Isaac Levien

Isaac L.

New York, NY

Lesson Details



Isaac delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 1+

Teaching since:
September 2011

Isaac Levien is a multifaceted musician and educator from Lexington, MA. Isaac studied jazz bass at New England Conservatory of Music where he received a Bachelor in Music and contemporary performance at Berklee College of Music’s Global Jazz Institute, where he received his Master’s degree. Throughout his time in Boston Isaac performed regularly around the city with groups ranging from jazz to avant-garde to hip-hop to singer-songwriter projects at Boston’s top venues such as Wally’s, the Lilypad, Club Passim, The Middle East, and other performances at houses and colleges. Isaac has had multiple opportunities to perform and teach around the world including a week at the Conservatory von Amsterdam for their Keep an Eye Jazz Trip and two consecutive trips to the annual Panama Jazz Festival. Isaac has performed with a number of renowned jazz musicians including George Garzone, Terri Lyne Carrington, Jason Palmer, and Dominique Eade. Isaac recently relocated from Boston to NYC where he teaches with the Harmony Program as a low strings teacher and at the Heschel School as a member of their music faculty.

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Music Faculty
Aug 2017 - Present
Heschel School

Isaac teaches all 9th grade music classes at the Heschel School.

Low Strings Teacher
Aug 2017 - Present
Harmony Program

Isaac works with a wide range of strings students throughout the boroughs of NYC.

Assistant Faculty
Jun 2015 - Present
New England Conservatory's Jazz Lab

Taught beginner to advanced middle and high school aged students during the week long summer program.
Coached a jazz combo and instructed students on approaches to learning jazz repertoire and improvisation.
Assisted in teaching a jazz styles class educating students on the history of jazz as well as different styles within the jazz idiom.

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Private Lessons
Sep 2011 - Present

Isaac has been teaching private students since 2011, working on not only improving himself as a musician but as a teacher as well.

Visiting Artist
Mar 2017 - Mar 2017
Virginia Arts Festival

Developed a flexible program with the goal of introducing jazz music and improvisation to students grades 2 through 12.
Adapted curriculum for a wide range of schools from a private arts school to a lower income public school.
Taught 3-4 hour-long clinics a day at schools within the greater Norfolk area.

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Guest Artists and Teacher
Jan 2017 - Jan 2017
Panama Jazz Festival

Isaac spent a week at the Panama Jazz festival where he taught clinics and gave performances.

Artist and Teacher
Jan 2016 - Jan 2016
Panama Jazz Festival

Teacher's Assistant for Ran Blake
Sep 2015 - Jan 2016
New England Conservatory

Jul 2013 - Aug 2013
Litchfield Jazz Camp


Masters of Music
Sep 2016 - Jun 2017
Berklee College of Music's Global Jazz Institute
Bachelor of Music
Sep 2012 - May 2016
New England Conservatory

Photos & Videos

Live performance at Gallery 263 in Cambridge.

Isaac performing on the main stage of the final concert for the Panama Jazz Festival 2017 alongside bandmate Nzinga Banks.

At Wally's Cafe along side Austin McMahon and Doug Johnson in the great Jason Palmer's band.

This is a video of Isaac playing with the 2016-2017 NEC Jazz Honors Ensemble
Isaac Levien teaching a clinic during the Panama Jazz Festival 2017.

Isaac Levien playing a jazz classic Isfahan with his good friend Josh Gilbert on Trumpet

2 Reviews

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Greg A. Jun 6, 2017
Piano · In studio

Isaac is an excellent teacher and is highly recommended. His method is not centered on drills, music reading or repetition, but rather on getting an understanding of how the notes, chords work together. In so doing, the student gets a great understanding of theory and it opens the door to improvisation. In addition he's very patient with folks such as myself who don't come to class with a deep understanding of music theory.

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Victoria Danberg Jan 27, 2016
Upright Bass · In home

I have just begun lessons with Isaac. He is an excellent teacher; attuned to my needs, very good at explaining things, patient, very good at getting me to understand what I need to know. I look forward to learning upright bass with him!

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