Anthony Masiello

Anthony M.

Surprise, AZ
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Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Have all High School Regional Etudes for Clarinet, Flute and Saxophone.
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Anthony delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 8+

Teaching since:
June 1990

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 and 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.

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Woodwind Instructor
Sep 1980 - Present
Private Studio

I have been teaching all woodwinds for over 30 years both in the public school systems and privately. I have worked both in NYC and here in Phoenix metro area. I enjoy working with all levels of students.

Public School band and general music teacher
Aug 1995 - Jun 2014

Retired from Scottsdale public schools as a music teacher after 17 years there, total of 19 years with the 2 years at Washington Elementary School district. In addition to my public school teaching experience I am still a professional performing musician and am a current member of the West Valley Symphony.

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Doctor of Musical Arts
May 2009 - Present
Arizona State University


Fluent / Native Proficiency
Limited Proficiency
Professional Proficiency


Certified to teach Secondary and Music K through 12
Sep 2013
Arizona Department of Education

In addition to my public school credentials, I hold valid Orff training certificates, levels 1,2, and 3. All issued by Arizona State University.


Chamber Music Grants and Awards
Jan 1993
National Endowment for the Arts


National Association of Music Merchants
Jun 2013

NAMM is the not-for-profit association that promotes the pleasures and benefits of making music and strengthens the $17 billion global music products industry. NAMM's activities and programs are designed to promote music making to people of all ages.

Photos & Videos

Trio for Soprano, Clarinet and Piano at the Central United Methodist Church in Phoenix.  Concert on April 14, 2013. "Mozart, Sacred and the Profane."  Soprano, Karen Hendricks Crawford, Clarinet Anthony (Tony) Masiello; Piano Ann Nagell. Arrangement is by Anthony Masiello.
My chamber music group

Photo by Anthony M.
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12 Reviews

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Mark May 10, 2019
Flute · In studio

Tony is a great instructor for serious students of clarinet, flute or saxophone. My daughter started with him as a regular 8th grade flute player - not bad, but not great either. Over the course of three years, she has progressed to the point where she made regionals as a sophomore and junior (1st chair orchestra as a junior), and also made all-state as a junior.

My daughter needs a patient and consistent type of teacher, and after a couple of months, Tony and Natalia were working together quite well, as her progress has shown. Of course, Natalia put in the the practice time as well, as she is not quite a musical prodigy, so she has had to work. Tony has supported her all along and been flexible with lessons and time as needed for upcoming events.

My son took saxophone lessons for the last 3 years as well. While quite talented, he doesn't like to work and focus on his music, so he only just almost regional 3 years in a row. That's not really Tony's fault, as he tried to show my son how to get the most out of his practice time, but regardless of talent, music takes work.

I'd gladly give Tony 5 stars for clarinet, as that is his principal instrument, and he is a great clarinetist, but my kids took flute and saxophone from him, which are instruments he doubles on professionally. However, Tony is an honest person, and he would let you know when the time comes for a change to a higher level professional on the secondary instruments. Most students will not ever get there, although it could happen for students planning to make a profession of musical performance.

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Grace Aug 20, 2018
Clarinet · In studio

Awesome teacher! I was really impressed by his thorough knowledge of the instrument and his fantastic constructive criticism!

Alex E. Jan 27, 2017
Clarinet · In studio

I haven't had a lesson before, but this gentleman knows his stuff! he can really help clarinetists of all skill levels, I highly recommend him!

Dylan S. Jun 18, 2016
Saxophone · In home

First lesson. Very, very helpful. Looking forward to the next lesson.

Matt G. Jun 5, 2016
Saxophone · In studio

Great instructor!

carmen Jan 18, 2016
Clarinet · In studio

Anthony is an excellent instructor. I haven't played clarinet in years and in a short amount of time he is providing great instruction on how to get my ambashure back. He's a positive, motivating person encouraging me to be better. He has tons of experience. Lucky to find him

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Leticia (. Oct 3, 2015
Flute · In studio

Anthony is great. He is so patient with my daughter. I would recommend him.

April Sep 18, 2015
Clarinet · In studio

My daughter has been taking lesson with Tony for about 6 months now and I can say we are both extremely happy with him. He is very patient and knows his stuff. He has helped my daughter so much already and has built up her confidence. I would highly recommend him

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Gillian A. Aug 8, 2015
Clarinet · In home

Very kind, patient, extremely knowledgeable and professional, good sense of humor. Inspiring. Going to help me realize goals with my instrument I hadn't even considered!

Selina V. Nov 30, 2013
Clarinet ·

Clarinet Lessons

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.

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Jill F. Nov 16, 2013
Flute ·

Adult Beginner

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.

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Dominic P. Nov 16, 2013
Clarinet ·

Great Teacher

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.

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