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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 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.

***Equipment ***

Students should have a working saxophone with appropriate mouthpiece and reeds (see below), a music stand, and other lesson materials (metronome, tuner, notebook, method books / pieces, recording device, etc.). I often provide handouts of music and exercises in lessons.

IMPORTANT: If you are planning to buy a saxophone or mouthpiece, please consult with me first. Having a good quality saxophone and mouthpiece is essential to your success. There are a number of cheap saxophones and mouthpieces readily available, but they are often of poor quality. I can recommend options for your first saxophone or mouthpiece purchase that may be more expensive, but will help you succeed in the long term.

*** 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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Ben R. January 12, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
My son gave Max 10 out of 10. He absolutely loved his flexible approach. Thank you Max!!
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Lathan A. September 20, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Wonderful, engaging and clear. My six year old loved his first lesson and is looking forward to the next one.
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Ify L. August 19, 2015
Saxophone · In home
Verified Student
My first experience learning the saxophone was really great!! Max is a great teacher. He was patient with me. And he took it bit by bit for me to follow easily. I definitely want to continue with him. I look forward to my second lesson with him.
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Max S.

West Hartford, CT 06119
(3)
starting at
$39 / 30-min
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Barry S.

Danbury, CT

About Barry

Hi! My name is Barry and I have been teaching for over 10 years in the Fairfield County, CT area. I have had success teaching all ages, styles and abilities, from the most gifted to the physically impaired. I grew up listening to a tremendously wide range of music, and have studied classical flute, rock, jazz and classical guitar, and even the japanese shakuhachi, with some of the great minds of the instruments. I graduated high honors from Queens College with a Masters' in composition, and have had works performed by major acts in the contemporary classical scene. In jazz, I have shared the s
tage and recording studio with the likes of Marc Ribot and William Parker; I have quite a bit of experience as a performer that I bring to my teaching. My passion for music is addictive; I have turned the least motivated students into consummate music lovers. My goal is to find a student's personal musical voice so they have the opportunity to discover where THEIR musical passion lies. Whether it be country, rock and roll, or classical, the long term goal is to both teach the student what they love, as well as expand their musical horizons to discover things they may never have thought they would love.

*** Lesson Details ***
I teach in a fairly laid back style with an emphasis on technique, theory making the most of your practice time. Starting with a set curriculum, the material moves into more student chosen songs as the lessons progress. The idea is to communicate the connections between music with the goal of expanding the students ear and teaching them to listen; not just in music but in every aspect of life.

*** Studio Equipment ***
room in basement piano, drumset, mixer seating for parents

*** Travel Equipment ***
Students should have their own instruments and amplification for electric guitar, music stand and place to take lessons in their home. If they don't, I am knowledgeable of the local music stores and can recommend places to either buy or rent instruments. I provide practice sheets and curriculum.

*** Specialties ***
In general, for each instrument I teach I have a cirriculum for the primer/beginning level. Once that level is reached, the direction becomes more student driven; that is if the student responds to classical music (for instance), we will focus on that. As the students interests change, the lesson development changes and the student grows as a musician. That being said, I am primarily a classical pianist, and a jazz/rock guitarist/drummer. While I am a classically trained flautist, much of my gigging and recording experience is with rock bands.
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Faith H. October 28, 2013
Piano
Verified Student
Very good experience.

Barry has great patience....I enjoy my lessons, but I don't always practice as much as I should so I'm not as good at this as I might otherwise be. He makes the learning experience very worthwhile. It makes me want to stick with it. He definitely gets an A+!!
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Rodolfo C. February 11, 2013
Guitar
Verified Student
Talented

Barry is a great teacher and excelent musician. His studio has a wide range of instruments and the environment is pleasant. I found it easy to learn and I appreciate his patience. He definitely knows his staff and will recomend him to my friends.
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FaithH June 10, 2012
Barry has a deep connection to music. He pays attention to detail, and he has lots of patience...very good teacher!
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Barry S.

Danbury, CT 06811
(3)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Ed D.

Meriden, CT

All styles from classical to jazz/blues to many ethnic/world music styles

About Ed

*** Travel Equipment ***
Student just needs a guitar and amp if electric.
I travel with a laptop/portable studio.

*** Specialties ***
Classical, Jazz, Rock, Metal, World, Electronic etc.
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Christine J. September 30, 2015
Classical Piano · In home
Verified Student
Wonderful first session. So nice to begin lessons again. Ed was very professional and enthusiastic.
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Ed D.

Meriden, CT 06451
(1)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Alan S.

Falls Village, CT

When it comes to the piano each instrument is different and has its own touch and tone quality. The pianist must be a good musician before being an instrumentalist. I work with my students to produce the fullest tone and "legato" touch possible. One must be extremely sensitive to the piano's dynamics, and listen carefully.

About Alan

CAREER:

PROFESSIONAL JAZZ ARTIST, ”MUSICIAN, EDUCATOR, PIANIST, COMPOSER, ARRANGER, BUSINESS OWNER: ALAN S. MUSIC CONSULTANTS

*** Specialties ***
Jazz improvisation over chord changes in various styles. Classical and Jazz background. Will work with student on Blues or Popular show tunes, etc. Any style for the piano. Interpretation, technique, tone quality and poise.

TEACHING EXPERIENCE:

HOTCHKISS SCHOOL, Lakeville, Connecticut 1997-present
Associate Faculty
Teach classes in Jazz Piano and small combo
Incorporate Music Theory into syllabus

RUTGERS UNIVERSITY, Newark,
NJ
Summer 2010 and 2011
Part-time Lecturer
Teach course-Intro to Music (Music 101).
Student comments were outstanding.

WESTPORT SCHOOL OF MUSIC; Westport, Connecticut 1991-present
Faculty Member
Teach classes in Jazz and Classical Piano Pedagogy
Incorporate Music Theory into syllabus
Organize recitals for two pianos (4 hands)

SALISBURY SCHOOL, Salisbury, Connecticut 2006-present
Instructor in Piano:

INDIAN MOUNTAIN SCHOOL, Lakeville, Connecticut 2004-2008
Music Instructor

PRIVATE PIANO INSTRUCTION
30 years experience
Teach Improvisation, Jazz, Classical Music, Vocal Coaching,

CLINICS TAUGHT

INSTITUTE OF NORTH AMERICA “CHILE. Santiago, Chile
Teach Jazz Master Classes throughout country.
Jazz Improvisation clinics/concerts in Iquique, Concepcion, and The Universidad de Valparaiso, Valparaiso, Chile

WESTPORT SCHOOL OF MUSIC, Westport, CT
Jazz Seminar-The Legacy of the Great Jazz Pianist-/Composers. Comparison of American Composers: Ellington/Strayhorn, Monk, Waller, Hancock, Powell, Gershwin,
Porter, Berlin, Rodgers & Hart/Hammerstein, and Bernstein.(three seminar series)

CRANE SCHOOL OF MUSIC, SUNY Potsdam, N.Y.
Jazz Seminar-The importance of playing in a rhythm section, comping, supporting, blending, and soloing.

BERKSHIRE SCHOOL, Sheffield, Massachusetts
Master Class / Workshop with school Jazz Ensemble followed by Quartet Performance

PUBLICATIONS

Article and Piano Arrangement-2006 Piano Today (Summer 2006 Issue) Jazz Piano Stylings: New Sounds, A Contemporary Approach (Pg. 38) Original Composition: €œMagic Squares by Alan S.

Cover Article and Piano Arrangement-2005 Piano Today (Summer 2005 Issue) on Cover: Modern Jazz Harmony-Alan S.. Musicianship - Harmony Workshop: The Pleasures of Harmonic Ambiguity. (Pg. 32) Original Composition: Snow Petals€ by Alan S.

Composition, Music Book, ©2005 The Steinway Library of Piano Music, €”Jazz Piano: Pieces To Grow On (Original song Contributor) How '€˜Bout It? by Alan S. - Piano Arrangement, (Edward Shanaphy and Stuart Isacoff, ed.) Ekay Music Inc. 2 Depot Plaza, Suite 301. Bedford Hills, NY 10507)

Composition, Music Book, ©2003 The Steinway Library of Piano Music, Piano Stylings of the Great Standards, Volume II (Contributor) Body and Soul by John Green, Edward Heyman, Robert Sour, Frank Eyton. Piano Arrangement, (Edward Shanaphy, ed.) Ekay Music Inc. Bedford Hills, NY 10507)

Music Book©2003. The Steinway Library of Piano Music, €”Piano Stylings of Classic Christmas Carols (Contributor) 3 Piano Arrangements. (Ed Shanaphy, ed.) Ekay Music Inc.

Piano Arrangement-2003 Piano Today (Winter 2003 Issue) Ballad for Very Tired and Very Sad Lotus Eaters by Billy Strayhorn

Music Book-©2002 Beautiful Christmas Piano-12 Easy and Elegant Solos for the 12 Days of Christmas (Contributor) 4 Piano Arrangements.Ekay Music Inc(Distributed by Warner Bros.)

Piano Arrangement, 2001 Sheet Music Magazine Vol.25, #3, (May 2001 Issue) Special Arrangement: €œNo Moon At All by Redd Evans, Words by Dave Mann

Contributor,€”Music Book-©2001 €œ505 Great Piano Intros€ (Ekay Publishers) Republished ©2004 as The Steinway Library of Piano Music, 500 Piano Intros For The Great Standards

Feature Article and Published Piano Arrangement,€”1999 Piano Today (Summer €˜99 Issue) The Jazzy Side of Leonard Bernstein, A Bernstein Beauty: €œLucky To Be Me€ by Leonard
Bernstein, Lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green

Piano Arrangement-1999 Piano Today (Fall €˜99 Issue) Daydream€ by Billy Strayhorn and Duke Ellington

Piano Arrangement-€”1999 Sheet Music Magazine Vol. 23, #4, (July €˜99 Issue) Special Arrangement: You Always Hurt The One You Love€ by Allan Roberts and Doris Fisher

Piano Arrangement-€”1998 Piano Today (Winter 97/98 Issue) My Ship,€ by Kurt Weill & Ira Gershwin

Piano Solo Sheet Music Series. 1990 €œRudy's Tail€ by Alan S., Second Floor Music, A Don Sickler Production

PRESS

All Music Guide to Jazz: Alan S.- Rainsplash CD Review (Style: Postbop Jazz) Cadence

Jazz Records 1027 / 7 of 9 stars, by Steven A. Loewy,2000

Marge Hofacre€™s Jazz News, CD Review by Jim Santella, Spring 2000

Cadence Review of Jazz & Blues (record review) Vol.23, #1, Alan S., The Present (Whispering Pines 120649) Jan. 1997

Poughkeepsie News: Alan S.: Artist of the Month €”Profile, 1997

New York Times- €œJazz Is Joining the Masters At Westport Music School-Alan S.-Jazz Pianist, by James Lomuscio, 10/13/91

The Advocate, Stamford, Connecticut - In a gig at the mall, the piano player puts the spirit of music into Christmas from About Town by Arthur Helms12/24/98

Savannah News-Press, Georgia Alan S. €”Jazz: Classic Jazz Group Performing "Sunday€ by Frank Jossi, 4/20/86

Omaha World Herald -€œHampton's Tasty Solos Delight Crowd€ (review)—by Rick Ansorge 2/8/86

El Mercurio Santiago de Chile €œCon Jam Session Seran Conciertos de Alan S. 12/5/86

Jazztimes (record review) by Stanley Dance, 10/86

Jazz Journal International “Festival Roundup: Nice, France by Martin Richards, 5/86

Chicago Observer-Consumer Guide To Jazz Records€, by Lofton A. Emenari, 5/31/86

The Gazette Montreal - New and old favorites make records that are a pleasure Jazz Notes by Len Dobbin, 6/5/86

Coda (record review) by David Lewis, June 1987

BeBop and Beyond (record review) 5/1 Spring1987

El Sur En Concepcion: Manana actua: Alan S. Jazz Trio, Concepcion, Chile, 11/24/86

Jazziz (record review) by Frank Spena, contributing writer

International Musician Interview with Lionel Hampton, by Burt Korall, June 1986.

New York Times A Couple of Artists Come Back To Jazz by Procter Lippincott, 10/24/82

MEDIA

FM Radio Interview at Columbia University Station WKCR where many CD selections were played. FM Radio Station WNCN (NYC) broadcast over the air Alan S.'s Solo piano version of Claude Debussy'€™s, €œReflets dans Leau€ into Billy Strayhorn'€™s €œLush Life on David Dubal's show as an example of Classical music meeting Jazz. (from Alan's Rainsplash recording)

Several Live broadcast performances of the Alan S. Jazz Trio on NPR station WAMC from Albany, NY

Television Documentary on Jazz in Chile€”Musicalimente: The Alan S. Jazz Trio
(1986)
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Alan S.

Falls Village, CT 06031
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$53 / 30-min
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William P.

Waterbury, CT

If you want to learn how to begin playing the piano, I am you man. I focus on scales, selections, and cadences to help you learn the beginnings of piano playing. I can take you through simple four part melodies with pedals, playing from a lead sheet, and even a bit of transposition. A small amount of music theory will be involved in your lessons.

About William

Hello everyone. I have a bachelor's degree in Vocal Performance from Valley Forge Christian College and I have been performing since I was three years old. I play several instruments and have learned the key skills needed to be a successful musician in any genre. I can show you the ways to hone your skills through different drills and practice stratageis to really make you shine. I can also teach you ways to keep your instrument working at top shape by keeping your physical health in good condition. I want to teach you what you want to know. I hope to hear from you soon.
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Vincent January 28, 2016
Singing · In home
Verified Student
William did a great job. He gave my son techniques and exercises. Looking forward to his next lesson.
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Rhian A. January 6, 2016
Vocal Training · In home
Verified Student
He is great at helping with all areas needed to be successful in voice.
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Rebecca December 28, 2015
Piano · In home
William has been working with our 7 year old and its going great - he is a patient teacher and he is knowledgeable and our son has improved with every lesson.
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William P.

William P.

Waterbury, CT 06710
(3)
starting at
$30 / 30-min

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