Joey D'Urso

Joey D.

Arlington, VA

Lesson Details

Saxophone

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
I've got 20+ years of experience playing alto and tenor sax, both classical in the New York State all-state band and jazz in various ensembles on Long Island. Most of my teaching experience is with elementary to middle school-aged kids, though I have given lessons to adult learners in the past; my teaching methods vary based on student age, but no matter how many years you've been on this Earth, I'll still make the learning process engaging, enjoyable and efficient. Before you know it, you or your kid will be slaying it on the ax!
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Joey delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+

Teaching since:
2007

I am an ex-New Yorker living in the DMV area who still hasn't lost his accent. I've played sax since childhood all the way through university, and studied under professional saxophonists and touring musicians. My official academic background is in foreign language, but music has always been a passion of mine, and I'd like to think that I've passed on that eagerness to learn to my sax and language students.

I've been giving informal private lessons to elementary through middle school-aged kids since 2007 if memory serves me. I've worked with some high schoolers and adult learners, just not as many; I'm perfectly comfortable teaching both. I tailor my lessons to the student based not just on age or skill level, but on personality - I distinctly remember what it was like to be forced to play styles of music that I had no interest in, and wouldn't want to do the same to one of my students! If you like classical, we'll play classical; if you prefer jazz, then jazz it'll be! And if you like both, then more power to you!

I can't wait to meet you and help you achieve your learning goals! We'll make you a regular Charlie Parker in no time.

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Experience

Private Sax Teacher
Aug 2007 - Present
Self-Employed

Teaching Assistant
Aug 2009 - May 2011
Department of Classical & Near Eastern Studies

Upper-Level Arabic Tutor
Aug 2008 - May 2011
Binghamton University

Education

Masters of Public Health
Jan 2017 - Present
The George Washington University
Arabic Language & Literature
Aug 2007 - May 2011
Binghamton University

Languages

Arabic
Professional Proficiency
English
Fluent / Native Proficiency
Italian
Professional Proficiency

Certifications

TESOL Expert Certification
Nov 2011
American TESOL Institute

Certified to teach child and adult learners of English as a second language.

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Beth Apr 10, 2019
Saxophone · In home

I'm an adult learner with no musical background and I wanted to learn to read music. I met Joey by chance (not through this site) and started getting private lessons from him at home. Music notation never made sense to me until he started to explain how math-based it is (simple math) and that was kind of an eye opener. He is outgoing and patient and clearly loves helping others.

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Sara Apr 8, 2019
Saxophone · In home

I've known Joe for a long time and he got my 5-year old son started with music. He's too young to play saxophone obviously but I wanted to get him interested in music in general and to have fun with it. Joe taught him some very basic stuff on a kid's digital piano and now my son can't get enough. Hopefully this will keep him interested in music all the way to high school!

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