Introduction: Hello! My name is Jake Richter and I'm a New York City based musician, composer, and educator with a Masters Degree from the Manhattan School of Music. Welcome to my page on Thumbtack! Here you can learn about a variety of music-related services I offer:
1. Private Music Lessons:
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2. Performances by one of my bands.
3. Audio recording services for you or one of your bands.
4. Transcription services.
Here you can find more about each of these activities and how they might fit your needs!
1. Private Music Lessons:
My unique teaching philosophy is centered around creativity, improvisation, and fun. All too often teachers saddle beginners with rules and technical exercises rather than allowing students to explore and create. While we certainly will learn about theory and technique in our lessons, the difference is that I will help you gain ownership over the technical elements, and then help you use them to create something of you own. In other words: I won't just show you how to play the B-flat Major scale, I'll teach you how to use it to make your own art! To me, gaining a vehicle for personal creative expression is the joy of making music. I offer a sliding scale hourly rate based on the student/family's income because I believe music education should be available to everybody.
2. Performances by one of my bands:
I offer performances by a number of ensembles each appropriate for its own setting. I've played dozens of wedding receptions, cocktail hours, bars, corporate events, and some of New York's finest restaurants, and I'm even the leader of the house band for a weekly comedy show. I would be happy to work with you to bring the perfect type of music to your event. And, even better than to telling you about my groups would be to show you, so I invite you to youtube.com/JakeRichterDrums to hear my music for yourself.
3. Recording Services:
Since moving to New York, I’ve been contacted by a number of friends to record their projects. I would consider the recordings I deliver to be “Semi-Professional,” or in other words, of a higher quality than a Zoom or Voice Memo recording, but more affordable than a full-blown day in a professional recording studio. My rates vary based on size of the ensemble, location, and amount of time required, but can be very flexible depending on your project. You can hear samples of my recording work at JakeRichterDrums.com/recording-services
4. Transcription services:
If you have a song that you are hoping to play with live musicians, but you don't have the sheet music, you can send an audio recording to me and I can convert it into sheet music for you. In the past I've transcribed everything from solo saxophone to Frank Sinatra with a full orchestra, so no project is out of reach. My rates vary based on the complexity of the song, number of instruments involved, and length of the recording.