Emily Pecoraro

Emily P.

Brooklyn, NY
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
The saxophone family is full of potential for a wide array of colors and textures and can be played in a variety of styles: classical, jazz, funk, Afrobeat, rock, and more. I've played saxophone for 15 years, and I teach my students through exercises catered to their musical passions. In addition to the basic technical elements of playing, I focus on listening across the musical spectrum. I encourage the use of long tones and air support to improve tone, flexibility, and all repertoire.

About Emily P.

Woodwind instrumentalist Emily performs regularly in a range of styles including classical, jazz, rock, funk, Afrobeat, Third Stream, and musical theater. Emily holds her M.M. in Multiple Woodwind Performance from The Boston Conservatory with concentrations in saxophone, clarinet, and flute performance. She also holds a B.M. in Music Education from Ithaca College with an emphasis on jazz performance and pedagogy in addition to traditional studies in music education.

Emily has performed on tenor saxophone, alto saxophone, clarinet, bass, clarinet, and flute in Big League Productions' Broadway National Tour of the Frank Loesser classic "Guys and Dolls." Emily has also performed on alto saxophone, soprano saxophone, clarinet, flute, and piccolo in the Broadway National Tour of "How the Grinch Stole Christmas...the Musical!" She just returned from the Broadway National Tour of "42nd Street," where she performed on tenor saxophone, alto saxophone, clarinet, flute, and piccolo.

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Peter F.
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A great first lesson. Hoping it continues.

Posted Feb 28, 2018
Lucia F.
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Emily is warm, energetic, very professional and talented.
We love her!!

Posted Dec 11, 2017
Cassel
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My daughter had the most wonderful first lesson I could have hoped for! Thank you for making her education enjoyable.. it already left her wanting to come back !

Posted Sep 17, 2017
Ella C.
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Great very enthusiastic

Posted Oct 5, 2016
Senlee D.
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Fantastic! Feisty, fun, entertaining, energetic, organized, positive, focused, cool, and KNOWS HER STUFF!

Posted Oct 4, 2016
Carolyn
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Perfect match for my son, he enjoys working with her very much. She is whip smart, engaging and encouraging. I could never have imagined how well this would work out.

Posted Jun 27, 2016
Benjamin G.
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Great! Professional, smart and talented.

Posted Apr 26, 2016
Karen
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Emily is a kind and brilliant lady. She is an incredible performer and pedagogue with many years of experience. Her extensive musical background made our lessons very fun and informative. She is so kind and positive that just being in her space made me a better musician and person. Can't thank her enough for my musical progress.

Posted Jan 26, 2016
Skyler Hagner
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Emily is a great teacher and player! She has tons of experience and tailors the lessons to fit your needs. She has lots of positive energy and is always inspiring and motivating.

Posted Jan 25, 2016
Matt
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Emily is a top-of-the-top musician and a fantastic teacher! She is so easy to get along with and loves to work with all ages/kinds of people. Her professionalism and positive attitude are second to none, and make her a great role model. 11/10 stars!

Posted Jan 25, 2016
Jonathan
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I have had the pleasure and privilege of working with Emily over the past couple of years at the Ithaca College Summer Music Academy. As both a former counselor and now an instructor, Emily has such a good way of working with students of any age, as well as adults who happen to be her colleagues. She never fails to put a smile on anyone's face, and from the times I have heard her play clarinet, bass clarinet, and saxophone, I have always been blown away by her musicality, talent, and yearn to expose interesting and unexpected works to those who ordinarily wouldn't have the chance to hear them. She is a multi-talented person both inside and out, and I would fully recommend her in any capacity you might seek.

Posted Jan 24, 2016
Adam
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Working with Emily at the Ithaca College Summer Music Academy this past summer showed me her excellent teaching, leadership, and musicianship. I was able to attend multiple concerts in which Emily performed incredible music on a variety of wind instruments, as well as learn about the music theory class she was teaching on pop music. In the class she analyzed the music of artists such as Rihanna, Sia, and Lady Gaga, giving value to all types of music and relating to the high school students with music they enjoy. Emily is an inspiring musician, teacher, and friend who I would trust in any situation.

Posted Jan 24, 2016
Matt
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Emily has a strong commitment to making sure her students are learning about music while continuing to enjoy what music can bring to their lives. She not only taught me how to read, listen to, and study music, but she taught me why music is important and how I can live it. Emily teaches with grace and poise. She finds a way to relate to students of any ambition or experience. As a high school student looking to still be involved in music in college, Emily was able to find connections in several cities for me because of her numerous experiences of networking in the music world. She has a broad range of musical talents and has the ability to immediately connect with her students. Emily has not only been a great teacher for me, but a great friend.

Posted Jan 23, 2016

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Experience

Tenor Saxophone and Alto Saxophone Soloist
Jul 2016 - Present

The Temptations Revue feat. Dennis Edwards

The Temptations Revue is a band that features Dennis Edwards, the last living member of the Motown superstars the Temptations. I was featured on their concert in Hamden, CT where I was the alto and tenor saxophone soloist.

Professor
Jul 2011 - Present

Ithaca College Summer Music Academy

I teach a variety of subjects at the Ithaca College summer pre-college program, including: - Creating and executing curriculum for academics at the middle and high school levels in traditional music theory, pop music theory, music theory analysis, and music history - Clarinet professor - Jazz faculty, combo coach - Assistant to orchestra program, assisting the conductor with rehearsal and communication with the students - Overseer of female counselors

"42nd Street" National Broadway Tour
Dec 2016 - May 2017

Big League Productions

I was Reed 2 on this tour, where I performed on tenor saxophone, alto saxophone, clarinet, flute, and piccolo.

Floral Designer
Jan 2016 - Dec 2016

Park Delicatessen Brooklyn

I was a floral designer at the super-hip Park Deli in Prospect Heights, BK. Check out my social media through my handle, #FlowersbyEmPec .

"How the Grinch Stole Christmas" National Broadway Tour
Nov 2015 - Dec 2015

Big League Productions

I played the Reed 1 chair in the orchestra - my book included piccolo, flute, Bb clarinet, soprano saxophone, and alto saxophone.

Floral Designer
Jun 2015 - Nov 2015

Rose Red and Lavender

Assistant Staff and Retail Manager Floral Designer Bridal Consultant Terrarium Designer Educator: creator of lesson plans, teacher of: flower arranging classes, terrarium making classes, flower crown making classes

"Guys and Dolls" National Broadway Tour
Dec 2014 - Jun 2015

Big League Productions

I played the Reed 2 chair in the orchestra for the Broadway National tour of "Guys and Dolls" by Frank Loesser. My book included flute, Bb clarinet, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, and bass clarinet.

Floral Designer
Apr 2013 - Jan 2015

Fern by Boston Rose Florist

Assistant Staff and Retail Manager Bridal Consultant Terrarium designer Antique upcycler Floral Designer

"My Fair Lady" National Broadway Tour
Oct 2011 - Oct 2011

Big League Productions

I subbed in the Broadway National Tour of "My Fair Lady" in the orchestra, playing Bb and bass clarinets.

Education

M.M. Multiple Woodwind Performance
Aug 2012 - May 2014

The Boston Conservatory

B.M. Music Education
Aug 2008 - May 2012

Ithaca College

Music, Italian
Jun 2011 - Jul 2011

Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Italian

Limited Proficiency

Awards

Woodwind Department Assistant
Aug 2013

The Boston Conservatory

Col. G. Howard Music Scholarship
Aug 2010

Ithaca College

Charlotte Plummer Owen Memorial Scholarship
Aug 2010

Women’s Band Directors International

Ithaca Access Grant
Aug 2008

Ithaca College

Flora Brown Award
Aug 2008

Ithaca College

Affiliations

American Federation of Musicians
Jan 2016
A labor union representing professional musicians in the United States and Canada. Founding in 1896 as the successor to the "National League of Musicians," the AFM is the largest organization in the world representing the interests of professional musicians.
National Association for Music Education
Sep 2008
Founded in 1907, NAfME is among the world’s largest arts education organizations. NAfME advocates at the local, state, and national levels; provides resources for teachers, parents, and administrators; hosts professional development events; and offers a variety of opportunities for students and teachers.
International Clarinet Association
Sep 2008
The International Clarinet Association is a community of clarinetists and clarinet enthusiasts that supports projects that will benefit clarinet performance; provides opportunities for the exchange of ideas, materials, and information among its members; fosters the composition, publication, recording, and distribution of music for the clarinet; encourages the research and manufacture of a more definitive clarinet; avoids commercialism in any form while encouraging communication and cooperation among clarinetists and the music industry; and encourages and promotes the performance and teaching of a wide variety of repertoire for the clarinet.
Girl Scouts of America
Jun 1996
It began over 100 years ago with one woman, Girl Scouts founder Juliette Gordon "Daisy" Low, who believed in the power of every girl. She organized the first Girl Scout troop on March 12, 1912, in Savannah, Georgia, and every year since, we've made her vision a reality, helping girls discover their strengths, passions, and talents. Today we continue the Girl Scout mission of building girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place. We're the preeminent leadership development organization for girls. And with programs for girls from coast to coast and across the globe, Girl Scouts offers every girl a chance to do something amazing.

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