Justin Hernandez

Justin H.

Highlands, NJ
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Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Songwriting is one of the best ways to express yourself musically. You may have ready been writing your own songs or you have no idea where to start. Whatever the situation is, you'll learn from start to finish what to do and multiple ways to do it! Jazz, classical, Broadway, theatre, pop, rock etc. Sky's the limit!
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Justin teaches



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

Teaching since:
January 2002

Justin has been an in demand musician for well over a decade. He received his Bachelors Degree and Masters Degree from New Jersey City University. During his time in school, he studied with Bud Burridge (Currently playing on Broadway in the production of "If/Then with Idina Menzel), Saturday Night Live's Earl Gardner, Vincent Penzarella (Former NY Philharmonic Member),Joe Magnarelli, Richard Vitale, Grammy Nominee Pete McGuinness and Jazz Historian Bill Kirchner. Prior to studying music in college, Justin attended the Manhattan School of Music Prep Division, where he studied classical/jazz trumpet, theory, improvisation and ensemble performance. He had the opportunity to work with people such as Jeremy Manasia, Nathan Warner and Jacob Manricks. He has received numerous scholarships and played in the All-State Intercollegiate Jazz Ensemble several times. Justin was also a part of the New York Youth Symphony Jazz Band, playing lead and the solo chair. He has performed nationwide and has had the opportunity to perform in clubs such as Jazz at Lincoln Center, Blue Note, Birdland, Smoke, FatCat, Cleopatras Needle, Starland Ballroom, Highline Ballroom and Symphony Space. Justin has also toured with the International Vans Warped Tour all over the country and in parts of Canada. He has worked with people such as John Pattitucci, James Moody, Jimmy Heath, Randy Brecker, Charles McPherson, Arturo O'Farril, John Pizzarelli, Joe Lovano, Maria Schneider, Eddie Palmieri, Peter Erskine, Brian Lynch, Luis Bonilla, Jason Rigby, Joe Lovano, Dave Douglas, Joe Magnarelli, Pete Mcguinness and Mike Holober.

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Jazz/Trumpet Instructor
Jun 2014 - Sep 2014
The Modern Music Academy

Teaching kids of all ages and levels how to play trumpet and to have a deeper understanding of music theory, including jazz improvisation.

Brass Instructor
Mar 2008 - Apr 2009
Montclair Music Studio

Brass instructor to students ages 6-18. Instruments included trumpet, trombone, euphonium and tuba.

Brass/Visual Instructor
Jun 2006 - Nov 2008
Wayne Valley High School

Instructed student groups and individuals on musicality, instrument proficiency, technique and marching routines.

Administrative Assistant/Teaching Assistant/Counselor
Jun 2004 - Aug 2008
New York Summer Music Festival

Responsible for scheduling events, editing concert programs, payroll disbursement, CD sales during artist performances and liaising with guest artists.
Taught various small jazz ensembles and private brass and theory lessons.
Responsible for interacting with campers, managing their class schedules and troubleshooting any musical or personal issues experienced during their camp stay.

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Master of Music
Sep 2010 - May 2014
New Jersey City University
Bachelor of Music
Sep 2004 - May 2010
New Jersey City University


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Music Scholarships
Sep 2008
New Jersey City University


National Association for Music Education
Jan 2008

Founded in 1907, NAfME is among the world’s largest arts education organizations. NAfME advocates at the local, state, and national levels; provides resources for teachers, parents, and administrators; hosts professional development events; and offers a variety of opportunities for students and teachers.

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Photos & Videos

Photo from famous jazz magazine "Downbeat".

Playing at Trumpets Jazz Club in Montclair, NJ with the Ron Aprea Big Band. The band is there every last Sunday of the month.

Photo by Justin H.

Photo by Justin H.

New Jersey City University Gala Concert.

Photo by Justin H.

Trumpets Jazz Club with Ron Aprea’s Count Basie Tribute Big Band.

My dog, Rudder, trying to figure out where the sound’s coming from!

Justin Hernandez


2 Reviews

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Christian D. Dec 29, 2014
Jazz Improvisation · In home

I attended Graduate Studies with Justin and have played numerous shows with Justin. He is a high caliber player and his demeanor is always professional. He is enthusiastic to share his knowledge and would make a great teacher.

Rob R. Jul 14, 2014
Trumpet · In home

Justin showed my 10 year old son how to play the trumpet and did a great job. He was patient, made my son feel comfortable and was able to help him get a better sound by the end of the very first lesson. Jalen does not give high praise easily so we were impressed that he enjoyed learning from him. My mother listened in on some of the lessons and she also said Justin did a great job - friendly personality and great tips on how to play. We highly recommend him.

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