Damian S.

Miami, FL
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Levels Taught:
Elementary, Middle School, High School, College

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

Teaching since:


First and foremost I want to congratulate you for choosing to follow a path in the Arts! Music is one of the most sacred skills humans possess for no other species on the planet truly comes close to mimicking this treasured ability.

My mission is to help guide you on your quest to making music. I ask very little in return but your full satisfaction in knowing you made the right decision today. Should you accept our time together will be well spent focusing on your strengths in music and eliminating the weaknesses.

I invite you to listen to music, explore different genres and make your mind up as to what you would like to play. Sound is everything so that is my first goal and the hardest to achieve being from a distance. My anecdotes will prove to be useful in getting you to produce the best possible tone quality on the instrument. Technique is what truly unlocks all doors in music having the ability to play anything comes from scale practice and patterns. Metronomes are a vital part of your success.

Finally reading and basic music theory is the essential skill that separates men from minnows in the sense of making music consistent. The discipline necessary to do this is minimal but important. I trust that you will excel in my class because my methods are tried and true. If at the end of the first lesson you feel you will not progress on your mission with me I completely understand but do think that will be unlikely as I want to share with you my deepest thoughts on how this can be done and in return you will receive the best education possible.

Thank you for your time and I look forward to providing you with some great lessons!

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Professor of Music
Nov 2014 - Present

Damian has been on faculty at KCM for 5 years with student retention from the first day as well as new students added periodically. Teaching all woodwinds, guitar, piano, voice, theory and jazz studies for all ages from 7-65

Feb 2012 - Dec 2012
American Queen Steamboat Company

Performed throughout the riverboat with several different ensembles on all woodwinds. Also greeted passengers and helped with several daily operations.


Music Performance
Aug 2004 - Apr 2006
University of Memphis
Music Performance
Jan 2000 - May 2004
Arkansas State University


Professional Proficiency
Professional Proficiency
Nijongo Wakatte
Professional Proficiency
Professional Proficiency
Fluent / Native Proficiency


Apr 2006
University of Memphis

Jazz studies performance

Woodwind Doubler
Apr 2006
University of Memphis

Dr. Jack T Cooper, director of Jazz Studies & Woodwinds at the University of Memphis can verify my certification in all woodwinds.


1st Place
May 2016
Miami-Made Concert Series
Dec 2014
Buskerfest Miami


Florida Bandmasters Association
Jan 2012

The mission of the Florida Bandmasters Association is to promote and support band programs in the state of Florida by providing opportunities for in-service growth, program evaluation, and student performance.

Air Force Bands Program
May 2006

The Air Force Bands Program is a family of 10 active duty Air Force bands and 5 Air National Guard bands featuring our nation's finest professional musicians. Each band operates within its own geographic area of responsibility representing America's Airmen to a global audience.

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Photos & Videos

The development of a woodwind doubler by Damian J
Legend tells of a jazzman unlike any other, Damian J
Damian J performing for summer camp students from the 1st grade at Shenandoah Miami's Public Library

The TRAD305 performing live at the MiamiMade Concert Series Finals, 2016.
Damian J performing live jazz from be to bop!
The TRAD305 my traditional jazz ensemble performing as the headlining act at Make Music Miami Day 2019

Damian J performing for the 3rd grade at Sunset Park Elementary, Miami, Florida., 2019

Damian J performing with his traditional jazz ensemble the TRAD305 at the 3rd annual crawfish party at Miami's Lincoln Beard Brewing Co.

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Susie Jun 27, 2019
Oboe · Online

Very professional! Damian taught me tricks that I could take with me. I feel much more confident after my lessons

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