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Berklee College of Music Studies included piano, saxophone, guitar, improvisation, composition, arranging, and music theory.Private music studies with John Payne, Gerry Bergonzi, Ghandi Burgess, Arnett Cobb, Budd Johnson, Buddy Tate, Eddie Lockjaw Davis.
#1 Jazz CD on National Radio Charts 2001 Nominated for Kalua Boston Music Award 2002
Hi, my name is Nat. I have been a Music teacher for 30 years and have been playing music since I was 8 years old. I am an enthusiastic teacher and I love teaching for so many reasons. The way I teach is simple, I teach my students how to play correctly while having fun. Whether you are a beginner or someone with a few years experience, take lessons with me and I promise that you will get better and enjoy your lessons. I look forward to meeting you and helping you reach your goals! Many of my former students are now professional musicians and music teachers.
Although I started out on the piano at eight, I switched to tenor sax at the age of 13 on the advice of my doctor, who suggested that playing this horn would help cure me of asthma. I later studied sax with Gerry Bergonzi. As a teenager, I sneaked into such noted New York City jazz emporiums as Birdland and the Five Spot to hear the Jazz Messengers, Gerry Mulligan, Thelonious Monk, and other reigning jazz masters of the times. Another factor was the influence of the so-called school of Texas Tenors who would allow me to sit in with them. Arnett Cobb, Buddy Tate, and Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson were all major shapers of my tough tenor style. During a professional career which began in the early '80s, I have appeared with many major jazz figures in addition to the Texas Tenors, including Ray Bryant, Branford Marsalis, and the Count Basie alumnae band, the Countsmen. I have worked at many Jazz festivals and at such important jazz venues as the Village Vanguard. Along the way, I have produced or co-produced 13 albums for the now defunct Muse label and for my own label, Bluejay Records. I also have a considerable teaching practice which includes lessons on most instruments, including Saxophone, Clarinet, flute, as well as trumpet, trombone, guitar, Bass guitar, piano, Bass Violin, Cello, Violin, Violin, Banjo, Mandolin, and harmonica.
For beginning students who are children, I typically start with Hal Leonard's Essential Elements. Once the student has progressed to have a grasp of the fundamentals, I will begin to introduce solo repertoire appropriate for their first recital performance. For adults, I try to find out what the student is interested in, and guide my instruction accordingly to keep the lessons engaging and fun, no matter their ability level. I play along with my students to help them with interpretation, phrasing, articulation and dynamics.
Nothing is more rewarding than seeing one of my students develop a passion for music! Therefore, it's important that each student progresses at his or her own pace. I encourage this by setting realistic goals for my students at each lesson. Acknowledging accomplishments helps fuel a students desire to progress, and makes students eager to learn more. By trying to find out what inspires the student, I can successfully tailor my instruction to their wants and needs.. I encourage them to always listen to recorded versions of the songs they are trying to play.
He is extremely polite and patient. He explains the theory and provide practical and technical help to proceed. I am very happy to find him. Alsolutely I can recommend him to other people.
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