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Stephen Y.

Saxophonist, Pianist, Composer, Educator

Saxophonist, Pianist, Composer, Educator

$30/hour

  • 161 hours tutoring

About Stephen


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My name is Stephen and I’m a passionate saxophonist, composer, and arranger. Having just graduated from the Mason Gross School of the Arts where I studied with the legendary saxophone virtuoso/composer Ralph Bowen, I’ve already amassed significant experience in performance and music education.

My first musical experience, at five years old, was under the tutelage of classical Suzuki piano, a discipline which revolves around learning pieces by ear and performing pieces from memory sans sheet...

My name is Stephen and I’m a passionate saxophonist, composer, and arranger. Having just graduated from the Mason Gross School of the Arts where I studied with the legendary saxophone virtuoso/composer Ralph Bowen, I’ve already amassed significant experience in performance and music education.

My first musical experience, at five years old, was under the tutelage of classical Suzuki piano, a discipline which revolves around learning pieces by ear and performing pieces from memory sans sheet music. By the end of my piano studies, I had graduated Suzuki Association’s Level V and performed pieces at the highest level (level 8) under the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music. Towards the end of my classical piano studies, I transitioned into focusing on saxophone as my primary instrument.

In high school, I primarily played tenor saxophone. There, I had the distinct honor of leading the marching band, wind ensemble, and jazz band saxophone sections as section leader, a position in which I held the responsibility of teaching, preparing, and organizing students to meet the challenges of a variety of musical performances. As well as performing in nearly every music ensemble at the high school level (including performances of the musical “Little Shop of Horror” on alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, and flute) I had the distinct honor to participate in the classical and jazz offerings of the rigorously auditioned Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA) ensembles. Out of countless saxophonists in the state, I was one of two tenor saxophonists chosen to perform in the district, region, and all-state wind ensembles and the only musician to be regaled the PMEA Richard Merrell Band Scholarship. In the jazz realm, my high school jazz ensemble auditioned and was chosen to be the only high school ensemble to perform at the 2015 PMEA state conference. With such a variety of music education and performance experiences, I was ready to continue my music education at the Mason Gross School of the Arts, an underg


Education

Mason Gross School of The Arts
Jazz Performance - Summa Cum Laude

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  • Hourly Rate: $30
  • Rate details: I'm open to adjusting my rate appropriately given any number of circumstances. Just ask!
  • Lesson cancellation: 24 hours notice required
  • Background check passed on 9/9/2019

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Subjects

Art

Composition (Music)

Composition (Music)

Honors College Scholarly Thesis, Rutgers University, New Brunswick - A 40 page thesis I wrote on six of my original compositions, the stories behind them, and their relation to jazz history Taught a 6 week high school composition class for Play, on Philly!'s summer program, which resulted in the students having their pieces workshopped and recorded by professional musicians in a studio.

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Piano

Piano

I've studied piano for over 12 years, and graduated Level V from the Suzuki Association of Greater Philadelphia in March of 2014.

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Piano

Piano

I've studied piano for over 12 years, and graduated Level V from the Suzuki Association of Greater Philadelphia in March of 2014.

Music

Composition (Music),

Composition (Music)

Honors College Scholarly Thesis, Rutgers University, New Brunswick - A 40 page thesis I wrote on six of my original compositions, the stories behind them, and their relation to jazz history Taught a 6 week high school composition class for Play, on Philly!'s summer program, which resulted in the students having their pieces workshopped and recorded by professional musicians in a studio.
Ear Training,

Ear Training

I've successfully completed my Aural Skills program at Mason Gross School of the Arts. Also, my background in Suzuki (ear training classical piano method) has granted me listening skills for transcription, improvisation, and more.
Piano,

Piano

I've studied piano for over 12 years, and graduated Level V from the Suzuki Association of Greater Philadelphia in March of 2014.
Saxophone

Saxophone

Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies (Saxophone Performance), from the Mason Gross School of the Arts Honors College Certificate (40 page scholarly thesis on jazz composition), from Rutgers University, New Brunswick Studied with jazz legends like Ralph Bowen, Victor Lewis, Abraham Burton, Bill O'Connell, & Kenny Davis

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Piano

Piano

I've studied piano for over 12 years, and graduated Level V from the Suzuki Association of Greater Philadelphia in March of 2014.

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Excellent musical instructor!

Stephen has been working with our son on the saxophone for maybe six months. Logan really likes him, and has progressed beyond expectation. The school has certainly noticed as well, as they just invited my seventh grader to join jazzband, an invitation usually reserved for eighth graders. You can see his YouTube videos, and his teaching skills seem to match his playing skills. All in all, very happy, and will continue to keep our son under his instruction for as long as possible.

Craig, 15 lessons with Stephen

First lesson

Very good teacher , my son will continue to learn and improve techniques, was vey patient, very knowledgeable and very friendly , waiting for next lesson

Youri, 2 lessons with Stephen

Knowledgeable and very patient tutor

He is knowledgeable and very patient tutor! I am very glad that my son has an online saxophone teacher like him. My son has been enjoying his online class. My son is a beginner. Mr. Stephen’s been teaching him step by step from beginning.

Sue, 7 lessons with Stephen

Great First Beginner Lesson

My son took the saxophone out of the case for the first time and put it together during this lesson. Stephen was very patient in walking him through step by step everything he needed to do to play his first notes, understand finger positions, etc. This was all done virtually.

Greg, 7 lessons with Stephen

Great Instructor!

My daughter has been improving a lot after sessions with Stephen. Her tuning skills and playtones definitely sound better. His sessions are always on time with session reminders 30 min before meetings begin. Very reliable.

Myra, 6 lessons with Stephen

Excellent Teacher

I definitely recommend Stephen, he is a fantastic teacher. My son really likes how Stephen presents information and how he is able to read situations correctly and offer sound advice to correct errors.

LeAnn, 21 lessons with Stephen

Knowledgeable and Patient

My son is a beginner saxophonist and was nervous about starting lessons but Stephen has been so patient, kind, and knowledgeable that he looks forward to working with him. We have also noticed improvement in his sound after the first session.

Destiny, 16 lessons with Stephen

Excellent first lesson

This was my first online lesson, but Stephen showed a lot of knowledge and patiently worked with me through a lot of basic, but extremely important and often neglected details of embouchure, articulation, intonation and other aspects that I feel immediately improved my sound. Will keep going back.

Daniel, 3 lessons with Stephen
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$30/hour

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Response time: 2 hours