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      About Matt Erman

      Matt Erman
      Matt Erman
      Music Teacher, Professional
      Location: Rochester, NY
      Speaks: English
      Instructs: Clarinet, Flute, Saxophone
      Education: BM Music Education, BA Jazz Studies, SUNY Fredonia 2021; MM Jazz Performance, Eastman School of Music 2023; New York State Initial Certificate, Music (K-12)
      Performance Experience: The Sideways, Nicole Zuraitis w/ SUNY Fredonia Jazz Faculty Nonet, Rochester Phil. Orchestra Guest Artist, Carlos Garcia Salsa Band, Russell Scarborough Big Band (Album Release), Silver Arrow Band, The Uptown Groove, Sal Valentinetti Band, ECMS Music Educators Jazz Ensemble, Eastman Jazz Ensemble, The World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra, Eastman Saxology© - Lead Alto, Eastman Jazz Lab Band – Lead Alto, Fredonia New Jazz Ensemble – Lead Alto, Fredonia Jazz Orchestra – Lead Alto
      Teaching Experience: 2 years of substitute teaching (Gowanda CSD and Fairport CSD) , 2 seasons of internship (Eastern U.S. Music Camp), 2 years of teaching assistantship (Eastman School of Music/University of Rochester), 1 year of high school music position (Hilton CSD), 1 year of adjunct instructor position (University of Rochester)

      Get to know Matt Erman

      Matthew Erman is a recent graduate from the Eastman School of Music where he received a degree in Jazz and Contemporary Media (MM) while studying under Charles Pillow. Matthew attended The State University of New York at Fredonia where he studied both classical and jazz saxophone and completed degrees in Music Education and Jazz Studies. 

      Matthew was a member of the Fredonia New Jazz Ensemble which received Downbeat magazine's Student Music Award for Outstanding Performance by a College Large Jazz Ensemble - Undergraduate College division, in 2019. He also won the Fredonia Jazz Society Student Jazz Competition in 2019. Matthew has performed with groups such as the World-Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra as well as shared the stage with Tommy Smith and Peter Johnstone during the 2023 Rochester International Jazz Festival with the Eastman Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Christine Jensen. Matthew has also performed alongside artists such as Sal Valentinetti, Carlos Garcia and GRAMMY award-winning jazz vocalist Nicole Zuraitis. Matthew has most recently contributed to playing the album release show of Russell Scarbrough's "Fun Times" as well as has recorded on Rochester based Pop-Soul group The Sideways' newest album "Fair Weather". 

      Matthew has had the opportunity to study with a number of teachers who have impacted him and his playing, they include Chris Hemingway, John Marshall, Bill Katz, Alec Dube, John Bacon Jr., Nick Weiser, Diane Hunger, Nick Childs, and Elliot Scozzaro. Some of his primary musical influences are Kenny Garrett, Dick Oatts, Terrace Martin, Robert Glasper and Bob Berg. Matthew keeps a regular performance schedule outside of his private lesson studio and can be seen playing at many venues around Rochester and the Western New York area. Matthew is currently a high school band director at Hilton High School and also serves as an adjunct instructor at the Arthur Satz Department of Music at the University of Rochester.
      Matt Erman teaches at:
      3349 Monroe Ave Suite 8
      Rochester, NY 14618
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