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
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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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39 Reviews on Christian D.

Ryan Oct 12, 2016
Tuba · Online
Verified Student
Awesome first lesson.
Ben A. Oct 8, 2016
Flute · Online
Verified Student
Good time management. Great feedback and suggestions to improve and to have more effective practice
Joy L. Sep 7, 2016
Clarinet · Online
Verified Student
He is very patient, give very clear instructions and is very organised. A great instructor!
Ben A. Jun 20, 2016
Flute · Online
Verified Student
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.
Matthew S. Mar 14, 2016
Saxophone · Online
Verified Student
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
Verified Student
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
Verified Student
Really enjoyed my first lesson! Christian was efficient and patient, a great teacher.
Martin Jan 23, 2016
Trumpet · Online
Verified Student
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.
karin Oct 15, 2015
Trombone · Online
Verified Student
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
Verified Student
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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