Music Wizards was founded in 2002 by jazz saxophonist and composer Jerome Sabbagh. Music Wizards offers effective, flexible, community-based music to New York City schools. As a small operation, we can offer competitive prices and are committed to developing a meaningful partnership with the schools we work in. Music Wizards has various programs that we can tailor to a school's specific needs.
Our visiting artists are both highly regarded professional musicians and experienced educators. This dual expertise is a particular asset to help explain musical concepts to children in ways that they relate to. Our visiting artists are adaptable, committed and caring, and they have had good results with children of all ages and of all backgrounds, most of them without prior musical experience.
Music Wizards has been running music programs with great success in different schools throughout New York City. References are available upon request. Please feel free to reach out with any questions. We would be happy to meet with you to further discuss the programs we offer.
Jerome Sabbagh is a graduate from Berklee College of Music and a professional jazz musician and educator. As a saxophone player, he can be heard on many critically praised recordings, including eight albums as a leader. His work has been featured in publications such as the New York Times, the New Yorker and Downbeat, and garnered international acclaim.
As a visiting artist, Jerome Sabbagh has been teaching band, chorus and recorder for over twenty years. Having discovered his vocation thanks to his high school music teacher, he is passionate about exposing the younger generations to music. He also believes that the process of teaching children enriches his playing, and vice versa.
For more information, please visit Jerome's website at jeromesabbagh.com
Takuma Matsui is a musician, animator and educator based in Brooklyn NY. His creative work can be found on a number of creative projects as writer and producer — as well as animator and VFX compositor. He is a contributing producer for the Discovery Music Source which serves TLC, HGTV, Food Network and more.
Takuma is a graduate of Berklee College of Music with a degree in Jazz Composition and Contemporary Writing & Production. As an educator, he aims to bridge the gap between the traditional models of music education with how music creation is practiced today. He was instrumental in implementing the remote music technology program during the pandemic, and aims to expand the way music is taught in and out of the classroom.
For more information, please visit Takuma's website at www.takumamusic.com