Kevin Ayres

Kevin A.

Jersey City, NJ
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I am a very dedicated educator with experience teaching private lessons since 2013. I graduated from Rutgers University with a duel degree in Music Education and French Horn Performance, and I am currently completing my Master of Music degree in French Horn Performance at New York University where I study with the acting Associate Principal Horn of the New York Philharmonic, Leelanee Sterrett.

I am currently the brass instructor at the lesson studio Music Forever in Edison, New Jersey. I also have experience working in various public schools including Readington Middle School, Holland Brook Elementary School, PS3 Charrette School, and Perth Amboy High School. In addition, I have coached chamber music through the Rutgers Extension Division.

As a performer, I have played in various orchestras, bands, and other various chamber groups. As a co-founder of Prime Winds, a woodwind quintet, and Quartado, a horn quartet, I understand the organizational skills it takes to network and manage an ensemble. I was also the winner of the NYU Concerto Competition, and I will be playing Anthony DiLorenzo's concerto "Phoenix" this coming October with the New York University Orchestra.

I strongly believe that student centered learning is essential for successful student growth. I adapt my lessons to specific student learning needs based on my assessment of their abilities and interests. It is important to me that my students learn in a way that is best for them, and that they are going over material that will help them reach their goals. In addition to teaching my students how to play with great technique and a beautiful sound, I teach them what it means to be a musician in the 21st century. It is important to me that my students can understand how to use what they are learning about in real life settings outside of the practice room. I push my students to be excellent musicians as well as life time learners.

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  • Background Checked
  • Awarded Presidential Scholarship from Rutgers University: Mason Gross School of the Arts
  • Teaches students 7 and up

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Vandana Aug 18, 2019
French Horn · In home

Kevin is a very passionate teacher who is dedicated to music with excellent teaching skills. He is being teaching my daughter for the past 1 year and I have seen my daughter progressed good at playing French Horn.
Kevin is very good in troubleshooting and explaining if the student is not able to play a music piece and is very patient while teaching.

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Patti Aug 9, 2019
French Horn · In home

Kevin is a really great French Horn teacher & musician! He also has helped me a lot with piano. I’ve been studying with Kevin for 3 years& I got first chair at my school because of him.

Deidre Aug 9, 2019
French Horn · In home

Kevin is an excellent teacher! My daughter Erica struggled in her band class, and she considered quitting. Once she started lessons however, she really progressed and now loves playing!


America Reads and Counts Tutor
Oct 2018 - Present

PS3 Charrette School

Assist 1st grade students with reading, writing, and math Teach weekly general music lessons

Brass and Piano Instructor
Jul 2018 - Present

Music Forever

Teach private lessons on horn, trumpet, trombone, and piano Instruct students from elementary, middle, and high school Prepare students for recitals and other live performances

Horn Faculty
Jun 2019 - Jun 2019

NYU Summer Institute for Woodwind Studies

Taught private horn lessons to prospective music majors Coached woodwind quintets

Music Teacher Long Term Sub
May 2019 - Jun 2019

Perth Amboy High School

Developed curriculum for classroom piano and AP music theory Created and assessed final exams

Sales Associate
Nov 2017 - Sep 2018

Sam Ash Music Store

Learned extensive details about each instrument, brand, and model to relay to the customers Organized, stocked, and took inventory of products Placed special orders of sheet music and instruments based on the needs of individual customers Restrung, cleaned, and tuned violins, violas, and cellos

Student Teacher
Jan 2018 - May 2018

Readington Middle School

Taught 6th, 7th, and 8th grade full band and group lessons Created and taught the curriculum for a 7th grade general music class Assisted with 6th, 7th, and 8th grade string classes Taught 6th grade beginning band class Assisted the after-school jazz band, pit orchestra, and pep band

Student Teacher
Jan 2018 - May 2018

Holland Brook School

Taught 4th and 5th grade group lessons Lead 4th and 5th grade full band classes

Private Horn Instructor
Sep 2017 - May 2018

Brunswickham Studio

Taught private horn lessons

Chamber Music Intern Coach
Oct 2017 - Apr 2018

Mason Gross Extension Division Chamber Music Program

Coached an adult piano cello and clarinet trio Organized and distributed scores and parts for each piece

Councilor and Horn Mentor
Jun 2015 - Jun 2017

Rutgers Symphonic Wind Band and Chamber Music Camp

Played in ensembles with the students and mentored them during rehearsals Coached a horn chamber groups Guided students around campus and ensured they made it to rehearsals and other activities on time and safely

Guest Presenter
Jan 2015 - Apr 2017

Brass Instrument Techniques Course

Taught undergraduate music education students how they can teach horn in a public-school setting Created a hand out with relevant information on equipment, method books, hand position, and other horn pedagogy for the students to reference


Master of Music in French Horn Performance
Sep 2018 - Present

New York University: Steinhardt

Bachelor of Music in Horn Performance and Music Education
Sep 2014 - May 2018

Rutgers University: Mason Gross School of the Arts



Fluent / Native Proficiency


Teaching License
Jun 2018

Rutgers University: Mason Gross School of the Arts

Certified to teach K-12 music in New Jersey Public Schools
Substitute Teacher Certification
May 2018

New Jersey Department of Education

Certified to substitute in public schools in New Jersey


Brass Concerto Competition
May 2019

NYU Steinhardt

Mason Gross Chamber Competition
Feb 2016

Mason Gross School of the Arts

Presidential Scholarship
Sep 2014

Rutgers University: Mason Gross School of the Arts


National Association for Music Education
Sep 2016
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.
International Horn Society
Sep 2015
Since 1970, The International Horn Society (IHS) has been an organization of people from around the world drawn together with a mutual interest in the horn. We are dedicated to the performance, teaching, composition, research, preservation, and promotion of the horn as a musical instrument.

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