Shawn Costantino

Shawn C.

Studio City, CA

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Shawn delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 12+ and special needs

Teaching since:
April 1997

My name is Shawn. I am a 38 year old professional teacher, performer, studio musician, writer, athlete, and mentor. I direct the music program at Harvard-Westlake School in Los Angeles, CA where I see 115 students on a daily basis and teach classes in winds, brass, percussion, jazz, songwriting, production, music theory, ear training, jazz improvisation, and most importantly, how to make your skills get you into college!. This is the start the start of my 10th year at Harvard-Westlake and I love it more every year. Additionally, I am the director of jazz studies at Occidental College in Eagle Rock, CA. We boast such alums as President Obama and Ben Affleck!
I have joined Take Lessons so that I can expand my horizons and offer my talents and skill to a broader student base in the Los Angeles area. Once I take you under my wing, I am your mentor. We will customize our lessons to your learning style and academic needs and we will aim for excellence!

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Director of Jazz Studies
Aug 2013 - Present
Occidental College

Director of Instrumental Music
Aug 2006 - Present
Harvard-Westlake School

Yamaha Sponsored Artist and Clinician
May 2004 - Present
Yamaha Cooperation

Professional Saxophonist and Woodwind Expert
May 2001 - Present

May 2012 - Jul 2013
San Jose Jazz Camp


MM Jazz Composition
Aug 2002 - Jun 2004
DePaul University
BMA Studio Music and Jazz, Double Major in Music Business
Aug 1997 - May 2001
University of Miami


Fluent / Native Proficiency


American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers
May 2010

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a membership association of more than 480,000 US composers, songwriters, lyricists and music publishers. The ASCAP is committed to nurturing music makers throughout their careers.

Jazz Education Network
Jan 2008

JEN was formed in 2008 to help bring together the jazz arts community. It hosts an annual conference with concerts presented by students and professionals, a student jazz festival, workshops, research presentations and an exhibition area with manufacturers, retailers, schools and other jazz related organizations. JEN also offers many educational programs, from an outreach program, to mentoring and scholarships.

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American Federation of Musicians
Jan 2006

A labor union representing professional musicians in the United States and Canada. Founding in 1896 as the successor to the "National League of Musicians," the AFM is the largest organization in the world representing the interests of professional musicians.

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Photos & Videos

Shawn N. Costantino

The HW jazz explorers covering Jazz Crimes by Joshua Redman.
This is the Harvard-Westlake advanced jazz band playing "I Can't Stop Loving You" with me, Shawn Costantino conducting.
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Jack S. Nov 3, 2015
Clarinet · In studio

Our almost 10 year old, Jack, is really enjoying this. Thank you so much!

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