- Teaches students:
- Ages 5+ and special needs
- Teaching since:
- January 2013
Isaiah grew up in a family of teachers and musicians. After beginning to teach himself piano, his mother quickly enrolled him in private lessons at the age of 5. Following his two older siblings, he joined the school band on saxophone in the 4th grade.
Over the past decade, Isaiah. has played in countless classical, jazz, and modern ensembles on multiple saxophones. In high school, he performed in musicals, led the saxophone section in marching band, and was the top saxophonist in the classical and jazz ensembles. He was also the student-director of the school's freshman band, a role in which he learned a great deal about the art and science of teaching. Graduating with recognition as an Honors All-State musician, along with the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award and John Phillip Sousa Band Award, his path as a professional was set.
Presently enrolled at Roosevelt University's Chicago College of Performing Arts, Mr. S.studies and performs music of the highest caliber. Playing flute and saxophone in the school's Large Jazz Ensemble and Brazilian Combo, he has been the youngest and most-featured soloist under the direction of world-class pianist Marshall Vente and world-class guitarist Paulinho Garcia.
Outside of academia, Mr. S. has had the privilege of performing with Zoofunkyou and leading the pop/funk horn section in Minor 9ths to sold-out shows at House of Blues and other local venues.
Mr. S. also explores his interest of the art of practice on his website, where he has interviewed numerous college students on their practice habits, as well as working professionals with degrees from such esteemed institutions as Berklee College of Music, Indiana University, and Northwestern University.
Isaiah is a really intuitive and talented teacher. He teaches both my kids and they are very different in their needs. Isaiah is really good about considering what motivates them individually and tapping into that for greater engagement during the lesson.
He’s kind, patient and really fun. We’ve asked him to help us play our favorite songs too! He’s a great teacher.
Isaiah is patient, fun, and very knowledgable. I've had a fantastic time working with him and would highly recommend!
Great first lesson. We are excited to continue.
Isaiah was excellent with my kids and seems to be super knowledgeable. We are excited to continue.
Excellent patience and great teaching.......learned a lot on my first lesson
very patient....we made the right choice....and very knowledge
Isiah was awesome, looking forward to more lessons..