Ethan Helm

Flute, Alto Sax, Clarinet, Classical Composition, Classical Orchestration, Composition, Contemporary Composition, Jazz Composition, Jazz Piano, Piano Composition, Saxophone, Soprano Sax, Tenor Sax
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I am a woodwind performer, composer and educator who loves to make serious subjects fun and fun subjects serious. I graduated from Eastman School of Music in 2012 as the only Rogers Scholar in my class, and received a PhD in Music Performance and Composition from New York University in spring 2022. I have performed at every great jazz venue in New York City and toured across North America and Europe as a performer, in addition to winning multiple national awards as a jazz saxophonist and composer. I bring these diverse professional experiences into my lesson plans. Raised by two public school teachers, I have been giving private instruction in woodwinds and composition for twelve years. I also enjoy sharing my experiences in challenging academic settings through tutoring and preparation for college applications and auditions.

My teaching style is flexible and focuses on engaging students on their specific musical interests, and challenging them to develop their interests through a weekly practice schedule. Students preparing for college will be given a rigorous practice routine that will ensure successful auditions, while students primarily interested in creative fulfillment will be introduced to many ways of creating and thinking about music. All students will become fluent on their instrument and comfortable performing in public, and will learn about music history, theory, and composition.

BM in Saxophone Performance and Jazz Studies, Eastman School of Music (2012)
MM in Jazz Performance and Composition, New York University (2015)
PhD in Music Performance and Composition, New York University (2022, Steinhardt Doctoral Fellow 2017-2022)

Required texts are highly dependent on students' goals, but all lessons start with a notebook of blank manuscript paper. Here, students will write down their weekly assignments, record and reflect on their own progress, and learn how to notate music and design exercises that will benefit their musicianship.

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