questions feel free to reach out.
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I want to make sure that you learn not only how to play the clarinet, but that you also have a firm grasp on everything else that goes into great musicianship! If you'd like, I can bring a strong emphasis on music theory, so that you can better understand and appreciate the music you are learning. On top of theory, I would love to open up the opportunity for you to compose your own pieces. I also want you to have a good understanding of how your instrument actually is working, physically speaking — my goal is to make you a well rounded musician!

I prefer to have you learn real repertoire versus working from a methods book, because I want you to be excited about the music you are learning. I will let you explore the rep that you want, from medieval to contemporary, as well as non-western. Contemporary classical music is my specialty, and I'd be more than happy to dive into this with you!

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Hello! My name's Kevin, and I'm a composer/musician based in Brooklyn. I went to the College of William and Mary where I studied both music and physics. Following that, I received a master's degree focusing in music composition from the University of Chicago.

I would love to help you have a stronger understanding of your instrument and music in general! I started playing clarinet in the 8th grade, and continued playing all through high school, undergrad, and grad school. Clarinet is my primary instrument, but before clarinet I began saxophone, and before saxophone, I began piano. Music has been a central part of my life for such a long time, and I can't imagine life without it!

My primary career pursuit is music composition, so I would love to dive into some music theory with each piece that you learn. I feel that understanding the mu
sic itself builds a stronger appreciation for the act of playing music. I have written a lot of pieces for myself on clarinet, and would be thrilled to help you on your own compositions if that is something your interested in. Contemporary classical music is my passion, but I want to help you explore the repertoire that fascinates you.
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I am a clarinet major from Ireland taking my masters in conducting. I have extensive experience teaching all ages of clarinet. I also teach piano and have an Irish music background. I'm very versatile and can bring lots of different aspects to my teaching. I have over 12 years teaching experience in Ireland.

About Karen
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I'm Karen from Dublin, Ireland. I moved to OH in Aug 2018 to complete my Masters of Music as assistant orchestral conductor at Kent State. I have a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Trinity College Dublin. I have over 12 years experience teaching classroom, one on one lessons, choirs, bands and orchestra. I have worked with children and adults with special needs and I love seeing and bringing the potential out in people.

Karen Ní Bhroin is from Co. Wexford, Ireland and is one of Ireland’s leading young female conductors. Karen is a Music Education graduate of Trinity College Dublin. Karen holds the position Graduate Assistant Orchestral Conductor at Kent State University, Ohio where she is pursuing her masters in orchestral conducting with Dr. Jungho Kim.

Summer of 2018 saw Karen on the Britten – Pears Young
Artist scheme, studying as one of four conductors with Marin Alsop and Valentina Peleggi for two weeks in Snape Maltings, UK.

In 2017 Karen made her Debut with the RTE National Symphony Orchestra in a lunchtime programme that was broadcast live for RTE Lyric FM. img_0124.jpg

During 2016/2018 Karen was Conductor in Training with RTE Choirs, Orchestras and Quartets Conductor in Training. Here she worked with chorus master Mark Hindley and the RTE Philharmonic Chorus and RTE principal guest conductor Nathalie Stutzmann.

In 2016 Karen won the Orion Young Conductors Award at MusicFest in Aberystwyth Wales with the Orion Orchestra and Toby Purser.

in 2014 Karen was one of 3 finalists in the ESB Electric Ireland Feis Ceoil, inaugural conducting competition where she conducted the RTÉ Concert Orchestra.

Karen began her musical training at the age of four on tin whistle, concertina and piano with her aunt, Nóra Kavanagh. In 2006 Karen was awarded a place at the RIAM to study clarinet under Fintan Sutton, and won the EBS Electric Ireland Feis Ceoil Senior Clarinet competition 2012. DSC_0109

Leaving the clarinet for the baton, Karen made her conducting debut with Trinity College Orchestra in 2013 in the final year of her degree. Karen has previously studied conducting privately with Neil Thomson, Robert Houlihan, Denise Ham, John Longstaff and David Brophy. She has also attended conducting courses and classes in Europe and America with Rodolfo Saglimbeni, Neil Varon and John Farrer.
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Rowena November 5, 2018
· Classical Piano · In studio
Am a mature student. Had Karen for over three years teaching me piano. I found her excellent .! She was so patient and I learned so much from her ! Always encouraging. She prepared me for three exams . I was sorry to lose her when she moved abroad. I would highly recommend her !
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Craig November 5, 2018
· Classical Piano · In studio
I found Karen to be the most wonderful teacher. She is patient (she'd need to be with students like me!) and encouraging. As an adult beginner I wasn't sure what to expect, but I couldn't have asked for a better teacher to introduce me to the piano. One of these days (in some very distant future) I hope to do her proud by appearing on stage somewhere!
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