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Ian B.
Cambridge, Massachusetts
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Beginner, Intermediate
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Beginner, Intermediate
Piano is a fun instrument to play for all ages and can easily fit into any style of music. In my piano lessons, you can expect to learn songs, healthy technique, sightreading, and ear training. For online students, my technology set up allows you to view the keys I press on my keyboard in real time, so you'll have a visual guide. Please use the "Ask a Question" feature or book lessons to get started. Looking forward to working with you!
About Ian B.

Hi, my name is Ian and I offer online musicians lessons to people of all ages, levels, and backgrounds. I have been performing and teaching for over 10 years, and am passionate about sharing the joy of music with others! I hold a Masters degree from New England Conservatory and have performed with a wide variety of artists, including Grammy Nominated blues singer Sugaray Rayford, jazz trumpeter Jon Faddis, blues legend Buddy Guy, Brazilian vocalist/composer Luciana Souza, and more. I have been lucky to work with hundreds of students from all walks of life (elementary schoolers, retirees, and everyone in between) at Palomar College, the Young Lions Jazz Conservatory, UC San Diego Jazz Camp, Torrey Pines High School, Ada Harris Elementary, and in my own private studio. A big part of my teaching philosophy is that music should be fun, even though there are challenges along the way. I have worked with students who are looking to pick up music for the first time, high schoolers preparing for college auditions, and professionals seeking to expand their abilities. 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 little pieces of music theory. With adults, I teach them the fundamentals of the saxophone and music, including sight reading and ear training. As these skills develop, we explore the songs and styles of music that inspire you to play. I have studied under Jerry Bergonzi, Donny McCaslin, Ken Schaphorst, 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! When possible, I am always happy to help students find a quality instrument to buy or rent, though I do not personally sell or rent instruments nor do I profit from my recommendations. Even if we are not in the same city, I may be able to recommend an instrument or a store for you. Generally, it is best to avoid buying from a marketplace like Amazon or Ebay, where anyone can sell anything. It is ideal to buy from a reputable instrument seller, many of whom sell online. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about lessons or getting started with music. I'm happy to help. Thank you and best wishes in your musical journey!


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My son is in 10th grade and has been studying Saxophone with Ian for almost 4 years. Ian is great on teaching, nice to student, always responsive to questions. Highly recommended.

Posted Jul 10, 2021
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Me and my 12-year-old son started saxophone two years ago together. Ian had a great guide to us who had never played the instrument. My growth is slow due to age issues, (of course satisfied) but my son's growth was great. My son now has a great deal of confidence as a jazz player, and he was able to work on other things positively too. We met Ian then became more into music and jazz. He is patient and will tell you until we can do. Ian is mainly jazz, but he is also very familiar with brass band and classical saxophone too. He is a working musician who do live performance, gig, and compose in various places. He loves music from the heart, his solo is so beatuiful. Ian's lessons has changed our life. We really grateful for giving us his time.

Posted Jul 26, 2019
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Always a great lesson

Posted Jun 4, 2019
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Dec 2006 - Present
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.
Teaching Assistant
Sep 2020 - May 2021
New England Conservatory
Woodwinds Instructor
Sep 2018 - Jun 2019
Ada Harris Elementary School
Artist in Residence
Sep 2018 - Jun 2019
Torrey Pines High School
Applied Music Faculty
Sep 2018 - May 2019
Palomar College
Provide one on one saxophone instruction at the college level, evaluate juries of all instruments.
Jan 2018 - Jun 2019
Young Lions Jazz Conservatory
Direct ensembles and provide instruction in jazz repertoire, performance skills, rhythm, ear training, and music theory.
Saxophone Instructor & Jam Session Host
Jun 2012 - Jun 2018
University of California, San Diego Jazz Camp
Taught group theory and saxophone classes and hosted instructional jam sessions for students age 14-73.
MM Jazz Studies
Aug 2019 - May 2021
New England Conservatory
BFA Jazz Studies
Aug 2010 - Dec 2013
New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music
Fluent/ Native Proficiency
Limited Proficiency
Nominated for Best Blues Band (as member of Sugaray Rayford Band)
Jan 2020
41st Blues Music Awards

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