Zakari is available for individual & group instruction, both on location and at his home studio in Ottawa's west end. He is a passionate & engaging public speaker with over a decade of experience teaching workshops and coaching ensembles in North America & Europe. Recent outreach events have included a feature workshop at the Ottawa Saxophone Camp, as well as advanced improvisation coaching in Athens, Greece. Zakari is also available for online consultation worldwide via Skype or email.
OrKidstra is a social development program based in Ottawa, Canada that empowers kids from under-served communities by teaching life skills such as teamwork, commitment, respect and pride in achievement, through the universal language of music. With the passionate belief in the transformative power of music, OrKidstra started with 27 children in 2007 and now includes more than 700 children, ages 5 to 18, from 42 linguistic and cultural backgrounds.
Since its grand opening in 2014, Zakari has maintained a weekly private woodwind studio within the Lessons Centre of Long & McQuade's Kanata store. With a current roster of 40+ saxophone, flute, & clarinet students, ranging age 8 to adult, He has become one of the west end's most reliable and in-demand private instructors. Some of Zakari's most dedicated students have been chosen to participate in the region's most prestigious educational ensembles including the Ottawa Junior Jazz Band, Nepean All-City Jazz Band, Canterbury High School, and the Capital Youth Jazz Orchestra.