As a private instructor, I genuinely encourage efficient practice, solid technique and good tone quality, as well as an appreciation for music. I also incorporate the study of music theory and the study of music fundamentals in my lessons. I have experience teaching the genres of classical, jazz, modern, folk, and pop music and hope to extend the joy of learning music to my students as well as help them grow and gain confidence in order to bring on-going fulfillment to their musical experience.
I currently teach private lessons in saxophone, flute, and piano and have experience working with individuals as well as small groups. In 2007, I received a Bachelor’s degree in Music Performance from the University of Washington where I studied jazz and classical saxophone. For the past 15 years, I have been performing with many professional groups, ranging in styles from big band jazz, classical, samba, funk, to gospel and blues. As a private instructor, I genuinely encourage efficient practice, solid technique and good tone quality, as well as an appreciation for music. I also incorporate the study of music theory and the study of music fundamentals in my lessons. I have experience teaching the genres of classical, jazz, modern, folk, and pop music and hope to extend the joy of learning music to my students. Over the past ten years I
have been able to help my students grow and gain confidence, which brings on-going fulfillment to their musical experience.
Gwen was a wonderful instructor. She was so knowledgable about both music theory and saxophone skills. I would totally recommend her.
July 30, 2018
Very friendly and extremely helpful I’m really looking forward to my next lesson. I love how she jumped right in and got me playing.
March 31, 2017
It was an honor and a pleasure working with Gwen. Due to personal circumstances, I had to stop working with her, but I highly recommend her as an instructor. She's very knowledgeable, accommodating, and made me feel comfortable. You'll find yourself in good hands with her.
I've been teaching saxophone for 20 years and my students have gone on to the State level Band Auditions and won multiple times. Within the first few lessons, you'll be able to make a decent sound, play scales, arpeggios and simple tunes, and as time goes on you'll be able to play popular tunes solo and with accompaniment of piano or band. I specialize in classical, jazz and klezmer style, typically use best published books, and have the renovated, quiet and spacious studio, music stands, audio equipment. I love working with students of all ages and experience levels and I can't wait to meet you!
Music studio offering clarinet, saxophone, flute, trumpet and recorder lessons taught by the Principal Clarinetist of the Livingston Symphony Orchestra.
Recent Student Auditions, Awards & Achievements:
Chris M., 8th grade (clarinet and saxophone) - Winner of the 1st chair in N. NJ Regional Concert Band 2019 - Successful audition to N. NJ Regional Symphonic Band 2018 - Successful audition for Honors Band - Promoted to 1st chair in his school band (2016) - Selected from over 500 students to participate in the North Jersey Region 1 Honors Elementary Band Festival (May 2016).
Morwen, 7th grade (clarinet) Successful audition to N. NJ Regional Concert Band 2019 Ashley, 6th grade (flute) - 1st chair in Concertino Winds Band in NJ Youth Symphony
Aidan, 9th grade (clarinet) - Successful audition to Centra
l NJ Regional Symphonic Band: 1st chair in 2016-2017, 10th chair in 2014-2015; and Advanced Wind Ensemble (2014-2015). - Successful audition to NJ Symphony Orchestra Summer Band Camp.
Kevin, 8th grade (clarinet) - Successful audition to Philharmonia Orchestra of NJYS (New Jersey Youth Symphony) orchestra
Chris F., 6th grade (trumpet) - Successful audition for the first seat in school band trumpet section
Isis, HS senior (clarinet) - Successful auditions for: * 1st chair in HS Band in 2013-2014, 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 * HS Central NJ Regional Symphonic Band (2013-2014, 2014-2015 & 2015-2016), HS NJ All-State Symphonic Band (2014-2015 & 2015-2016) and NJ Youth Symphony Orchestra (2013-2014 & 2014-2015).
Stella, HS junior (clarinet) - Successful audition for 1st chair in HS Band (2015-2016).
Jennifer, 7th grade (clarinet) - Successful audition to NJ Youth Symphony Orchestra (2014-2015), Middle School North NJ Regional Symphonic Band (2014-2015 & 2015-2016), and Interlochen Arts Camp in Michigan (Summer of 2014 & 2015).
Morven, 4th grade (clarinet) - Promoted to 1st chair in 5th grade Advanced Band (2016)
Chris Y., 4th grade (saxophone) - Promoted to 1st chair in 5th grade Advanced Band (2016)
Jacob J., 4th grade (clarinet) - Promoted to 1st chair in 6th grade Advanced Band (2017)
Established in 1996.
For the past twenty years, Dimitry has been teaching students of all ages to play the clarinet, saxophone, flute, trumpet, and recorder.
Students will learn proper techniques, posture, breathing, phrasing, articulation, tone, rhythm, sight reading, solfeggio, music theory, and music history. They will also learn to play solos (with and without accompaniment), as well as duets (along with the instructor).
Private lessons are customized to meet each student's goals, such as preparation for regional and state band auditions, concerts, and other music competitions.
Meet the Business Owner
Business Owner Dimitry Chernavsky is the Principal Clarinetist of the Livingston Symphony Orchestra, the Co-Principal of the Hanover Wind Symphony, and a member of the 'A La Mode' clarinet quartet.
Dimitry is a graduate of Kiev Tchaikovsky Conservatory, where he received a Bachelor's and Master's Degree in Music Performance and Education.
Our 12-year old son has been learning clarinet from Mr. Dimitry for about a year now and we highly recommend him to prospective students for his deep music knowledge, rich clarinet performance experience and above all, just being a great clarinet teacher.
In a year's time with Mr. Dimitry, our son's progress has been very impressive. After our son started lessons with Mr. Dimitry, it quickly became apparent that Mr. Dimitry is a very experienced teacher for young musicians. He engages our son effectively to keep him interested in music and clarinet while at the same time sets high expectations for him. Our son always looks forward to clarinet lessons and also is motivated to practice pieces at home.
Mr. Dimitry not only teaches sound clarinet skills, but also emphasizes the importance of playing music the right way, that is to tell stories and express feelings through music rather than to play music like a technician. Although it is difficult for a young musician to fully appreciate this concept, it does go a long way in preparing him to become a really good musician in the long run.
Mr. Dimitry is very polite, pleasant and professional. We recommend him without any reservation.
June 8, 2015
My 7 year old son has been taking recorder lessons from Dimitry for almost 1 year now. Dimitry is very patient, encouraging, and enganging - considering that my son is on the younger side. Dimitry provides music instruction that is appropriate age and level wise, so my son feels accomplished and challenged at the same time.
We plan to continue with Dimitry and hopefully advance to the clarinet once his fingers can cover the clarinet holes and he has learned more music theory. My son looks forward to his music lessons. We are very pleased with his musical instruction.
June 16, 2014
Incredibly amiable, professional, and talented as a teacher.
As a senior in high school now graduating and transferring into college, I started my lessons with Dimitry in December last year and had to end this summer at the end of the music school's program. Even though my time learning the saxophone was short, Dimitry used my past musical experience to help guide me through the instrument. His lessons did not feel long in any sense of the word, and in fact some two-hour lessons I took to make up missed weeks blew by, as I was constantly engaged by his teachings. During my studies with him I found myself in the presence of a true musician, and this was only further driven home when I saw him play in the Hanover Wind Symphony at the Morristown Community Theater with Stanley Drucker. I would highly recommend Dimitry as an instructor for a student at any level.
Each lesson includes studies of fundamental techniques, ear training, and music history in order to facilitate the development of a whole musician.
Hello, and thank you for your interest!
My name is Stephanie, I am a teaching-artist from El Paso, Texas. I currently reside, perform and teach in the Boston and greater Boston area.
I am a recent graduate of The New England Conservatory of Music with a Masters and Graduate Diploma in Saxophone Performance. I received my Bacherlors in Music Education from New Mexico State University.
“A teaching artist, by definition, is a two-career professional: a working artist and a working educator. As a working artist is they are involved in an ongoing process of discovery, problem solving, discipline and refinement of skills in their discipline. As a working educator, it is essential that the artist is also developing a knowledge base and skills to be an effective partner in education. Achieving a meaningful balance between these two prof
essions, whereby one feeds the other, is an ongoing process that requires a deepening awareness for the teaching artist of what their teaching brings to their art and what their art teaches them about learning.”
I am devoted and dedicated to helping find each of my students' strengths, weaknesses and style of learning. Once I have identified these traits, I am able to develop lessons and repertoire that helps each students become the most efficient learner and best musician they can be.
I pride myself in creating a fun and safe learning environment in which I establish a firm musical foundation for my students. Lessons include: scales, etudes, articulation, dynamic and sight reading exercises, standard repertoire, recording and analyzing performances, music history lessons, and exploration of the sounds, genres and artists of saxophone/flute/clarinet/piano.
Simultaneously, my students cultivate many other skills while learning how to play their instrument. Students enhance their fine motor skills and ability to memorize, students increase their overall self-confidence and become self-sufficient and creative problem solvers. I am passionate about educating and empowering my students and I enjoy connecting with a wide array of musicians of all ages, playing levels and backgrounds.
Feel free to contact me to inquire about lessons, I hope to hear from you soon!
I'm an older student (old actually) who started piano 2 years ago with Stephanie . She is great for a beginning student. Knows how to teach. Is encouraging, but demanding enough to keep me on my toes. Just wonderful and a thoroughly lovely person.
October 30, 2017
Stephanie is a patient, knowledgeable, enthusiastic educator and collaborator who loves to perform and teach. I had the honor of working with her for nearly four years while we pursued similar degrees at New Mexico State University. She consistently brought a level of maturity and preparedness beyond her age to our rehearsals and practices. If I was limited to only one word to describe her, it would be "professional".
September 21, 2017
I very much enjoyed my lesson!
Stephanie is very personable and patient! Can't wait until next week!
I've been playing woodwinds for over 10 years. Embouchure, breathing, fingering, sight-reading, and tone quality are some of the topics I cover.
Tia graduated from Dordt College in 2014 with a BA in Music Performance and Pedagogy. An avid vocalist and single-reed woodwind player, she has been studying music for over 15 years with a variety of teachers, and has experience in the Jazz, Musical Theatre, Praise, and Classical styles. Tia has done well at state-level competitions and honor bands/choirs for both single-reeds and voice from middle school through college, whether for NATS or WMEA. Each lesson is tailored to the individual student's goals and needs, and each lesson combines both physical technique and imaginative style/performance to create a balanced musician with a deep understanding and love for the art form.
We will go through a method book to go through the fundamentals of playing sax and will supplement it with ear training and music theory. We will learn any song that you want to! From a TV show, video game, movie, or anything else as it is very important to have fun with what you are playing. We will play duets and have a great time while becoming a better musician!
I attended West Chester University from 2011-2015 and graduated with my bachleor's in music education. I performed in the marching band, symphonic band, wind ensemble, jazz ensembles, various trumpet ensembles, and a brass quintet. One of my trumpet ensembles made it to the semifinals in the National Trumpet Competition. I backed up various world famous trumpet artists during the International Trumpet Guild Conference at Valley Forge in 2014 such as Bobby Shew, Randy Brecker, Tine Thing Helseth, Canadian Brass, and many others. I took lessons from Robert Skoniczin and Jean Christophe Dobrzelewski during my time at WCU.
I can teach any style that you are interested in and can take students of all ages. I believe it is important to have a good musical foundation so we will go over music theory as well in lessons. I have extensive experie
nce teaching trumpet, guitar, piano, bass, ukulele, and saxophone. We will play whichever style of music you prefer. Lessons will be fun!
He explains everything to you. If you need help or if you don't get it he makes sure you know it before you move on.
December 14, 2017
Matt is a fantastic instructor. Polite, knowledgeable and very encouraging. He was very patient with me and that fact that I am challenged breathing as a result of an accident. I hope I am able to continue. No reservation in recommending.
I am an experienced music teacher of 15 years, specializing in beginner, intermediate, and advanced saxophone players. My other specialty is working with intermediate and advanced jazz improv students of all instruments. All ages are welcome. I will customize the lessons and program to the needs and goals of each student. Whether you are an award winning jazz soloist or someone just starting out on the sax, I can take you to the next step and we can have a great time doing it! Let's get started!
After more than a decade of performing and teaching in Los Angeles, Eric now calls Seattle home. Since graduating from the University of Southern California with a degree in Music, Eric has pursued professional jazz and music education with equal passion.
In addition to a robust private studio, in Los Angeles Eric was a jazz coach for the Downbeat Magazine award-winning band at Downey High School. Eric also taught for nine years with the elementary school band program, Children's Music Workshop.
For over more than 20 years I have had many successful students, who have enjoyed playing and studying with me. Teaching is a life-giver for me--I enjoy introducing students to the joys of different musical ideas, concepts, and ways that they can advance on their instrument. Things that I have enjoyed learning and playing over the years, that I can pass on to them to explore and enjoy. I hold both a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Music, and have taught as an adjunct on the college level, high school, and privately. On the college level, I have taught clarinet, saxophone, and flute at three colleges, a Woodwind Methods class for five years, developed jazz ensembles, and developed and procured music for woodwind trios and saxophone quartets.
I have played professionally in these settings; jazz, symphonic, pit orchestra, and general business entertainment freelance as a woodwinds specialist.
For over more than 20 years I have had many successful students, who have enjoyed playing and studying with me. Teaching is a life-giver for me--I enjoy introducing students to the joys of different musical ideas, concepts, and ways that they can advance on their instrument. Things that I have enjoyed learning and playing over the years, that I can pass on to them to explore and enjoy. I hold both a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Music, and have taught as an adjunct on the college level, high school, and privately. On the college level, I have taught clarinet, saxophone, and flute at three colleges, a Woodwind Methods class for five years, developed jazz ensembles, and developed and procured music for woodwind trios and saxophone quartets. I have played professionally in these settings; jazz, symphonic, pit orchestra, and general bus
iness entertainment freelance as a woodwinds specialist.
PERFORMING experience includes; Free-lance Musician, woodwind instruments, Minneapolis/St. Paul Contracting Musical Groups (own business) Free-lance Musician, woodwind instruments, Central Florida Jazz Quartet, Seaworld Renaissance Hotel, Orlando, Florida Little Big Band Music Productions (own business) Conventions- Orlando area, Scandinavian World Cruises Disney MGM Studio Sax Quintet Wayne Newton- U.S. and Canadian tour Grand Floridian Hotel Band Melissa Manchester- Florida tour Contractor of Musicians- Premier Cruise Lines, Cape Canaveral, Florida Princess Cruise Lines, Norwegian Cruise Lines, Glenn Miller Orchestra, Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra ’96-‘99, Florida Orchestra- Tampa, Cleveland Civic Orchestra, Ohio Ballet, Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, Montreaux Jazz Festival, Nice Jazz Festival RECORDINGS "The You In Me" -Solo Album --2000 GMO: Live in Europe—1980 MEMBERSHIPS --American Federation of Musicians TEACHING experience includes; (Sabbatical) College of Saint Benedict/St. John’s University St Joseph, Minnesota –Instructor of Applied Woodwinds North Central University-Minneapolis, MN Adjunct Instructor –Woodwind Methods, Applied Clarinet, Saxophone Crown College-St. Bonifacius, MN Adjunct Instructor –Jazz Ensemble, Woodwind Ensembles, Clarinet, Saxophone College of Saint Benedict/St. John’s University St Joseph/Collegeville, Minnesota –Instructor of Applied Woodwinds- Adjunct Hopkins High School –Group Instruction St. Louis Park High School –Private Instruction My Music Store–Golden Valley, Minnesota Private Instruction Private instrumental Instruction, Orlando, Florida University of Akron- Graduate Assistant Jazz Studies Cleveland Supplementary Educational Center -Cleveland, Ohio Individual and group instruction in music My educational experience includes; Master of Music, Performance Clarinet (Concentration: Woodwinds) University of Akron, Akron, Ohio; Bachelor of Music, Performance Saxophone, Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory, Berea, Ohio
I am a musician based in the Sacramento area. I have a bachelor's degree in music from CSU Sacramento. I teach and perform on saxophone, flute, and clarinet. In addition, I direct elementary school bands. I am currently working toward earning a teaching credential and I hope to continue teaching professionally.
I am a professional musician with a bachelor's degree in music from the Sacramento State School of Music. I have played saxophone throughout the region in many different groups, such as the award winning Sacramento State Jazz Ensemble. I have training in both classical and jazz styles. As a former "band kid," I am familiar with the ins and outs of playing in all kinds of school bands such as marching band, concert band, and jazz band. As a teacher, I like to teach good habits as well as musicianship. My goal is to help students become better players and musicians, so that they have the skills necessary to take on new musical endeavors. I also have experience in bilingual education for K-12 students. This also means I have passed background checks for the state and school districts.
He is knowledgeable he is patient and overall he is persistent, he make sure the student understands by utilizing various methods ; in all I am happy with my instructor. Thank you Luis I enjoyed our lesson today.
"First lesson with my grandson. My grandson enjoyed it. Joseph was very professional."
"Isaac's passion for music comes through."
"I'm a more "Senior" student who decided that learning the saxophone needed to be at the top of my "Bucket List". I recognize adult students can be partic
ularly challenging because they're a bit more rigid in what they want. Carl is the perfect instructor for all ages. First he's extremely knowledgeable, making you confident he's leading you down the right path. He's has so much diversity in both instruments and styles that he's able to accommodate anyone. With this, he has been able to tailor lessons, mixing the basics with my desire to learn popular jazz tunes. He's picked up on the fact that I'm an engineer and have to understand everything I'm taught, so he's included music theory that makes the lessons, steps, and songs take on a more complete meaning (and improving retention). He's extremely patient and encouraging, as some of my lessons are after very long and tough work days; yet, he knows how to challenge you to ensure continued progress. It's coming up on a year that he's been my instructor and he’s made me so confident I'll stick with playing, that I upgraded to a professional instrument. Superb instructor."
"Frixos is a great instructor, extremely patient, and provides great feedback all the time. He mixes music theory, scales, and songs from movies. He plays
very well and enjoys teaching. I was a bit reluctant to take online classes but Frixos makes it easy and fun! I am happy with all the things he is teaching me!!"
"First lesson was awesome!!"
"Matt is great"
"Very professional and thorough!"
"Amber is nice. I can tell she has a lot of knowledge and i can tell she cares for her students.She is very easy to approach with questions or concerns. I
cant wait for my next lesson"
"Comprehensive, Fun, and Professional
My younger brother and I both have taken lessons through Bill for quite some time now.
Bill has been fantastic, and
can accomodate to players of all levels. I've been playing for years, and Bill is able to provide practice materials relevant to my musical interests, appropriately scaling up the difficulty of what we're working on. Ranging from famous straight-ahead jazz solos, to tricky classical etudes, I'm happy to know my overall musical technique, repertoire, and general skill will continue to grow at the pace right for me.
My younger brother is taking some more beginner clarinet lessons, and couldn't agree more. He always looks forward to lesson day, seeing what new notes and scales he'll get to play through!"
Learning how to play saxophone starts with the right equipment--namely, a quality neck strap! Read on for some helpful advice from Brookings, SD teacher Carl S...
The saxophone is a unique instrument for many reasons. One example is that the saxophone is the only band instrument that uses a neck strap. Unfortunately, the neck strap is often the most overlooked aspect of playing the instrument. One of the first things that I stress to a new student is the importance of the neck str …