Jan Kus

Jan K.

Long Island City, NY
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Teaching Locations:
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
I am an internationally recognized saxophonist, composer, keyboardist, songwriter, lyricist, vocalist, bandleader, arranger, and producer with a passion for music education.

I have been teaching professionally for 10 years at levels from beginner to Graduate student/working professional (I am a substitute teacher for saxophone legend, prof. Antonio Hart, at Aaron Copland School of Music, Queens College, NY, where I teach Jazz Improvisation classes). All levels and ages are welcome.

I have a specific teaching curriculum with an emphasis on developing a sincere relationship with the instrument and the music from the very start, with the goal of piano classes becoming more of a fun experience than a dreading classroom-like obligation. I am definitely also open to the students' own wishes regarding their repertoire and musical interests.

The unique quality I bring to my student's teaching experience is that I am also a working musician - I have been performing, recording, touring, producing, and band-leading internationally for 15 years now in a wide variety of musical genres, spawning from Jazz, to Latin Jazz, Flamenco, Balkan Music, and Neo Soul, and I try to bring all of that experience to the table and share as much as I can with my students, in hopes of inspiring them to follow their own musical quest with the same passion. I teach all genres of music and also specialize in audition and exam preparation (such as NYSSMA or ABRSM - students are consistently achieving stellar results).

I want my students to reach their full musical potential and have a wonderful time doing it, because - music is serious fun! :)

About Jan K.

I am an internationally recognized New York-based saxophonist, clarinetist, composer, arranger, bandleader, producer and educator.
I grew up in Slovenia, where I got my first (very thorough) formal training in both classical and jazz music.
I continued my studies at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague in The Netherlands, where I obtained my Bachelor's degree, followed by Graduate studies at the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College in New York, where I obtained my Master of Music degree in 2013, as one of the school's notable alumni.
In addition to performing and recording with some of today’s biggest names in instrumental music (Alex Sipiagin, Miguel Zenón, Antonio Hart, Alain Pérez, Jason Palmer, Fernando García, Mark Turner, Chris Potter, Linda Oh, Marko Djordjevic), and being active in a wide variety of musical genres (World Music, Traditional to Modern Jazz, Latin jazz, Flamenco, Neo-Soul), I perform my original music on a steady basis throughout the Tri-State Area and Europe, with past performances in Asia and the Caribbean, as the leader of my cross-cultural groups – the Jan K. Quartet and Jan K. & The Slavo Rican Assembly.
My most notable past performances include Carnegie Hall, United Nations Headquarters NYC (performance for International Jazz Day), Birdland Jazz Club, Teatro Latea, Blue Note Jazz Festival, DROM, and Brooklyn Museum in New York, Ljubljana Jazz Festival and Sax Go '19 festival in Europe, Afro Caribbean Percussionists festival in Puerto Rico, Jazz Paradise Festival in Cyprus, and Old Blue in South Korea.
Besides performing, I also have a sincere passion for music education, which led me to organizing two very well received international Summer schools of music in my home country.
I have been active as a private lessons instructor for saxophone, clarinet, piano, music theory, ear training, sight reading, and jazz improvisation classes in the New York City metro area for the last 7 years, with students consistently achieving great results at their NYSSMA and ABRSM exams. I am also proud to say I am currently active as a substitute teacher for the saxophone legend, prof. Antonio Hart, at my Alma mater, the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College, teaching Sight reading and Jazz improvisation classes at the Graduate level. However, I also have lots of experience and truly enjoy working with younger students, on either their afore mentioned NYSSMA and ABRSM exams, or just as a hobby - so all ages are welcome!

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Experience

Teaching artist/private lessons instructor
Sep 2016 - Present

Private Arts Center

Substitute teacher for Jazz Improvisation and Sight reading classes (Graduate degree level)
Oct 2014 - Present

Aaron Copland School of Music, Queens College

Teaching artist/private lessons instructor
Sep 2014 - Aug 2017

QM International Arts Center

Teaching artist/private lessons instructor
Sep 2013 - Aug 2017

Cadenza MS

Education

Master of Music Arts
Jan 2012 - Dec 2013

Aaron Copland School of Music, Queens College, New York, USA

Bachelor of Music
Oct 2006 - Feb 2011

Royal Conservatoire of The Hague, The Netherlands

Conservatory of Music
Sep 2003 - Jun 2006

Conservatory of Music and Ballet, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Serbo Croatian

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Slovene

Fluent / Native Proficiency

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