Teacher Profile: Aidan Furlong

Aidan Furlong

Aidan Furlong

Instrument(s): Clarinet, Flute, Saxophone, Woodwinds

City: Washington, DC

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About Aidan Furlong

Aidan Furlong is a low woodwind specialist and composer in the Washington, DC area. An energetic and enthusiastic teacher, he believes that music can and should be fun from the start.

More than a decade ago, Aidan picked up the saxophone and knew music would play an integral part in his life. Continuing his saxophone study through middle and high schools, he also added bass clarinet, additional saxophones, Bb clarinet and flute to his repertoire during the latter. It was during this time that Aidan decided to pursue music at a professional level.

Aidan received his Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Studies at Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University in 2018, under the mentorship of Gary Smulyan. While at Mason Gross, he was able to stretch out from the jazz department and compose for electronics and ensembles, join the indie dream-pop outfit halcionne, and develop his skills in various DAWs (particularly Ableton Live). In the NYC area, Aidan studied with the NEA Jazz Master Barry Harris and played in Dr. Harris's jazz orchestra, all while continuing to marry these seemingly disparate worlds of electronic, folk, and jazz in his own music, and whenever the musical situation is appropriate. He quotes John Coltrane, Kendrick Lamar, and Tom Harrell among his biggest influences.

An avid educator, Aidan delights in sharing the joy of making music with students of all levels. His teaching philosophy includes improvisation and composition from the very first notes. Though woodwinds are often thought of as primarily melodic instruments, Aidan believes that the elements of melody, harmony and rhythm carry equal weight. He strives to teach each of these aspects so his students may have the best tools to enjoy music both now and for the rest of their lives. He encourages his students to learn a variety of genres and enjoys helping them find the music that speaks to their soul.

More than anything else, Aidan hopes to inspire his students to find what they love about music and make it their own. He hopes they will carry music in their hearts, no matter where their journey takes them.

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