Christian DeGrave

Christian D.

Romulus, NY

About Christian D.

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Christian teaches: Ages 5 and up
Special needs
Teaching since: June 2006
Last sign in: Yesterday


Christian D. has been playing professionally for 10 years. He completed his BM in Music Education and Saxophone Performance at SUNY Fredonia. There he studied classical and jazz saxophone.
Christian recently completed his MM in Jazz performance at New Jersey City University. There he studied saxophone with Bob Malach, Joel Weiskopf, Walt Weiskopf, Allen Farnham, and Nathan Eklund. He also studied flute and clarinet with Ed Joffe. He actively played gigs in the New York City and suburban area while at school.
Christian D. has played with numerous recording artists, including Conrad Herwig, Dave Douglas, Kurt Elling, Steve Wilson, and Steve Davis. Currently, he plays with Nik Entertainment Co. and other various groups in the Western New York area. Christian also spent some time playing professional on Royal Caribbean's cruise ship, Adventure of the Seas.
Currently, Christian D. is employed as a elementary general music and vocal teacher in the New York State public school system. He also runs his own music studio with around 35 students. Christian specializes in teaching improvisation, saxophone, flute, and clarinet with extensive professional performing careers in each area. He also has 4 years experience teaching and playing trumpet, trombone, tuba and euphonium both privately and in the public school setting.

*** Lesson Details ***
I like to cater my lessons to the students' wants and needs. I suggest various exercises to study in effort to make each student reach their fullest potential. I push each and every one of my students, regardless of their goals as a musician.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Selmer Series III Soprano
Selmer C** Mouthpiece with Vandoren Java 4s
Selmer Mark VI Alto
Vintage Berg Larsen with Rico Jazz Select 2H
Selmer Reference Tenor
Vintage Otto Link with Rico Jazz Select 3S
Buffett E11 Clarinet
Brad Behn Mouthpiece with Vandoren 3.5
Armstrong Flute
Casio Privia Piano
MacBook Pro
Zoom Recorder
Various method books and music

*** Specialties ***
Woodwind Doubling

Photos and Videos

An original entitled "Ed-it."


Music Teacher
Aug 2015 - Present
South Seneca Central School District

Kindergarten, First, and Second Grade General Music. Fourth and Fifth Grade Chorus.

Jan 2010 - Present
Nik Entertainment

I play with Nik Entertainment on everything from weddings to music festivals mostly around the Northeast.

Substitute Teacher
Mar 2013 - Jan 2015
Multiple Schools

Supervise students and carry out substitute plans.

Student Aide
Jul 2012 - Aug 2014
Multiple Schools

One on one aide for children with behavioral and special needs.

Woodwind 2
Mar 2010 - May 2010
Royal Caribbean

I played the woodwind 2 book on Royal Caribbean Adventure of the Seas


MM Jazz Performance
Sep 2012 - Dec 2014
New Jersey City University
BM Music Performance
Aug 2006 - Dec 2010
SUNY Fredonia
BM Music Education
Aug 2006 - Dec 2010
SUNY Fredonia

Languages Spoken

Fluent / Native Proficiency


NJ Music K-12 Certification
Feb 2013
New Jersey

New Jersey music teacher certification.

NYS Music K-12 Initial Certification
Jan 2011
New York State

Initial music teacher certification


Eagle Scout
Oct 2005
Boy Scouts of America
Eagle Scout
May 2005
Boy Scouts of America


Golden Key International Honor Society
Jan 2009

Golden Key is the world's largest collegiate honor society. Membership into the Society is by invitation only and applies to the top 15% of college and university sophomores, juniors and seniors, as well as top-performing graduate students in all fields of study, based solely on their academic achievements. As an international honor society with more than 400 chapters at colleges and universities around the world, Golden Key is committed to a high standard of scholastic achievement, and an ethos of integrity, innovation, respect, collaboration and diversity

Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity of America
Jan 2007

Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity of America (also known as Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Phi Mu Alpha, or simply Sinfonia) is an American collegiate social[1] fraternity for men with a special interest in music. The fraternity is open to men "who, through a love for music, can assist in the fulfillment of [its] Object and ideals either by adopting music as a profession, or by working to advance the cause of music in America."

68 Reviews on Christian D.

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Betty May 3, 2017
· Trombone · Online
Pavan Krishnamurthy Apr 22, 2017
· Saxophone · Online Great class
Pavan Krishnamurthy Apr 22, 2017
· Saxophone · Online
Amy Apr 19, 2017
· Saxophone · Online He Is The Best instructor ever! USE HIM!!!
Ben A. Apr 15, 2017
· Flute · Online
Julie F. Mar 29, 2017
· Clarinet · Online best!
Amy Mar 29, 2017
· Saxophone · Online He's The Best instructor ever!!
BJ Feb 25, 2017
· Saxophone · I'm a teacher and performer and have had the pleasure of performing alongside Christian many times. He's a phenomenal musician and a solid professional.
Amy Feb 15, 2017
· Saxophone · Online
Julie Price Jan 28, 2017
· Trumpet · Online
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