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  • 5 years in business
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
  • New York, NY

Cheyenne W.

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Overall - highly recommend. Took my first ever Piano lesson with Michael, and was so surprised with how amazing it was. As someone who can't read music, has never played an instrument (even in school as a kid), Michael showed me that it is possible after all. So pleased with the openness to teach me in how I would learn best and felt free to ask questions and make mistakes as I went along - and very knowledgeable! One of the coolest experiences I've had learning something new.

Angie K.

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Michael was great! I'm a complete beginner to the sax (having never played an instrument before) and he was very attentive and patient. I'll be coming back for more lessons when I can dedicate more time to the saxophone. Would recommend!

Simone S.

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Michael is a great teacher and I look forward to my clarinet lessons each week. He is patient and explains the technical parts of playing very clearly. He gives good tips and teaches at an appropriate pace.

  • 8 years in business
  • 39 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 4 hours

Chris S.

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Ari is my piano teacher and scheduling is great because of simple and fast communication, Ari is engaging and very passionate about piano. I highly reccomend for anyone interested in playing the piano.

Krishnan C.

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Conor has been a great guitar teacher for me and my playing has improved a lot by working with him so far!

  • 25 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 3 hours
  • Brooklyn, NY

Ashley R.

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I'm a satisfied customer who has very positive comments about Joshua Shneider Music. Josh's rate is very affordable for the high quality instruction he provides. He answered my thumbtack post within minutes and communicated clearly with me about what I was looking for in my lessons. I was looking to return to playing my flute after many years away. In my first complimentary lesson Josh was able to quickly determine where my skills versus deficiencies were and begin to supplement my previous knowledge with useful exercises. His knowledge is clearly extensive and he tailored his instruction to my level of understanding. It is my impression that he would be a great fit for beginners and advanced musicians alike. I've seen marked improvement rather quickly. Josh has given instruction on how to get my sound together and also taught me many useful strategies for approaching a new piece of music. He is patient, encouraging and the instruction I've received has felt very personalized. Josh also continues to check in about my goals to see how he can best meet my expectations.

Serge J.

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My 11 year daughter, M, plays tenor saxophone in her school Music band/ orchestra class this semester. She asked for help. She and I both signed up for lessons with Josh a month or so ago. It has been truly amazing. Josh is a knowledgeable, patient, and effective teacher. And affordable! M now averages 98+ in her music class. We have a weekly father-daughter activity; practice together; listen attentively to Sonny Rollins, John Coltrane & Ben Webster, amongst others together; & planning to perform Holidays tunes this season. I highly recommend Josh.

Chris P.

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I've been taking saxophone lessons with Josh for about a month now and I've been very happy with the experience. I had never played before and Josh has been great about teaching me the basics at a good pace. He is very nice and professional. Definitely recommend!

  • 17 years in business
  • Brooklyn, NY

Joel Jean M.

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We contacted Aakash Mittal about clarinet lessons for our son after he gave a presentation at our son's 5th grade instrumental music class. We’re very glad we did. Our son improved quickly during the three years he took lessons from Aakash. He received music awards at Centennial Middle School, twice auditioned into CU Boulder’s Middle School Honor Band, made first clarinet at CU’s Middle School Band Camp, and auditioned into Boulder High’s Wind Ensemble. To cap his time with Aakash, he gave his own clarinet recital, including three duets with Aakash, as well as the 3rd movement of Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto with piano accompaniment. More importantly, the process that led to these accomplishments was genuinely enjoyable. Our son started off with a half-hour lesson each week, and liked it so much that he quickly moved to an hour lesson. Aakash has an excellent teaching style. After our son played a piece, Aakash would ask what he thought went well, and what needed work. Aakash rarely had negative criticism and focused on what elements would improve a piece, and in getting students to honestly evaluate themselves. As our son gained skill and confidence, they got down to brass tacks more quickly—but still without him ever feeling guilty or chastised. Aakash’s primary instrument is the saxophone, but he thoroughly understands the clarinet. Lessons included instrument-specific tasks like fine pitch control, breathing, alternate fingerings, tonguing, and embouchure, as well as broader topics of playing exact rhythm, tempo changes, pitch, dynamics, and phrasing. Most importantly, he understands that, as time-consuming as these components are, they are ultimately “just” technical elements. After our son mastered them for a hard piece, they’d then work on exploiting them to play music that swoops and soars and comes from the heart. And though Aakash’s favorite style is pretty hyperactive jazz, he is comfortable with a wide range of musical styles. Our son played the MapleStory video game for years, and Aakash helped him learn transcriptions of several songs from the game. For one recital, our son found several Legend of Zelda transcriptions—evoking exclamations from other students like “We can play game music for a recital? I didn’t know that!” As our son’s taste gravitated toward classical music, Aakash was right there with him. Aakash was especially good at helping our son work on challenging pieces. Our son is always choosing music that seems a little (or sometimes, a lot) beyond his level. For example, the Mozart Clarinet Concerto is really a virtuoso recital piece. They took the 3rd movement one section at a time, sometimes playing very slowly to get the rhythms and notes right. Aakash had him try to play along with a full orchestra recording (where it was clear that playing at full tempo makes the piece exponentially more difficult.) Okay, that didn’t work, so they concentrated on getting it right at a slightly more relaxed tempo. Eventually, we brought in a friend of Aakash’s on piano, and the three of them worked on how to coordinate and figure out who was in charge of the rhythm. It made an exhilarating finale to our son’s solo recital. Aside from his skills as a teacher, Aakash is also quite practical. He knew that his own concert schedule affected his teaching schedule, so was good about trying to make up missed classes during the week, and was flexible when our own schedule interfered with lessons. We’re also impressed with his ambition—he knows that great musicians don’t sit around waiting to be “discovered”, but actively promote themselves and make things happen. We have seen him playing live with various people many times, and have enjoyed the variety of musical styles and partners. (Especially when he plays with electric violin. Hint, hint!) We enjoyed our three years with Aakash, and had mixed feelings about him leaving for India—happy for him, but sad that we were losing a great teacher. We can whole-heartedly recommend him for just about anything he’s trying to do.

Heidi E.

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I play the clarinet and have taken lessons with Aakash since January of 2013 until his trip to India . I had a final lesson with him in September 2014 when he returned from India. I attend Casey Middle School in Boulder, CO where I take band and jazz band. Aakash and I began lessons exploring jazz and improvisation. I learned “Sonnymoon for Two” by Sonny Rollins as a start, and then we worked on “Summertime” by George Gershwin for my recital in May 2013. Since then, we’ve been working on classical music pieces and all twelve scales in the circle of fifth. Aakash encouraged me to audition for the CU MIddle School Honor Band & I was accepted! Aakash is an amazing teacher. He challenges me by giving me pieces that are more advanced. He not only teaches the music, but he goes beyond the notes to educate me about the composition, the rhythm, the feeling as well as technique. He helped me to better understand my instrument and I really enjoyed learning his tips and tricks for putting my fingers in the right place, articulating correctly and playing high notes well. Aakash has always been very supportive. He gently encouraged me to play in the recital, even though I was terrified. Before I began taking private lessons with him, I was scared to even play aloud to my band teacher at school. Aakash allayed my fears a bit by telling me that everybody squeaks, even him. He is a very patient and kind instructor. Overall, my experience as a student of Aakash was very positive. I would definitely recommend him to other students. I learned a lot from Aakash, including facing my fears and actually turning them into self confidence. I am honored and privileged to have worked with such a fantastic musician and teacher. Annika Ekrem Boulder, CO

Michael G.

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I was a saxophone student of Aakash's for 2 years. Aakash was a fantastic teacher. He is kind, helpful, and creative. His teaching style is unique and effective. He brings out the best in all of his students and is truly and inspiration. Aakash is also the best saxophone player I have ever met.

  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 1 hours
  • Wood Ridge, NJ

Brian K.

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Corey carries much passion and knowledge for the saxophone. From fundamentals (e.g. positioning, embouchure, horn setup, and their effects on tone) to techniques to improve your chops, Corey provided a great understanding of my horn and sound, and tailored our lessons to develop aspects I enjoy about playing the saxophone. Improv, theory, composition... he's got it covered. I would recommend Corey to all different levels of players.

Samuel P.

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Corey is an excellent Saxophone instructor. He prepared me more than adequately to both audition for and succeed as a Saxophone performance major at Lebanon Valley College. His commitment to my success as well as his ability as a saxophone player pushed me to be prepared and ready for my time in college.

Niko S.

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I'm a bad singer who comes from a long, storied ancestry of bad singers. However, after only three vocal lessons with Corey, I have managed to make more progress than I thought would ever be possible. He is genuinely great at what he does. He is nothing short of a miracle worker.

  • 18 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
  • Oceanside, NY

Dan H.

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Joseph exceed my expectations. He and the guitar player he brought along were terrific. They played an incredible variety of music, some with excellent vocals. Joe also played the flute during the wedding ceremony. Joe was a pleasure to do business with.

Nancy G.

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Joe has been teaching my daughter for the past two months amd he has been focusing on technique and scales. My daughter enjoys her lessons with Joe.

  • 13 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 26 min

Amy P.

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I had a great lesson with Jim. By the end of the first class I'd been able to try a few different types of saxophones and just about play notes on each of them, despite never having even held a Saxophone prior to that. He had a very relaxed style and even took the time to suggest music to listen to once the class had finished. I'd definitely recommend classes with him to friends or anyone else wanting to learn.

Fraser M.

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Highly recommend Jim - enthusiastic, knowledgable and patient teacher of the Saxophone. I am thoroughly enjoying my lessons.

Vincent F.

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Jim is a talented, knowledgeable and thoughtful teacher. I'll be taking weekly lessons with him. Recommend highly!

  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 12 min
  • Brooklyn, NY

Michael R.

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Sagi is a wonderful saxophone teacher: patient, knowledgeable, and supporting. With his guidance, I went from not knowing how to hold a saxophone to playing some of my favorite popular tunes, in a matter of weeks. I look forward to continuing my weekly (and always fun) lessons with him, and to reaching my goals with the saxophone.

Mihir S.

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I have been taking private saxophone lessons from Sagi since April. In a matter of few weeks, I've gone from not being able to know how to hold the alto sax correctly to playing some tunes and reading music. While teaching, he is patient and focused. He is also flexible with scheduling lessons. I would highly recommend him.

Paulina R.

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Sagi gave saxophone classes to a good friend. He demonstrated to be very professional and a great teacher. Would highly recommend him!!

  • 18 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 3 hours

Laurie R.

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Do not hesitate to work with Ken, he is a wonderful teacher! My 14-year old son has been taking alto sax lessons with Ken for over a year and will be entering high school in September. I can see Ken being a long-term fixture during my son's high school years. Ken is incredibly talented and loves to share his knowledge and experience with his students. He does it very well. He is VERY easy to work with and he has a great sense of humor, which my son loves. My son very much enjoys his lessons. In working with my son, Ken has upped my son's "game" in so many ways and I can't wait to see what the future holds musically for him. Ken came highly recommended to me and for good reason. He opens up new worlds and new doors for his students. He is very invested in his students' lessons and wants the best for them. If you have the opportunity to work with Ken, take it.

Samantha F.

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Ken has been my teacher since I was eleven years old. I began as a clarinet/bass clarinet player and was able to smoothly add saxophone and flute to my repertoire under his direction. During my seven years studying with Ken he has helped me to be successful in auditions and has pushed my ability to its farthest limit. Ken is the definition of patience and kindness and is an ideal teacher for anyone- beginner, professional, and all levels in between. I cannot say enough positive things about my experience with Ken!

Elisa R.

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Ken has been my older son's saxophone and clarinet teacher for 8 years, and my younger son's for 4 years. His technical skills as a teacher are excellent, and they have both grown immeasurably in their time with him. In addition, and very importantly, he has become a mentor and friend to them. Ken is very knowledgeable and invaluable in preparing for competition and college auditions. He is always responsive and reliable and I would highly recommend him.

  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 19 min
  • New York, NY

Olga T.

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Francesco is absolutely great! Besides being one of the best saxophone players I've ever heard, he's a very good teacher. He gave me many good tips for the saxophone technique and for improvisation, he's nice, patient, and he really motivated me to practice. His knowledge of music is very large, so I would recommend him to other students of any level and for any type of music.

Lei D.

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Been putting Italian learning on hold for almost a year. This is a great start to kick start my brain cells that are associated with language. Francesco is intuitive and patient and knowledgeable

  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 1 hours
  • Brooklyn, NY

Will H.

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Logan is nothing short of an outstanding teacher. I have 10-15 years of playing background, but hadn't picked up my saxophone in years and was badly in need of some instruction. After I started taking lessons with Logan, I quickly realized I couldn't have found a better teacher. Logan did a great job of quickly assessing my musical background, current skill level, and priorities/goals going forward. His technical ability and all-around musical knowledge are all off the charts - this guy really knows his way around a saxophone, and is a serious composer to boot. He's been playing on the national and international jazz circuits since high school and (if I remember correctly) furthered his musical training at the New England Conservatory. He brings an infectious energy to every lesson that makes them fun, exciting and really fruitful. Whether you are trying to learn basics from the ground up or want to get into the deeper levels of musical theory/improvisation/composition, Logan is more than qualified. I guess in closing I would say that after taking lessons with lots of other teachers over the years before finding Logan, he is (in my opinion) the ideal combination of top-level chops AND theoretical knowledge, while still being personable and making every lesson a blast. It's only a matter of time before this guy's career as a player blows up, so if you're at all on the fence about lessons, snag a lesson with this guy before he's onto other things, and (re)discover the joy of saxophone.

Nick S.

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I had a fantastic first lesson with Logan and will definitely continue to take lessons with him. We went over a range of things such as technique, music theory, ear training, and even some music history as well! Logan is an extremely gifted musician and composer too. As far as teaching goes, he was personable, energetic, and encouraging. Also, he was extremely flexible in dealing with many different styles and types of music as well, and made me feel quite comfortable with the direction I was looking to go in musically. I would highly recommended Logan for all ages and levels of experience.

  • Brooklyn, NY

Jane M.

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My two children (ages 7 and 12) have been taking guitar lessons from Jonah for the last year and we have nothing but good things to say about him! He brings such joy to his teaching and is so patient with them both. They have made incredible progress in the last year! He gives lots of positive feedback and is so easy to work with. Would definitely recommend him!

Kathy P.

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My child (age 12) has been studying with Jonah for two years and she can really play the guitar now! She can play Beatles songs and has started figuring out songs that she really likes from the radio! Jonah is so upbeat, enthusiastic, and really caters to her needs. I recommend him 100%! -Kathy

  • 33 years in business
  • Westwood, NJ

Scott H.

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I studied saxphone and Jazz Music Theory privately with Allan for 5 years. He is extremely knowledgeable regarding Saxophone and Flute technique and also has a great familiarity with the piano. But aside from his technical excellence, he is outstanding teacher which in many ways is more important than technical knowledge. This means he can explain concepts and provide examples that are appropriate for a student's playing level which allows them to progess in a linear fashion, maintain their interest in music and bolster their confidence. He is also very patient, supporitve and enthusiastic about music; characteristics that are so important in creating a constructive learning environment. I highly recommend him.

D. N.

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I have known Allan Namery as a professional musician and music educator for over 30 years. He is a wonderful saxophonist, flute and clarinet doubler who has a great passion for Jazz and the American song book. Allan combines an extensive knowledge and musicianship, gained over a lifetime of performing, recording and writing music, with a successful career as a music educator.

  • 12 years in business
  • Brooklyn, NY

Ethan S.

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Casey Berman is a wonderful saxophone teacher and warm person to be around. His knowledge of theoretical practice as well as saxophone playing are both at a very high level. He is great at explaining concepts and conceiving of exercises. Highly recommended for those interested in learning how to play the saxophone or how to apply theoretical/improvising concepts on the saxophone!

Bob M.

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Casey is truly a gifted saxophone player and instructor. His support, encouragement and fantastic teaching skills were key to my son's rapid improvement on the instrument.

  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 2 hours
  • Brooklyn, NY

Mikhail R.

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Azat played for my birthday party at Italian restaurant. All guests loved him. He is very talented, and possesses an expansive repertoire of songs; he was able to perform various requests to please everyone! Very professional, and conscious of his volume level. I immensely enjoyed Azat's playing, and would highly recommend him for any event or get-together to set the mood just right. He played for two hours, and never once did I get bored, because he does not repeat songs, and knows how to alternate songs so it constantly sounds fresh. I look forward to working with Azat again.

Mikhail R.

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Azat is professional from booking through to post-event followup. Sure, he can play behind cocktails and dinner with ease--but, why not set time aside for a mini-recital and allow Azat's talent center stage? He is a master at the saxophone and happily rises to the challenge of capturing your guest imagination and attention. Gracious, inspiring and extraordinary talent.

Anton C.

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Azat is an incredibly talented and wonderful musician. He helped us set a fantastic mood and he really went with the flow when the room set up was slightly different than we imagined. I would definitely hire him again and highly recommend to everyone!

  • 18 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
  • Maplewood, NJ

Flute F.

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Julie is a superb teacher. She seeks to improve a student's musicianship in all relevant areas. She challenges students to improve their playing and not settle for merely passable results. She seems to constantly be cultivating new methods and teaching techniques which means she is likely putting in as much work--or more work--than her students. If one particular teaching technique doesn't work for a student, Julie surely has an alternative path in mind that will probably lead to success. Her knowledge and teaching course is deep and if a student desires an improvement in any specific area Julie certainly has a solution or multiple solutions tailored to specific needs of individual students. Her schedule flexibility and openness to feedback are also top notch.

Chana W.

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I think Julie is an awesome teacher. I'm in my 20's and was looking for someone to teach me the saxophone. I was a total beginner, and Julie was so patient from the beginning. During each lesson, Julie taught me new things while enforcing the ideas she taught the previous lessons so that I would work on perfecting one skill while learning a new one, which encouraged me to continue practicing and working on the skills. Overall, I think Julie is a wonderful amd talented teacher that really knows how to teach each student on their own level, and I'm so grateful to have taken lessons with her.

Diana D.

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My 5-year old daughter took violin with Julie and our experience was excellent. She is incredibly patient and encouraging and has a comfort level with teaching that comes across very naturally. Each lesson was also well-structured and productive while remaining fun (which is important for a little one!). I was constantly impressed with not only her expansive musical talent, but with her keen eye in observing all the little details as well. Highly recommended!

  • 17 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
  • Keansburg, NJ

Aj S.

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I took singing lessons with Jen perkel for a number of years. It all started when I had to sing a wedding in Holland and had a very difficult piece. She worked with me every week until I could sing it comfortably. I continued taking lessons with her for quite some time after as I enjoyed the time spent very much. Since then, any time I have some challenging music I turn to Jennifer for help.

  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 14 hours
  • Farmingdale, NY

About

I am a certified New York State music teacher with twenty-nine years of experience. I hold a Bachelors degree in Music Education from the Indiana University School of Music as well as a Masters Degree in Music Education from the University of North Texas. Warm and engaging are words people use to describe my teaching style. I teach piano, clarinet and saxophone using motivational techniques which help to develop strong playing skills, musicianship, sight-reading skills, as well as knowledge of music theory and improvisation. Lessons are never dull but fun and exciting, taught with humor and personality, leading to joy and fulfillment through musical expression. I am very eclectic and open to all styles of music; not afraid to motivate and engage students through music that interests them. The use of colorful graphic images, as well as audio and video recordings of professional musicians help lead to understanding of the many musical concepts students must learn on their way to learning to play a musical instrument at a high level. Instruction also supports preparation for the NYSSMA Solo Festival where needed.

David Intrator

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  • Chappaqua, NY

About

I offer saxophone and music theory lessons on all levels to help you hear, understand and play music better. I am Harvard educated.

NJW Ed

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  • Brooklyn, NY

About

I provide saxophone, theory, jazz and blues improvisation, and general music lessons. Credentials include: - 15 years of music instruction - Master's in Performance - Former Jazz Studies professor at the University of Hartford and SUNY Purchase. -Currently teaching music w KIPP AMP Academy in Brooklyn. -Performs regularly around NYC, nationally and international. - Protege of the jazz legend, Jackie McLean -saxophonist, composer and bandleader.

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  • Brooklyn, NY

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I offer saxophone lessons in NYC for ages 7 and up. All levels and styles are welcome. Advanced students are greatly welcome!

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South Ozone Park, NY

Frequency of lessons
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Experience
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Student age
14-17
$50
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