Matt La Von

Matt L.

Brooklyn, NY

About Matt L.

Background check: Last verified 10/30/2016
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Matt teaches: Ages 7 and up
Teaching since: February 2001
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Overview

Hello!

Thanks for choosing me as you private music instructor. I’ve enjoyed teaching music since 2001 and being a Takelessons teacher since 2008. I specialize in teaching beginner to advanced saxophone, beginner to intermediate clarinet, beginner flute, and beginner to advanced jazz improvisation. I welcome all ages and believe that it is never too late to pick up an instrument, even if you’ve had no prior experience in music. Specifically when it comes to beginners, I am able to provide virtually everything that you need to get started, including brand new and lightly used student model instruments that I have for sale at very reasonable prices.

I have been teaching and playing music professionally for almost 20 years and began studying music and playing the saxophone at age 11. I currently live and work in New York City after moving here from Philadelphia in early 2001, after graduating from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia in 1999 with a Bachelors in Music.

Throughout my musical career I have performed and worked in a variety of capacities including as a composer and recording studio engineer. My main area of expertise is performing as a jazz saxophonist on alto, tenor, and soprano saxophones, and I regularly play throughout New York City in restaurants, jazz clubs, and other music venues.

As a private music teacher, I place an emphasis on giving the student an in depth understanding of his or her instrument, and I place the utmost importance on explaining advanced concepts in the simplest of terms in order to insure that the student fully comprehends the objectives of each lesson. Such concepts that I cover regularly are sight-reading, ear-training, and creativity.

As a regularly performing musician in New York City, I can be seen every Sunday night at Ba'sik (a very popular bar in Williamsburg Brooklyn) where I lead an open jazz jam session. A few of my adult students have even been able to reach a level in jazz improvisation that they've been able to come out and sit in with the band.

In addition to teaching woodwind instruments and jazz improvisation, I also have experience teaching Sibelius music writing software, and audio engineering with Pro-tools LE and Logic Pro.


PLEASE NOTE: Because the NYC area is very different geographically from other parts of the country, especially in terms of transportation, I may appear outside of your area in terms of where I am available to travel. If you are very interested in taking lessons with me, but you are outside of my travel zone, please feel free to follow up with a Takelessons counselor and have them contact me personally to see if we might make an exception. I am available to travel to virtually all areas of Queens, Brooklyn, and Manhattan as well as Jersey City and Hoboken. if my location in Williamsburg Brooklyn is not convenient for you, and you are unable to have lessons in your home, then there is also an option where I can most likely find a very affordable teaching studio in an area that is more convenient for you that we may rent by the hour and split the cost for your lesson.


*** Lesson Details ***
Any student, regardless of age or experience level, learns best when engaged in an activity that he or she understands and enjoys. Part of my success as a teacher can be attributed to my willingness to take into account every student's particular musical interests and strengths, and attempt to teach directly to those areas. For instance, in the initial stages of developing a student and teacher relationship, I like to request that the student compile a "wish list" of approximately ten pieces of music that he or she would like to be able to play. This list may include pieces in such genres as classical, jazz, and popular music, just to name a few. It is through this list that the student can begin almost immediately learning exactly what he or she likes, and by default, I can then teach the student all of the technical components needed to perform on his or her instrument, as well as determine the specific areas where the student needs to receive more focused instruction. More importantly, this "thinking outside of the box," customized approach provides a fun atmosphere and enables the student to enjoy learning the art of playing music by not being solely dependent on instructional booklets which many students, regardless of age and experience, find boring and tedious.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Additional saxophones for students who do not currently have a saxophone to use during a lesson. Recording equipment, including software and microphones. Mac book pro with music writing and recording software. Full 88 key keyboard.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Additional saxophones. Macbook pro with recording and music writing software

*** Specialties ***
music, music theory, home recording, saxophone, clarinet, flute,
all styles

Photos and Videos

This was a short clip that I did for a special event company that I work for. This is out of the standard jazz repertoire and features a little bit of improvisation.

Education

Bachelor of Music Performance

Sep 1995 - May 1999
The University of the Arts in Philadelphia
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40 Reviews on Matt L.

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Janice C. Aug 5, 2016
Clarinet · In home
Verified Student
Thank you for last two months clarinet lesson for Dorothy! He was very patient with my niece and focuses on the part that she is not familiar or good at. It was good experience for her to learn new songs with Matt and got some confidence through the lesson!
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Louisa B. Aug 2, 2016
Saxophone · In studio
Verified Student
Matt's awesome- I love our lessons. I'm learning so much and he pushes me! After several years not playing, it's been amazing to get back into it.
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Mendel May 31, 2016
Flute · In home
Verified Student
Wonderful teacher and very patient
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Jeffrey D. Feb 5, 2016
Clarinet · In home
Verified Student
Matt was great teaching me about rhythm. He was patient with me as I struggled getting the song right.
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Aaron A. Jan 30, 2016
Saxophone · In studio
Verified Student
Very comfortable space to learn, great tutor, it was quick and practical, but most importantly efficient. And also fun. 👍
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Aliza A. Jan 3, 2016
Flute · In studio
Verified Student
Matt did a good job for our first lesson. We are definitely looking forward to meeting with him for the second lesson
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Julian M. Dec 29, 2015
Saxophone · In studio
Verified Student
Great teacher. Very good at analyzing skill level and accommodating the student. Definitely recommend!
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Stephen T. Oct 14, 2015
Flute · In home
Verified Student
Matt has been wonderful at tailoring or lessons to the appropriate level in both the flute and the clarinet. Great teacher and great guy.
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Burak U. Sep 30, 2015
Saxophone · In studio
Verified Student
He was very helpful
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Marisol R. Sep 18, 2015
Saxophone · In studio
Verified Student
There's a difference between knowing how to play and knowing how to teach and Matt is fluent in both. I have given up on the Sax a couple times before due to lack of affordable and qualified teachers so I'm very glad I finally found a teacher who's very patient and kind like Matt 5 stars all the way!
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