- Levels Taught:
- Beginner, Intermediate
Max is a firm believer that a positive learning experience is achieved by creating an environment in which the strengths and differences of each student are celebrated and encouraged. All lessons are tailored to the individual student, according to their goals, musical tastes, and skill-level.
Instruments and skills taught: saxophone, flute, clarinet, jazz piano, music theory, composition, song writing, ear-training, electronic music production with Ableton Live.
Drawing from his wide experience as a performer in various genres, Max is able to teach a broad range of styles, from jazz, classical, to pop, electronic, and World Music.
After the first lesson, and an initial assessment of the student and their goals, Max will assign any necessary lesson materials, such as books or instrument supplies.
While we do not always find the time to practice, students that practice are proven to succeed more quickly in reaching their goals, and often have a more enjoyable time learning. Max strongly encourages following a practice schedule.
***THINGS YOU WILL LEARN***
We will always focus on the things you want to learn, but here are some of the concepts I often teach:
-Breathing and posture
-Warming up correctly
-Developing a good sound
-Scales (major, minor, pentatonic, blues)
-Jazz improvisation - playing chord changes
-Classical etudes and repertoire
-Playing by ear
- Teaches students:
- Ages 8+
- Teaching since:
Hi, my name is Max. I have been teaching for over 15 years, teaching a range of instruments from saxophone, clarinet, and flute, to jazz piano. I also teach music theory, ear training, song-writing, and electronic music production. I teach students of all ages and skill-levels and hold a Masters degree in jazz saxophone performance from Manhattan School of Music, where I am currently on faculty to teach Music Theory and Eartraining at the Precollege Division. I also direct the jazz band at Gill St. Bernard’s School in New Jersey.
I love helping students achieve their goals, and I think learning music should be something fun and enjoyable. I also believe every student learns in a different way and at a different pace. With this in mind, I tailor my lessons towards each individual student and help them set achievable goals, making sure they are having fun in the process.
Besides playing and teaching the saxophone, I also teach the clarinet, and flute, as well as music theory and electronic music production with Ableton Live. From my wide experience as a performing musician I can teach in a variety of genres, including jazz, classical, pop, and World Music.
I have been fortunate to have taught students all over the world, including Singapore, Africa, and the UK, many times performing along the way. I have led my own band for many years, with performances around the world, and with which I have recorded numerous albums, which can be found on Spotify and iTunes.
When I am not playing or teaching music I love to hang out with friends, be outdoors, and travel to places I have never been before.
I look forward to meeting you and helping you realize your goals in music.
The Manhattan School of Music Precollege is a prestigious extra-curricula program for talented and aspiring young musicians, that meet for a full day of classes on Saturdays.
Ages: Middle and High School
I direct the jazz band consisting of Middle and High School students. We perform a wide range of jazz repertoire with two performances per school year.
Gill St Bernard's School is a private school in Gladstone, New Jersey, with a strong academic as well as arts and music program.
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My first lesson was extremely productive. I am an adult student and hadn't played in many years and Max focused on techniques to help me with my weaknesses, and to quickly surpass the level of playing I was previously at. He is patient, encouraging and an excellent teacher.+ Read More
Max is a fantastic teacher! As a parent I would recommend him to anyone who is looking for a very experienced, kind, and fun teacher. Max is all of these things plus more. What I really like about him, besides that he is very knowledgable and amazingly talented, is that he always has a positive attitude! Lila loves to go to her lessons and she learned so much during her time with Max.+ Read More
Max is a fantastic teacher! He taught my 12-year old son James how to play saxophone from the very beginning. James had never played the sax before and after his first lesson he could already play a song. Max is passionate and inspires and motivates his students, and his lessons are well planned out. Besides being a great teacher, he is also an amazing saxophone player! I now also have my younger daughter learn to play clarinet with Max, and she also loves her lessons.+ Read More
Max is an excellent music producer, musician and teacher. With years of experiencing performing, producing and teaching, he is an excellent instructor and an inspiring mentor to develop your tracks and skills. Great methodology to teach, live vibe and lots of fun!+ Read More