The Montclair Music Studio is proud to introduce Woodwind Instructor, Timothy Murphy.  Living in Montclair, Tim has attended The Berklee College of Music where he studied jazz performance.

Mr. Murphy teaches, not only the technique, theory and fun of the saxophone, flute and clarinet but also their beauty and historic importance. In addition to honing a students note-reading and technical abilities, Tim believes that this combination of approaches will result in a well-rounded musical experience.

Getting to Know Timothy…

What brought on your interest in music as a child?
My interest in music started when I was very young, probably around 7 or 8 years old. My mom and dad always had music on in the house, whether it be 70s rock and roll from my mom or the Tommy Dorsey orchestra from my dad. In addition, my brother was a tap dancer. Tap is incredible because it requires being a skilled rhythmic person with a heavy emphasis on time and technique similar to being a drummer. I ended up taking up the craft along side him. Then when I was 11 years old my mother signed me up to play the saxophone in school band. Once I played my first note I was hooked. I continued playing in school band until I discovered Jazz House Kids in Montclair. From there I decided to hang up my tap shoes and really dive into playing saxophone.
When did you start your studies?

I officially started studying saxophone when I was 14, studying privately with Mike Lee, a professional saxophonist who lives in Montclair. I continued my studies at Berklee College of Music in Boston.
Was your family involved in music?

My mother played flute and piano growing up, but it was never much more than a hobby. My father, while loving music, never took up any musical discipline.
Have you participated in any extracurricular organizations or music clubs?

All throughout high school I was involved in numerous extra curricular musical programs. Throughout the school year I participated in Jazz House Kids in Montclair as well as Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Youth Jazz Orchestra. Both programs are after school programs that focused on playing in big bands and small combos. There I learned how to play within a section, arrange music, and improvise with other students my age. I was a member of the 2015 Jazz Band of America as well as the 2015 Next Generation Jazz Orchestra. Both programs are national conglomerate big bands that are made up of high school students who have been selected from a large pool of applicants. The Jazz Band of America was under the direction of Shelly Berg and the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra was under the direction of Paul Contos.
What are other types of instruments in your repertoire?

While being mostly a sax player, I have also been trained on flute and clarinet. And in my spare time I fancy playing a little electric bass.
Have you played at other venues?

I have been very fortunate to have played many incredible venues in my career so far including: The Blue Note NY, Jazz at Lincoln Center NY, The Bitter End NY, Birdland NY, New Jersey Performing Arts Center NJ, The Stone Pony NJ, The Monterey Jazz Festival CA, The Montclair Jazz Festival NJ, Scullers MA, The Berklee Performance Center MA and even Montclair’s own Wellmont Theater.
Any favorite hobbies other than music?

One of my favorite non musical hobbies is studying the history of technology. I am fascinated by how everything from telephones to televisions have evolved, and how innovation constantly changes our cultural paradigm.
BACK TO TEACHER PROFILES