After looking into numerous treatment options to help recover from brain injuries sustained in battle, Sagebiel found music comprehension the most complex and useful approach to getting him back on his feet.
“You get a clear understanding of the formation of habits,” Sagebiel explained. “When you walk down the street, you don’t think about putting your left foot in front of your right. In music, there are so many things happening at the same time, so you don’t have time to consciously think about them. It causes you to be emotionally and artistically perceptive.”
His own personal treatment inspired Sagebiel to bring this same therapeutic focus to a larger audience with his instructional music business, Sage Music. It also gave him an outlet to further his own studies with the guitar.
On Jan. 6, his new facility opened at 33 Nassau Ave. in Greenpoint, offering students of all ages lessons in guitar, cello, violin, flute, clarinet, saxophone, voice and drums.
With a new 3,000-square-foot space and a collaboration with a child enrichment center in North Brooklyn,Sage Music now reaches dozens of new students from ages four to 87.
“At Sage Music, we focus on teaching skills that enable students to play with confidence and ease through proper instrument mechanics, proper body usage and best methods for learning and practicing,” Sagebiel said. “Our Greenpoint location will offer one-on-one instruction, special music events, concerts and practice time.
Michelle Anderson, dean of CUNY School of Law, lives in LIC and has been taking her daughter Eavan to Sage Music since it first opened.
“I think that they’re grounded in music and have people who are excellent and really care about teaching,” Anderson said. “They’re not just there for themselves, but they really care about community and their students.”
Her daughter is now six and is in her second year of piano lessons with her instructor, Alex, and according to Anderson, she is more enthusiastic about learning the instrument than she could have ever imagined.
“I played when I was a kid, took lessons and enjoy as an adult understanding music in ways that I learned as a child. I enjoyed having a sense of the complexity of music,” she said. “I wanted all of that for my daughter, but I didn’t want to burden her with the parts of music that are hard and that felt like a chore.”
Following the success of his first facility at on 23rd St in Long Island City, Sagebiel is prepared to broaden his focus and reach new kids in a different borough.
“There is nothing more rewarding than to see my students progress in their studies, and I can’t wait to get started teaching in Brooklyn,” he said.