Sarel River
Hewlett, NY
Sarel River

Sarel R.

Hewlett, NY
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About Sarel R.

My love affair with music began in his childhood home in Israel, surrounded by European classical music and opera. When the 1960’s pop revolution started to filter onto Israeli radio from England, Sarel became captivated with the simplicity and lyricism of the Beatles. In 1989 Sarel began his jazz education at Berklee College of Music, where he began an intensive collaboration with Jerry Bergonzi, who encouraged and honed Sarel’s improvisational skills. I began to step out professionally while still a student, soloing in concerts with The Boston Afro-American Artist Association Festival and at the Lawrence and Alma Berk Recital Hall. Sarel moved to Budapest in 1994, and found an emerging Eastern European city. In 1995, I began to teach, play sessions and write. One result of that experience is “Budapest in 95,” which appears on 2 In One. Sarel returned to Boston after a year and within months, he relocated to New York City, where he has become known on the scene for his commitment to performing his original compositions. I recorded Mr. Blue Eyes, Acoustic Sound, which features eight of my original compositions. Mr. Blue Eyes follows 1999’s 2 In One, characterized by the unique blend of My guitar and Matan’s flute.
I have Bachelor degree from Berklee Collage of Music And Master degree from The Five Towns College.
I have been teaching for the past 20 years beginners, advanced and intermediate student from classical guitar, jazz and improvisational music trough theoretical classes and ear training in my private studio.

*** Lesson Details ***
After 20 years of teaching I Realized That teaching is a form of art. The Challenge is to find a way to get the individual to express himself trough the music language. And since everybody is different, as a teacher, I have to find a different and exciting way to get to each student.
I teach beginners trough advance student all age are welcome. The lesson consist of tree part
• Developing technical ability
• Applying the musical language on the instrument
• Playing musical tunes and playing a lot of duet, that puts the student in a real
musical situation.

*** Studio Equipment ***
lessons in finished basement w/ music room; different entrance to music room

guitars (electric & acoustic), amplifiers, music stand, metronome, music, all equipment

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect that the student will have their own instrument

*** Specialties ***
I am a jazz musician, I teach Jazz, improvisation skills (all instruments) and Music theory


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Sarel is a great teacher. Patient and skilled.

Posted Feb 11, 2012

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