Bill Todd

Bill T.

Brooklyn, NY

About Bill T.

Bill teaches: Ages 5 and up
Teaching since: September 2003
Last sign in: Last week

Overview

Bill is multi-instrumentalist, jazz musician, composer, arranger and educator. He developed a strong connection to music early in life through some family tradition, encouraging parents and many inspiring and influential teachers. He has gone on to perform alongside a number of noteworthy artists and ensembles and has toured extensively overseas and throughout North America.

His love for music came to life though performances with several ensembles in public school, regional big bands and his own jazz saxophone quartet. He is a graduate of the Purchase College Conservatory of Music's Jazz Studies program and has recently become a graduate of New Jersey City University's M.M. Multiple Woodwind Performance program.

Following two years performing abroad on cruise ships and the national tour of Young Frankenstein: The Musical, he was drawn back to New York City. Performing regularly on piccolo, flute, alto flute, clarinet, bass clarinet and all saxophones, he is proving to be valued asset in the NYC music scene.

Bill performs regularly with his group, Bill Todd and the Sixth Generation, while also working as a Broadway pit musician, a sideman and a private music teacher.

*** Lesson Details ***
Every student is unique, therefore, lessons are designed to fit the student individually. My teaching style is molded to satisfy each students wants and needs. I also like to focus on developing proper playing habits. I see it as my job to help my students understand and develop the proper techniques to eliminate bad habits in order for them to be the best they can be on their instrument. Lessons are about having fun making music, learning, and improving.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Chairs, music stands and keyboard for harmonic discussions.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect the student to bring their own music notebook and their own instrument. They may also need to purchase their own lesson books when the time comes.

*** Specialties ***
I can help my students learn how to play in a variety of styles ranging from classical (solos, chamber music, etudes, etc.) to jazz (improvisation, harmony, etc.). Whether they're working on a song to play at school, a NYSSMA or All County solo, or just learning for fun, I will help them play to the best of their ability.

Photos and Videos

Performing with the Todd Marcus Jazz Orchestra, a D.C. based ensemble with an Egyptian influence, at Trumpets Jazz Club in NJ.

Experience

Editor
Mar 2009 - Present
Publishing company

Edit and prepare scores and parts for printing and publication. Score range from original works composed for chamber groups, wind ensemble, full orchestra and big band.

Holiday Inn (Reed 2)
Sep 2016 - Jan 2017
Roundabout Theatre Company

Playing saxophone, flute and clarinet on the Broadway production of this show in NYC.

Tuck Everlasting (Reed 1)
Apr 2016 - May 2016
Broadhurst Theatre

Performing the Reed 1 book on the Broadway production of this show in NYC.

Big Fish (Reed 1)
Mar 2016 - Apr 2016
Little Red Schoolhouse/Elizabeth Irwin School

Performing in the production of Big Fish on piccolo, flute, alto flute, clarinet, and alto saxophone.

A Christmas Story (Reed 2)
Nov 2015 - Jan 2016
Papermill Playhouse

Performing the Reed 2 book at the Papermill Playhouse in NJ for this production.

Les Miserables (Reed 1)
Dec 2015 - Dec 2015
Sandbox Theater

Paying flute, clarinet and saxophone in this production at the Sandbox Theater in Mamaroneck, NY.

Cafe Society Swing (Reed 1)
Nov 2014 - Jan 2015
59E59 Theater and The Copasetic Foundation

Playing alto saxophone and clarinet in this fabulous production that tells the story of Cafe Society, a historic club the was a pivotal launching and point and home for many musicians such as Count Basie, Lena Horne, and Billie Holiday.

Smokey Joe's Cafe (Reed 1)
Nov 2014 - Dec 2014
New Jersey City University Productions

Playing tenor and baritone saxophones in this musically exciting production in Jersey City, NJ.

Little Fish (Reed 1)
Mar 2014 - Mar 2014
Gallatin Theatre Troupe

Playing tenor saxophone, alto saxophone, soprano saxophone, flute and sopranino recorder in Michael John LaChiusa's musical "Little Fish".

The Mystery Of Edwin Drood (Reed 1)
Feb 2014 - Mar 2014
Riverdale Repertory Company

Three Little Birds (Reed 1)
Feb 2014 - Feb 2014
Adventure Theatre MTC

Playing woodwinds in Bob Marley's musical for children entitled "Three Little Birds" at the New Victory Theater at 47th and Broadway in NYC.

Fiddler On The Roof (Reed 1)
Feb 2014 - Feb 2014
Riverdale Repertory Company

All Shook Up (Reed 1)
Jan 2014 - Feb 2014
Riverdale Rising Stars

Pajama Game (Reed 1)
May 2013 - Jun 2013
Riverdale Rising Stars

Young Frankenstein: The Musical (National Tour, Reed 1)
Aug 2011 - May 2012
NetWorks Presentations LLC.

Saxophonist
Dec 2010 - Aug 2011
Princess Cruises

Education

Master of Music, Multiple Woodwind Performance
Sep 2014 - May 2016
New Jersey City University
Bachelors of Music, Jazz Studies
Sep 2005 - May 2009
Purchase College Conservatory of Music

Awards

Music, Dance, Theatre Scholarship
Feb 2016
MDT Department Head, New Jersey City University
Theodore Presser Award
Mar 2009
The Presser Foundation

Affiliations

American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers
Jan 2014

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a membership association of more than 480,000 US composers, songwriters, lyricists and music publishers. The ASCAP is committed to nurturing music makers throughout their careers.

23 Reviews on Bill T.

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Josephine Apr 19, 2017
· Piano · In studio My 5 years old son, enjoyed and looked forward each week for his piano sessions with Bill. Bill was very patient, knowledgeable, and understanding. While waiting during Kevin's sessions, my daughter and I began to learn as well as enjoy the piano.
I strongly recommend Bill to anyone, and commend him for sharing his skills. Keep up the exceptional work Bill.
Thank you.
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Albert D. Apr 7, 2017
· Saxophone · In studio Really just great, I started playing with Bill about three months ago and it couldn't be going any better. His patience, demeanor and amazing skill must be commended and everyone should sign up immediately you definitely won't regret it I promise.
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Hadley L. Sep 29, 2016
· Saxophone · In home First lesson was great!! Hadley was anxious, but Bill provided lots of encouragement and great instruction. I'm a musician, so I could tell what a terrific job he did.
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James Mitaritonna Sep 14, 2016
· Flute · In studio Bill knows his content! He is quick to give feedback, and utilizes a variety of different tactics to make sure you are on the right track. I would definitely recommend Bill for future students.
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Kennedy T. Aug 30, 2016
· Piano · In studio Bill was perfect with my daughter. He was kind and patient. He didn't pressure her but still made sure she stayed focused. I would definitely recommend him to anyone
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Pam Aug 10, 2016
· Clarinet · In home Bill helped me get back on track with the clarinet when I returned to playing as an adult, years after I'd played as a kid. He met where I was and helped me get to where I wanted to go--playing jazz. Besides being a good and patient teacher, he had a lot of innovative ideas for music selection, accompaniment options, and practice techniques. I recommend him to students of any age.
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John Jul 23, 2016
· Piano · In studio Bill's great. Very knowledgeable and very patient. Highly recommended.
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Linda Jul 23, 2016
· Flute · In studio I would highly recommend Bill as a flute teacher. He is a wonderful flautist, himself, in addition to being so skilled at several other instruments. Bill is very professional, kind, patient, and has always made me feel that he is interested in understanding where I would like to go, in terms of the kind of music I would like to play and the level of proficiency I am aiming to attain. I picked up my flute after 40 years of not touching it (since I was a teenager) and I'm so happy I did. Like many of the other students who have responded on this page, I have learned so much from Bill and have really enjoyed both his lessons, and my personal journey of practice and improvement as a flautist.
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carol G. Apr 5, 2016
· Piano · In studio Bill was a great teacher and he was very patient with me.

Thanks Bill for the great lessons taught and being so patient with me.
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Khris S. Oct 12, 2015
· Flute · In studio They say the best teachers never stop learning, and Bill is a perfect example of this. He is a geek for music! And his enthusiasm is infectious.

I played flute a hundred years ago all through my school years. Then I never touched it again. Until recently, when I thought it would be "fun" to pick it up again.
Poor Bill!

But Bill has shown great patience with me and is able to be encouraging while also noting some weaknesses. He's very engaging and upbeat and makes every lesson fun. He has also taken me to see professional flautists perform, and he has recommended some great books on music and flute.

I've learned so much from Bill and have enjoyed every minute of it!
Bill Todd
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