I teach all levels of Flute, Clarinet and Saxophone. Many of my students have gone on to win at All State programs and have made college and professional accomplishments under my guidance.
Anthony M., clarinetist and multi woodwind performer, has extensive experience as a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician and teacher. As founder and co-director of the New York based, Rosewood Chamber Ensemble, Dr. M was a winning participant in the 1980 Artist International Chamber Music Award. For their prize, the Rosewood Ensemble premiered at Carnegie Hall’s Weil Recital Hall and went on to develop its own subscriptions series in Queens, New York, which lasted over twelve seasons. Dr. M. was artist in residence at the Bay View Music Festival in Petosky, Michigan for three summers a
nd was solo clarinetist with the group Quintessence from 1990-1993. He has performed with the Phoenix Symphony, Northwood Orchestra, the Arizona Broadway Theatre Company, and is a member of the Symphony of the West Valley in Sun City Arizona, and the Musica Nova Orchestra, where he plays clarinet and bass clarinets. In addition to Clarinet, Dr. M. has performed on Recorder, Flute and Saxophone, both as a theatre musician and an ensemble member. He has performed with such artists as Ray Charles, Jamie Foxx, Doc Sevrensen, Lew Rawls, Wynona Judd and others in various groups and venues in Arizona and New York. Anthony has recorded on the Summit, Con Brio, and Blue Butterfly record labels. He was featured on a Trimark Pictures Release playing the clarinet, bass clarinet and contrabass clarinet for the movie, “Warlock the Armagedon.”Currently, he is on the faculty of the Rosie’s House, A Music Academy for Children. Anthony holds degrees from Queens College of the City University of New York, the Manhattan School of Music, and a Doctor of Musical Arts from Arizona State University.
*** Lesson Details *** All my lessons are centered on where the student is in his/hers musical development. I will in the first few lessons, assess the student's level and then proceed to recommend a course of study. I am process driven and always try to have my students understand my method so I do try to explain all my reasoning regarding the course of study I prescribe. Every student is different so I approach each individual with total respect for their unique ability and talent.
*** Studio Equipment *** In addition to the standard music stands, metronome, tuners and music, I have digital recording equipment for student's audition recordings. I have helped college bound students get into serious music programs like Northwestern University, Arizona State University and the University of Arizona. For students ages 8 years to 9, I recommend the recorder as a introductory woodwind before Flute, Clarinet or Saxophone.
*** Specialties *** I am a certified Orff Teacher so I use process centered approach even in private lessons.
Selina V. November 30, 2013
I went to Mr. Masiello for clarinet lessons for years in high school and he has always helped me achieve making regionals every year, making state my last year in high school and consistently holding my first chair in the school band. Although, I did not pursue a career in music, he still had influence on where I am today [DVM in June 2014]. And for that I will always be appreciative. Mr. Masiello is an exceptional teacher and a very amiable individual.
Dominic P. November 16, 2013
I have been taking lessons with Tony since 2009 and I have seen nothing but improvement in the way I play. I saw my biggest improvements when I would audition for the regional band. My score increased each year. I went from 560 my first year to 915 out of 1000 my last. You will not be disappointing when you will take lessons with him. You will continue to grow if you follow his lessons.
Jill F. November 16, 2013
Dr. Masiello has great patience for a beginning adult. He was able to bring me up to a level where I was able to play with my local community band and not feel embarrassed. He pays attention to details that others would miss. I recommend him without any reservations.
My name is Jennifer and I am a Music Educator! I am an Arizona native and have been involved with music my whole life. I have played the clarinet for 15 years and am a graduate of Arizona State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education. I also hold an Associate's Degree in Music from Eastern Arizona College and a teaching certification in instrumental music education. I reside in Gilbert, Arizona and I am currently a high school band director in Mesa, AZ. I also serve on the board of the Arizona Band and Orchestra Director's Association. I have experience with
performing in a variety of ensembles including symphony orchestra, concert band, jazz band, small ensembles, and more.
I currently perform with the Mesa Community College Community Band in Mesa, Arizona.
*** Lesson Details *** My teaching style is very student oriented. I teach students of all ages and ability levels. Whether you are preparing for an audition, want to improve a specific technique, or are just starting out I can give you all the tools you need!
I teach lessons with every aspect of music in mind. This includes rhythmic exercises, tone production, sight reading, embouchure development, and much more. I also give my students the artistic freedom to chose what style/genre of music they are interested in performing.
I hold my students to high standards and expect them to practice and be prepared for all lessons.
*** Studio Equipment *** Music Stand, Tuner, Metronome
*** Travel Equipment *** I expect students to provide their own instrument and repertoire. I will bring my own instruments/recordings, and any other materials needed to teach.
*** Specialties *** Clarinet
Casey T. June 1, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Great first lesson!
Jennifer B. November 10, 2014
In studio Verified Student
Jennifer has been teaching flute to my son for over a year. She is patient, friendly, and supportive. As an effective teacher, she challenges my son while keeping it fun. We highly recommend her!
Alexandra S. July 18, 2014
In studio Verified Student
My daughter has been to Jennifer three times so far, and we will continue to use her for lessons. She is friendly, great with kids, recognizes strengths and weaknesses easily and addresses them. My daughter has learned so much in the few lessons she attended thus far. I recommend her to any one else in the Gilbert area looking for a step above the rest.
Hello there! If you are reading this then you or your child must be interested in learning how to read and play music. I am so excited for the journey you are about to begin!
My name is Amy and I am a certified music teacher. I graduated from Western Michigan University with a degree in instrumental music education, and my primary instrument is clarinet. I have taught instrumental music for 8 years in the Valley.
I enjoy teaching students of all ages and abilities, especially beginners! I teach beginner lessons in piano, and brass instruments, beginner to intermediate level studen
ts in woodwinds, and beginner up to advanced high-school level clarinet.
*** Lesson Details *** Lessons with me will be tailored to each student's needs and goals, however note and rhythm reading will be a strong component in each lesson - especially for beginners. I have a very laid back and patient personality but I do feel that practice at home is very important and expect it from my students in order to give them the best chance at success.
Students with intermediate or advanced ability on their instrument will have the opportunity to have lessons directed towards specific interests such as preparing for chair placement tests, honor band auditions, or solo and ensemble festivals.
It is extremely important that students taking piano lessons have an instrument to practice at home - a keyboard is fine if an electric or accoustic piano is not available.
*** Studio Equipment *** I have a full size (88 key) digital piano with attached pedal in my home studio.
There is a lazyboy and magazines for parents who like to stay for the lessons of their children as well as a table and chairs for those that have work to do while their child is having his/her lesson. :)
*** Travel Equipment *** I do not travel to student homes for lessons at this time.
*** Specialties *** Working with beginners of all ages.
Shavon B. June 27, 2015
In home Verified Student
Amy was a great teacher. My daughter is shy and she was nervous to be a beginner with a flute. Amy was patient with her and made her feel comfortable. I would recommend Amy for any nervous beginner.
Justin B. May 2, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Amy was very pleasant & worked well with Justin.
Lisa M. August 11, 2014
In studio Verified Student
Amy is awesome! My son just turned 5 and his attention span is very short, but Amy is able to keep him on track. She is very patient and always go over the material with me, so that I understand it and I am able to help my son practice at home. I really appreciate her teaching style.
Clarinet is my primary instrument, I first started playing it in 1993. I did 3 recitals in college and can teach any level from beginner to advanced. We will work on tone in all registers of the instrument, dynamics, and general musicianship. We will learn and review scales, arpeggios, and technique appropriate for the student's age and level. I can incorporate music theory, conducting, and music composition on the side depending on the student's interest. I can prepare students for all-state and college auditions. I can teach some jazz technique and I have a lot of materials available for lessons.
I currently teach over 30 students ages 4-75 piano, flute, saxophone, clarinet, recorder, and singing. This is my full time job, this is not a side hobby to make extra cash. I am a professional teacher with a big schedule and flexibility. I do not travel, students come to my home.
TEACHING EXPERIENCE: I have taught general music K-8 in a charter school and basically had to build a music program with no funding and almost no supplies. I left this job in favor of teaching privately because the staff and administration were horribly disrespectful and unappreciative of what I did for t
heir school. Teaching privately allows me to teach music passionately without limits (and without administration who know nothing about music telling me what to do!). I can also focus on one student at a time, rather than try to manage an entire class.
I have taught private lessons for about 13 years. These have mostly been clarinet lessons because that is my primary instrument, but in the last three years, I've expanded what I can teach. At one time, I was teaching several high school students music composition, music theory, and ear training to prepare for college entrance as music composition majors. One of them did get into the Juilliard school and was actually placed in advanced classes because of the theory and ear training work I did with him. I've also taught one of my flute students for years, starting her at an early age first on recorder, switching to fife, and then on to flute. I currently teach several students from 4 yrs old-adult various levels flute, clarinet, and piano.
I have been a music theory/ear training TA at ASU for four years. I can definitely prepare anyone for college level music academics. Most high school band programs do not prepare students for the academic side of music study in college.
LESSONS I TEACH: Clarinet: All ages (starting 4th/5th grade) and levels Flute: All ages (starting 3rd/4th grade with fife), beginner to high school level Piano: All ages (starting at age 4-5) and levels Recorder: All ages (starting 2nd grade) and levels Trumpet: All ages (starting 5th grade) beginning only French Horn: All ages (starting 5th grade) beginning only Music Theory/Ear Training: recommended for HS students looking for intensive music study in college Music Composition: recommended for HS students or adults who want to write music, or pursue music composition in college
WHY I TEACH MUSIC: I love music, and I enjoy passing my passion and knowledge on to others. Watching a student, grow, explore, and enjoy music is a great reward. Music gave me a voice to express myself, and a creative outlet, and I want others to have the same opportunity. I also enjoy the social interaction with students.
WHY YOU SHOULD TAKE LESSONS: I have a lot to offer students (check out my specialties). A school music teacher or band director doesn't have the time to give one-on-one attention. Nor do they have the chance to go deeper into music with students. I will help you find music that you like at your level, and I will also teach you how to practice and correct bad habits.
MY STUDIO: I teach in the music room of my house, which is clean and cozy. If you are a parent, my couch in the living room is a comfortable place to wait during the lesson, or you may sit outside on the porch (weather permitting). I live in a safe neighborhood close to downtown Phoenix.
LESSON DETAILS: I am a firm believer in the humanistic approach to learning. I want to teach you what you want to learn, the way you learn best, doing activities that keep you engaged and add growth as a musician. Come to me with your questions, curiosities, and requests for what you want to learn ("How do I play two notes at the same time on the clarinet?" "What is this key for?" "I really want to play Sleigh Ride"). Please bring in any musical goals you may have for yourself. I incorporate meaningful scales and exercises that apply to the music that you are working on (they are not chosen at random). Conducting, ear training, music theory, and music composition are all incorporated into lessons over time (depending on the student's interest). I am aware of the state standards (they are my instinct anyway), but I ultimately analyze your interests and abilities and follow your lead, acting as your guide along the way. My teaching and activities are age appropriate.
If you are interested in music composition lessons, I give advice on your work, give ideas to continue your music, educate you on instrument capabilities, help with orchestration, open your ears to music by others, teach theory/counterpoint/form, give you advice on how to get your music performed, help you use Sibelius software, and help prepare a college portfolio if you are pursuing music composition in college.
STUDIO EQUIPMENT: ~2 different toy pianos (Schoenhut and J. Chein) ~88key Yamaha digital grand piano ~Macbook computer with Sibelius 6 (for writing music) ~Music for Little Mozarts starter pack with the cute puppets and music board (for young beginners on piano) ~Music stand, clarinet stand ~Log Drum
~SPECIALTIES~ TEACHING TO CHILDREN AT YOUNG AGES: If your child is showing interest in music at an early age, I can start as early as age 4 on piano. I use the "Music for Little Mozarts" series that come with cute little puppets, and the storybook lesson style is perfect. I also have 2 nice toy pianos that can be incorporated into the lesson. If your child wants to play a wind instrument at an early age, I start them on recorder at about age 7. I can then switch them over to fife (a smaller simpler flute) in a year or so, and then to flute -or- they can go from recorder to clarinet at about 4th or 5th grade.
INCORPORATING CONDUCTING TECHNIQUES: If taking lessons on a wind instrument, I teach conducting patterns and techniques so the student learns how to follow a conductor and what it means to lead musicians visually without speaking. Musicians rely a fair amount on body language to communicate while playing together. I've also found that incorporating conducting makes lessons fun, and it improves the student's sense of rhythm and control.
INCORPORATING MUSIC THEORY/EAR TRAINING: Music is more than just breathing and moving fingers up and down. Great musicians understand music and have good listening skills. Knowing how music works (music theory) actually helps students recognize patterns and learn music faster (or spend less time practicing). Ear training helps with intonation and playing music with others (you'll sound better and notice more detail in music!). I do activities that are age and ability appropriate; most young students love listening games with their instrument.
INCORPORATING MUSIC COMPOSITION: For variety, I teach students how to use Sibelius (using my computer) to write music for their instrument. This encourages creativity, an awareness of how music works, and helps them learn technology. Plus, they get the pleasure of writing their own music and playing it! I print the music, and it looks like real published music!
SHEET MUSIC: I love thrift shopping, and I collect lots of music for my students. Some music is copied, and some music I sell at the great price I paid ($1 or less!). Music can be expensive, so I try to save you the time and money if possible. I only get used music in good condition.
Candice D. April 2, 2015
Dr Jeff has been doing an amazing job with my 6 year old son. He listens to what my son has to say and really encourages him to learn the musical notes as well as how to play correctly. He is very encouraging and patient.
Dr Jeff's philosophy is really great for fostering a love of piano playing. We recently had to miss a piano lesson but were going to do something else that was fun as well. My son's reaction was, "Aw. That'll be fun, but I wanted to go to piano." In my opinion, very rare is the piano teacher who can encourage that enthusiasm!
Ram P. March 13, 2015
My son takes Piano Classes from Dr Jeff.
He has lots of knowledge and is very good at adopting to the students skill level. Super good with younger kids, makes learning music a fun and encourages them a lot. one of the best teachers my son ever had. Class schedule is flexible. Definitely recommend to any one.
Benjamin B. December 21, 2014
Dr. Jeff has helped bring music back in my life. I have always wanted to learn how to play the piano and had been trying to teach myself because of my past experience (played trumpet from elementary school– 2 yrs of collage). Learning that way was not ideal though and I was really not progressing at all. I finally decided to start lessons and I can’t tell how grateful I am that I did. Dr. Jeff has helped me learn and practice correctly and I really feel that I am progressing well. I am having so much fun learning and playing.
I have been playing clarinet for 15 years and have been teaching it professionally since 2009. I aim to provide each student with the tools necessary to play any piece of music or style they desire. To accomplish this goal, I combine basic technical skills required by every player with a flexible curriculum of music. I have taught everything from popular and classical music to the most advanced contemporary music. My student's age levels range from 4th grade to junior music majors in college. I have had students place in all-region and all-state bands as well as youth symphonies in the phoenix area and school honor bands. I have also had students accepted as music majors at Arizona State University.
I have been playing clarinet for 15 years and teaching professionally for five of those years. Teaching clarinet is my personal passion and I strive to be the best teacher I can be every day. I am currently the Teaching Assistant in clarinet at Arizona State University where I teach college undergraduates majoring in clarinet as well as graduate students taking clarinet as a secondary instrument. In addition, I maintain a private studio and teach clarinet, flute, and saxophone at East Valley School of Music in Chandler, AZ. I also do clinics and master classes at schools throughout the Phoenix
To hear examples of my playing, please visit https://soundcloud.com/curtis-sebren
Jennifer M. April 2, 2015
There's no need to decide between quality, quantity, and economic cost with this teacher, because he offers the best of them all. I have taken lessons from Curtis for over a year, and I have to say that it was one of my best decisions on my path toward professional musicianship. As a teacher, musician, and friend he has far exceeded my expectations, and he has always gone out of his way to have his students' best interests at heart. I could easily and truthfully say that in one year taking lessons from Curtis, I have improved more than in my seven years of playing combined. If you're serious about your instrument, this teacher will match your motivation and help you advance as far as you want to go. Great investment.
Students are raving about their Clarinet instructors on TakeLessons.
Check out some of these recent reviews.
Review by Charles
"Gio has been wonderfully patient with my efforts as a total beginner. His instructions are clear and helpful, and he has provided a good mix of motivatio
n and encouragement. Highly recommended!"
New York, NY teacher:
Review by MaryAnn
"Jessica's teaching style encourages learning
Jessica plans her lessons so that technical aspects are covered as well as some music theory. She is patient
, has a positive attitude and provides a lot of encouragement. Her critiques are always constructive. As an older student, I appreciate these attributes very much. I've only been taking lessons for a few months, but Jessica has already provided me with a working knowledge of fundamental music principles and basic playing techniques. She is an excellent teacher!"
Miami, FL teacher:
Review by Tracy
"My son has had three lessons so far, and we have been very impressed. Mr. Grainger does a great job of encouraging my son through positive feedback, makin
g lessons fun, and giving him very specific, targeted feedback to improve his playing. He has been very flexible and responsive to our changing needs. I highly recommend him."
Denver, CO teacher:
Review by Steve
"Have seen steady improvement in my musicality already
It has been more than 40 years since I played clarinet in high school. I did take piano and voice i
n college and have kept up with my music in community choirs. Now that I am retired I added community band to my schedule. The band is fun, but challenging , and I needed to up my game. With Cory's help I have been able to make measured improvements and find band rehearsals, lessons, and practice both enjoyable and rewarding. From the very beginning Cory recognized my fundamental weakness, breath support, and we work on it in a variety of ways each lesson. I enjoy exploring clarinet literature and bring a large sample of styles to each lesson. She is up to the task of finding what needs to be refined whether it is tonality, rhythm, articulation, dynamics, or pitch. Cory's vast music knowledge from her experiences has been helpful for me and should be helpful for you as well."
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Samantha
"Kathy is a great instructor!
I took clarinet lessons with Kathy for about 3 years in middle school and high school. Kathy was very patient with me and kn
owledgeable about her craft. Most importantly, she knows how to gauge whether a student is understanding the material, and will adjust her instruction accordingly. Kathy's musical background is very diverse, covering not only the clarinet but many other instruments as well. I have also played accordion with Kathy, though not in an instructor/student setting. She is very dedicated to the music community and she played an integral role in my early years as a musician."
Kansas City, MO teacher:
Review by Tara
"Kaitlyn has a very kind and positive demeanor with my daughter. Clarinet lessons are going so well!"
San Diego, CA teacher:
Review by Jane
"We were referred to Alex by my son's middle school band teacher and have been taking clarinet lessons with him for over a year now. We've been very pleas
ed with the instruction and my son's progress. Alex carefully plans the lessons and homework, focusing on both long term goals and short term projects with students. He has a way of motivating students and I have been most impressed by his wealth of experience and knowledge. In addition, he has been very reliable and available. My son enjoys going to see him every week, and respects his feedback and praise. I feel the time and money we have invested with Alex has been worthwhile and have no hesitation in recommending him as an instructor."
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Taggart
"I loved lessons with Aage, his spunky attitude and constant encouragement is second to none. Learning with Aage, I didn't realize how much he really offer
ed until I became a teacher myself. He was able to foster my love of music while still giving me the skills I needed to win the Idaho State Solo Championship in 2007. I was also exposed to music written long before the clarinet was created and with his encouragement, participated in numerous honor groups and music related community service."
Portland, OR teacher:
Review by Susan
"Julian has been teaching my son clarinet for almost 5 years. He is a great teacher. He made practicing fun and kept my son interested in studying music. I