Zoe Obadia- Saxophone/Jazz

Zoe Obadia- Saxophone/Jazz

5.0 (2)
Best of 2021
1 hire on Lessons.com
1 employee
6 years in business

About this pro

I'm a saxophonist and educator based in NYC with a masters degree in Jazz Studies/Saxophone from the Juilliard School. I’ve been playing professionally in the city for the past few years and I have worked at various jazz educational programs like Jazz at Lincoln Center's Middle School Jazz Academy and Jazz House Kids. 

I have taught students of various skill levels and ages for the past six years. I'm grateful to have had wonderful teachers who gave me a lot of knowledge and nurtured my love of music. My goal is to do the same for my students by catering to their specific interests while challenging them and giving them a holistic music education. 

I love sharing my passion for music with my students and seeing their growth. The saxophone is a malleable instrument, and students can really develop their own, individual voice. Playing is a vehicle for expression and can be very empowering, so it's a joy to give students the tools and guidance to develop their abilities.

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Glen Ridge, NJ 07028
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2 Reviews


  • Angela Lentini-Rivera

    Zoe is easy going, sweet n a great teacher. My son has been working with Zoe for over a year and his skills have improved greatly.

  • Zachary Schneider

    Zoe is a pleasure to take lessons from. She works alongside her students and teaches at a pace that they are comfortable with. She is incredibly friendly and knowledgeable about her craft. I highly recommend taking lessons with Zoe!


What is your typical process for working with a new student?

I take some time to get to know the student, find out what their level is, and ask what they specifically want to get out of private lessons. If they already have material they are working on, I'll help them with that as well as give them appropriate new repertoire to work on. I also have a basic set of fundamental saxophone exercises that apply to all levels (i.e. long tones, scales, patterns, etc.).

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

I'm a graduate of the Juilliard School and received both my bachelors ('18) and masters ('20) degrees. I was lucky to grow up with a lot of generous, inspiring mentors who passed down a lot of knowledge and set good examples of teaching. I have worked as a teaching assistant and private teacher at the Jazz at Lincoln Center Middle School Jazz Academy, and the Jazz House Kids Summer Workshop. I also have experience as a professional musician and have played as a leader and sideman at NYC venues like Dizzy's Club Coca Cola, Rose Hall at JALC, Smalls Jazz Club, Mezzrow, Ginny's Supper Club, and others.

How did you get started teaching?

I got started teaching privately at the Jazz at Lincoln Center Middle School Jazz Academy and soon after began teaching as a freelancer as well.

What types of students have you worked with?

I have worked with students of all ages, from young kids just starting out to adults looking to pursue music as a hobby or semi-professional level.

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

What gets you most excited/passionate about music?

Is there any weakness you already know you need address or spend more time on in your practice sessions in order to take your playing to the next level?