Ivan Baryshnikov teaches privately and during workshops. Main subjects are: Artist Development, Saxophone, Improvisation, Composition.
Philosophy of Education
"In my belief every person has a unique musical voice and should have an educational environment where he or she can find out a personal voice and develop it further. It is my desire to create this type of atmosphere where students are able to discover their music talents.
Acting more as a mentor, I present to my students all the possibilities of music and provide all the necessary tools, so they are able to make choices and let their curiosity direct the development.
I create a safe environment where students are invited to share their ideas, take risks and are not afraid to make mistakes. Students are let to make a progress in their own pace, without enforcing them to meet other people's standards.
My teaching practice is built around a progressive method of education, where self-reflection and self-evaluation is one of the key points in designing a routine, which results into maintaining positive attitude and motivation. For years of teaching practice a unique system based on self-reflection, analysis and planning was developed. It is described in this article on Academia.
Having the experience of the three systems of education from Russia, The Netherlands and New York City - the best of them are picked to deliver an educational experience according to every student’s needs from foundations of music theory to distinctive musical elements of every individual artist."
Nina Chatsisvili, composer:
"I contacted Ivan for music composition lessons. Soon I realized that he does not only teach music composition; instead he takes a holistic approach in music teaching, an approach that encompasses the development of an artist both in terms of the creative/technical aspect (songwriting, composition, music theory, etc) as well as the business aspect (image and branding, marketing, social media etc). This approach makes Ivan unique. Furthermore, he is a nice guy with good sense of humour and a supportive teacher, which makes the lessons always enjoyable. I would highly recommend Ivan to anyone who is interested in building a professional career in the music industry. He is more than a teacher. He will be your mentor and your coach!"
Ras Eddy Rashid, trumpet player:
"I had a lesson with Ivan Baryshnikov and was humbled by the experience. As soon as the session began with Ivan I was calmed and my attention was sharp with his presence. Ivan is a wonderful teacher who closely listens to the studens. Ivan puts the wonder back into music and that is something that is needed in this world. He set an objective calming tone of the session that gave me the confidence to practice hard again. Plus he's just a good bro who kills the sax. I hope to have another lesson soon once I've mastered the essentials. Thanks, Ivan."
Valery Mukaev, saxophone player:
“I was taking lessons with Ivan for three months by Skype. I was interested in improving my composing skills, working on new rhythms and organizing my practice routine in a right way. I have only positive impressions: the material was structured, examples he gave were from both reputable sources and his personal experience. New information was explained in a very accessible way and without useless talks. He helped me to track my progress by analyzing the results. In terms of scheduling a lesson Ivan was very organized, responsible and flexible.
It is great that he loves what he does and shares his experience and knowledge about music. I recommend him to everybody!”
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