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Max S.

West Hartford, CT

About Max

I am a performing musician who is passionate about helping students achieve their goals.

I currently perform over fifty concerts a year with the Asylum Quartet, an award-winning ensemble acclaimed for virtuosity, creativity, and innovation. I have also performed with the Juilliard Orchestra, the U.S. Coast Guard Band, and International Opera Theater. As tenor saxophonist in the Ineo Quartet, I received honors in the J.C. Arriaga, Music Teachers National Association (MTNA), and North American Saxophone Alliance (NASA) chamber music competitions. I hold a Master's in Music from The Hartt Sc
hool and a Bachelor of Music summa cum laude from Arizona State University (ASU).

I have eight years of private teaching experience. Additionally, I completed a ten-week private teaching mentorship at the Hartt Community Division with saxophone instructor Sheri Brown.

Though I specialize in saxophone, I also love teaching beginning and intermediate piano.

*** Lesson Details ***
I strive to make lessons fun, challenging, and inspiring. I love teaching students of all levels.

Here is my teaching philosophy in more detail:

Why learn music? Music shares many the benefits of other subjects. Learning an instrument teaches multi-level techniques of problem solving, responsibility, teamwork, literacy, and self-expression. But unlike any other subject, music unites three domains of learning: psychomotor (physical motion), cognitive (analytical thought), and aesthetic (assessment of artistic beauty). Music is a mode of self-expression shared by all cultures - this powerful universality suggests that music should be part of a well-rounded education. At its most basic, music requires us to learn to listen. The process of listening and learning from others is fundamental to human civilization, and music helps us develop listening skills to their full potential.

Why learn the saxophone? Invented in 1856, the saxophone is a relatively young instrument. Yet in its short history, the saxophone has rocketed to immense popularity. The saxophone plays well with others - in jazz combos and big bands, concert bands, saxophone quartets, and reed quintets - and projects effortlessly as a solo instrument. A hybrid between woodwind and brass instruments, the instrument is capable of the softest murmurs, the loudest bellows and honks, lovely singing lines, agile leaps and mesmerizing runs, and much more. Studying the saxophone offers the student access to stylistic variety and rich performance traditions second to none. Yet as a young instrument, the saxophone beckons with endless unexplored possibilities to the creative performer.

Why learn with me? The famous violin teacher Shinichi Suzuki wondered, "Japanese children can all speak Japanese!...How, by what means, does this come about?" We all now know the answer. Japanese children have abundant access to great models of Japanese-speaking: the adults around them. So as a teacher, I seek to provide a great model of saxophone playing. I rely on teaching by example, and encourage students to learn by ear whenever possible. In conjunction with ear training, I address fundamentals (breathing, tone production, articulation, voicing, reading music, and technique) in every lesson, so that students develop great technical ability on the instrument. Finally, I hope to provide a model of responsibility, empathy, and creativity, which I believe are central to our development as musicians and people.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Students should have a working saxophone with appropriate mouthpiece and reeds (with my help if needed!), a music stand, and other lesson materials (metronome, tuner, notebook, method books / pieces, personal recording device, etc.). I often provide handouts of music and exercises in lessons.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in classical saxophone, but also have experience performing, studying, and teaching jazz. My goal is to give students a solid set of fundamentals in saxophone playing, forge strong aural and reading skills, and engender a broad curiosity in listening habits. I believe modeling great playing is key. Of course, I want students to internalize and replicate a good saxophone sound. But I also want students to form the critical listening skills of mimicking and blending with other musicians. I believe these things will enable them to excel as musicians in any field.
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Max S.

Max S.

West Hartford, CT 06119
starting at
$39 / 30-min
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Becca H.

Hartford, CT

About Becca

I have enjoyed the stage and the thrill of entertaining since I was a child. I have been in numerous productions, including Las Vegas Academy's €œSweeney Todd€ starring as Mrs. Lovett, which was selected as a highlighted show at the National Thespian Conference, Cats as Pouncival, €œLittle Women€ as Marmee, National Thespian€™s €œHairspray as Prudy, Super Summer Theatre€™s Annie as Pepper, and many more! I have also done work as a recording studio vocalist and corporate performer on the Las Vegas Strip. I have been studying voice with the famed Jeffrey Skouson for the past decade and continu
e to study teaching with him as well. I have received performance training from many different sources including Professional Broadway Performers, Famed Acting Coaches, Vocal Stylizing Coaches to the Stars, and Master Vocal Teachers. My love of performing transformed into a new love for teaching people to sing and act so that they too can experience the same joy I feel when I'm on the stage. Because of this love I studied music education at Brigham Young University ID and became a certified Vocal Instructor in the Institute for Vocal Advancement (previously a certified Speech Level Singing Instructor) in an extensive program where I must complete education and testing each year. I focus on building a singer€™s range and strength in healthy ways in all genres of music. I work with all types of performers from recording studios to the stage.
During your first lesson, I will assess your voice to determine your tendencies and weak spots. In each lesson we will begin with a series of exercises that will turn your weaknesses into strengths. We will then apply these techniques to songs of your choice. During each lesson, we can work on performance, styling and any areas you may need instruction in. If you would like to sing from the bottom to the top of your voice with strength and ease, I am the teacher for you!

*** Lesson Details ***
During your first lesson, I will assess your voice to determine your tendencies and weak spots. In each lesson we will begin with a series of exercises that will turn your weaknesses into strengths. We will then apply these techniques to songs of your choice. During each lesson, we can work on performance, styling and any areas you may need instruction in. Each lesson you will receive a CD of your vocal exercises and song to practice during the week. You will be amazed at the progression you will make in just one week of practice!

*** Studio Equipment ***
I use garageband to record our lessons and any parts you may need me to record of a song to better learn notes.
I also use garageband to edit and cut karaoke tracks for your performances.

*** Specialties ***
Vocal Instruction in all genres of music by understanding the voice and how it functions and knowing what tools to use to achieve the most success in any voice.

Any type of acting whether it be on the stage or on screen by using Acting techniques that help the actor connect to their character on a more personal level providing for honest, real acting.
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Mayya M. June 26, 2015
Singing · Online
Verified Student
Becca is nice ,my daughter is excited
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Honia J. June 5, 2015
Acting · In studio
Verified Student
Becca is GREAT!!! Her ideas and ability to teach to your skill level is one of the best I have experienced. I trust her suggestion and notes that is has given to me to better my skill. She make the session easy to comprehend and fun to have. Her session remind me why I decided to come back to my passion. If you are on the fence, then search no more because she is what you are look for in a teacher. I am more then happy to have chosen her as my acting coach.
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Briana R. May 31, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
It was a great experience.
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Becca H.

Becca H.

Hartford, CT 06105
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starting at
$40 / 30-min
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Dale B.

Wallingford, CT

About Dale

Dale R. B. is a private teacher, musician, conductor, clinician, and rising composer for video games from West Hartford, Connecticut. He is currently accepting new students and teaching private lessons in piano, guitar, percussion, and composition for students of all ages in both Hartford and New Haven counties.

Dale received his Bachelor of Arts in Percussion degree from the University of Connecticut in May of 2012 and was an active member of both the university's Winds and Percussion Ensembles. In his studies, he has taken advanced courses in composition, orchestration, conducting, percu
ssion technique, and brass technique. He has 13 years experience in percussion, 15 years experience in guitar, and 22 years experience in piano. Dale's teachers include Nancy Campagnola, Ronald Blouin, Jacqueline Rodriguez, Peter Coutsouridis, JC Caillouette, acclaimed marimbist Haruka Fujii, American Symphony Orchestra percussionist Javier Diaz, and orchestral composer Kenneth Fuchs, who has twice been nominated for a Grammy award.

Dale once held a freelance instrumental composer for Ear Goo Inc. in New York City, Here Dale wrote multi-genre works for film, television, promotional trailers, and advertisements. His vast clientele included household names such as Universal Studios, Paramount Pictures, MTV, VH1, Nickelodeon, Sony, Revlon, and Coca-Cola. Dale is currently represented by Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI), a world-renowned performing rights organization that also represents artists such as Eminem, Shakira, and Maroon 5. His original music for marching band was performed on a weekly basis during the 2012 competitive season in USSBA Class III competitions around Connecticut by the Trojan Marching Band at Lyman Hall High School, where he held a position as their percussion instructor.

As a clinician, Dale has been asked on an annual basis to judge timpani, mallet percussion, and snare drum at several Regional and All-State Music Festivals around the state since 2009. He has also given presentations on the importance of installing/maintaining a music and arts curriculum in the Connecticut public school system as well as the history and proper care of mallet percussion instruments.

As a performing musician, Dale has appeared in several venues across the state, most recently at the storied Shubert Theater in New Haven, which hosted the world premiere of Dale's "Les Reves de Jeunesse Oubliée," an original piano solo that was well-received. He hosted his first Composition Recital on April 3, 2012 at the Von Der Mehden Recital Hall, where Dale showcased six live, original works, including a piano solo, a euphonium solo, a woodwind sextet, and a percussion quartet. Dale has played in live productions and musicals with both the Connecticut Repertory Theater and the Church of the Resurrection Youth Group, while winning numerous awards for his musicianship, including Lyman Hall’s “Outstanding Musician Award” for three consecutive years. Among numerous charitable events he has partaken in, Dale performed selected works by marimbist Daniel Berg on the piano as part of the Hamden Academy’s annual canned food drive, where together they raised over 500 cans of food for those without homes. Outside of music, Dale’s interests include baseball, video games, creative writing, jogging, and the ocean.

As a private teacher, Dale strives to ignite a passion for classical and instrumental music regardless of the instrument, and firmly believes that the art of making music is both satisfying and rewarding for both the short and the long-term. Because there are so many different types and genres out there, he knows that music is something every person can enjoy regardless of their differences, and so his ultimate goal for each and every pupil is to inspire and cultivate a newfound appreciation for the musical world.
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Nicole W. March 18, 2015
Drum · In home
Verified Student
Dale has been very patient with our son. He went from not being able to play at all to playing full rhythms. Jack has learned a lot from Dale and really enjoys working with him.
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Gail G. August 16, 2014
Piano · In home
Verified Student
My son seems to be picking up learning quickly from Dale
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Dale B.

Dale B.

Wallingford, CT 06492
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$30 / 30-min
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Kristian R.

Waterbury, CT

About Kristian

How far are you looking to go with your vocal talent? Let's get there together, lesson by lesson. Develop your sound, expand your range, learn to harmonize, become a riff machine, whatever direction you want to go in, let's take the vocal journey together. I have over a decade of experience and have trained all sorts of people. You can travel to me or I'll come where you are. Rates are affordable and discounts are available for lessons scheduled in a block of multiple sessions. Currently serving the CT area.

Born on Christmas Day 1980, Kristian R. has been writing songs for over a decade,
his first composition coming at the age of 15. Kristian grew up in a small church in Harlem NYC, where he nurtured and developed his talents for singing, song writing, keyboarding, and production.
Over the years Kristian has written over 200 songs, directed numerous choirs, trained countless soloist, and produced for many up and coming Gospel and R&B acts. Kristian has shared the stage with the likes of Brian McKnight, Carl Thomas, and Mary Mary, and his songs have garnered praise from the legendary Roberta Flack and Ron Grant (Sony A R and host of the world famous Sunday Open Mic Night at the Village Under Ground featured on MTV's Making of the Band). Kristian was also recently featured in the "98.7 Kiss FM presents Gospel Under the Big Top" pre-show for the Universoul Circus, which had a sold out crowd of over 2500 that night. Kristian is also a winner of the 1190 WLIB "Play them or Pray for them" contest.
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Manna B. November 6, 2014
Christian Gospel · Online
Verified Student
Kristian is a great instructor! Very patient, encouraging and knowledgeable about singing. I've learned a lot in a very short time and have heard improvements in my voice already. I would definitely recommend Kristian as an instructor.
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Kert C. July 23, 2014
Singing · Online
Verified Student
Kristian is patient and thorough with his training. I am still taking lessons from him. At the rate we are going, I see myself developing my vocal abilities significantly. He can help build confidence and vocal strength. Great teacher!
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Elissa F. July 21, 2014
Christian Gospel · In studio
Verified Student
Kristian is a great teacher. Very professional. He does an assessment of where you are and then helps you to get to where you want to be. The whole time assuring that you are having fun doing so. I appreciate his expertise and the fact that he is willing to push me beyond what I think I am capable of.
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Kristian R.

Kristian R.

Waterbury, CT 06710
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$25 / 30-min
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Chelsea C.

Wolcott, CT

About Chelsea

Hello! I'm friendly, passionate, and very knowledgeable -
with plenty of experience on stage and in the recording studio.

I have studied voice with famous teachers like William Riley (known for teaching Whitney Houston and Celine Dion) , Jan Smith (known for teaching Usher, Justin Bieber, Rob Thomas, Jill Scott, Keyshia Cole, India Arie.. ) and Producer John Poppo (credits include NSync, Toni Braxton, Mariah Carey, Michael Jackson), and am excited to share what I've learned along the way!

My Goal as a Teacher:
*To provide students with the knowledge and skill set necessary to proper
ly sing without injury or strain, and the confidence to perform without doubt or inhibition!
*To create well rounded vocalists with solid technical foundation, emotionally connected performances, and strong stage presence.
*To share my passion for the arts, and spark creativity and power in others through musical expression.

Let's get started!
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jordyn P. June 29, 2015
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Chelsea is a teacher who is there to help students who want to learn the basics for singing by helping you learn exercises of breathing and pitch and find songs to sing.She is very helpful and kind with her students helping them learn singing.She can also help you write songs if your interested in that.She's a great instructor!
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Aniella P. June 2, 2015
Vocal Training · In home
Chelsea is an amazing voice teacher! I am only 13 years old, and have never had any vocal training before her. In a really short time she prepared me so well to audition for my middle school musicals.....I got the lead in both of them!!!! ("Annie, and "The Sound Of Music"). I couldn't ask for a better teacher!!!! :)
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giana G. May 31, 2015
Singing · In home
After working with Chelsea for only a short six months I got into the renowned GRAMMY CAMP for vocal performance. After studying with her for a year, I auditioned and received a scholarship to Berklee College of Music's five week summer intensive program for voice. Not only is she an incredible singer herself but she is also a great teacher. She is able to demonstrate examples and articulate corrections when necessary. Chelsea is constantly testing my abilities and pushing me to go outside of my comfort zone, but at the same time her encouraging and positive attitude make studying with her very enjoyable.
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Chelsea C.

Chelsea C.

Wolcott, CT 06716
(9)
starting at
$30 / 30-min

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