Bram, a graduate of the Eastman School of Music is an experienced performer and instructor of woodwinds. He is a well respected and accomplished musician both in Los Angeles and abroad, specializing on saxophones, flute and clarinet. Starting on piano at a very young age, he has been playing music all of his life. At the early age of 6, he received a standing ovation for is performance of "Hill Street Blues on piano! A few years later, he decided to pursue the saxophone, and not long after, he was studying the clarinet and flute as well. As his skill and talent progressed, the window of opp
ortunities opened up.
While attending Hamilton High School's Academy of Music in Los Angeles, Bram started to get involved in numerous projects and bands. At the age of 16, he had the opportunity to travel to Japan to play with the Monterey All Star High School Jazz Band. He has received multiple awards and scholarships, from prestigious organizations such as the Thelonious Monk Institute and the George Eastman Foundation.
Bram graduated the Eastman School of Music in 2001, with a bachelor's degree in Jazz and Contemporary media. While in school, aside from gigging and touring with various bands, he was also teaching privately as a woodwind instructor. In addition to touring in various parts of the U.S., he has had the opportunity to see the world, working as a musician in show bands on cruise ships, such as Princess, Cunard, and Regent of the Seven Seas lines.
Currently based in the Los Angeles area, Bram keeps busy as a teacher and performer in various ensembles and projects. Some notable credits include: Playing on Carly Simon's Moonlight Serenade DVD, Playing on Jimmy Kimmel Live with Mayer Hawthorne, and playing with Bobby Caldwell. Also, he performed with "The Hollabacks", a 7 piece rock band which won the Slurpee Battle of the Bands Competition 2010.
*** Lesson Details *** If you are just getting started, or if you already have some experience playing, there is always room to grow, and it is NEVER too late to start! I like to get to know the student in the beginning, using various methods that I used for my own development. Once I get to know the student's individual needs, I customize their lessons in order to accommodate their goals. I am a patient teacher, but I expect results.
I like to keep a fun and positive environment during my lessons. Practicing is really up to the student. I don't mind if the student wants to come in and play every week without practice, but we all know, that if someone wants to learn and develop on an instrument, practice is necessary.
I am able to teach Saxophone, Flute, and Clarinet. As I mentioned before, I like to customize my lessons toward the individual student's needs, so I do not go by any standard method. I draw from materials that I've used in my own educational process, and I am always keeping current with modern trends in teaching. With my expertise in teaching, you will develop fundamental skills on your instrument, as well as general music skills, including music theory, sight reading, ear training, and improvisation. I am open to teaching all genres of music, whether it be jazz, blues, rock, hip-hop, pop, or classical. I am open and flexible.
Whether you want to start a new instrument from the beginning, or get better so you can win auditions/competitions, get into the school/regional band, or maybe you are just doing this for fun, I can definitely help you succeed!!!
*** Studio Equipment *** Fully Equipped Studio: Piano/Keyboards, Recording Equipment (Pro-tools + Sonar), Mac + PC.
*** Travel Equipment *** I expect students to own all necessary instruments/accessories. I can provide info on where to purchase materials.I can provide photocopies of required music, but expect student to purchase books and other materials.
*** Specialties *** All Styles and Genres, Music Theory, Reading, Improvisation and Ear Training
Swati S. May 1, 2014
Saxophone Verified Student
In So Many Words
Bram, is a Fantastic Music Teacher, my Daughter Swati is taking Tenor Saxophone lessons with Bram since she was 10 and at 11 she has learn so much from him. She has learn Technics from Bram on the Tenor Saxophone where later it comes up in her music class at her Elementary School Music Orchestra. Swati is planning to be with Bram thru her Baritone Teaching and Soprano Saxophone Teachings, when my Daughter transforms over to the other two Saxophones. From a score from 1 to 10...I give Bram a 10+ without even blinking.
Irene M. July 15, 2013
Clarinet Verified Student
Bram is inspiring me to continue playing the clarinet.
Bram is very patient and helped me to re-start playing the clarinet within only a couple of months. He addresses my weaknesses in playing nicely and with professionalism, is following my expectations about the lessons pointed out at the beginning and is inspiring and motivating me to play my instrument.
DebbieA1 December 12, 2011
Bram has been a great teacher. He has patience and has been able to get my son quite far along in a few short weeks.
I teach beginning to early intermediate level flute, focusing on technical exercises and appropriate repertoire.
From childhood I considered myself to be a singer and entertainer. Feeling called to a career in music, I began my undergraduate studies in piano and voice performance at the Wheaton College Conservatory near Chicago, Illinois. I then spent two years in France studying voice at the Conservatoire de Nancy and was awarded the Médaille d’Or in 2004. I then returned to the United States to pursue my singing career. In 2005, I had the honor of being selected to join the Maryland Opera Studio at the University of Maryland. As a member of this prestigious opera program, I performed the roles of Soph
ie in Massenet's "Werther", Anne Sexton in Conrad Susa's "Transformations" and Rose in the World Premiere of John Musto’s "Later the Same Evening." My love of new music has lead me to collaborate with Opera Lafayette of Washington DC and with Chantry, one of Washington's leading Renaissance vocal ensembles. I have also performed new music with Washington D.C.’s Great Noise Ensemble, the Alliance for New Music Theater and the Aspen Music Festival. Soon after completing my masters degree, I began to pursue the comedic performing I had so loved as a child. I launched a comedic youtube series and began creating independent short films. In August of 2012, I moved to Los Angeles to pursue my singing and comedic performing in the film and television industry.
*** Lesson Details *** I am committed to creating a positive, uplifting, encouraging environment in which my students can flourish. I provide each student with a strong foundation in musical theory and technique. Considering each student's musical preference, I chose repertoire that is both inspiring and challenging, so that each student can achieve steady progress through music they love.
*** Travel Equipment *** I would expect my students to provide a piano and the books I assign them.
*** Specialties *** I specialize in opera, early music and musical theater.
Naoko M. November 19, 2012
Kara has been my piano/voice teacher for the past few years.
She is an absolutely wonderful teacher. She is always encouraging, and her advice has always helped me immensely to perform better. Thanks to her, I won a place in the All State Chorus, and also parts in the school musical productions. She is always warm and friendly, has a fantastic sense of humor, so it was always a joy working with her. You cannot ask for a better teacher.
diane A. September 28, 2012
I had the distinct pleasure of studying voice with Ms. Kara Morgan over the past five years
I had the distinct pleasure of studying voice with Ms. Kara Morgan over the past five years. Prior to starting with her, I had not sung for a long period of time and it had been even longer since I studied voice. With her knowledge of the human voice and her ability to communicate vocal concepts, my vocal ability has exceeded my expectations. With Karaâs leadership and training, I have gained skill and confidence and I am now singing regularly as a choir member and a soloist. Diane Archer
From a young age, I have been deeply involved in the musical community. I began studying piano when I was three, and throughout my education, I’ve learned from such accomplished instructors as Belle Mehus and Christopher Taylor. After receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in Piano Performance from The University of Mary in North Dakota, I continue to study, teach, perform, and compose. I’ve also studied guitar and bass for nearly twenty years. I love playing and teaching these instruments because of the strong correlations between the way they are tuned and played and the way western music theory wor
ks—as well as the pure enjoyment that comes from them! Additionally, I have twenty years of education in oboe and other woodwind instruments. I was principle oboist for two orchestras and reached the third round of auditions for 3rd oboe in The Minnesota Orchestra in 2006. Lastly, I have been an active vocalist since being a boy soprano in Menotti's Amahl and the Night Visitors and Andrew Lloyd Weber's Requiem.
I genuinely enjoy all aspects and styles of music—whether I’m studying a Chopin Etude, playing Charles Mingus at a jazz gig, writing and performing with my rock band, or composing hip hop tracks for a short film. I am an easygoing teacher who gets results, and I would love to welcome more people to my diverse group of students.
*** Lesson Details *** I am very pleased with my teaching method because I help my students achieve great progress, as well as immense enjoyment. I have a fairly standard routine of teaching technique, theory, and musicality, but I keep a comfortable, laid-back environment. The result is solid, consistent advancement that might come from a stricter method of teaching, with a lesson experience that is more fun and loose.
I am also a highly versatile instructor. While there are certain things that I believe are always necessary when learning a musical instrument, I incorporate them into each student's distinct capabilities and preferences. In short, I can instill the same musical values in every student, whether they’re studying J.S. Bach, The Rolling Stones, or Rihanna.
I take my students' goals and musical preferences very seriously and strive to make every student happy. I am always open to any ideas a student might have, and I am available to answer questions at all times.
*** Travel Equipment *** I provide literature and some accessories. Student needs to have instrument, other accessories, and a music stand.
Aubrey T. March 3, 2015
In home Verified Student
I appreciate his patience! My 5 year old can get a little frustrated sometimes, but Thomas is always patient with him.
Albertha May 14, 2014
I am a very shy person and doing this was a challenge for me. Thomas put me at ease, and we had a very good lesson! I learned a lot, and I can't wait to practice more on my own.
Thank you, Thomas!!
Lesa May 14, 2014
Thomas was incredibly helpful. He answered all my questions easily. Highly, highly, recommended!
I have been studying music for 16 years, I graduated with a Bachelor's in vocal performance from the prestigious Musicians Institute in Hollywood, CA. Eight years of recording and live performance experience in a various disciplines including pop, rock, reggae, folk, indie/alternative, opera, musical theatre, and jazz. I am a proficient group and private music instructor teaching voice, piano, ukulele, electric bass, flute, cello, music theory and composition. Experience focused on working with children in a therapy music program.
*** Lesson Details *** My desire to share my passion for m
usic is what drives me to teach it. My hope is to share the love and joy of music with people of all ages, and to instill an appreciation for music that will last a lifetime. I'm committed to the success of each of my students, and creating lesson plans that are designed to meet the specific needs and desires of each individual student. My teaching style ensures that my students not only learn the musicality of the instrument, but have fun while playing.
*** Studio Equipment *** Mac computer with Logic and Sibelius. MBox recording interface. Audio Technica condenser microphone. Sennheiser dynamic microphone. Fender precision bass. Kala ukulele. Gemeinhardt flute. Rogue mandolin. Takamine guitar. Ibanez performance series guitar. Epiphone SG guitar.
*** Specialties *** My personal performance specialties are singing and playing in pop, rock, reggae, folk and indie/alternative. I have recording and live performance experience in various disciplines and I am also proficient in opera, musical theatre, and jazz. I am an experienced group and private music instructor teaching voice, piano, ukulele, electric bass, flute, cello, music theory and composition.
Erin U. July 30, 2014
Bass Guitar ·
In home Verified Student
I am a beginner at bass and Joshua is very patient. He makes learning fun and teaches in a way that is easy to follow. He is a very skilled musician and his passion for music shows. I highly recommend him.
Are you or your child interested in playing music? Are you looking for a great, personable teacher for your son or daughter? I can help!
I am a professional Saxophonist and Composer with over 25 years of professional experience as a performer and educator in New York City and Los Angeles. I have a real passion for teaching and believe that everyone CAN play!
All experience levels and musical styles are welcome. Some of the subject I teach: Saxophone, Jazz, Improvisation, Composition, Music Sequencing (Cubase, Digital Performer), Music Theory & Ear Training
It has to be FUN!
I tailor my lessons for each individual. The goal is to get you playing GREAT. If you can HEAR it you can PLAY it!
For experienced students, we can cover advanced topics, like learning jazz & pop songs. Learning how to improvise, basic music theory and harmony, all the way to modern playing techniques, if the student wishes.
RATES: I offer discounted rates for monthly packages.
For in-home lessons, I teach anywhere on the WESTSIDE of Los Angeles. (Santa Monica, Venice, Brentwood, West LA, Culver, Westwood, Palisades, etc)
EDUCATION BACKGROUND MA Music Composition, New York University BM Music Performance, Saxophone
I've studied privately with many of the world's greatest jazz musicians, including James Moody, Clark Terry, Joe Lovano, Gary Smuylan, Harold Mabern, Steve Wilson, Wessell "Warmdaddy" Anderson, and more.
Allison B. March 24, 2015
Music Performance ·
Jon has been an excellent instructor to my 11-year-old boy. Aside from his personal passion in Saxophone, he is also an distinguished performer. As a parent, and especially for a beginner student, Jon's passion and patience will only foster if not inspire a young and curious saxophone learner.
Pat C. March 20, 2015
In home Verified Student
Super knowledgeable and easy going.
W H. March 15, 2015
Jazz Improvisation ·
Jonathan is a great and fun teacher to work with. He is patient, kind, hardworking, and knowledgeable. He is skilled in many genres of music and is able to help you
in any direction that you might be interested in from Jazz Improvisation, Composition, and Recording. I would work with him without reservation.
He has both the knowledge, experience, and methodology to get you where ever you want to go in music.
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