Sage Music School is much more than a place students come for music lessons. It is a community of musicians – teachers, students, and supporters alike – who are dedicated to musical and personal growth and success.
When many students begin their lessons, they find they want more than just instruction. They desire a community that is dedicated to their success. Students at Sage Music find peers and teachers committed to their development in an inviting facility that fosters artistry, confidence and success through music lessons and classes, performances, events and supportive relationships.
In addition to detailed technical and musical training, students here learn how to practice and maximize their time, how to use their body properly, and how to interpret in order to create beautiful musical performances. As a result, our students gain the confidence and the desire to practice and perform, and to share their gift with others.
Based on the science and research of the psychology of learning, our effective teaching methods create confident and capable students who enjoy the happiness of making music. We believe that everyone – and that includes you – is capable of performing music well, they only need to be shown the proper methods of practice, study, and technique. Through these methods, we transform students into musicians.
While the thoughts and challenges of studying music may deter some, our students are enabled to succeed because we develop their unique talents and address their unique needs. We believe a key component of our mission at Sage Music School is to develop the lessons for the individual, so that that students can develop as a person as much as a vocalist, a guitarist, or a pianist.
Beyond our student-centered teaching practice, we host a variety of events by faculty and students in our school, and in our community. This is in line with both our educational philosophy and our mission of developing people, because we believe you cannot have one without the other. Our students need audiences, just as our community needs the arts. Many of our students achieve greatness as a result of these diverse groups coming together.
We invite you to join our community at Sage Music, regardless of your musical ambitions. The skills you will develop at our school extend well beyond the scope of learning how to play an instrument, even if that is your only goal.
Everyone is welcome at our school, including adults. Our students range in age from young children and toddlers to those in retirement. Some students are beginners or hobbyists, and others are advanced students or music professionals. We are certain that you will find your place here.
I think that [Sage Music School is] grounded in music and has people who are excellent and really care about teaching. They’re not just there for themselves, but they really care about community and their students.
Though an experienced guitarist in many styles of music, like many others I’ve long felt I lacked the basic technique and focusing skills necessary to be fully in control of my playing and musical satisfaction in general. Jason’s refreshing back-to basics, direct and supportive approach to technique has given my playing a new lease on life. It’s been well worth the trek from Park Slope to LIC and back each Saturday! A gigging guitarist on his Guitar Lessons at Sage Music School
My experience with Sage Music has been amazing. Jason and his team provides service that is above and beyond. They are willing to adapt and listen to your needs. They are passionate with what they do and it truly shows. My 5 year old daughter took piano lessons for over 6 months. I have to give all the credit to Sage Music for building the confidence in her as she now plays independently without much help. I’m impressed with the technique taught by Sage despite the little fingers she has….the key strokes are very precise. Thank you
I’ve learned more about the elements of music and discipline in the past few weeks than I have in years of guitar playing. For the first time in four years, I feel like I am progressing!
Sage Music voted Best Art School in Queens by borough residents, and honored by the US Small Business Administration.
Founder receives Queens Impact Award, Citation of Honor from the Queensborough President, City Council Citation from the City of New York, and Certificates of Merit from the New York State Assembly and the New York State Senate. The Certificate of Entrepreneurship from the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Initiative.
Sage Music and Jason Sagebiel Featured on NY1 News, WPAT 930 Radio, The Queens Chronicle, The Times Ledger, The Queens Ledger, Brooklyn Parent, LIC Post, It’s In Queens, Greenpointers, The Queens Gazette, and more!
Jason Sagebiel is not like any music teacher you may have encountered before. After suffering a traumatic brain injury in the Iraq war, his cognitive and motor skills were left impaired. He turned to music during his recovery and coincidentally began the next chapter in his life, as a music teacher.
Inspired by the research and therapy that helped him to recover from his injuries, he developed a pedagogy and approach to learning and teaching music using techniques often overlooked by other educators. Many compare his methodology to how professional athletes train to the body and mind for maximum skill development. In fact, Sagebiel has created a holistic learning experience for students, the results of which has garnered him much praise in the media for the efficacy of his training and the power it has to improve one’s relationship to the world beyond music.
His inspiring story has been documented on TV, radio, and in two books: Jon Pieslak’s SoundTargets, and J. Martin Daughtry’s Listening To War
A Note From The Founder:
I’d like to thank you for taking the time to visit our website and for the interest you have shown in Sage Music. I believe that studying music is a wonderful pursuit that helps makes us better, happier people. You will find that the creativity you need to solve musical problems is the same creativity that will make you happy, successful, and productive in other areas of your life. Although, that alone is not the best reason to study music. We should study music because it is good in itself, and because the rewards of music are many. We connect with others through music, as it is a universal language. It makes us happier when times are good, and it comforts us in time of loss or grief. The emotional and social benefits notwithstanding, commercial music alone is a $15 Billion US industry with ample opportunity.
I hold my teachers to high standards so that you will learn quickly in a relaxed, engaging, and welcoming environment. I expect that they understand how musical skills are learned, and how they are best taught. For that reason I guarantee you the fastest way to learn, as we challenge you to achieve your full potential.
I believe education is about more than just learning skills. It’s also about learning to think critically and independently. It’s about applying what we have learned to be engaged in our world, and to be responsible members of our community. I believe that through music we become happy and healthy individuals. With that, we can form great relationships with others, and build positive communities. It is my wish that our holistic approach to music and teaching will help you grow as musician and as an individual.
Please consider joining my school as a student, a teacher, a mentor, a concert goer, or just someone who wants to enjoy our community. All are welcome here, no matter age, experience, goals, or aspirations. We accept students of all nationalities, races, religions, and genders. Some of our students have professional aspirations, others are just hobbyists. We work as best we can to cater to the needs of veterans, students with disabilities, or anyone else who needs a little extra attention.
We are looking forward to helping you along your musical journey. Please feel free to contact us at anytime.
Jason E. Sagebiel
Founder of Sage Music
MTNA Nationally Certified Teacher of Music, 2010
Master of Arts in Music, Queens College, 2007
Bachelor of Music, Magna Cum Laude, Loyola University, 2001
Sergeant, United States Marine Corps, Retired.
Sage Music seeks to change the culture and quality of music education in the US by investing in people first. We will build a network of community music schools that enable students of all backgrounds to be happy, successful musicians. These students will be taught to be creative, critical thinkers, who become the best version of themselves that they can be.
In order to support this primary vision, we will invest in our employees and our organization so that we model these outcomes for our students. We will provide our employees with high quality training, job security, mobility, and competitive compensation. Additionally we will create within our organization a culture of quality, of continual learning, of research, of community, and of leadership. And, of course, it will be full of great music and great people, too.
To provide the highest quality music lesson for our students by continually improving our teaching skills, our understanding of the learning process, leading students by being a positive model of professionalism and musicianship, and by holding the highest standards in everything that we do.
The students that walk into Sage Music are no less diverse than this city. They may be young students just beginning their musical journey to artists that are shaping our vibrant music circles.
Some of our students are in retirement looking for an outlet, while others are beginners looking to immerse themselves in music. We have professional producers and film scorers looking to improve their keyboard skills. We have have parents who want a well rounded education for their children, and we have weekend rockstars hoping to hone their technique to wow their audiences.
No matter what your goals, Sage Music is here to help you grow into the musician you hope to be, and sometimes into the musician you didn’t think you could be.
Though our students have different goals, they do have some things in common: Our students have goals. They are here to learn to play music well. They expect the best from themselves and don’t settle. They are here to learn and to achieve success, no matter how they define their own success.
If you think you might be like our students, check out our success stories via student profiles.
At Sage Music, our goal is simple: To transform students into musicians with innovative lessons that deliver real results. We believe that we are successful not only when our students become solid musicians, but when we have enabled them to learn and practice and perform music on their own. We achieve this by a combining traditional music pedagogy and enhancing it with the research into neuroscience, psychology, biomechanics, wellness, and other related fields of study.
This produces our holistic, interdisciplinary method of teaching. We often talk about ‘how one learns’ as a key to understanding each student’s particular needs, so that we can enable our students to achieve the results they desire. Students are thus guided to find and share their own musical voice on the instrument of their choosing in an open, supportive environment.
In order for our teachers to provide the highest quality lessons to you, we provide the highest level quality of training to our teachers. We invest in our teachers, because they in turn, invest in you.
We strive to be friendly, engaging and encouraging while giving you constructive feedback and methods to improve. And this is why our students come to study with us — to become confident and well-rounded musicians.
While we at Sage Music continue to develop and foster a more complete approach to learning music, we are deeply thankful to these friends that not only help us with our needs, but are each doing profound work in their own professions. We kindly invite you to check them out, and thank them for their invaluable support to us.
Carmen Rubio, our staff photographer, is a Long Island City based artist whose beautiful images grace our websites. While she takes some beautiful portraits, she prefers to capture “the spontaneous moments…that will become really meaningful in 20 years.” Her photos help us to convey to the world the creativity of our students, the passion of our teachers, and the artistry and energy of performing live music.
Christopher Bagnall of Bullet Point Films produced a wonderful video of the school. He shot, edited, produced, and directed the video for us. That was in the little free time he had when he wasn’t traveling the world shooting amazing documentaries. If you’ve ever seen the history channel, sundance, or A&E, you’ve probably seen his work!
Nadeem Gibran Salaam, Founder of Elevtr Trax has a been a great supporter for Sage Music School with assistance in multi-media content and concert production. He now runs ElevtrTrax, a successful music & video blog that has received major endorsements from doNYC and Hype Machine. His work has aired on MTV, Greenpointers, and Bedford & Bowery, and has received an honorable mention from NPR.
MTNA Nationally Certified Teacher of Music
Founder, Sage Music
We believe that the education isn’t over when one graduates from school, it is a continual and ongoing process. This applies to our faculty as well. All of our music teachers have some of the best training in music from accredited universities in music performance and music education. Most of them have earned Master’s degrees, in fact.
But that isn’t enough for us. Once employed at Sage Music, our faculty are mentored and trained to become better teachers, to fully understand the way the body and mind and spirit work in the context of music, to intimately understand how musicians best learn. All of our teachers undertake our proprietary teacher training, and employ our unique ARPEGGIO lesson system. This ensures you get consistent, quality lessons at Sage Music.
Just as you will continue improving your skills as a student, we expect that our faculty continually improve their abilities as teachers. They were great teachers when they came to us, but we aspire to cultivate the best teachers around. So we invest in our teachers so that they can then invest in you. The support, mentoring, and standards we set forth for our faculty, in addition to the community that we have created, provide a level of quality that is not available when you take lessons or classes with a private teacher.
Our students in the end are the greatest benefactors of this combination of classical training and the culture of continual improvement in our community. We feel everyone stands to learn through this process. We hope then that our teachers are fully equipped and uniquely qualified to help you achieve your best, at a level of quality unique to Sage Music. They are available to teach you on a variety of musical instruments, at our Queens or Brooklyn, New York based locations.