One-on-One Coaching

In my 15 years of judging experience, I've helped hundreds of young musicians…

Students today have a lot of competition, and are experiencing record rates of stress and anxiety over getting into college and passing important auditions.

“I really want to get into Eastman, but their audition is so hard. I know my music, but I always get so nervous at auditions. I'll never get in.”

Sarah M.

“If I can just nail this audition, I can get into All-State and then I'll have a better chance of getting into Thornton at USC.”

Jack W.

“I want to get into the school jazz band so bad. I heard only those kids that can improvise get in, and I don't know how to improvise. I wish I knew how.”

 Alexandra S.

How I can help you with one to one coaching…

Maybe you just need to practice more efficiently. I can work with you to set achievable goals and plan your practice sessions to get results.

How do you enter a room? Do you project fear? I can work with you to improve your stage presence and boost your confidence.

You're doing well, but need an objective opinion about your performance. With my many years of teaching and judging experience, I can give you an honest critique with constructive criticism that will not leave you in tears.


You use tutors to improve SAT scores, why not use a coach to improve your performance?


 Everyone needs a coach, a mentor, …someone to guide them on their journey.

Donna Schwartz-saxophones

Over my 30 years of teaching students, and over 15 years of judging experience, I know what works and what doesn't. I know what an audition judge is looking for, and I can give you tips and advice that can give you an edge for your performance. (Learn more about Donna here.)

I have helped hundreds of young musicians succeed at Solo Festivals, get accepted into elite ensembles at their schools, in their counties and their states.

My students have been accepted into:

  • Juilliard
  • Manhattan School of Music
  • many of the S.U.N.Y. schools
  • Fordham
  • West Point

and many other fine schools across the country…

Having performed in theatres and world-renowned stages in the NY and Los Angeles Metro Areas with world class performers like Richie Cannata (Billy Joel's band), Vicci Martinez (Season 1 Voice Finalist), and Bobby Rondinelli (Blue Oyster Cult),  I know what it's like to deal with stage fright and having to perform and thrive in high-stress situations. I can show you special exercises and mental tips and tricks to boost your confidence. (Check out these 2 Key Insights.)


Today's Reality

With the rise in the number of college applicants, and the decrease in students being accepted, it is important for today’s student to be exceptional and stand out. Gone are the days where having great grades and test scores mean an automatic acceptance into the college of your dreams.

Participation in elite ensembles in your school, community, across your state and in summer music camps helps you stand out and can boost your chances of being accepted into the college of your dreams.

Coaching Packages

If you live in the Los Angeles, CA area, you can come to me for individual sessions, or you can choose the comfort of your own home and get coached online. You can choose 1 session, a monthly package of 4 sessions, or even a 2 month package of 8 sessions.

Price: $120/session       As part of this special promotion, you will get this service for $100/session!



Option 2 – Go Video!…

You can send me an un-edited video link of your performance for critique.

                                          Price: $90/video submission    As part of this special promotion, you will get this service for $75/video submission!

 Do you want results like this?

Charlie was a phenomenal cellist. His dad, who was a Juilliard-trained musician, wanted him to learn trumpet. I have noticed over the years that many string players have difficulty articulating on brass and woodwind instruments. Charlie was no exception, even though he was insanely talented on cello.

In order for Charlie to get into the prestigious school jazz band, he needed to know how to articulate. After exposing him to the different types of jazz articulations and having him listen over and over again, he got it. As a result, his range improved also. He not only got into that school's jazz band, but his improvisations were well articulated and very mature. He went on to shine in the jazz bands in middle and high school too, in addition to continuing on the cello.

Practicing more and trying harder with no clear plan will not give you the results you want

Preparing for an audition is more than just playing a piece.  Playing an instrument requires you to learn how to set goals, prepare well in advance, really hear the music in your head and monitor your body's reactions so you can correct mistakes and play more efficiently.

Students tend to practice their entire piece during every session at the performance tempo and wonder why it doesn't sound any better.

Insanity: doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.  Albert Einstein

You can continue to follow your routines and wonder why you fall apart at auditions and don't get accepted into the ensembles, camps and colleges you want.  Or you can work with me and push yourself to a higher level, achieving results you didn't think were possible.

I would love to work with you and give you the guidance and advice I have gained over all these years to help you nail your audition.

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