Isaac Levien

Isaac L.

New York, NY
100% Satisfaction Guarantee

100% Satisfaction Guarantee

Try the first lesson and if you’re not satisfied we'll refund any unused lessons.

Lesson Details

Bass Guitar

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

My primary goal with all of my students is to help them make great music that is true to themselves. I also try to stick with a sound-before-symbol approach to learning music. What this means for my teaching is a focus on training both the ears and technique. I always prefer a more personalized approach to teaching, working with students to find repertoire that speaks to them and improves their musicality and technique.

See all subjects

Isaac teaches



Isaac passed a background check that includes a SSN verification, national criminal record check, and sex offender registry search. Learn More
Isaac delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 1+

Teaching since:

My Values
As I’ve developed my teaching style over the last ten years, I’ve found myself zeroing in on a few key qualities I want to cultivate in my students and in my self including great ears, a high proficiency on the instrument, and a strong and interactive sense of musicality. At the center of my practice is a devotion to personal growth and discovery. For myself, I find this by teaching in a variety of contexts from teaching in classrooms at a private school to sharing volunteer masterclasses around the world. No matter the context it is my goal to share with my students and those who will listen the lessons I have learned through music and to help them uncover their own. As such I am constantly striving to inspire personal connections to the music and a stronger sense of community

My experience
I have consistently taught private lessons to bass players, pianists, and other instrumentalists since 2010. I have also had the opportunity to teach over a dozen jazz clinics, including two separate visits to the annual Panama Jazz Festival to teach and perform. At Berklee I studied music pedagogy and continue to research pedagogy on my own time. Recently through a teacher training program I have participated in workshops learning the basics of Suzuki, Kodály, and Orff Shulwerk methods. I currently teach music classes part time at a Manhattan private school and part time in an El Sistema based after school strings program.

My students have gone on to win statewide competitions such as positions in the All State jazz band and orchestra. Some have participated in music festivals around the country such as the Newport Jazz Festival and others have continued on to study at the collegiate level at schools including McGill University and Northwestern University.

Show More


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.

Show More
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.

Show More
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

Performing a jazz standard with some close friends and bandmates.
Performing at the Banff Center for Arts and Creativity in the August 2018

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
+ 2 more

2 Reviews

Write a Review
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.

Show More
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!

You may want to revisit

Previously viewed teachers: