Jackson Heights Music Lessons
Thank you for your interest in music lessons with Javier Arau.
A complete musician. The total package.
Jerry Bergonzi, saxophonist/educator
Javier is wonderful with my children. They are so fortunate to have such a caring and dedicated teacher. His lessons are fun, well-structured, and motivating. Thank you, Javier!
Endorsement from a satisfied parent
Online Lessons Also Available
Online private lessons with Javier Arau are now available via Skype video-conferencing and occur in real-time. You will be able to share files and work on any aspect of music via live video and audio.
To get started:
1. Prepay for a lesson (60-minute online lesson is $70 USD):
2. Email Javier to let him know your general availability (Please specify your time zone).
3. Javier will contact you via email within 48 hours to arrange your specific lesson time.
4. At your lesson time, make sure you are logged in to your Skype account and are ready to go. Javier will contact you via Skype at that time.
You must have a Skype account (Mac or PC) to take online lessons with Javier. To dowload Skype, click here.
About Lessons with Javier Arau
Located in the beautiful historic district of Jackson Heights, 10 minutes away from midtown Manhattan, Javier Arau’s teaching studio provides lessons for students of all ages and interests. Javier also teaches select students in their homes in Manhattan. Please contact Javier for more information on Manhattan house calls.
A virtuoso instrumentalist and accomplished composer, Javier Arau has been active as an educator since 1991. He has taught at colleges, high schools, elementary schools, music camps, school assemblies, and has given group lessons and private lessons. A four-time Downbeat Magazine award winner, internationally published music author and composer, and award-winning recording artist, Javier possesses a deep passion for teaching and is an innovator in music education theory. Please also visit the lesson plans page, where Javier periodically posts his thoughts or lessons on various subjects. Feel free to view this sample lesson on improvisation, check out common lesson FAQs, browse the press/testimonials page, or contact Javier directly for more information.
Endorsements from satisfied students
Javier helped me prepare for further curiosities about my ability as a player by listening and sharing ideas about the bigger scheme of musicianship. He is a refreshing educator who I feel is a part of the healthily ever-changing expression of music.
He always knows what to say to improve playing.
Javier was very flexible and willing to accomodate my musical interests.
Javier is great to come to for advice and gives it to you without frills. Everything is so straight-forward, leaving you without having to guess at his meaning.
Javier always knew exactly what to say in order for a certain result to be reached and it always worked.
Choose an area of interestI enjoy teaching general music to groups of young children, ages 4-6. These classes are a step up from typical music and movement classes for this age group, and they lay a great foundation for the student who will eventually study privately on a specific instrument. Through general music classes, students learn about the following areas of music:
- drama/role-playing in music
- visual art and music
- architecture and direction in music
- the orchestra
- how to listen
- basic note-reading
- jazz/classical/blues styles
- saxophone (ages 7 and higher)
- piano (ages 4 and higher)
- clarinet (ages 7 and higher)
- flute (ages 7 and higher)
- voice coaching (all ages)
I believe that nearly all of us are drawn initially to music because it is full of so much joy and wonder. It is my passionate goal as an educator to help keep that sense of joy and wonder alive and well throughout each studentís time with me. I offer a holistic curriculum that incorporates not only the practical and traditional aspects of playing songs on the instrument, but also introduces music theory, composition, and improvisation. Most students work out of at least two books. One is a traditional method book in which the student learns already written songs. The other is a blank manuscript book where the student begins writing his or her own compositions. I am interested also in widening each student’s vision and imagination, as we learn about visual art, drama, and language in relation to music. I have developed an original method of teaching note-reading that drastically improves each student’s retention and understanding of the concept.
Lessons are usually 30 minutes. 60 minute lessons are also available.
- saxophone (all ages)
- piano (all ages)
This level of study assumes that, at the very minimum, the student has a basic knowledge of the instrument and can play relatively easy pieces without difficulty. Each student comes to me with certain strengths, and I am happy to help develop those strengths. I am even more interested in helping with any weaknesses the player might have. If the weakness is rhythm, let’s tackle it. If you read well, but you want to loosen up a little and learn more about improvising, we’ll start there. Same thing goes if you can play by ear and want to learn to read notation. Some players come to me wanting to learn a particular style, and I am happy to accommodate.
I recommend a 60 minute lesson for intermediate/advanced lessons. 30 minute lessons are also available.These lessons assume some general knowledge of a particular instrument. Basic knowledge of the piano keyboard is recommended. Students generally approach me with a particular goal or area of study in mind. Some sample areas of study are listed below:
- Jazz Composition (tune writing, longer forms, jazz band, songwriting)
- Classical Composition (free, twelve-tone, neo-romantic, electronic)
- Arranging (big band arranging, orchestration)
- Improvisation (free, over jazz changes, blues)
- Theory (classical, jazz)
I recommend a 60 minute lesson.
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