- Levels Taught:
- Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Speaking specifically about what lessons would include, I believe a strong foundation of technical skills is essential for anyone wanting to improve at an instrument. Things we can cover are: tone production, breathing, tonguing, finger technique, reading music, music theory etc. More creative topics that I enjoy diving into with students are: transcribing, composing, ear training, developing new exercises, jazz and improvisation etc. As a jazz saxophonist and clarinetist, my area of specialty is jazz and improvisation, and I enjoy working with students of any age on either instrument who are interested in exploring jazz.
If you are interested in trying a trial lesson, please feel free to reach out. I am available in person or on Skype, and excited to talk about what you want to learn on saxophone or clarinet.
- Teaches students:
- Ages 6+
- Teaching since:
Thanks for considering taking lessons with me. I have been playing saxophone and clarinet for ~14 years, and teaching for 7. I studied jazz at Indiana University's prestigious Jacobs School of Music and soon after moved to NYC in 2017. I am equally comfortable teaching and performing on both instruments, and have experience in many settings such as jazz, latin ensembles, pop, pit orchestras, and show music. Currently I live in Brooklyn, where I maintain a private lesson studio and perform around NYC.
Though I have the most experience teaching middle and high school students, I am comfortable with any age, and can teach both saxophone and clarinet at beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels. My area of specialty is jazz and improvisation, something common to saxophone but rarely studied on clarinet. I enjoy seeing the rapid progress that often comes when interested beginner students are exposed to private lesson instruction. I especially try to prioritize the student's specific interest or passion, such as wanting to learn a famous sax solo (I wanted to learn saxophone to play the "Pink Panther" theme..). I believe in letting that passion guide a student's practice, and as the teacher I hope to provide the right mix of answers, challenge, and creative questioning.
Maintain private lesson studio on saxophone and clarinet, any age or experience level welcome. Currently teach at home in Brooklyn, but will travel for in home lessons or available on Skype.
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