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I am originally from San Diego, CA, and began playing the flute in my elementary school band. While growing up in San Diego I served as the principal flutist of the San Diego Youth Symphony, and played with local community orchestras. In 2003 I moved to NYC to pursue my Bachelor's Degree at the Manhattan School of Music, after graduating in 2007 I entered the Master's Degree program at The Juilliard School, and finished my degree in 2010. Currently, I perform as a freelancer throughout the NYC region, as well as teach.
I was born in Ankara, Turkey. I am a talented flutist, EWI player, award winner, Miyazawa Flutesartists, composer, performer, educator and a band leader and have performed with many musicians and legends such as Ron Carter, George Garzone, Terri Lyne Carrington, Greg Osby, Steve Turre, Kevin Eubanks, Ed Tomassi, Eric Gould and more. I have performed many shows including 12th International Ankara Jazz Festival,Istanbul Jazz Festival, 7th Eskisehir Jazz festival and many private shows with my band in Turkey. My bachelor degree is on classical flute performance from Hacettepe University State Conservatory. I also studied at the prestigious Beklee College of Music in a major of jazz performance as a full scholarship student. During my education at the college I was awarded Winner of Billboard Magazine Award of 11’ - 12’ through Berklee Colege of Music and I graduated in 2012 along with one of the highest GPA’s. After my graduation I moved to New York City to pursue my musical career and I released my debut album “Unexpectable” on March, 2013. "Unexpectable" stands out as a ground breaking contemporary jazz flute achievement complemented by a full band experiment exploring the flute’s full potential in the language of jazz and groove in contemporary music. I am also endorsed by cutting-edge instrument microphone company Applied Microphone Technology. I use AMT Z1 model. I am a studio musician as well and have been being a side man in many recordings. I have been performing my music at various well known jazz venues as well as performing with musicians from all over the world in the great New York City area.
I fell in love with playing music when I was handed a flute by my teacher in the sixth grade. Twice I marched in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade with the Great Amerian Marching Band. In High School I played a concerto on flute with the string orchestra and had the opportunity to conduct the concert band. Since then I have had the opportunity to play with various ensembles at Alice Tully Hall, Avery Fisher Hall and Jazz at Lincon Center in New York. I graduated Brooklyn College in 2014 and am looking forward to passing on my love of music to others.
I am a professional violinist and violist based in the Tri-State area who loves helping people discover the joy of music. I hold a Master's and Bachelor's Degree in Violin Performance from the Manhattan School of Music. I have had the great fortune of performing at world renowned venues such as Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, and Avery Fisher Hall in New York, as well as Constitution Hall in Washington DC.
I'm a dedicated and passionate music educator with over twenty years of experience teaching students of all ages and levels. In 2011, I graduated with honors form the Aaron Copland School of Music, City University of New York at Queens College with a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education and was the recipient of the Lawrence Eisman Center for Preparatory Studies in Music Achievement Award. State certified in music education in New Jersey and in New York, I have experience teaching one on one and in the classroom. In addition, I've been a professional recording and touring artist for over two decades with 22 CD's released by international record labels to my credit. I have a private teaching studio that is fully equipped with the latest teaching tools and technology.
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Review by Svea Bryan
Brett is an accomplished musician, who shared his knowledge at a level that my five year old understands. He is polite and relaxed in his mannerisms but take a serious approach to focusing on the lesson. He is very patient and engaging with the attention span you'd expect from a kindergartener. His motto ever is "sometime you learn faster by going slow"
Review by Ashley S.
Ali was an amazing voice coach! She taught in a way that made sense to me, and helped me find the voice placements I needed. I didn't know I could sound like that! My development with her was leaps and bounds rather than tiny dreadful steps that happen when you don't know what's going on! Ali was dedicated to helping me work on an audition for a music scholarship and I nailed it all thanks to her, seriously. I can't thank her enough! She helped me with the tools and confidence I needed to sing in the real world alone rather than just back row in a large choir.
Review by Sharon
My 4-year-old has had several lessons with Martina now, and he has learned a lot. Obviously, it is challenging to teach such a young child, and he has learned quite a lot in a short time, and is very excited to learn about violin and for his lessons. I think Martina is doing an excellent job, is quite patient, and is teaching him in such a way that he can really remember his new skills from week to week. We look forward to many more lessons with Ms. Martina!
Review by Jon
Michael is exactly what I was looking for in a teacher. The first thing he did was to determine what I wanted to get out of lessons, and what my existing skill level is. He is now aiming me in the right direction - and he is clearly skilled, experienced and knowledgeable, in addition to being very easy to get along with. I'm very happy.
Review by Gillian
Vince is a great drum teacher for my 8 year old son. We go to his house where he has a studio setup with a huge drum set. He has been very patient but really holds my son responsible for learning the right way to play. After about 5 lessons, my son is playing some rhythms on the drums and reading music. He looks forward to his lessons with Vince.
Review by Ericcharlton
Rahsaan is an extremely talented player who relates really well with my teenagers. He has them both interested in learning. Given Rahsaan's expertise, it's clear that even though they are beginners now, they can learn from him for a long time to come. He's a real nice laid-back guy and both the boys really enjoy their time with him. I've been very impressed and pleased with the experience.
Review by Suzette
She is amazing! My daughter, Isabella (7 yrs) is totally engaged in the lesson. Lilly's definitely has a gift with teaching young children!!! A great talent of hers is making the content interesting, current to today's music and most of all fun! She has a knack for taking the material and translating it in a way that is relatable to Isabella. My daughter really enjoys her lesson's and has moved along rather quickly with the material. Thanks Lilly!
Review by Al
Pavel is doing a great job with my 6 year old son. Pavel is doing a great job helping my son focus on technique and rhythm, which is something previous instructors weren't so successful with. Pavel is organized / structured / systematic, which is what my son needs now, but I hope he relaxes a bit as the lessons continue so that more "joy" comes through.
Review by Michelle S.
"My daughter has been a student with Mark for over a year. She has come so far and has learned so much in such a short time. Mark is extremely talented and knowledgeable. He is very serious, patient and super nice. If your child or if you really WANT to learn the drums, then I highly recommend Mark. He is our third instructor and the best one yet! You will not be disappointed." Michelle S.
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