Tristan Cooley

Tristan C.

Brooklyn, NY

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Tristan delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:
July 2012

-BFA in Performance from The Newschool for Jazz and Contemporary Music, 2011.
-Private Teacher BnB Music
-Freelance jazz/classical woodwind player (NYC,DC, and Chicago)

Hi! Thanks for visiting my page. Before anthing else, music should be fun. If you want to learn and get better at playing, listening, and experiencing music in your daily life, then it would be my privilege to help you do that. I grew up in a musical household, thankfully, and I have come to appreciate and value my upbringing more and more as I've gotten older. I see my teaching as a way to share the joy of music making that I have been fortunate enough to engage with since I was a kid.
I do my very best to give my students the kind of information that ignites them to practice and discover things on their own. I want to empower my students through music and find new ways grow and learn with them. Let's get started.


*** Lesson Details ***

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*** Studio Equipment ***
Sheet Music

*** Travel Equipment ***
I'll provide copies of the music we're working on, a stand if need be, metronome, tuner, and possibly would rent an instrument with appropriate contracting.

*** Specialties ***
FLUTE: I specialize in concert band flute, orchestral excerpts, classical/baroque flute, and jazz/improvising. While in music school I studied and played professionally in a brazilian choro ensemble and am very well versed in latin flute music and its practice/application as well.

SAXOPHONE: Alto or Tenor. Jazz/Improvising. Jazz etudes and duets. Classical etudes and duets.

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Writing Tutor
Jan 2016 - Present
Brooklyn College Learning Center

Helping students of al levels improve their writing. From undergraduate to graduate research, to psychology thesis papers, to personal statements, to application essays; clear writing is clear thinking.

Woodwind/Piano Teacher
Aug 2013 - May 2014
BnB Music Lessons

I maintained a weekly roster of 12-15 students through BnB Music Lessons. I drove to their houses and taught either 30,45, or 60 min lessons. I taught flute, saxophone, clarinet and piano. The majority of my students were kids, ages ranging from 6-15.


MA English Literature
Aug 2016 - Present
Brooklyn College
BA English Literature
Aug 2014 - May 2016
Brooklyn College
BFA Music Performance
Aug 2007 - May 2011
The Newschool University


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Bachelor of Fine Arts
May 2011
The Newschool University


Keeter Betts Jazz Scholarship
Mar 2007
Keeter Betts Foundation

Photos & Videos

Senior Recital performance of Bud Powell's "Celia"
Photo by Tristan C.

Photo by Tristan C.

Photo by Tristan C.

Photo by Tristan C.

Photo by Tristan C.


5 Reviews

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Molly T. Jan 14, 2014
Saxophone ·

Tristan is an excellent teacher

Tristan is an unusual combination of an excellent musician and wonderful teacher. He has been teaching my 15 year old son the saxophone for the past 6 months and is always on time, very enthusiastic, well organized and supportive. I can't recommend him enough.

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Amy A. Jan 13, 2014
Flute ·

Natural teacher, great rapport

Tristan has been teaching my daughter flute for four months, and she has learned a lot more than she previously knew, even though she had a private flute teacher for the past 6 years. Tristan has a way of giving constructive instruction in such a positive way, my sensitive daughter never feels like it is criticism but rather encouragement. Because she is already a fairly skilled flautist they can dive right into working on music and refining technique, and Tristan brings her a variety of interesting and challenging pieces to work on. Because he is a flautist too they can play together, which inspires her to improve to keep pace with him. He explains things so clearly that she easily gets the point. He is a talented musician and a natural teacher, and has a great rapport with kids & teens. My daughter really enjoys her weekly lessons.

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Mike Z. Jan 12, 2014
Piano ·

Gets kids, keeps it interesting

Tristan is teaching my 10 yr old piano and my 12 year old saxophone. He comes to our house and has been totally reliable. He very quickly had a good read on each of them and pushes them appropriately hard while varying things up enough to keep things interesting and fun. We've been very pleased.

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Melanie S. Jan 10, 2014
Flute ·

Great with kids

Tristan has been giving my 11 year old lesson for about six months. He is very patient and does a great job explaining musical concepts. My son looks forward to his weekly lessons

stephanie S. Jan 10, 2014
Saxophone ·

Really enjoy having Tristan teach my child

Tristan has been working with my 6th grade son this year. They share a great rapport. He seems to to really be able to relate to kids well. He is very reliable. Always on time, and responds very quickly to any email or phone call I send. I love hearing them practice, doing some duets, and hearing the new music Tristan comes up with along with the music my son picks.
I am very happy to have Tristan teaching sax!

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