Jake Haskel

Jake H.

New Rochelle, NY

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Jake delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:
June 2007

Hey future students! My name is Jake and I can't wait to meet you! I've been teaching private drum and piano lessons since 2007 and have loved helping my students learn the basics, develop their skills and musical interests, and have a ton of fun! I went to the University of Rochester / Eastman School of Music and earned a degree in music with a concentration in education in 2012.

After graduating I became a Spanish teacher for students in Kindergarten through 8th grade. I graduated from the Johns Hopkins University School of Education with a MSEd (Masters of Science in Education) in Educational Studies with a concentration in Spanish education, PreK-12. I helped students gain fluency through a curriculum that balanced reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills.

I have recently earned a second Masters degree at the Harvard School of Education in order to become a licensed school guidance counselor.

I'm an effective communicator and enthusiastic person and my teaching style is clear, tailored to individual needs, and engaging. I look forward to helping you reach your goals!

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Guidance Counselor Intern
Sep 2016 - Present
Newton South High School

I work with guidance counselors in 1 of Newton South's 4 houses as an intern. I will learn from my mentors all of the responsibilities and functions of a school counselor. These include observing and conducting individual and group counseling sessions, managing cases, representing students' needs at staff meetings, and helping seniors with the college application process.

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Division Leader
Jun 2017 - Aug 2018
Timber Lake Camp

I managed a team of 11 staff members and provided ongoing professional development. This was in service to equipping staff members with the skills and knowledge to ensure the safety and wellbeing of a group of 25 10-year-old male campers. This, in turn, led to the development of healthy, positive relationships amongst campers as well as between staff and campers. I served as the liaison between the camp and the campers' parents to ensure accountability for this pursuit.

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School Counselor Intern
Aug 2017 - Jun 2018
Community Charter School of Cambridge

I conducted individual counseling sessions with a caseload of students (ages 11-17) and assisted juniors and seniors with the college application process. I developed strong relationships with all students and faculty members with whom I worked.

Piano Instructor - Westchester, NY
Feb 2016 - Jun 2016

I taught piano lessons to 10 students, 9 of which were between the ages of 4 and 13. I worked with beginner as well as intermediate students on piano technique, music theory, and developing repertoire. We learned a lot and had a ton of fun doing it!

Special Education Teacher Aide
Dec 2015 - Jun 2016
Scarsdale Middle School

I assist the lead teacher in an 8th grade special education classroom with daily instruction, grading, and classroom management.

Spanish Teacher
Aug 2012 - Jun 2015
Mount Royal Elementary/Middle School

I taught Spanish to students in Kindergarten through 8th grade. I helped students gain fluency through a curriculum that balanced listening, reading, speaking, and writing skills. At the end of a semester, all students, regardless of age and initial ability, were able to communicate in complete Spanish sentences. By the end of Middle School Spanish 2, students were able to read a novella written entirely in Spanish! Additionally, I founded and lead a free bi-weekly Spanish program for all students and their families where we promoted community, parental involvement, and fluency in a second language.

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Performing Arts Staff Member (Department Head)
Jun 2007 - Aug 2014
Camp Wekeela

For 5 summers (2007=2011) I taught private drum, piano, and music theory lessons to campers ages 7 - 15. I also served as piano accompanist to both camp musicals in each summer. In 2014, I returned as the Performing Arts Department Head, where I continued my roles as music teacher and accompanist but also managed a team of 10 talented staff members to implement daily instruction to campers.

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Masters of Education (Ed.M.) & Certificate of Advanced Studies (C.A.S.) in Prevention Science & Practice
Aug 2016 - May 2018
Harvard Graduate School of Education
Master of Science in Education (MSEd), Educational Studies
Aug 2012 - Jun 2014
Johns Hopkins School of Education
Bachelor of Arts (BA), Music
Sep 2008 - May 2012
University of Rochester


Fluent / Native Proficiency
Fluent / Native Proficiency


Standard Professional 1 Teaching Certification
Aug 2014
Maryland Department of Education

World Languages: Spanish, PreK-12

13 Reviews

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Amara Apr 6, 2016
Piano · In home

Very pleasant, made our daughter feel at ease.

Lisa Mar 25, 2016
Piano · In home

My children had an amazing first session with Jake! He had an instant rapport with both of them and made the lesson informative, but most importantly fun and on their individual level.

Jake is warm, professional, talented, and amazing with children.

My kids cannot stop talking about Jake and are so excited about learning piano and their next lesson!

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Naomi Mar 15, 2016
Piano · In home

Jake is clearly a natural with kids. This was my 5 year old daughter's first lesson. Although she was initially nervous, Jake helped her easily transition into the lesson, playfully keeping her on task. She wants to "play every day!"

Sassya K. Mar 7, 2016
Piano · In home

Very good first lesson, Jake is an excellent musical education specialist.

Emma Mar 4, 2016
Piano · In home

Thank you so much Jake for taking us on this new adventure! The girls had a fantastic experience and what could a parent ask for more when being introduced to a new instrument! Thank you for making this whole process seamless and being so entertaining!

Tim Feb 11, 2016
Composition · In studio

Jake is one of the most inspiring teachers I've ever had.

Ben Feb 11, 2016
· In home

Jake is a wonderful teacher. He connects to each student and understands what type of instruction they need to improve and to achieve their full potential.

Five stars is not enough for Jake Haskel.

Ellie Feb 10, 2016
Piano · In home

Jake is great! The lesson was fun and professional!

Maddy Feb 1, 2016
Drum · In studio

Taking drum lessons with Jake was a great experience. He was able to help me with music that I was interested in, and more importantly, he taught me about different styles of playing which helped me broaden my perspective on the instrument. Jake was very patient with me as I struggled to learn new concepts, and gave me different ways of thinking about the problems I encountered. I would recommend him to any experienced or beginning musician. Thanks Jake!

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Alex Jan 31, 2016
Drum · In studio

After a lesson with Jake, you will not only feel more confident in your musical abilities, but will also have thoroughly enjoyed your time spent with him. Mr. Haskel is a well-rounded and well-educated teacher in the arts, with a special and unique sense of humor and self. Jake is very conscious of his teaching abilities, and will teach you the skills and techniques you want to learn with utmost care, respect and patience.
I took drum lessons with Jake a summer or two ago, and I can happily state that I became a better musician for it. Jake is the type of instructor that focuses on the "you", rather than so much of what everyone else in the music world is doing. If there is a technique or skill that you want to tackle, then Jake will follow you and teach. He is also an extremely talented and gifted musician, with a great ear, rhythm, and intelligence. I cannot recommend Jake more highly.

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Alec Jan 29, 2016
Drum · In studio

Jake Haskel is no doubt the best drum teacher I have ever encountered and had the privilege to learn from. He takes the time to focus on the little important aspects that make a huge difference in your performance. He is patient, kind, and always knows how to help fix the struggle areas. His lessons are well planned and methodical to ensure that drummers of any skill level are given the tools they need to improve. Jake is a one of a kind teacher, and he makes the learning adventure both challenging and fun. I saw major improvements in my skills after just a few days, and after weeks I become a completely different drummer. I owe it all to Jake.

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Ben Jan 28, 2016
Piano · In home

Jake was a truly amazing instructor. I had taken lessons previously with another teacher, and felt like I was not getting enough out of them. After my first lesson with Jake, I knew that I was going to learn a lot. Jake is kind, smart, and most of all, a great teacher. After only a few lessons, I had fallen in love with playing the piano, and it was all thanks to Jake.

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Lizzie Jan 28, 2016
Piano · In studio

Jake is the best piano teacher! He knows so much about the instrument, and learning is always fun with him! If you would like to learn how to play the piano, and also like to laugh, Jake is person for you. I wouldn't recommend anyone else.

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