- Levels Taught:
- Beginner, Intermediate
- 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.+ Read More
Isaac works with a wide range of strings students throughout the boroughs of NYC.
Isaac teaches all 9th grade music classes at the Heschel School.
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.
Isaac has been teaching private students since 2011, working on not only improving himself as a musician but as a teacher as well.
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.
Isaac spent a week at the Panama Jazz festival where he taught clinics and gave performances.
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.+ Read More
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!