I am experienced with all ages from 5 - adult and have been teaching lessons for many years. I began as a volunteer in High School and built a larger private base of students while in college. I have played lead guitarist/singer/songwriter roles in several rock bands, including my current rock band The Rift, as well as participated in award winning ensembles of all varieties (Jazz Bands, Wind Symphonies, Marching Band, Symphonic Band). Despite a background rich in performance, teaching is my foremost skill and profession. In addition to lessons, I've taught in the classroom setting and at summer camps. I was the first Popular Music and Jazz Major to graduate from the University of Rochester/Eastman School of Music. Currently, I'm completing my Master's Degree at Hunter College in Manhattan in Music Education while maintaining a flexible schedule as to accommodate new students.
*** Lesson Details ***
I maintain a fun, understanding, patient, and straightforward approach to help you play what you want, while building essential techniques and skills using music of your choosing. In younger students this often perpetuates enthusiasm and develops taste. I also tutor music theory, composition, and/or songwriting, and upon request, will bring those skill sets into the lesson curriculum. I prefer to come to you, but am willing to host and have before. I will produce additional references and a resume upon request. If you commit to practicing and your lesson curriculum, you can expect noticeable improvement and a solid base of knowledge and essential skills, achieved through the music you love.
*** Studio Equipment ***
Upright piano; Fender Hot Rod 40W Tube Amp; Acoustic 15 W Solid State; Yamaha USB compatible keyboard; 5.1 surround sound with 40" monitor; Mac Mini; Multiple electric and acoustic guitars; USB Condenser Mic, Garageband and Logic Studio; Intel iMac; Buffet Tenor Saxophone, Yamaha Y-62 Alto Saxophone, Bundy II Alto Saxophone for rent
*** Travel Equipment ***
I have my own instrument, tuner, cables, etc. I generally expect my students to provide their own instrument, and be willing to purchase a few basic materials (book for lesson entries, one other instructional book). I'm a minimalist when it comes to this. I am always willing to consult on instruments, materials, or anything other query's you may have outside lessons, via phone or e-mail.
*** Specialties ***
As per my degree, I am especially knowledgeable regarding popular music, rock and roll, and jazz. I hold student recitals every year and I've had many students perform, as well as write their own music and gain a solid knowledge of beginner music theory. My education and experience have been comprehensive, and I am versatile within all genres of music.
CITY UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK: HUNTER COLLEGE - NEW YORK, NY
Master of Arts, Music Education/Teacher’s Education Program/NYS Certification Began August 2009
•Completion of the AVID program as a tutor in ESL, History, English, Biology, and Math
Undergraduate and Secondary Education
UNIVERSITY OF ROCHESTER/EASTMAN SCHOOL OF MUSIC - ROCHESTER, NY Bachelor of Arts, Popular Music and Jazz Graduated May 2008 •Extensive coursework in Music Theory, The History of Western Music, Aural Skills, Keyboard, and Performance (Eastman), as well as coursework in the History of Rock, The Modern Music Industry (Independent Study), Lyric Poetry, Philosophy, Psychology, Calculus, Composition (Eastman), Jazz Theory and Improvisation
•Ensemble work in Glee Club and Wind Symphony (soloist Spring 2008) •Coursework in Jazz Saxophone and Composition at Eastman (Composition recitals given Fall 2007, Spring 2008) •Co-Founder of No Jackets Required Performance Group (Saxophone and Guitar) •Participant in the Art New York Internship Program (Spring 2007) •Member of Undergraduate Musicians Council
92ND STREET Y CAMPS YOMI, TOVA, BARI TOV, AND BEREISHEET - NEW YORK, NY/PEARL RIVER, NY
Summers 2012 & 2013
• Jewish Music Specialist- Directed ~800 Campers and ~200 staff in an all original curriculum of Jewish music and basic ideas and skills. Led five Shabbat Activities every Friday for all of camp, as well as the Shababa Program (Copyright Karina Zilberman)
PRE-SCHOOL OF AMERICA - FOREST HILLS, QUEENS, NY
September 2012 - Present
• Songleading, basic movement, and listening skills for children ages 1 - 4
PIANO SCHOOL OF NYC/PIANO OUTREACH OF NYC
July 2010-June 2011
• Taught in and after school group Piano Lessons, as well as private lessons in Piano and General Music.
SELF EMPLOYED/MUSIKA LLC/TAKELESSONS LLC - NEW YORK, NY / WESTCHESTER COUNTY, NY
•Private Instructor- Guitar, Saxophone, Bass, Voice, Theory, Composition, and Piano Lessons for students of all ages and experience levels. Songwriter, arranger, composer, and performer solo and of ‘The Rift’
MUSIC ON THE MOVE LLC/SELF EMPLOYED - ROCHESTER, NY
February 2008-August 2008
•Private Instructor- General Music Teacher (K-10) at Cornerstone Academy, Brockport, NY and private saxophone, guitar, and piano teacher to students from Kindergarten to High School age WESTCHESTER COUNTY MEDICAL CENTER - VALHALLA, NY
June 2007-May 2008
•Kronos Administrator- Responsible for editing and maintaining time accruals (Vacation, Sick, Personal, etc.) for all eligible hospital employees; was the only employee in my department given the paid privilege of remote access employment whilst still enrolled at UR/Eastman
ISLAND DEF JAM/UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP - NEW YORK, NY
•Marketing Intern- Various tasks relating to the marketing and promotion of artists and bands such as Fall Out Boy, The Killers, Young Love, Melissa Ethridge, Lionel Richie, Bon Jovi, Kanye West, Jay-Z, Rihanna, and many others JUMPSTART/AMERICORPS - ROCHESTER, NY
Sept. 2005-May 2006
•Corp member- Mentored and taught underprivileged children in the 19th Ward of Rochester, focusing on literary skills, math skills, and basic social skills. This job also required volunteer time at the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and the American Red Cross
BETH EL SUMMER SESSION - NEW ROCHELLE, NY
•Counselor/Music Leader- Responsible for supervising groups of children during daytime activities such as swimming, singing, sports, arts and crafts, and Jewish education. Led songs and ‘name-that-tune’ every Friday.
Awards and Special Recognition
•Poems published in Rochester’s Messenger Magazine, Fall 2004 through Spring 2008 •Dean’s List, Spring 2006, Fall 2006, Spring 2007, Fall 2007 •First Prize Winner of the Alpha Delta Phi Burning Ember Literary Competition in the essay category, March 2006, and short story category, April 2007 •Voted by peers and professors to speak at the River Campus Music Department Commencement Ceremony, May 18, 2008
•Produced and hosted four very successful Private Studio Recitals since June 2009. Hosted/MC’d Musika LLC’s Westchester Recital June 2011.
•Self-Employed Saxophone, Piano, and Guitar Teacher since the age of 18, Volunteer Teacher since the age of 14 •Lead guitarist, singer, and songwriter of rock and jazz ensembles since the age of 14 •Experienced piano player (began at age 5, studied periodically), in the context of popular music and composition
•Experienced with special needs and early childhood students
•Licensed and extremely experienced driver, with vehicle (NYS)
•Self administrator, bookkeeper, and scheduler since May 2008
•Kronos (earlier generations), Mac, Windows, Excel, Word, Outlook, Pages, iMovie, Garageband, some HTML