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About Matt L.

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Astoria, NY

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Although I am primarily a saxophonist, clarinet is a secondary instrument that most saxophonists also have to know how to play. As a performer it is an absolute necessity that I be able to double on the clarinet and be just as proficient.

My goal as a teacher is to provide an in depth understanding of the instrument to my students. Whether we are learning technique specific to the instrument or general musical concepts, it is important to me that I take the time to insure that my students not only learn how to do something, but also the reasons why we are learning a specific concept or technique. At the end of the day, my ultimate goal is to teach you how to teach yourself, so that you may enjoy playing the instrument outside of our lessons together.

I prefer not to conform to a specific teaching style, because every student is different, and I have been fortunate to have a great variety of types of students throughout my years as a teacher. Some of my students are ...

About Matt
Hello!

Thanks for choosing me as you private music instructor. I’ve enjoyed teaching music since 2001 and being a Takelessons teacher since 2008. I specialize in teaching beginner to advanced saxophone, beginner to intermediate clarinet, beginner flute, and beginner to advanced jazz improvisation. I welcome all ages and believe that it is never too late to pick up an instrument, even if you’ve had no prior experience in music. Specifically when it comes to beginners, I am able to provide virtually everything that you need to get started, including access to brand new and lightly used student model instruments that I have for sale at very reasonable prices.

I have been teaching and playing music professionally for almost 20 years and began studying music and playing the saxophone at age 11. I currently live and work in New York Ci
ty after moving here from Philadelphia in early 2001, after graduating from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia in 1999 with a Bachelors in Music Performance.

Throughout my musical career I have worked in a variety of capacities in addition to being a performer, including working as a composer and recording studio engineer. My main area of expertise is performing as a jazz saxophonist on alto, tenor, and soprano saxophones, and I regularly play throughout New York City in restaurants, jazz clubs, bars and other music venues.

As a private music teacher, I place an emphasis on giving the student an in depth understanding of his or her instrument, and I place the utmost importance on explaining advanced concepts in the simplest of terms in order to insure that the student fully comprehends the objectives of each lesson. Such concepts that I cover regularly are sight-reading, ear-training, technique, and creativity.

As a regularly performing musician in New York City, I can be seen every Sunday night at Ba'sik (a very popular bar in Williamsburg Brooklyn) where I lead an open jazz jam session. A few of my adult students have even been able to reach a level in jazz improvisation that they've been able to come out and sit in with the band.

YOUNGER STUDENTS: I’ve found that in most cases, it is very difficult for students younger than 8 or 9 years old to learn instruments like the clarinet, saxophone and flute. Occasionally, an exception can be made if a younger student is taller than average for his or her age, but most of the time the size of a student’s hands, as well as his or her amount of a physical strength, are not adequate enough until around the ages of 8 or 9. A worthwhile alternative, if a student is absolutely enthusiastic about learning a woodwind instrument, is to begin them on an instrument called the recorder. The recorder is a real instrument, but it is a more primitive, smaller, and simpler of an instrument than the saxophone, clarinet, or the flute; however, it is a great way for young students to begin learning the basics of playing a woodwind instrument and also learning important musical concepts such as reading music notation, pitch, and rhythm. I have also been introduced to a new line of instruments that are developed for younger students by a company called Nuvo. These instruments are smaller and simpler analogs to the saxophone, flute, and clarinet, and they can function as the next step in a younger student’s progression between the recorder and an actual saxophone, flute, or clarinet. The specific instruments that I deal with are called the jSax and the DooD by Nuvo Instrumental. I was asked to demo these instruments and you can check them out if you scroll down to the video section of my profile and look for the videos entitled “jSax and DooD review and demo. Nuvo Instrumental” or “jSax and Dood demo. Nuvo Instrumental”.

In addition to teaching woodwind instruments and jazz improvisation, I also have experience teaching Sibelius music writing software, and audio engineering and editing with Pro-tools LE and Logic Pro X.

PLEASE NOTE: Because the NYC area is very different geographically from other parts of the country, especially in terms of transportation, I may appear outside of your area in terms of where I am available to travel. If you are very interested in taking lessons with me, but you are outside of my travel zone, please feel free to follow up with a Takelessons counselor and have them contact me personally to see if we might make an exception. I am available to travel to virtually all areas of Queens, Brooklyn, and Manhattan as well as Jersey City and Hoboken, depending on if the day and time selected allows me acceptable travel time between other scheduled lessons. If my location in Astoria Queens is not convenient for you, and you are unable to have lessons in your home, then there is also an option where I can most likely find a very affordable teaching studio in an area that is more convenient for you that we may rent by the hour and split the cost for your lesson.

*** Lesson Details ***
Any student, regardless of age or experience level, learns best when engaged in an activity that he or she understands and enjoys. Part of my success as a teacher can be attributed to my willingness to take into account every student's particular musical interests and strengths, and attempt to teach directly to those areas. For instance, in the initial stages of developing a student and teacher relationship, I like to request that the student compile a "wish list" of approximately ten pieces of music that he or she would like to be able to play. This list may include pieces in such genres as classical, jazz, and popular music, just to name a few. It is through this list that the student can begin almost immediately learning exactly what he or she likes, and by default, I can then teach the student all of the technical components needed to perform on his or her instrument, as well as determine the specific areas where the student needs to receive more focused instruction. More importantly, this "thinking outside of the box," customized approach provides a fun atmosphere and enables the student to enjoy learning the art of playing music by not being solely dependent on instructional booklets which many students, regardless of age and experience, find boring and tedious.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Additional saxophones for students who do not currently have a saxophone to use during a lesson. Recording equipment, including software and microphones. Mac book pro with music writing and recording software. Full 88 key keyboard.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Additional saxophones. Macbook pro with recording and music writing software

*** Specialties ***
music, music theory, home recording, saxophone, clarinet, flute,
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Richard May 30, 2018
· Saxophone · In studio
First class was awesome, Matt really knew how to help me with getting the correct articulation on the Alto Sax and made it very easy to understand the keys and musical notes, Can’t wait to advance and learn more.
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Athena L. February 9, 2018
· Saxophone · In studio
First lesson was great. It felt like he was teaching to what I need rather than just a formula he uses across the board. So I’m looking forward to learning with Matt
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Igor January 16, 2018
· Saxophone · In studio
Awesome person and teacher.
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About Rick R.

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Burbank, CA
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My teaching starts with a good foundation for sound and technique and expands to teach music that is fin and inspiring to each individual student. If the student would like to learn to play jazz, I have a method which will shaves off years of hard work and frustration. All my teaching is geared towards giving the student good basics along with a practical application to today's music scene.

About Rick
I’ve always loved teaching from a young age; finding new ways to break down complex ideas and techniques and making it fun and easy is something that gives me a lot of satisfaction. If you want to play your favorite songs on saxophone, I can save you years of frustration and slow progress.

At the bottom of this page, I have a YouTube video of 3 of my sax students' incredibly fast progress. None of them had ever played saxophone, You can do that too! It’s easy and fun. No boring scales, exercises and dumb tunes. Just a simple, easy way to becoming a great sounding sax player in 1/10th the time. This method has worked for over 1000 students and works 100% of the time if you commit to practice.

I guarantee if you commit to practicing 30 minutes 5 days a week for 4 months and you don't see the success in the video I will give you ALL
of your money back. I have 3 Grammy nominations but the proof of what i can do for you is in this video. Search this title on Youtube:
"Demo of My Sax Students Improvising Progress- 5th lesson to 16th lesson" or just click the video at the bottom of this page.
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Bobby January 15, 2018
· Saxophone · Online
Rick was professional, intuitive, and taught what I needed to learn, and NOT some preplanned generic lesson. I highly recommend him and I rarely recommend anything.
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Ken C. April 2, 2017
· Saxophone · In home
Rick really helps me understanding the concept of the saxophone.
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Ken March 16, 2017
· Saxophone · In studio
Rick is my best music teacher I had so far!!!
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About Darrell V.

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Austin, TX

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Beginner to intermediate level; also performance prep for advanced level

About Darrell
Why these lessons are different:
- Formally trained conductor/composer/producer
- Individual or group session options including full band production
- A long roster of satisfied clients
- Broad base of musical styles (rock, classical, jazz, blues, metal, bluegrass, folk, theater, big band, symphonic, pop, punk, country, march, gospel, avant-garde...)
- Over 20 yrs teaching experience and work with recognized professionals including work in some of the top-rated private schools in the United States
- Over 30 years performing experience

Instrument-specific instruction:
- Voice
- Guitar [Spanish, acoustic, electric]
- Electric Bass
- Piano/Keyboard
- Woodwinds [specializing in saxophones]
- Percussion
- Brass & Bowed Strings [performance preparation only]

My process is based on (but does not adhere strictly to
) the Classical approach to Western tonal harmony and asks that the students develop certain fundamentals of technique and theory. In my experience, this structure creates the strongest foundation for pupils to build the rest of their musical lives on, whether professionally or solely for personal enjoyment. All of my students are on the fast track to studying music theory. Whatever level they are at when I start with them, I guide their efforts into bringing the students up to a certain level of comprehension regarding the mathematical aspects of music and how it relates to their instruments. This understanding of theoretical principles of sound allows the students to play any style of music they wish, no matter how their tastes may change throughout their lives.

Curriculum Gradation:
Elements of rhythm
Elements of pitch
Elements of dynamics
Elements of articulation
Reading/Writing notation
Tone development
Finding/Expanding your range
Dexterity, speed, and accuracy
How to project
How to advance to the next level
Music theory
Playing by ear
Improvisational techniques
Finding your signature style
Expression/Lyricism
Composition/Arrangement
Project Management
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George July 20, 2018
· Arrangement and Composition · In home
Just completed another project with Dr D and I'm always impressed with his work ethic. His arrangement and production skills are top notch.
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Magnus July 9, 2018
· Songwriting · In home
The smell of smoke was intense. My son didn’t feel comfortable.
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Dulcie C. December 27, 2017
· Singing · In home
My 16 year old son loves his lessons with Darrell and looks forward to them every week. He'd been taking guitar lessons elsewhere that were okay-ish, but this is so much more. Darrell is great, not only does he get along with and make my son want to learn, but at the same time they are working on voice, he is also teaching keyboard and working on the guitar! We really couldn't have asked for a better instructor.
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About Timothy R.

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New Orleans, LA

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I'm an accomplished woodwind performer with professional experience performing in the genres of jazz, pop, and classical music. I've studied clarinet under Harry Skoler at Berklee College of Music, and have experience teaching beginning students, classical and jazz performance, and jazz improvisation.

About Timothy
I'm a Berklee College of Music-trained multi-instrumentalist with years of teaching experience. I have experience performing, composing, and/or recording on the genres of classical, jazz, Latin, rock and pop music, and I have extensive knowledge of jazz and classical music theory. I take great pride and pleasure in helping my students realize their innate musical abilities and in providing the structure and knowledge to allow them to expand those abilities in whatever direction their passion dictates.
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George I. May 24, 2018
· Saxophone · Online
Great instructer. Very patient. Very willing to teach you what you want.
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George I. May 17, 2018
· Saxophone · Online
Very helpful and experienced. As I already have studied music he geared the lesson to my needs.
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Joy W. February 7, 2018
· Saxophone · Online
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About Matthew S.

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Fort Smith, AR

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I have taught beginning clarinet in my band programs for 6 years now. I have a proven method that will work for any absolute beginner at any age. We will talk about tone production, reading music, reeds, and many other fundamental skills needed to get you off the ground playing the clarinet. After the 1st year of lessons, I would recommend you move to a teacher who plays primarily on the clarinet.

About Matthew
Hi, I am Matt. I am a band director in the Fort Smith, AR area. I am in my 7th year teaching band and love every minute of it. I have recently decided to return to teaching private lessons, and would love to help you with your auditions, festival music, AP music theory exams, or just learn some skills on becoming a better musician. Outside of the audition music, we continually work tone production, range, and confidence on any brass instrument. In college I had a small guitar studio as well. Some of those guitar students have gone on to study at the collegiate level and gig around town today! I am comfortable teaching at all levels, but my expertise is centered around student development at the middle school to high school level.

June 2012 - June 2015 I was the head band director of Waldron High School. We won several awards through ou
r marching and concert band program. I also ran after school lessons in which many students made our region honor band.

June 2015 - Present
I am currently the head director at Trinity Junior High in Fort Smith. I run a 7-9 band program that includes both marching and concert band seasons. Our student involvement is quite high as our band program serves about 50% of our total student population. My band here has received many superior and excellent through our state association, and 15 of 60 students made our local honor band in 2017,
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· Trumpet · Online
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· Trumpet · Online
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Lesley May 17, 2018
· Trombone · Online
My son had a wonderful experience with Matthew! Matthew is very knowledgeable and committed to helping students grow musically and perform at their very best. Would highly recommend!!!
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About Susan S.

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I am a current student at the New England Conservatory of Music studying with William Hudgins, the Principal Clarinetist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

I have experience teaching beginners through high school students. I aim to create a positive and nurturing environment for all of my students. My teaching methods provide students with structure by focusing on goal-based learning and time management. Lessons will cover various practice techniques and ways to better understand and utilize the body while playing.

Students will be asked to dedicate 15-30 minutes of focused and efficient practice a day. At the culmination of each lesson, a list of goals and assignments will be created collaboratively with the student. A practice log will then be kept, offering students the ability to reflect and improve their practice in a rewarding manner.

Parents should do their best to stay involved with their child's progress. Parents should encourage their child to practice and keep ...

About Susan
I am a clarinetist studying at the New England Conservatory of Music. My private instructor is Boston Symphony Orchestra clarinetist, William Hudgins. Prior to studying with Mr. Hudgins I have worked with Timothy Zavadil, Scott Anderson, Daniel Silver, and Stacey McColley.

At the Conservatory, I play in the Symphony Orchestra under the direction of David Loebel and Hugh Wolff and the Symphonic Winds under the direction of Bill Drury. I am also involved in a woodwind quintet. I spent two summers studying at the Interlochen Summer Music Festival as a member of the World Youth Symphonic Orchestra and the Interlochen Philharmonic with world-renowned conductors.

Having spent 10 years honing in on my craft, I am hoping to share my expertise and passion with students of all ability levels. I have worked privately with a few students over past
three years and have developed a strategy for success. I hope you will consider me in your pursuit of music, and I can't wait to work with you!
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Maria June 25, 2018
· Clarinet · Online
Susan is great!!!
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Daniel May 30, 2018
· Clarinet · In home
Lessons with Susan are great. She provided me with a strategy that I can stick to so I can make progress while keeping up with my schedule. (I'm 16yo)
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Cynthia May 30, 2018
· Clarinet · In home
Susan is young, energetic and passionate! She worked with my daughter the summer before her first year of school band and was more than prepared when band classes began. We would highly recommend her!
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I have been teaching beginning and intermediate bands for the past 8 years. I love teaching beginners to help them figure out how to accomplish learning an instrument. It is a challenging thing to do, but I make learning a new instrument fun and as easy as I can. I have been playing the Clarinet for over 20 years and have a concentration from Nazareth College of Rochester in all woodwind instruments. I have taught privately for 10 years now on all band instruments as well as Piano! I enjoy playing the bassoon in my free time as well as all woodwinds in Pit Orchestras around the Rochester, NY area, and I play the clarinet for the Eastman Community Music School's Music Educator Wind Ensemble. I would love the opportunity to share my love of music and instruments with you.

About Rebecca
I have been teaching in Public Schools for 8 years and teaching privately for 10. I love teaching beginners through the intermediate level. Students just starting off learning an instrument need an experience that is going to be encouraging and fun. I have taught ages 5 through adult on all band instruments and piano. Work with me and I will help you to learn an instrument, read music, and have fun while doing it! Learning to play an instrument is a life long skill that will last forever!
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Colin F. July 5, 2018
· Piano · In home
Rebecca was prompt, engaging, flexible and very positive. My son really enjoyed his lesson, and is looking forward to the next one.
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Christian June 16, 2018
· Clarinet · Online
Rebecca is a great teacher! Super friendly, fun and a great teacher. I have taught and played along side with her for many years. Any student would learn a lot from her!
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About Joseph B.

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I am very goal oriented as a teacher. Always scales and exercises with an emphasis on proper playing habits; but also goals to work towards such as performances and auditions.

About Joseph
I have BM and MM degrees in clarinet performance from The Juilliard School. I've taught clarinet on the faculties of the Peabody Preparatory School, University of California at Santa Barbara, and am currently professor of clarinet at Chabot College. I have extensive experience performing as a soloist.
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Kathy July 20, 2018
· Clarinet · In studio
I took lessons with Joe for 5-6 years throughout middle and high school, and looking back it was one biggest gifts I've had in my life. He is a phenomenal musician, teacher, and mentor, and I cannot recommend him enough for anyone.

With Joe, I learned from the very fundamentals of clarinet technique, to the musicality and sensitivity of making beautiful music. And throughout our lessons, Joe was both demanding in his standards and extremely patient in helping me learn and master difficult pieces. With Joe, I was able to audition and be selected for multiple state and national honors band programs, and even select music programs for college.

Beyond teaching me how to play the clarinet (and play it really well!), Joe also taught me to truly appreciate music - a gift I will have for the rest of my life. And he also taught me the value of diligence and hard work - practice really does make perfect. Little did my teenage self know then, but the weekly clarinet lessons I took with Joe became lessons for rest of my life. Thank you, Joe!
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Yvonne July 20, 2018
· Clarinet · In studio
Joe has inspired me to continue playing, even as an octogenarian. He has been extremely helpful with all aspects of clarinet playing. HIs own performance skill is the best I have encountered in the Bay Area. He is selfless in helping his young students succeed. Many have won competitions and been accepted to prestigious institutions because of his tutoring and encouragement. It is a joy to hear him play and a privilege to be one of his students.
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Peggy July 16, 2018
· Clarinet · In studio
I began taking lessons from Joe 5 years ago when I retired. I had played in various groups through my college years and was wanting to improve my skills and return to playing in local groups. Joe is a demanding and detail oriented teacher. He has particularly emphasized with me not just technique but musicality. He encourages his adult students to play in recitals. Joe is phenomenal clarinetist himself who solos with local groups. I recommend him highly.
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