Max Schwimmer
West Hartford, CT
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Max S.

West Hartford, CT
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Beginner, Intermediate
Piano lessons

About Max S.

In my experience working with over 2,500 students in one-on-one lessons, educational workshops, and outreach concerts, I've learned how to help students of all backgrounds achieve their goals and find joy in music. I love working with students on their journeys of musical discovery! My lessons focus on developing technique, practice strategies, a good sound, aural skills, music theory knowledge, and stylistic fluency.

My private students have placed into selective programs including the Greater Hartford Youth Wind Ensemble at The Hartt School, the Connecticut Music Educators Association All-State Band, and Interlochen Arts Camp. I teach saxophone at Music and Arts East Hartford and have taught at Manchester Community College, South Windsor High School, and Camp Encore / Coda. I believe students of all ages can find enjoyment and success in music.

You'll benefit from my years of experience as a professional performing musician. From 2012-2016 I toured with the Asylum Quartet, an award-winning ensemble acclaimed for virtuosity, creativity, and innovation. I am an Arts Provider for Hartford Performs with the Foundry Quartet and an active freelance performer. I have appeared with the Juilliard Orchestra, the U.S. Coast Guard Band, and International Opera Theater, and have performed throughout the US as well as Italy and Ukraine. I hold a Master's in Music from The Hartt School and a Bachelor of Music summa cum laude from Arizona State University (ASU).

Though I specialize in saxophone, I also love teaching beginning and intermediate piano.

If you are outside my travel radius, I may be able to accommodate you for an additional travel fee - please contact me!


LESSON MATERIALS

Saxophone students must have an instrument in good repair and required accessories (reeds, mouthpiece, etc.). Piano students must have access to a tuned piano or an electric keyboard with touch-sensitive, weighted keys. I am happy to recommend instrument and accessory brands; please check with me before a major purchase. Quality, working equipment is critical to students’ success.

I periodically request that students purchase books and other lesson materials.

If you are planning to buy a saxophone, piano/keyboard, or mouthpiece, please consult with me first. Having good-quality instrument/accessories will help you achieve your success. There are a number of cheap products that are easy to find and purchase, but they are often of poor quality. I can recommend options for your first purchase that may be more expensive, but will help you succeed in the long term.


IN-HOME LESSONS

For in-home lessons, please set aside a quiet, clean, well-lit space. The space must be free from distractions by pets, family members, friends, TV, phones, etc. Any doors to the lesson space should be open or transparent and for students under 18, an adult must be at home throughout the lesson.

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Guy D.
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Just finishing up my first 10 sessions with Max for my 12 year old. He loves him and has asked me to add more lessons! Very Happy with Max. He is patient, cool and always on time.

Guy

Posted May 9, 2019
Karen R.
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I think Max was very perceptive regarding my skill level and some basics that I need to learn.

Posted Oct 24, 2018
lucca M.
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great intro session- Max seems like a good fit for our 7 year old son.

Posted Mar 8, 2018
Eric
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I am a local band director and have sent several students over to Max. From absolute beginners to your lead player Max tailors an approach that works for each individual. My students love studying with him!

Posted Jun 10, 2016
Ben R.
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My son gave Max 10 out of 10. He absolutely loved his flexible approach. Thank you Max!!

Posted Jan 12, 2016
Lathan A.
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Wonderful, engaging and clear. My six year old loved his first lesson and is looking forward to the next one.

Posted Sep 20, 2015
Ify L.
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My first experience learning the saxophone was really great!! Max is a great teacher. He was patient with me. And he took it bit by bit for me to follow easily. I definitely want to continue with him. I look forward to my second lesson with him.

Posted Aug 19, 2015

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Experience

Saxophone Faculty
Jun 2017 - Present

Camp Encore / Coda

Private lessons instructor and jazz ensemble coach.

Instructor of Saxophone
Mar 2016 - Present

Manchester Community College

Instructor for Saxophone Workshop and Saxophone Ensemble courses in Continuing Education Programs.

Saxophone Instructor
Mar 2016 - Present

Music and Arts East Hartford

Private instructor.

Tenor saxophonist
Sep 2013 - Aug 2016

Asylum Quartet

The Asylum Quartet is a saxophone ensemble praised for innovation, creativity, and excellence.

Education

Master of Music, Saxophone Performance
Aug 2011 - May 2013

The Hartt School at the University of Hartford

Bachelor of Music, Saxophone Performance
Aug 2009 - May 2013

Arizona State University

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Awards

Grand Prize
Mar 2014

International chamber music ensemble competition

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