Kalia Vandever

Kalia V.

Brooklyn, NY

Lesson Details


Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Hello! I'm a Juilliard Bachelor's of Music Graduate and I've worked with all kinds of Jazz, Hip-Hop, and Pop artists, including Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Herbie Hancock, Demi Lovato, and Lizzo. I've worked as a private instructor for 5 years and have taught all ages! I have a considerable amount of performance and education experience in all genres of music and I'm ready to pass on my knowledge!!
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Kalia teaches



Kalia delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Females 5+, males 7 to 40 and special needs

Teaching since:

Hi! My name is Kalia and I graduated from the Juilliard School's Jazz Studies Program! I've a very experienced performer and educator, having performed at notable venues in NYC including Jazz at Lincoln Center and the Blue Note, as well as performed on television shows such as Saturday Night Live with Demi Lovato and Samantha Bee's show with Lizzo! I've worked with all ages and recently traveled to Bolivia to teach kids in the youth orchestra of Santa Cruz de la Sierra! I'm ready to share my knowledge with you and help you become the incredible trombonist you can be!


Academy Assistant and Private Instructor
Oct 2016 - Present
Jazz at Lincoln Center's Middle School Jazz Academy

Teaching Fellow
Sep 2015 - May 2016
Juilliard's Music Advancement Program

Teaching Artists Intern
Jun 2014 - Aug 2014
Young Musicians Foundation

Teaching Artist
Oct 2012 - May 2013
Thelonious Monk Institute's Peer-to-Peer Program


Jazz Studies - Bachelor's of Music
Sep 2013 - May 2017
The Juilliard School
Sep 2009 - Jun 2013
Los Angeles County High School of the Arts


Fluent / Native Proficiency

Photos & Videos

Playing with Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra!
Playing with Demi Lovato on SNL!
Photo by Kalia V.


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Adrian Aug 28, 2017
Trombone · In home

Working with Kalia was a wonderful experience. Given her education and experience, she certainly knows her stuff, but what impressed me just as much, or maybe even a little more given her pedigree, was her kindness and patience. I was a tad intimidated as a beginning student working with someone so accomplished, but she was recommended by a mutual friend and would come to my home so I gave her a try. She made me feel comfortable from the beginning, but is also not afraid to challenge me. I highly recommend Kalia.

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