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Evan A In HomeHome In StudioStudio Teaches OnlineOnline
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Instruments: Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet
Styles: Classical, Jazz, Pop, Rock, Blues, Folk, Country, R&b, Gospel, Musical Theater, Opera, Latin, Funk, Hip Hop, Electronic, Flamenco, Salsa, Showtunes, Spirituals, Reggae, Merengue, Latin Jazz, Swing, New Age, Samba, Bossa Nova, Soul, Marching Band, Punk, Mariachi, Avant-Garde

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Evan A In Home In Studio Teaches Online
Instruments: Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet
Styles: Classical, Jazz, Pop, Rock, Blues, Folk, Country, R&b, Gospel, Musical Theater, Opera, Latin, Funk, Hip Hop, Electronic, Flamenco, Salsa, Showtunes, Spirituals, Reggae, Merengue, Latin Jazz, Swing, New Age, Samba, Bossa Nova, Soul, Marching Band, Punk, Mariachi, Avant-Garde

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In Your Home My Studio Online
Ages Taught: 6-80
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Degrees / Training / Special Info:
Bachelor Degree: Capilano University, Course Work: Banff Center of the Arts, other: Private lessons with Wojtek Komsta (student of Kalmen Opperman), other: Private lessons with Stan Karp (student of Joe Henderson)
Awards:

2010 - Vancouver Mayor's Arts Emerging Artist Award

2010 - Breda (Netherlands) Jazz Festival Kobe Award

2009 - Musicounts Fred Sherratt Award

2009 - Montreal Jazz Festival Grand Prix de Jazz

2003 - Fraser MacPherson Scholarship

Overview:
I'm a dedicated instructor who's passionate about imparting the love of making music to all my students! I started on clarinet at age 7 and was instructed by my Grandfather (a clarinetist and elementary school teacher), who instilled in me a love of music and learning. After completing a BMUS degree in Jazz Studies with a major in saxophone performance from Capilano University in my hometown of Vancouver, Canada, I moved to NYC in 2014, and have maintained a busy performance schedule, appearing regularly at some of New York’s finest jazz clubs such as Jazz at Lincoln Center and Birdland, as well as festivals and music venues around the world. I currently occupy the lead alto sax chair with Grammy award-winning Vince Giordano’s Nighthawks and am proud to be a part of that New York institution that has been running for more than 40 years. I am also a member of the Grammy-nominated Catherine Russell band and perform regularly with acclaimed trumpeter/singer, Bria Skonberg. He have performed professionally with such greats as Houston Person, Ken Peplowski, Jason Marsalis, Michael Bublé, Wycliffe Gordon, and Harry Allen. I am fortunate to have studied with some great teachers on my chosen instruments and cultivated a passion for teaching from an early age. I studied saxophone with Stan Karp in Vancouver (a student of Bill Green, Buddy Collette, and Joe Henderson) and clarinet with Wojtek Komsta (a student of Kalmen Opperman).
EXPERIENCE
I've been teaching private woodwind lessons for 10 years and have worked with dozens of high school and university-level jazz ensembles. In 2017 I was Musical Director for Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Jazz For Young People show, titled “Who is Louis Armstrong?” in the Rose Theater. I teach out of my home studio as well as in student's homes. I'm currently on faculty as woodwind and jazz instructor at Harlem School of the Arts and participated in their 2019 Summer Jazz Intensive. I also occasionally do outreach work for Jazz at Lincoln Center. I am always eager to connect with new students, hear their stories and help them develop.
METHODS USED
Potential teaching topics can include: SOUND PRODUCTION - BREATHING TECHNIQUE: the most important part of playing a wind instrument is, well… the WIND! Learn how to maximise and strengthen your lung capacity in order to achieve the most resonant sound at any dynamic volume. - EMBOUCHURE: How to form good, strong embouchure in all registers, and also how to adjust embouchure to achieve the sound you want for any musical context. - “VOICING”: Learning the relationship between what the larynx (voice box) does and sound production in terms of tone and pitch. TECHNIQUE - Through learning patterns, scales, etudes, and melodic figures, build your technique to be able to play anything you want to play, free of technical limitations. READING MUSIC - Learn strategies for how to develop the ability to read music proficiently. HOW TO IMPROVISE - Through guided listening, transcription, melodic variation, and chord/scale theory, develop a personalized vocabulary based on what inspires you and the history of the jazz language. SONGS AND REPERTOIRE - Learning songs is an important part of building a melodic vocabulary. Learn how to state the melody of a song in a meaningful, expressive way and use it as a starting point for melodic variation and improvisation if that interests you. LISTENING TO THE GREATS! - Learn how to practice active listening, transcribe and play along with recordings that inspire you.
LESSON STYLE
My primary goal for every lesson is that the student leaves feeling inspired to play and practice! I use a fun and focused approach to developing sound and instrumental technique with a student, thus freeing them to play whatever music inspires them. I feel it’s important that all exercises be practiced musically, thus making the process fun and engaging. I encourage students to be masters of extremes (high/low, loud/soft, fast/slow), adding depth, versatility and effectiveness to their playing, and through which they can express their individuality. As far as music and material goes, I’m well-versed in a wide variety of different styles and can act as a guide for you to become an accomplished player in whatever stylistic vein you enjoy most. Personally, I love old songs from the early jazz age and enjoy teaching students to state melodies expressively and meaningfully. Whether you have three hours a day to practice or only 20 minutes a few times a week we can adjust the practice schedule accordingly to get you making progress toward your goals.
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Chavez Benjamin

5

Mr. Evan has taken the time to teach me the necessary basics of the saxophone that I needed and his approach is very fun and it motivates you to practice. He has thought me many techniques which he went through with me and also given me songs to learn which I played for an Audition to get into the University of Trinidad and Tobago and succeeded. I am really thankful for the time he spent teaching me as I believe he is one of the reasons I am University today

Review posted on Nov 18, 2019

John Bianchi

5

Evan's approach to teaching is one that's resonated with me - he makes lessons fun, but they're very productive. As an intermediate player, I've enjoyed our lessons as we're playing the pieces that I enjoy playing for my gigs, but Evan comes at them in a way that challenges me and which has allowed me to improve my technical skills and the emotional impact of my playing. From dynamics to fingering to the construction of solos, I can hear what I've learned from Evan every time I pick up the clarinet. It's treat to learn from one of the top reed players in New York City.

Review posted on Nov 05, 2019
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