Christian DeGrave

Christian D.

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

Teaching since:
June 2006

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
Jazz
Classical

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Experience

Music Teacher
Aug 2015 - Present
South Seneca Central School District

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

Saxophonist
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

Education

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

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency

Certifications

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

Awards

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

Affiliations

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

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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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Photos & Videos

An original entitled "Ed-it."
I Want To Talk About You
Windows
On A Misty Night
Hopscotch
An original composition entitled "Inner Thoughts."
Blues Walk
My arrangement of "The Note"
Klonos by Piet Swerts
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75 Reviews

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Julie Price Jul 29, 2017
Trumpet · Online

vida L. Jun 21, 2017
Clarinet · Online

Sharon A. Jun 12, 2017
Trombone · Online

awesome!

Stephen Langenkamp Jun 12, 2017
Trumpet · Online

Alisa T. Jun 7, 2017
Clarinet · Online

Great first lesson as we got yo know Christian and vice versa. He taught as he had our students demonstrate what they could do during the first lesson!

Kari Jun 7, 2017
Clarinet · Online

So appreciate the time Christian took to learn about each student's ability and taking a moment to point out things to work on explaining it as they went. We haven't had specific teachers for each instrument...and I can see where that would have benefited! Thank you!

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Candice Jun 5, 2017
Clarinet · Online

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

David R. Jan 21, 2017
Clarinet · Online

he was awesome

Charles Smith Dec 19, 2016
Saxophone · Online

Very good

Heather S. Dec 15, 2016
Saxophone · Online

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.

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Charles Smith Dec 12, 2016
Saxophone · Online

Very good

Adam Dec 6, 2016
Tuba · Online

Charles Smith Dec 5, 2016
Saxophone · Online

He helped me read music. Escellent

Mateo Nov 30, 2016
Tuba · Online

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.

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Charles Smith Nov 28, 2016
Saxophone · Online

Vey good

Candice Nov 26, 2016
Clarinet · Online

Sharon A. Nov 21, 2016
Trombone · Online

Charles Smith Nov 21, 2016
Saxophone · Online

Excellent teacher

Stephen Langenkamp Nov 21, 2016
Trumpet · Online

it hasn't started yet

Cynthia G. Nov 8, 2016
Clarinet · Online

Angeleana Nov 7, 2016
Saxophone · Online

great teacher!!

Charles Smith Nov 7, 2016
Saxophone · Online

Very patience with me and the strap and position..

Betty Nov 2, 2016
Trombone · Online

Betty Nov 2, 2016
Trombone · Online

Charles Smith Oct 29, 2016
Saxophone · Online

very good

Christine S. Oct 29, 2016
Trombone · Online

Ryan Oct 12, 2016
Tuba · Online

Awesome first lesson.

Ben A. Oct 8, 2016
Flute · Online

Good time management. Great feedback and suggestions to improve and to have more effective practice

Joy L. Sep 7, 2016
Clarinet · Online

He is very patient, give very clear instructions and is very organised. A great instructor!

Ben A. Jun 20, 2016
Flute · Online

Christian was well prepared, remembered the conversations/texts we exchanged prior to the lesson. Christian was extremely effective and efficient with the time and the online lesson was even better than a real life one as I didn't need to commute (that saves a lot of time!). I am looking forward to the next lessons and see how this works on the long run.

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Matthew S. Mar 14, 2016
Saxophone · Online

I've been pleased with my son's progress with Christian as a teacher. Christian is personable, encouraging and clear. My son really enjoys his lessons.

Lilly F. Feb 28, 2016
Clarinet · Online

Christian is such a fantastic teacher--my daughter can't wait for her next clarinet lesson with him!

Jing Wei P. Feb 4, 2016
Trumpet · Online

Really enjoyed my first lesson! Christian was efficient and patient, a great teacher.

Martin Jan 23, 2016
Trumpet · Online

Really efficient, good lessons, we are halfway through 1/3 of the books, and i've already learnt a (good) embouchure while playing the trumpet, several notes, high notes, low notes, how to read sheet music, how to transcribe notes from guitar>trumpet and vice versa, blues scale, a little here and there regarding music theory! High recommended.

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karin Oct 15, 2015
Trombone · Online

My son is been taking trombone lessons with him for a few months now, once you can figure out an schedule Christian is reliable and on time.
We really like him.

Stephen Langenkamp Oct 14, 2015
Trumpet · Online

Christian is a great teacher. He is very willing to work with you from where your at instead of starting you back at the beginning. He is also very good about showing up for lessons and very reasonable about missed lessons. I would definitely recommend him for anyone trying to learn the trumpet.

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Doris Y. Oct 14, 2015
Tuba · Online

Wonderful teacher. Patient, helpful, and he packs alot of learning into a half hour. My daughter has come very far and looks forward to her lessons! Very happy with Christian!

Eric S. Oct 13, 2015
Trombone · Online

Christian has been a fantastic instructor and mentor for our son who started playing trombone within the last 6 - 7 months. Christian has been extremely patient, focused on building confidence by mastering the fundamentals of an playing an instrument (scales, arpeggios, buzzes, sirens, etc.) an introduced pieces of music that challenged our son.

Very satisfied with Christian and would recommend for any students new to an instrument.

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vida L. Oct 13, 2015
Clarinet · Online

My son likes Christian. Christian is always on time and he is very encouraging. He is also knowledgeable.

Kristen D. Oct 13, 2015
Clarinet · Online

Excellent instructor, very helpful & patient!

Sash B. Sep 30, 2015
Flute · Online

Christian is always on time, as scheduled, and if there are ever times he will not be able to attend, he is very disciplined about letting us know. He always follows up after lessons to let us know what my daughter should be practicing. He is a great communicator. My daughter really enjoys her lessons. I strongly recommend him as a teacher for anyone looking to learn the flute.

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Martin Sep 22, 2015
Trumpet · Online

Great lesson, good beginning tips, great book that he teaches with, and good teaching methods.

Jennifer Jul 15, 2015
Tuba · Online

We only had our first lesson, but it was great! He was talented, knowledgeable and patient with my 12 year old. Looking forward to learning more!

Jacey M. Jul 14, 2015
Trumpet · In studio

Christian is an amazing teacher!

Alexander M. Jul 10, 2015
Trumpet · Online

This is my son's first time taking online lessons and he loves them! Christian is always on time, motivating and great at his craft. I find my son practicing more than ever to be sure he's ready for the next lesson. I can already hear improvement in his playing after 3 lessons. Christian please keep up the great work...you ARE making a difference!

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John S. Jun 25, 2015
Saxophone · Online

It has been a wonderful experience having Christian provide remote lessons for our son Jesse. Had to look for a saxophone teacher for our son just after a year on he instrument because his school teacher (whom he really liked) left the school and the new teacher was not very good (for our son's needs). Decided to do online after not finding anyone local that was available on his schedule. I was a little skeptical about online teaching being an ex-musician, but I have been very pleased with how Christian manages online teaching. He uses some very powerful tools to manage and track our son's performance, and his remote lessons seem to be very effective despite the distance. I think the ultimate proof of how well it has worked was when our son's original teacher contacted us to say that she was doing private lessons now and could start teaching our son again. We asked him what he wanted to do and he said "I want to stay with Christian". To me that says it all!

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Kate M. Jun 22, 2015
Trumpet · Online

So patient and kind with my daughter as she is learning how to play the trumpet for the first time. A great teacher!!!

Sash B. Jun 20, 2015
Flute · Online

Christian is one of the best online teachers you could find. He's highly disciplined, and always maintains schedule. His teaching techniques shows his overall expertise in all his offerings. Christian is always upbeat and friendly. He always follows up after lessons to go over the areas covered and what the student should focus on prior to the next lesson. You cannot go wrong trying him out.

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Alex May 28, 2015
Trumpet · Online

We absolutely love Christian and we couldn't recommend him more highly. Alex was non-committal about learning any instrument and after two lessons was eagerly practicing every day. He loves it! Thank you!

William May 23, 2015
Trumpet · Online

I was nervous about the online aspect but my son had a great first lesson. He was organized and engaged my son who can be quite shy. We plan on continuing lessons with Christian for some time!

Lindee G. Apr 15, 2015
Trumpet · Online

Lindee enjoyed her lesson

Brendan B. Apr 10, 2015
Trombone · Online

Christian is helping my son get ready for an audition. He is always prompt, my son says he gives good tips and feedback, and he emails me to let me know what he needs to work on and how it's going. We'll stick with it!

Nathan Mar 21, 2015
Trombone · Online

We are very glad we have selected Christian, and we are very pleased with the approach he has used to teach our son. Our son is new to the trombone and Christian is very patient and appropriately communicates constructive criticism to build confidence and endurance.

I would recommend Christian for any student that is new to music.

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Zelda A. Feb 25, 2015
Tuba · Online

Great experience so far! My son enjoys the lessons and feels comfortable asking questions!

Purvi S. Feb 19, 2015
Flute · Online

Christian is an excellent music teacher. My son learned a lot in very short time and he is looking forward to his flute lessons every week. He just love learning with Christian. I am very happy with his teaching style and punctuality. I will recommend him to any one who wants learn flute.

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Lisa B. Jan 26, 2015
Clarinet · Online

My 6th grade daughter has been taking lessons online with Christian since September. He is reliable, flexible, and very patient. Christian is encouraging but also pushes my daughter to challenge herself. Christian has motivated her to work much harder than she did through the school band alone; sometimes she will practice for an hour or more after her lesson because she is excited about her new material. We are thrilled with her progress. Thanks, Christian!

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Sash B. Jan 21, 2015
Flute · Online

He's one of the best instructor, period. He's very patient and very detailed.

Danielle M. Jan 16, 2015
Saxophone · Online

He is doing an Outstanding job preparing my son for his U.I.L. Solo and Ensemble Contest! My son has improved so much since taking lessons with Christian. He is surely on his way to a high score of a 1. I definitely recommend Christian to anyone who would like to improve their skills on the SAX! My son will be spending at least the next 2 years with Christian. Thanks again! You are TRULY a Blessing to the Morgan household!

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Justin H. Nov 12, 2014
Trumpet · In home

I've known Christian for a few years. We went to school together and have done a decent amount of playing together. He's very professional, talented, and knows what he's doing. Hes a top rated teacher and player. Anyone studying with him will learn a lot from him. Very highly recommended.

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Justin F. Nov 3, 2014
Tuba · Online

My 11 year-old son is taking beginner tuba lessons with Christian. He was getting very frustrated in band but even after just a few lessons has improved significantly and is much more confident during band practice. Christian has shown a lot of patience with him and encourages him to progress rather than hang out and play what he is already comfortable with.

And as a mom, I LOVE Skype lessons. I was a little worried that the lack of 'hands-on' could be an issue but it is not at all. We started with just 5 lessons, but I anticipate many more:)

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DARRYL R. Sep 14, 2014
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I had my first lesson on Saturday the 13th, I was in a lot of doubt about taking lessons on line. I was not setup for it all the way my lab top was not putting out no sound. I was saying to myself here we go half of my lesson spent on fixing mechanical problems, but that was not the case. Christian figured it out with no problem and before you knew it I was into my first lesson. Christian was great we went over some different things and I was playing again. It felt really good to be playing notes with someone there to critique your performance good or bad. My goa is to get better each week. Thanks Christain

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Theo D. Sep 12, 2014
Trumpet · Online

Christian sends me homework emails, and recommends books and music. He has quickly answered every question I've had and corrected my mistakes politely. I feel he genuinely cares about my improvement and enjoyment. I'm very lucky to have him as a teacher.

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Tony K. Aug 13, 2014
Clarinet · Online

As an adult, I was looking for a clarinet teacher who was positive, personable, enthusiastic, and knowledgeable. Christian has definitely met my expectations. We have been doing lessons on-line via Skype until his return to NJ next month and it has been working out exceptionally well. Christian has been practical in his instructions, offering suggestions on such things as reed strength and the most efficient use of practice time. I'm sure Christian would be equally good with young students. Highly recommended!

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Sharon A. Jul 6, 2014
Trombone · Online

My 10 year son is taking weekly online lessons with Christian and looooves working with him. My son always says his lessons are "Great!" or "That's the best lesson I've ever had.", which is "music" to a parent's ears. Christian is friendly, focused, and professional, and has a great rapport with my son. I highly recommend him.

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Joshua H. Apr 22, 2014
Saxophone ·

Exactly what your looking for

I've only been taking lessons with Christian for a month but let me say that I've improved more and learned more than I could've ever thought possible in a month. Christian is a down to earth guy, and isinvolved and patient in every lesson. He not only teaches you how to become better in the style of music that you plan on pursuing, but he focuses on you and your playing ability as a whole. For example I am planning on auditioning for music college and majoring in jazz in a few months and Christian not only teaches me jazz but he also teaches me classical increasing my playing ability entirely. He designs every lesson to fit your specific needs and is a people person who makes every lesson challenging but fun as we'll. If you are a prospective musician or even one who just wants to improve his or her playing on whole he is your guy. He'll teach you not only how to reach the playing ability you want but also how to teach yourself once you move on from his lessons. Just give him one lesson and he'll show you that you don't want to go anywhere else.

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