Alden Slack

Alden S.

Brooklyn, NY
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Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate

If you choose to take lessons with me, your money is going toward top-notch private music instruction. My curriculum includes goal-setting meetings and check-ups to ensure that my student and myself are both doing our best to realize his or her musical ambitions. I utilize 'before and after' recordings to show my students just how far they've come without even realizing it, stirring up deeper motivation and reinforcing the power of practicing. Although I've been playing for over 15 years and now perform regularly in the NYC area, I don't expect my skills and experience to simply rub off on my students. When you schedule a lesson with me, you are working with an educator, not a performer.

Although I am a saxophonist professionally, I've been playing clarinet alongside it for a few years, and I'm fully capable of taking on beginner and intermediate students on this instrument. Rest assured, the unique features of my teaching style and curriculum are no less powerful because clarinet is not my first instrument. You can be confident that you will receive the finest music instruction around.

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Alden teaches



Alden delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:

I'm a baritone saxophonist and a die-hard jazz enthusiast living in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. I graduated from Bard College with a BA in music, specifically jazz performance and contemporary composition. In addition to saxophone, I also play clarinet, bass clarinet, flute, and piano (I'm also convinced that I can play the drums, but my friends disagree).
Since moving to Brooklyn, I've entrenched myself in the New York music scene, playing mainly jazz, funk and pop, as well as composing my own music on the side.

In addition to performing, I teach regularly, giving in-home lessons to my students throughout the NYC area. I teach all levels of saxophone, as well as beginner to intermediate piano, and beginner flute and clarinet. I offer a rich curriculum with my own set of teaching materials such as, goal calendars, practice logs, and before-and-after recordings.
If you are thinking of booking lessons, don't hesitate to contact me via Take Lessons. That way I can ensure that I have space in my studio and that you will get the most out of your experience with me. Can't wait to work with you!

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Music Instruction
Sep 2014 - Present
Music Studio

Taught students everything from the basics of music and playing technique to more advanced concepts for woodwind, piano, and composition

Childcare Provider
Sep 2017 - Aug 2018

Provided quality childcare to a number of families in the Hudson Valley near Bard College, when I attended school there.

Librarian's Assistant
Jun 2017 - Aug 2018
Bard College Library

Assisted with incoming and outgoing books for the circulation department as well as performed more general maintenance tasks to help the library function smoothly.

Writing Tutor
Sep 2015 - May 2018
Bard College Learning Commons

Met with students taking First Year Seminar, one-on-one, to workshop essays and improve their skills in writing, critical reading, and thesis development, in a student-driven manner. The pedagogical skills developed at this job have carried over into all areas of my teaching and have been integral to my approach in teaching music.

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BA Music
Aug 2014 - May 2018
Bard College


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Margaret Creal Shafer Prize in Performance
May 2018
Bard College
Hudson Valley Chamber Music Circle Award in Composition
May 2017
Bard College
Nesuhi Ertegun Scholarships in Jazz
May 2016
Bard College

Photos & Videos

Playing with Big Lazy at Barbés

Holding down the horn section

First night at LunÀtico!

Top 40s sax
Bari solo??
Playing for crêpes!
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3 Reviews

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Marie Oct 24, 2018
Saxophone ·

My son, Justin, started taking lessons with Alden about a year and a half ago, and absolutely loved it! Justin has always loved music, and I think that lessons with Alden have taken this up a notch. It's so great to hear Justin's progress and for him to hear it too! Thanks Alden!

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Kendra Oct 23, 2018
Saxophone · In home

Alden is a wonderful young man! Very professional and always prepared, he keeps lessons interesting and fun for my daughter Chanda, who was just a beginner last year. Now she’s playing all kinds of songs and filling our home with music!

Lily Oct 21, 2018
Saxophone · In home

If I were to recommend a saxophone teacher to anyone, it would 100% be Alden! My son has been taking lessons with Alden for about 6 months now and I can notice great strides being made in both his playing and overall confidence. Alden's encouraging nature coupled with his love and knowledge of his instrument and music in general creates an incredibly nourishing learning environment for a student. If you are looking for a new saxophone teacher for yourself or your child, you have found the one!

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