Max Schwimmer
West Hartford, CT
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Max Schwimmer

Max S.

West Hartford, CT
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
Piano lessons

About Max S.

While other instructors teach multiple instruments, my specialized knowledge of saxophone can get you farther, faster. I help students make quick and efficient progress in developing a strong sound concept, learning saxophone-specific techniques, making appropriate repertoire choices, setting smart goals, and getting access to opportunities outside of lessons.

As a music educator, I've worked 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. 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.


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.


ONLINE LESSONS

Please make sure you have high-speed internet to support video calls. Generally 100mpbs is adequate when paired with a modern router/modem. Most internet service providers offer this speed as a second-tier option, so you may need to upgrade.

I also strongly recommend purchasing the following tech accessories for the best online lesson experience. You can invest in these items for a total of under $100, and they will serve you in all virtual learning, meetings, etc.
1. External USB Microphone with Headphone Output
2. Over-Ear Wired Headphones
3. External USB Webcam


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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Kym
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I've played the sax intermittently over the years. Now that my kids are older, I decided to take lessons. I'm so thankful for finding Max. He builds on my strengths and helps me fill in the gaps in my playing. I'm having fun and becoming a better player. I notice an improvement every lesson.

Posted Oct 1, 2020
Luis Acuna
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Glad we reached out to Max. His practical approach to teaching the instrument to my 11-year old boy, who is just starting middle school, was effective. Max made it engaging and fun for my son. Thank you Max.

Posted Sep 8, 2020
Gene
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Max can teach an old dog new tricks. As an experienced amateur I have accrued a lot of bad playing habits. Max has been patient, supportive and creative in helping me overcome these. After a lesson I look forward to practicing and playing.

Posted Jul 27, 2020
Cameron
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Max is a fantastic teacher and I've felt myself greatly improve over the past few months. He helped me feel confident with my college auditions.

Posted Jul 24, 2020
Jim G.
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Posted Jul 22, 2020
Lisa
Profile-location-online Online

I am a band director in CT and have recommended Max to students for private lessons. In communicating with him about the lessons, it is clear he has a thorough and thoughtful approach tailored to each students' needs. Max provides crucial technical skills and helps guide students to enjoy themselves and make music.

Posted Jul 22, 2020
Dimuth
Profile-location-online Online

I was apprehensive at first about doing online music lessons, but I've been very happy doing lessons with Max. He knows a lot about the saxophone - I've learned as much just discussing elements of the instrument with him as through the practical stuff. He responds promptly to any questions you may have even outside of lessons, and is accommodating scheduling-wise.

Posted Jul 22, 2020
Joe U.
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Posted Jul 13, 2020
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.
Profile-location-home Student's Home

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 Instructor
Mar 2016 - Present

Music and Arts East Hartford

Private instructor.

Instructor of Saxophone
Mar 2016 - May 2018

Manchester Community College

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

Saxophone Faculty
Jun 2017 - Aug 2017

Camp Encore / Coda

Private lessons instructor and jazz ensemble coach.

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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