Niall Bakkestad-Legare

Niall B.

New York, NY

Lesson Details


Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
I advocate for a well-rounded approach to learning an instrument. My lessons focus on the development of instrumental technique, general musicianship, compositional ability and creative thinking.
My main goal is to create an enjoyable and rewarding learning environment for students of all ages and abilities. I believe in steady progress, and I help the student map out short and long-term goals when developing a personalized lesson plan.
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Niall delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+

Teaching since:

Niall is a New York based saxophonist, composer and bandleader. Originally from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, Niall has performed at several NYC jazz clubs including Smalls, Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, The 55 Bar and The Shapeshifter Lounge. He has performed with artists such as the Jimmy Greene Big Band, the Curtis Nowosad trio, the Seth Weaver Big Band, the Niko Seibold Big Band, Vinyl Live, and the multi-Grammy nominated Manhattan School of Music Afro-Cuban Big Band.

Niall has toured throughout Canada, performing at many high-profile festivals including the Ottawa, Montreal, and Winnipeg International Jazz Festival. He has performed with international recording artists including multi-Grammy nominated reggae artist Luciano and Juno-nominated indie-pop band Royal Canoe.

The winner of numerous scholarships and awards, Niall holds a Master in Music from the Manhattan School of Music and a Bachelor in Jazz Performance from the University of Manitoba. He participated in the Ottawa Jazz Festival Youth Summit (2013) and the Banff International Workshop (2012).

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Master of Music
Sep 2015 - May 2017
The Manhattan School of Music
Bachelor of Music
Sep 2009 - May 2013
University of Manitoba


Fluent / Native Proficiency
Professional Proficiency

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