Ian Buss

Ian B.

Astoria, NY

About Ian B.

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Ian teaches: Ages 1 and up
Special needs
Teaching since: December 2009
Last sign in: 5 days ago

Overview

Hi, my name is Ian and I have been playing music professionally since 2006 and teaching since 2009. A recent graduate of the New School for Jazz & Contemporary Music, I am building up my private studio. I am available to teach lessons at a studio location, your home, or online. I have worked with students who are looking to enjoy learning more about music as well as those who are preparing for important auditions and performances. I enjoy teaching students of all ages and skill levels.

When working with children and adolescents, I create a structured learning environment and provide comprehensive instruction in instrumental technique, musicianship, and music theory. With adults, I teach them the fundamentals of the saxophone and reading music. As these skills develop, we explore the styles of music that inspire you to play.

I have studied under Reggie Workman, Billy Harper, Bobby Sanabria, Kirk Nurock, and many others and developed expertise in saxophone, improvisation, and composition (classical, jazz, rock, and pop). I look forward to helping you reach your goals!

I own both an alto and a tenor saxophone and am happy to work with students who play other saxophones. If you do not yet have a saxophone, I can sometimes arrange to have one available for you to use during the lesson, but I need to know in advance. Eventually, you will need your own instrument to practice. I am always happy to help students with saxophone rentals and purchases!

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions at all about lessons or acquiring an instrument. I'd be happy to work with you!

You can check out some of my music in the videos or at my SoundCloud page: soundcloud.com/ian-buss

Photos and Videos

A video from my senior recital at The New School in NYC.

Experience

Musician

Dec 2006 - Present
Self

Performances at private events as well as public venues around the United States, including Brooklyn Academy of Music, Joe's Pub, Brooklyn Bowl, Shapeshifter Lab, Littlefield, Bowery Poetry Club, The Scripps Research Institute, Conrad Prebys Hall (UC San Diego), and others.

Jam Session Instructor

Jun 2012 - Jun 2016
University of California, San Diego Jazz Camp

Taught ensemble performance skills through instructional jam sessions to students age 14-73.

Education

BFA Jazz Studies

Aug 2010 - Dec 2013
New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music

Languages Spoken

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Spanish

Limited Proficiency
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11 Reviews on Ian B.

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Scott C. Oct 20, 2016
Saxophone · In studio
Verified Student
Ian is knowledgeable and patient - the perfect mix for an instructor. Looking forward to my second lesson
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Anthony T. Oct 8, 2016
Saxophone · Online
Verified Student
Ian was very friendly and direct. He's knows what he's doing and greatly improved my ability to adjust quickly. Highly recommended!
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Max M. May 24, 2016
Saxophone · In studio
Verified Student
First lesson was amazing from start to finish, great introductory from how to hold the instrument, down to first steps to making a sound, and even to a first song! Thanks Ian.
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Herb B. Apr 21, 2016
Saxophone · In home
Verified Student
Ian knows how to approach teaching me at my level, he understands where my skill level is and how to help me improve. Makes the lessons interesting and helps create motivation for the music and skills I want to work on.
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Steve P. Mar 30, 2016
Saxophone · In studio
Verified Student
I feel that he is very cool, and he will help me get ready for my competition.
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Steve P. Mar 30, 2016
Saxophone · In studio
Verified Student
My son is very happy.
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Marion Jan 21, 2016
Saxophone · In studio
Verified Student
I had a great first saxophone lesson. I'm looking forward to learning more.
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Kathy Q. Nov 30, 2015
Saxophone · In home
Verified Student
Ian is great. He is always on time and very patient to his student. My son likes him. Highly recommend him to everyone!
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Neil S. Aug 24, 2015
Saxophone · In studio
Verified Student
He is a good teacher. He's patient. He understands the whole music style we are doing. He is a great musician.
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Max Jun 21, 2015
Saxophone · In studio
Verified Student
Very good lesson. Excited for the next one.
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