Ethan Rioux

Ethan R.

Philadelphia, PA
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Levels Taught:
Playing a brass instrument is a physically demanding, high concentration activity that can lead to immense joy and fulfillment when approached correctly. I offer all my students practical and musical ways to master the trombone that will lead to life long enjoyment. I will equip you with fundamentals for healthy practicing and can offer lessons in several styles, including jazz, classical, and salsa. Additionally, I have helped students prepare for school, district, and regional auditions.
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Ethan delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 6 to 70 and special needs

Teaching since:
June 2008

Whether I am playing salsa, solo classical piano, in a jazz ensemble, or a concert band, I am ALWAYS having fun doing what I love, and I want you to have the same experience. After moving to Philadelphia ten years ago to study at Temple University, where I received my Bachelor of Music in Jazz Performance, I have had many great opportunities to play all types of music with all types of people. While my passions are in jazz music, composing, and arranging, my varied experience helps me pass on the fundamentals necessary to becoming a great musician while also adapting to your goals, needs, and musical preferences.

*** Lesson Details ***
I want you to have a fun, loving relationship with music. I aim for students to leave each lesson eager to practice and explore, and to come back with questions and stories of their progress. In each lesson, I balance technical skills, ear training, and music theory to assure that each student walks away a complete musician, all structured around your musical goals.

I look forward to helping you on your musical journey.

*** Travel Equipment ***
The student must provide their own instrument and assigned method books. I will provide a music stand if necessary, and other useful instructional tools (metronome, tuner, etc.)

*** Home Studio ***
I offer lessons in my home located just off of Broad Street in South Philadelphia near the Tasker-Morris subway stop. I am equipped with a well-playing upright piano and plenty of space for musical activities. There is ample street parking in the area during the afternoon and early evening, and our living room is available to parents while students take their lesson. Students who travel to me for lessons gain all the benefits of performing on a piano, rather than an electric keyboard, and have access to many more resources that I am able to offer from my home, such as recordings and method books.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize teaching younger students fundamentals in music in a fun and exciting way, as well as teaching the importance of learning music to exceed personal and educational goals.

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Music Instructor
Jun 2012 - Present
Stokes Forest Music Camp

Every June I head over to Stokes Forest Music Camp in Branchville, NJ to take part in two weeks of music immersion. While I'm there I teach music theory classes, lead a brass ensemble, teach lessons, and have tons of fun. It's a great opportunity to collaborate with other music educators - I always come back with new teaching tools to try with my students. If you are a middle school or early high school student who loves nature and wants to take your playing to the next level, Stokes is the place for you.

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M.A. in Secondary Education
Jun 2015 - Present
Drexel University
Jazz Performance: Trombone
Aug 2008 - May 2012
Temple University


Eagle Scout
Aug 2007
Boy Scouts of America

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An introduction to using a metronome in your daily practice to maximize results.
Photo by Ethan R.

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Photo by Ethan R.

Photo by Ethan R.


14 Reviews

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manina May 9, 2017
Piano · In home

We (me and my 6 year old daughter) have taken piano lessons for more than 1 year now, and it has been amazing experience for both of us. He is very knowledgeable, patient and enthusiastic music teacher. We had no experience to start with, but now both of us are comfortable with the instrument and the music notes. He is very flexible with his teaching style to accomodate personal preferences and levels.
I would certainly recommend him to anyone who wants to learn piano.

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manina Sep 26, 2016
Piano · In home

Both me and my daughter have been taking piano lessons from Ethan since last 8 months. He is an amazing teacher and has proved beyond doubt, that he can teach music to a person of any age. He is very adaptable to our specific goals and works alongside, as per our capacity to help us achieve what we intend to. I had no experience with music or piano whatsoever before this and started the lessons to learn a new skill. Over the months, I have not only developed interest in piano but also been able to play with confidence. I had experience with couple of more teachers before we got him, and he is certainly the best. Would highly recommend him.

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Joanne C. Jan 23, 2016
Piano · In home

Amazing teacher!! Has guided this senior to music heights never imagined that I could accomplish. So professional, friendly, caring. Thank you Ethan for instilling the confidence I never knew I had. Continued success, Ethan, in all your endeavors.

Rhea Jan 4, 2016
Piano · In home

Very good with my 5 year old daughter.

manina Dec 29, 2015
Piano · In home

very informative first lesson

Henry W. Dec 3, 2015
Piano · In home

My boys said," Ethan was awesome at teaching piano!"

Emilie S. May 10, 2015
Piano · In home

My experience as a student (piano) with "Ethan" as my Teacher was extremely warm, friendly,comfortable, and I feel as a middle-aged woman, I will with no doubt become a "piano player". Ethan was "created" to effectively teach anyone - "anything!". This is my first time in 12yrs. interacting with a person via the internet. I am very pleased with "Take Lessons and having "Ethan" a part of their team. I am very pleased! :)

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Tina H. Mar 20, 2015
Piano · In home

Ethan is a great instructor. He's very patient but also pushes you to try new things quickly if he thinks you can handle it. Challenging but very fun!

Joanne C. Mar 12, 2015
Piano · In home

Ethan is the best, the absolute best. I am having fun, learning pieces with Ethan's expertise. He makes the lessons so interesting and enjoyable. I am very happy. Ethan is great and so pleased that he is my teacher.

Barbara P. Jan 23, 2015
Piano · In home

My son is new to keyboard and is loving every lesson. Ethan is a wonderful teacher and our family would highly recommend him to teach in your home as well.

Ali S. Oct 29, 2014
Piano · In home

I have had the pleasure of learning piano under Ethan's instruction for the past 9 months. Ethan has been a fantastic instructor so far. I am probably one his older students and as a result my learning speed is probably not in part with his other younger students. Despite this, Ethan has been patient enough to teach me overcome these deficiencies. He is great at teaching very detailed techniques of playing piano and always comes up with little tricks to help me practice. I recommend him to anyone who is interested in learning piano.

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Jill R. Jul 24, 2014
Trumpet · In home

Ethan is a top notch trumpet instructor. He has been teaching my 15 yo son for almost a year. He is patient, punctual, prepared and skilled at teaching. He has encouraged my son to improvise, which is very much outside of his comfort zone so this is no small feat. Ethan is able to do this because he connects well with my son, he models playing and plays alongside my son with his trombone, and creates a lesson environment in which his students feel safe to try new things. I appreciate the skills Ethan has as I am a teacher myself, but especially as a parent.

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Ian V. May 22, 2014
Piano · In home

We had a great experience with Ethan. He is quite good with younger children. My daughters are seven year old twins and learned a lot, and Ethan knew how to motivate them.

"Ethan is good with kids like me" - Beatrix, age 7

"I think Ethan understands a lot about kids and he tries to make it interesting. He makes the children happy and excited about what they are going to do. He likes teaching kids so I think I would recommend him to be a teacher of piano because he is nice to me." - Eva, age 7

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Emily B. Oct 30, 2013
Trombone ·

A top notch educator and performer!

I have had the pleasure of working with Ethan for two years at Stokes Forest Music Camp in northern New Jersey. This program takes place in July for two weeks and consists of talented students from ages 12 to 17. They are involved in many great activities such as orchestra, band, chamber ensembles, rock band, jazz band, and musical theatre. As a fellow teacher here at Stokes (French horn and Music Theory), Ethan and I have joined forces to promote a fun and effective teaching environment for the camp's Brass Ensemble. Ethan was the driving force behind this group, and without his enthusiasm and patience, this ensemble surely would not succeed! His teaching methods kept the students involved, and they definitely had lots of fun last year performing New Orleans jazz (without music!).
I feel that what makes Ethan stand out as a great teacher is that he is creative and connects well with his students. He always maintains a positive outlook and has a wonderful personality! Keep up the good work, Ethan! You will do great things as a music teacher!

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