Lesson Feesfrom $40.00 / 30 Minutes
Hi! I'm Zack. I play saxophone and clarinet and am passionate about helping students become the best musicians they can be. I studied classical clarinet at Juilliard, in New York City, and afterwards studied jazz with some of New York's leading jazz musicians. I make a living playing both genres, in addition to composing and performing with my own groups. In addition to saxophone and clarinet, I have experience playing and teaching flute, piano, improvisation, electronic music, and music production. I have over a decade of teaching experience and currently work on the faculty at Bard College and with the teaching artist ensemble Living Arts Collaborative.
The goal of my teaching is to give every student a positive experience in music. That can mean learning to play your favorite songs, practicing music for band class, preparing for competitive conservatory auditions, or composing your own music. Whatever your goals, I will guide you toward success while cultivating a joy and appreciation for music.
Bachelor of Music Degree from the Juilliard School, 2017; Clarinet Teacher at Bard College, 2018 - present; Teaching Artist with the Living Artist Collaborative (formerly Bridge Arts Ensmeble), 2018 - present
With over a decade of teaching experience, I have developed a teaching method that accounts for the specific skills and challenges of each student. I believe that it is important for students to practice music that fits their skill level, and that they should play music that they enjoy listening to. I give my students assignments that challenge them but that are achievable with practice. Too hard? It get's frustrating. Too easy? Boring! For that reason, I don't rely on text books or cookie-cutter learning methods. I create all of the exercises myself, tailored to the level of each student.