Zak Sandler

About: Zak Sandler

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  • Role : Accompanying and Coaching
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  • Specialist in : Staff Accompanist

Instrument you teach: Piano.

Do you play any other instrument in your spare time? Slide whistle.

Education: Music composition major at Yale, and studied at Levine School of Music in Washington, DC.

Where are you from? Washington, DC.

Favorite age group to teach: 12-25.

Favorite style of music to teach: Musical Theater.

Favorite pieces of music: Grieg Piano Concerto, Rhapsody in Blue.

Favorite color: Purple.

Do you have any pets?  Jasper, a bamboo plant.

What’s your favorite musical memory? Watching a show I wrote being performed in public for the first time.

What do you like best about teaching music? Connecting with students through music and empowering them to express themselves in a new way.

Who are your favorite composers? Stephen Sondheim, Stephen Schwartz, Jonathan Larson.

What was the first piece of music you ever learned? A lullaby my mom made up.

How many hours a day do you practice? I write for several hours a day.

How long have you been at TBMS? Since 2014.

Feel free to list any competitions, musical accomplishments, roles, performances of note, etc.

I play keyboard on Broadway for “Wicked” and used to play for “The Color Purple” and “Motown.”

A musical I wrote, “Anthem,” was performed at the NYC Fringe Festival in 2014.

A screenplay I wrote, “Chasing Ghosts,” made the top 10% at the Austin Film Festival in 2013.

List any fun facts you’d like to make available to your prospective students here: I believe in a world where all humanity functions as a team of individuals.