Study with Laura

Laura Dreyer is available for private instruction and can assist you in realizing your potential no matter what your age or current level of ability. Laura began her music education by studying piano at the age of 6 with Hazel Peach, and later studied jazz piano with Dennis Kaufman. Her studies on flute began at the age of 9, and subsequently saxophone at age 12. She later supplemented her knowledge of woodwinds by learining clarinet. Laura's teachers include Joe Viola, Andy McGee, Joe Henderson, Lyle Mays, Jim McNeely, Hal Stein, Joe Lovano, and Bob Brookmeyer. She attended The Berklee College of Music in Boston, and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from SUNY Empire State College in New York City. She has served on the faculties of Hoff-Barthelson Music School, Jamey Aebersold Jazz Clinics, Cazadero Music and Arts Camp, and Jazz Camp West. She is currently on the faculty of Church St. School for Music and Art, where Laura teaches piano and woodwinds, The Brazilian Music Foundation School of Music, The New York Pops PopsEd Program, and Riverdale Country School. Laura was a featured performer and educator in Busan, South Korea at The Friends of Music in Korea Music Festival and regularly conducts clinics and workshops at high schools and colleges which have included Berklee College of Music and the Jazz Improv Convention.Her years of experience, thoughtfulness, and insight into every student's specific strengths and challenges have been invaluable to many. Laura will custom design a practice regimen and help you set attainable musical goals, while having fun at the same time. Lessons can be on a regular or as needed basis and can be given at her studio or your location (if you are in the NYC area), or via skype if requested. Prices vary according to the specific details of your needs, so please contact Laura for more information. Lessons are available for the following instruments: Saxophone • Flute • Clarinet • Beginning/Intermediate Piano • Recorder And for any instrument, including voice: Jazz Improvisation • Jazz Theory & Harmony • Composition and Arranging, and more

SKYPE lessons are also available for students who reside outside of the NYC area.

Laura Dreyer possesses all of the qualities a great teacher should have; talent, mastery of the instrument, good communication skills, and a caring compassion for those who want to learn. I've done clinics with Laura and I give her my highest recommendation."

- Jody Espina, President JodyJazz Saxophone & Clarinet Mouthpieces


"As an adult student who returned to playing the saxophone after many years, I have found Laura to be an excellent teacher. She has a limitless supply of musical knowledge and skill, and the patience and encouragement to impart it to others. Laura's musical wisdom has guided me through my rediscovery of my instrument, and brought me to new levels of technical expertise and creative jazz improvisation. My 9-year-old son is now also taking clarinet lessons with Laura, and making great strides in his musical learning. I would recommend her to anyone I know as a woodwind/jazz teacher." - Eric Buonamassa, student


"Laura's deep and varied musical education and wide experience informs her teaching. She is extremely generous and conscientious: the exercises she uses to address tone, articulation and rhythm are well thought out and effective."

- Isis & Elijah Shiffer, students