Hunter Diamond

Hunter D.

Chicago, IL
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Lesson Details

Saxophone

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
First lesson, finding your own voice on the instrument, and everything in between!
Learn to connect your ear and mind with the rest of your body and to the saxophone.
The saxophone is an expressive instrument-- be ready to express yourself!
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About

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

Teaching since:
April 2008

My primary teaching philosophy revolves around the idea of creativity and cooperative problem solving. I believe that all musicians should be actively training their ears as well as their abilities on their instrument. I focus on all elements of basic musicianship while incorporating improvisation and composition in an inspiring way.

I grew up playing jazz, soul, R&B, folk, reggae, ska, funk, and classical music. I feel very comfortable working within all of these genres in both performance and educational atmospheres.

Regardless of age, learning a new instrument or art form can be daunting, so I like to include some sort of entertaining activities to keep tension low and inspiration high.

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Experience

Private Instructor
Feb 2017 - Present
Flatts and Sharpe Music Store

At both the Norwood Park and Rogers Park locations, I teach saxophone, flute, and clarinet. Available for basic instruction, music theory, improvisation, rock/pop, and jazz.

Private Instructor
Aug 2016 - Present
Rock Start Lessons

Through the Rock Start Lessons company, I make house-call lessons and teach piano and saxophone. (Flute and Clarinet also available).

Saxophone Instructor
Sep 2015 - Present
Chicago Jesuit Academy

When available, I teach individual and group saxophone lessons.

Jazz Band Director
Dec 2015 - Jun 2016
St. Benedict Preparatory School

As the director of the after school jazz ensemble, I worked with 10-15 students on improvisation, reading music, critical listening, jazz history, and ensemble playing. I wrote and arranged all of the music for our year-end performance. It was a great way to demonstrate that no instrument has to be limited to a specific genre or style.

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Jazz combo coach
Sep 2009 - Jun 2010
Musical Arts Youth Orchestra

This is a great program I worked with while attending Indiana University in Bloomington, IN. I coached several jazz bands, working on improvisation, group sound, and repetoire.

Education

Masters in Jazz Performance
Aug 2014 - Jun 2016
DePaul University
Bachelors in Jazz Studies
Aug 2008 - May 2012
Indiana Univsersity

Certifications

Performers Certificate
May 2012
Indiana University

The Performer's Certificate, which is awarded as a special recognition of musical understanding and technical proficiency demonstrated in recital, is a three-step process involving the hearing, the recital, and a special hearing by the All-Faculty Performer's Certificate Committee.

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Awards

Luminarts Jazz Fellowship
Mar 2017
Luminarts Cultural Foundation

2 Reviews

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Keely Jul 13, 2017
Piano · In home

Excellent first lesson. Hunter is a fun, knowledgeable teacher. I look forward to more lessons.

Charlie M. Apr 27, 2017
Saxophone · In studio

My lesson with Hunter was absolutely fantastic. Such a great guy, and supremely knowledgable, and patient with beginners like me.

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