Ryan Snow

Ryan Snow is a trombonist, improviser, composer and teacher living in Charlottesville, VA.

After graduating from Oberlin College and Conservatory of Music in 2005 with degrees in Jazz Studies and Politics, Ryan moved to Brooklyn, NY to continue his musical studies as part of NYC's vibrant improvised music community. Between 2005-2015 he performed as a leader and sideman in wide range of musical projects centered around free improvisation and avant-garde jazz. From 2008- 2011, Ryan produced an improvised music series in his East Williamsburg basement, presenting over 100 performances in a unique physical setting and community-generative context. In 2008, Ryan co-founded the hard soul band Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds, which grew a serious following in NYC before hitting the road in 2011. From 2011-2014 they toured the county, playing over 500 shows in 45 states and traveling over 200,000 miles.

Ryan left the band in 2014 in order to fight for democracy and social justice, and is currently a student at the University of Virginia School of Law in Charlottesville, VA.


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Intermediate to advanced


I believe in teaching to the individual rather than a to set formula. We all learn differently, and we all have different relationships with music. My goal, especially with beginning students, is to help them discover and explore their own relationships and meaning in music. I am very flexible in both hours and rates. Teachers support the community and the community supports teachers - I would ask for $50 per hour for a lesson in my home, but am comfortable accepting less or more than that based on the circumstances

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