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Instruments: Saxophone
Styles: Classical, Jazz, Blues, Folk, Funk, Electronic, Salsa, Showtunes, Merengue, Latin Jazz, Swing, Samba, Bossa Nova, Avant-garde

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Matt B In Home In Studio Teaches Online
Instruments: Saxophone
Styles: Classical, Jazz, Blues, Folk, Funk, Electronic, Salsa, Showtunes, Merengue, Latin Jazz, Swing, Samba, Bossa Nova, Avant-garde

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Ages Taught: 10-80
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Bachelor Degree: Manhattan School of Music

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2014 - 2018 - Manhattan School of Music Merit Scholarship

Overview:

I'm an NYC freelance saxophonist and composer with 8 years teaching experience. In my 15 years playing experience as a saxophonist, I've performed at venues such as Dizzy's Club Coca Cola, The Jazz Gallery, Smalls, and Carnegie Hall, with bands such as the Grammy nominated MSM Afro Cuban Jazz Orchestra. I've had the good fortune to study the saxophone with such greats as Dave Liebman, Dayna Stevens, Rich Perry, and Vincent Herring. I take great pride in tailoring lessons to meet my student's wants and interests with the saxophone, while still making sure that the fundamentals of the instrument are thoroughly understood. Ultimately, my goal is to give people the skills needed for them to teach themselves what they want to learn! I owe everything to teachers that inspired me when I was young. There's nothing like the feeling of doing the same for someone else! I love passing on what I know, and learning from my student's unique viewpoints and experiences.

EXPERIENCE

I've been teaching private lessons consistently for 8 years. I first started teaching when I was in high school, helping other students understand points about theory and improvisation. Music lessons have so many different things to offer to people, so I believe in letting people take from lessons what will best serve them. If people are looking to get more serious about the instrument, I'll focus on building a practice regimen with them, and methodically expanding their technical and musical ability. If people are more interested in an at-your-own-pace style of lessons, I love navigating the balance between pushing students to try new things and expand themselves, and solidifying the skills and interests they already have. In addition to teaching saxophone, I've been teaching both music theory (classical and jazz) and ear training (including solfege and sight singing) independent of saxophone lessons for 4 years. In my opinion, ear training is the most important skill any musician can cultivate, and I always work to integrate ear training techniques into saxophone lessons.

METHODS USED

For young learners and adult beginners who are interested in reading music, I usually use Eugene Rosseau's Saxophone Methods, while incorporating level-appropriate pieces along the way. One of my favorite skills to cultivate is transcription, so I will both transcribe into written form music requested by students, and guide students in learning music by ear themselves. In general, I work from custom lessons plans informed by my experience with the typical progression of students; I never work exclusively from one book or another. Finally, I'm a strong believer in the importance of having a strong ability with and (even more importantly!) understanding of the fundamentals of the saxophone, and of music itself. This means guided practice of the basic exercises in lessons, and guided analysis/breakdown of music to see the inner patterns at work. For my students that want them, I create practice guides after each lesson (written music with exercises discussed) and send follow up emails with suggestions for things to focus on in that week's practice.

LESSON STYLE

One of the most valuable life skills that music lessons can impart is the skill of objective self-analysis. This means being honest with oneself, both about areas that need improvement (weaknesses), but also existing strengths! I encourage students to use this skill in a musical context, with the hope that they then carry it out into other parts of their lives. My greatest strength as a teacher is my flexibility- I make sure to prepare for every lesson, but if a student comes in with a curveball that takes the lesson in a new direction, I'm happy to go with the flow, and to try and build and expose the deeper relationships between different areas of music and the saxophone. If you're interested in lessons which emphasize strong fundamentals while simultaneously building a framework to gain a deeper understanding of music, I'm the teacher for you!

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