About: Zak Sandler
Instrument you teach: Accompanist, Vocal Coaching, Piano
Do you play any other instrument in your spare time? Melodica
Education: I majored in music at Yale University and went to a hippie liberal HS in DC, Georgetown Day School. I also studied piano and voice at the Levine School of Music.
Where are you from? Washington, DC
Favorite age group to teach: High school and college
Favorite style of music to teach: Musical Theater
Favorite song: She Will Be Loved
Favorite piece of music: Grieg Piano Concerto; Rhapsody in Blue; Sweeney Todd
Favorite color: Carolina blue
Do you have any pets? (Describe them!): A male beta fish named “Walter White.”
What’s your favorite musical memory? The first time I conducted a live orchestra, and the feeling of fulfillment that came with that.
What do you like best about teaching music? Sharing joy, passion, and expression with students.
Who is your favorite composer or musician? Ravel and Sondheim
What was the first piece of music you ever learned? Hot Cross Buns
How many hours a day do you practice? That’s a very personal question.
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 “Motown.”
I created and licensed a four-piece orchestration for “Sweeney Todd.”
A musical I wrote, “Anthem,” was performed at the NYC Fringe Festival this year.
When I was 12, I wrote a symphony that won a composition competition.
When I was 13, I played “Rhapsody in Blue” with an orchestra.
List any fun facts you’d like to make available to your prospective students here: I am a Nationals and Orioles fan, and I am obsessed with March Madness.