Matthew Burkett
Matthew Burkett

Matthew Burkett

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Introduction: I'm a professional saxophonist and composer with 14 years playing and 7 years teaching experience. I have a virtual and in person studio in Inwood, NYC. 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 to learn from my student's unique viewpoints and experiences.
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Hired 5 times

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1 employee

7 years in business

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Cash, Check, Venmo, Zelle

This pro indicated that they reviewed CDC safety guidelines for COVID-19 and pledged to do the following:

Maintain 6 feet of distance from customers

Disinfect surfaces touched during the job

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Customers rated this pro highly for work quality, professionalism, and responsiveness.

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Thumbtack Customer

I've been playing the saxophone for 10 years, and I have never sounded as good or felt as confident since taking lessons with Matt. Matt plans lessons around achieving my goals as a musician, specifically improving my improvisation. Matt explains ideas I have struggled to comprehend in a way that makes me feel like I could have discovered these musical ideas myself. We work on everything from fundamentals, sound, technique, and theory, and Matt provides fun exercises that allow me to put ideas into practice. Contemplating concepts like voice leading, chord progressions, and substitutions have given me a plethora of material to keep me busy, and makes me excited to pick up the saxophone and continue working on my musical journey. I highly recommend lessons with Matt for any level player.
Sep 26, 2021
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Thumbtack Customer

I used to play alto sax when I was in Middle and High School and stopped playing after my freshman year. I always regretted that.. I started lessons again after COVID. I have been taking Saxaphone lessons from Matt for about 10 months now and I can say that have experienced consistent improvement. In 10 months I have a better understanding of music and music theory than I had in all my years that I played earlier. Matt is extremely patient and understanding. I totally recommend him to instruct you or your child!
Sep 25, 2021
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Marianna M.

Matthew is a great music teacher. My son absolutely loves him. Matthew helped my son improve his sound, low notes, rhythm and sight reading. Highly recommend!
Sep 25, 2021
Thumbtack Customer

Great music instructor !My son enjoys Matt Burketts lessons. He learned so much from him. Matt helped my son improve his sound, low notes, and sight readingHighly recommend! !
Sep 25, 2021
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Thumbtack Customer

Great lessons with a great deal of flexibility on how fast I can learn as well as timing for our lessons. Highly recommended!
Sep 25, 2021
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Matthew Burkett

FAQs

  • What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?

    My price for an hour long lesson at my studio is $65, and for lessons somewhere else I calculate compensation for travel using the formula (cost of public transport) + ($7.50 per hour of total travel time). If the student needs, I work within a sliding scale, so rates are negociable.

  • What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

    The first step is to figure out with a new student is why they're drawn to the saxophone, what their goals are, and then how we can work toward those goals. Then, we can work on fundamentals, such as breathing, posture, and the basics of sound production. If the student is all good on the basics, we can jump ahead to whatever they want!

  • What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

    I'm a graduate of Manhattan School of Music's jazz program (BM Jazz Tenor Saxophone Performance '18), and have been playing saxophone for 14 years. I've also been studying composition for 4 years, most recently with Reiko Futing.

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