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About Matt L.

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Astoria, NY

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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.

*** Lesson Details ***
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.

*** Studio Equipment ***
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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Andrea P. January 9, 2019
· Clarinet · Online
Matt is great, he is teaching 3 of my kids! Clarinet, alto sax, and flute. Very patient with my daughters as they work through their new instruments. They have progressed so much faster than the rest of their classmates, and discouragement has turned into excitement. They look forward to their weekly lessons.
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Judy Meredith January 8, 2019
· Saxophone · Online
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Quincy December 28, 2018
· Clarinet · Online
Matt is an excellent instructor for this adult learner! He was quick to identify my current level of ability and assign lessons based on my current and desired skill level and learning style. I recommend him without hesitation.
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About Doug L.

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Austin, TX
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About Doug
Hi! I'm a warm and positive educator with years of experience helping students in music, math, and social studies. I have six years of public school teaching and private lesson experience in New Jersey, and I have recently relocated to the Austin metropolitan area. I am excited to help people further their knowledge and skills in areas they have a unique interest or area where they feel the need to improve.

It would be my pleasure to meet with you at your home, host you at my place, or work over the internet.
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Victoria C. July 26, 2015
· Trombone · Online
Great first lesson. Really tailored it to the student and her leaning goals.
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Jennings W. July 9, 2015
· Trumpet · In studio
Jennings had a terrific first lesson!
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Ryke C. July 6, 2015
· WordPress · Online
GREAT job Doug!
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About Natascha F.

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Houston, TX
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About Natascha
Hello,
I am a capable, creative, fun and dedicated teacher.
My background includes experience in developing educational lesson plans and behavior modification plans. Through my work as a teacher, I have had the opportunity to work with students with special needs in middle school as well as in High School. I truly enjoy developing effective learning strategies to address all students' needs. Throughout my career, my approach to education has been creative; I enjoy developing multifaceted programs to engage all students and meet group as well as individual needs. My professional experience is supported by a solid academic background.
Please note that I am fluent in English, Hebrew, Dutch, French and German.
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Kylie November 11, 2018
· Classical Guitar · In home
My daughter loved her first lesson! She came home and wanted to practice every few hours. Looking forward to her next lesson.
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Kimberly October 16, 2018
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Natascha provides a warm and friendly experience. She is most knowledgeable and insightful of your individual needs. I strongly recommend and favor her as a Hebrew teacher.
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Suzanne D. October 20, 2015
· Dutch · Online
Amazing teacher, thank you!
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Natascha F.

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About Arlette B.

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Stroudsburg, PA
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About Arlette
Arlette is an Opera, Pop, Jazz, and Musical Theater singer, dancer, and actress from NYC. Using vocal techniques that are a cross between Bell Canto and the Riggs Vocal Techniques, she has created a method of singing that that can easily adopt all styles of music.

Classically trained with a B.A. in music with a concentration in voice, Arlette began her professional singing career at the age of 15 touring with top 40’s bands throughout Europe. By 19 she had landed her first Musical with Star Trek’s Nichele Nichols (Lt. Uhura), and also began singing jazz with Harold Land, Jr, Cleve Eaton (Bassie Band), and Jothan Callins (Sun Ra Band).

Her credits include regional performances of “Evita,” “Ain’t Misbehavin,” “Little Shop of Horrors,” and “A Chorus Line” along with solo performances at Opryland USA, Foxwoods Casino, Waldorf Astoria
Hotel, Richmond County Opera, The Cotton Club, Iridium Jazz Club, and for TOHO Entertainment in Japan. Arlette’s album credits include: “Love Again” released in 2001, and soon to be released “Windmills” both on the Renesants Records label.

Subjects Taught:
Broadway, Pop, Jazz, Gospel, R&B, Belting, Performance, vocal anatomy, coaching for local competitions, and upcoming events and auditions, guided repertoire coaching, Psychology of the voice..

LESSON STRUCTURE
Every week. I do not teach bi-monthly lessons.

A NOTE TO THE STUDENT
I am so glad that you are looking into finding a voice teacher who fits your unique style, personality, and being. I love teaching voice. I love seeing my students go from where they are when they first arrive in my studio to auditioning with confidence, or singing in Broadway shows and bands, recording albums, and participating in open mics with ease and grace. It is my sincere hope to create a singer in every family! Maybe if we have a singer in every family, there will be less violence in our sometimes turbulent world. If it is your dream to be a singer, I encourage you to pursue it with abandon!
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Tom January 8, 2019
· Singing · In studio
I've taken many lessons on a wide variety of instruments, but this was my first singing lesson. Arlette laid out the strategy for forming a strong foundation and the steps to take to get there. I look forward to continued lessons with her!
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Hayley G. July 16, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Arlette was great my daughter loved her and she learned more in the first class than her last 2 teachers combined
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Katheryn S. January 12, 2017
· Singing · Online
My first lesson was very informative! I'm excited about my future lessons. Arlette is a lovely woman and I look forward to learning from her.
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Stroudsburg, PA 18360
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About Anne-Marie B.

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East Stroudsburg, PA
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About Anne-Marie
Hi, I'm Anne-Marie and I love to teach! I have been teaching for over 25 years and whether the subject is English, Music, College Prep or Italian, I love helping students reach their goals. I work hard to leave my students enlightened, encouraged and empowered. I have high standards and I really like to challenge students to achieve their full potential, but I also try to make the process interesting, engaging and fun. I'm patient, easygoing and I enjoy working with students of all ages and backgrounds. I always strive to get to know my students (and their needs) very well. Then I customize lessons according to need, aptitude and goals. One of the best parts of teaching for me is meeting and connecting with new people, and making a difference in their lives, so I really look forward to meeting and working with you!
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Noel R. April 20, 2016
· Viola · In home
Excellent instructor very professional highly recommended
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About Joshua W.

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San Diego, CA

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Josh provides patient, flexible, resourceful instruction designed around your goals. He works with students' current strengths and abilities to craft a personalized and highly effective instructional approach that is unique to each student. Even if you have never touched a musical instrument, you already have many of the skills you need to play one; the trick is to find the connection. Josh helps you make fast and effective progress from the beginning, and keeps applying the same personalized resourcefulness as you progress through the learning process.

Josh is a working/touring pianist, organist, educator and music-director; a licensed and CMJ-charting songwriter and composer; and an audio engineer and producer. He teaches college, and maintains a private studio of students of all ages, abilities, and interest levels. His own love of
learning and teaching creates an environment where students come away eager to advance and confident in their own potential.
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Cassidy December 6, 2018
· Piano · In studio
It's only been one lesson so far but it was great and seems like it will be exactly what we were looking for (lesson is for my 12 year old daughter).
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joan August 1, 2018
· Classical Piano · In home
Joshua is a great teacher!
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Nina G. June 4, 2018
· Piano · In home
Loved my first lesson. Can’t wait for more. What took me so long?
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About Alison E.

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Hackettstown, NJ
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Alison started her music education in elementary school with the recorder, saxophone and chorus classes. She then moved onto private vocal and piano lessons, violin, and so forth. A current A.A. Music student at CCM, Alison already holds a certificate in Music Theory from Berklee College of Music Online, a certificate in Social Media Marketing from Centenary University, and a certificate in Theatre & Performing Arts from Warren County Technical School. She is proud to be on the Dean's List. Maintaining a 4.0 GPA, Alison is a member of the Sigma Alpha Lambda honor society. In addition, she is a NJ State Certified Substitute Teacher.

She is a graduate of Warren County Technical High School. While there, she earned a place in the National Technical Honor Society, membership in The National Society of High School Scholars, the PTA Citizen
ship Award, and the John B. Laporta Scholarship. She took part in the schools a Capella club, bowling club, SGA, peer2peer mentoring, and Key Club.

Since 2011, she has been in over a dozen theatrical productions. Some favorite roles of hers include Margot in "The Diary of Anne Frank," Belise in "The Learned Ladies," Helen in "Carrie: The Musical," and the Angel in "The Journey." She has been involved in numerous recitals/concerts/showcases, co-hosted Knightline News for her high school, modeled for Paladin Knight Entertainment, LLC and is on staff for an upcoming Paladin Knight Pictures independent film production. She has sung in the St. Marks Invitational Christmas Concert in Long Valley and has also sung with the Church of the Messiah in Chester. At St. Theodore's in Port Murray, she is a cantor and substitute music director. In 2015 and 2016, she placed second runner-up in the Warren County Farmers Fair Talent Show. Alison has performed the National Anthem at various Morris County USBC bowling tournaments. Her favorite musical accomplishment is singing with one of her musical theatre idols, Idina Menzel during her world tour in Bethlehem, PA in 2015.

In her free time, Alison also enjoys volunteering, bowling, photography, amateur radio, traveling, and modeling. Additionally, Alison holds a seasonal job as an actor at Schaefer Farms Frightfest in Flemington, NJ.
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Alison E.

Alison E.

Hackettstown, NJ 07840
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About Thomas D.

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Pasadena, CA

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Tommy Drinkard is a 23 year old musician from the bay area that has been in Los Angeles since the age of 18. Tommy started playing guitar at the age of 10 and started gigging and teaching private students around the neighborhood in 2011 at the age of 16. From 2013 to 2015 he studied at the Los Angeles College, where h received an AA in Guitar Performance. Since then he has accumulated over 4000+ more hours of teaching beginner/intermediate guitar, and beginner piano/drums/vocals/ukulele. Most of his teaching experience is with students aged 4-17, and has come through his work with non profit organization Adopt the Arts started by Matt Sorum (Guns N Roses) and director Abby Berman.
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Gabriel January 9, 2019
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
Taught at the basic level very well. If you know nothing about music or guitar Tommy's your guy. Goes through all the simple steps at an even pace making the entire experience relaxing. From there giving you the knowledge of your scales and blues scales, teaching you how to make mini solos on the spot really helps out with the musicality of it all. 10/5
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Susana January 7, 2019
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Tommy has provided music lessons to both of my children for the past 3 years. He is a very nurturing and patient teacher. Both my children enjoy having music time with Mr. Drinkard.
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Dan January 7, 2019
· Guitar · In home
I am a 30 year old software engineer that wanted to start learning guitar as my 2016 new year's resolution. Heard about Tommy through a friend and I've been taking consistent lessons ever since and progressed a lot. He is knowledgeable, patient, and just a genuinely good/funny guy to be around.
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East Stroudsburg, PA
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I am a drummer, guitar player, sound engineer and currently opened up a music production studio in East Stroudsburg, PA where I record, produce and teach. I have been on tour with many established artists such as Bo Diddley, Ron Wood, Paul Rodgers, Jack Bruce and others and enjoy teaching drums and sharing musical experiences.
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Bobby V.

Bobby V.

East Stroudsburg, PA 18301
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