Christian DeGrave

Christian D.

Romulus, NY

About Christian D.

Background check: Last verified 12/12/2016
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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."

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57 Reviews on Christian D.

Charles Smith Dec 19, 2016
Saxophone · Online
Verified Student
Very good
Heather S. Dec 15, 2016
Saxophone · Online
Verified Student
Christian has helped my son develop his Saxophone skills as a new player. A clarinet player in the band for the last 4 years, my son wanted to learn the alto sax. He has enjoyed his lessons with Christian, who is punctual, friendly and communicates well with parents and students. My son commented the other day that he likes the range of skills he is learning, from jazz to classical style.
Charles Smith Dec 12, 2016
Saxophone · Online
Verified Student
Very good
Adam Dec 6, 2016
Tuba · Online
Verified Student
Charles Smith Dec 5, 2016
Saxophone · Online
Verified Student
He helped me read music. Escellent
Mateo Nov 30, 2016
Tuba · Online
Verified Student
My son (12yo) had his first tuba lesson with Christian last night and raved about him afterwards, continuing to talk about it again this morning. Very, very good instructor and highly recommended. He knows his stuff!
I was unsure how the online format would work for a music lesson but it was very effective and impossible to find a more convenient way to do it.
Charles Smith Nov 28, 2016
Saxophone · Online
Verified Student
Vey good
Candice Nov 26, 2016
Clarinet · Online
Verified Student
Sharon A. Nov 21, 2016
Trombone · Online
Verified Student
Charles Smith Nov 21, 2016
Saxophone · Online
Verified Student
Excellent teacher
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