Robbie Harvey

Robbie H.

Bloomfield, NJ

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About

Robbie delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 10+ and special needs

Teaching since:
2006

In teaching it is necessary to be open to considering alternative approaches in reaching each student. What works for one student may not work for the next. It is largely a matter of trial and error; finding metaphors, demonstrating, and small exercises designed to isolate difficulties down to manageable pieces. Many teachers consciously or unconsciously rely on using the same methods and approaches they were taught with, for better or worse. Though this may be a useful pedagogical tactic it is also beneficial to explore new territories. I have learned as much from my students as they have from me

Experience

Adjunct Professor of Saxophone
Jan 2016 - Present
Washburn University

Private Instruction
Jan 2006 - Present
Myself

Lessons, Theory Tutoring, Arranging

Graduate Teaching Assistant
Aug 2013 - May 2016
University of Kansas

Lecturer/Guest Artist
Jan 2016 - Jan 2016
Oklahoma State University

Sabbatical Replacement
Aug 2015 - Dec 2015
University of Kansas

Bernadette Peters Ensemble - Reed 1
Mar 2015 - Mar 2015
Lied Center for Performing Arts

Master Class Given
Mar 2015 - Mar 2015
South Dakota State University

Lecturer/Guest Artist
Jan 2015 - Jan 2015
Oklahoma State University

Clinician
Mar 2012 - Mar 2012
NJ Music Educators Association - Conference

Education

Doctor of Musical Arts in Performance
Aug 2013 - Present
University of Kansas
Master of Music in Performance
Aug 2011 - May 2013
Mannes College: The New School for Music
Bachelor of Music in Education
Jan 2006 - May 2011
Montclair State University

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency

Awards

Concerto Competition Runner-up
Oct 2014
University of Kansas
Honors in Performance - Saxophone Quartet
Dec 2013
University of Kansas
Honors in Performance - Solo
Dec 2013
University of Kansas
Student Fellowship - Virginia Tech Band Directors Institute
Apr 2010
Virginia Tech - School of Performing Arts
Concerto Competition Winner
Apr 2009
Montclair State University - John J. Cali School of Music

Affiliations

North American Saxophone Alliance
Jan 2014

The North American Saxophone Alliance is an organization made up of individuals who share a common interest in the saxophone. Members include professional performers, university professors, public school teachers, students of all levels, and others who have an interest in the saxophone. In addition to the Alliance's emphasis on disseminating information concerning the saxophone, the organization also works to provide opportunities for its members to make music, fostering fellowship among saxophone enthusiasts of all ages and backgrounds.

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New Jersey Music Educators Association
Jan 2006

The mission of the New Jersey Music Educators Association is the advancement of music instruction in New Jersey's educational institutions at all levels that provide in-service and enrichment opportunities for practicing and retired teachers and prospective music educators, as well as sponsoring various festivals and all-state performing groups for K-12 students.

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Photos & Videos

Performing Ibert's Concertino da Camera with the MSU Symphony Orchestra

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Bass Saxophone Duets!!

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The Bernadette Peters Ensemble
Me (top right) being introduced by Bernadette Peters (middle)

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12 Reviews

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Ellis Jul 22, 2016
Saxophone · In studio

When I took a lesson with Robbie Harvey, he was able to evaluate and explain, in a clear and precise manner, what I was doing incorrectly and how to fix it. We worked on sound production and how to form/enhance the embouchure. After the lesson, I immediately had a bigger and more focused sound and was given the knowledge of how to work on these things on my own.

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Aaron Jul 21, 2016
Saxophone · In studio

Robbie is great teacher and a fantastic saxophonist. Having already experienced a number of years of private saxophone instruction, these lessons were the most useful. His explanations were concise, and objectives were clear. His ability to explain pedagogy and performance practice was nothing short of impressive, and his lessons were a rare experience where someone could answer 100% of my questions with the same precision that I would hope to give if I were an instructor. Beginner or advanced, I think everyone would benefit from his instruction.

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Andre Jul 20, 2016
Saxophone · In studio

Fantastic instructor! Aside from becoming a much better saxophone player, I learned to be a better musician in general. Robbie is wise far beyond his years and I strongly recommend him to any saxophone player wanting to take his/her skills to the next level.

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Jenny Jul 20, 2016
Saxophone · In studio

Robbie was super chill and also was really good at adjusting to my pace. I've had lessons where I felt like an idiot when something wasn't mastered by the next lesson but Robbie was extremely patient and was understanding. My sound did a 180 from only a semester of lessons and I still keep up with a lot of the techniques I've learned.

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Annie Jul 19, 2016
Saxophone · In studio

Robbie is very knowledgeable about saxophone technique and music in general. His teaching is engaging and clear. He is patient but holds his students to high standards. He helped me build confidence in my playing by being positive and supportive. I would recommend him to anyone!

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Adam Jul 19, 2016
Saxophone · In studio

Robbie may not be as seasoned as older instructors, but his youth and point of view makes a fresh, unique learning environment. I had been taking private lessons for four years before I started studying with him, and it wasn't until then that everything my other instructors taught me really started to come together. His fresh perspective shed new light onto problems I had been having for years, and with his guidence I was able to get back on track. I only got the pleasure to study with him for a semester, but during that time my technique, understanding, and confidence took leaps and bounds like it never had before. My outlook on the saxophone was completely transformed and I couldn't be happier with the kind of player that he has turned me into. Robbie is definitely an elite. I wouldn't hesitate at the oportunity to study with him again.

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Allyson Jul 19, 2016
Saxophone · In studio

Robbie is truly a great teacher. He really puts all of his effort to make sure you are the best musician you can be. He makes sure to take his time with you, and gives you the best opportunities as a student.

Lingxiao Jul 19, 2016
Saxophone · In studio

I took some saxophone lessons with him. He knows how to help students to get improvement. I have to say that he is one of the best saxophone instructors I have ever studied with.

Noah Jul 19, 2016
Saxophone · In studio

My lessons with rob was a new, refreshing experience. Before, I only knew two kinds of musicians; other students who are just starting, and teachers who have many many years in the business. However, Rob was a student and teacher, both learning new things and teaching them back to us. And although conversations may go longer than some time playing, his words mattered and his teachings truly worked for me.

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Chris Jul 19, 2016
Saxophone · In studio

Fantastic instructor! I got to take lessons for a semester at KU and it really helped my saxophone tone quality and musicality a lot! Very knowledgeable of standard techniques as well as many helpful tips and tricks. Dependable and always available to answer questions. I'm an advanced player so it's nice to find a great performer and instructor to help me play at an even higher level. Highly recommend!

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Bennett Jul 19, 2016
Saxophone · In studio

Helpful, knowledgable, and kind.

Nadia Jul 19, 2016
Music Theory · Online

Robbie really knows his information and always finds a way to make me understand...even if it means explaining one topic three different ways. Very helpful and fun lessons. Definitely highly recommend Robbie!!

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