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Popular Saxophone Teachers Near Austin

Marcus R.

Austin, TX
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Rob B.

Austin, TX
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Matt M.

Austin, TX
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Marcus R. Austin, TX

Subjects Taught

Banjo, Bass Guitar, Classical Guitar, English, Fiddle, Guitar, Mandolin, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Saxophone, Songwriting, Ukulele, Violin

About Me

I have been playing music since I was about 13 years old. I initially started out on guitar but I quickly picked up mandolin, banjo, and ukulele thanks to the great theoretical tools I'd learned from my first teacher! I started studying alto saxophone around the same time I picked up guitar and began extensively studying violin a few years later.

I quickly began writing songs and at 15, I recorded my first album of original material with production help from Grammy award winning producer/guitarist Joe Reyes. Joe and I would go on to make four other records together and I would wind up doing string arrangements for one of his albums as well.

While still in high school, I began playing with a number of bands in my hometown of San Antonio, Texas as well as a few groups in Austin, Texas all while still playing in my high school's orchestra! At 18, I got to tour the country playing violin/saxophone/musical saw with the Austin band Moth!Fight!

I earned my Bachelor's degree in music composition at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. At Trinity, I was able to fully explore my love of composing while honing my technique at classical violin and classical/jazz guitar. During this time, I was voted Best Instrumentalist by San Antonio's alternative weekly (the San Antonio Current). I also saw many of my compositions performed at many classical/new music festivals such as Seamus,ICMC, Spark Festival, and EMM and by ensembles such as the SOLI Chamber Ensemble.

In college, I also taught a "School of Rock" class at the Magik Children's Theater. In these classes, I taught young beginning instrumentalists how to play a number of pop/rock songs in the span of two weeks.

I moved to Valencia, California in the fall of 2012 as an MFA candidate in Music Composition at the California Institute of the Arts. Since moving to LA, I've had the opportunity to perform with internationally renewed pop bands such as Faust and Vinyl Williams in addition to performing/collaborating with well known composers around the city. I also have the wonderful job of co-teaching a musicianship skills class at CalArts!

As you can see, music is my life! I have experience playing a number of genres and I want to help you find your musical passion!

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons together will be laid-back and fun but also challenging. I truly believe that one of the best way for students to learn is for them to work on music that they enjoy. Therefore, I approach lessons by learning the interests and goals of my students and then teaching them the techniques they need to achieve their musical ambitions. If students aren't sure what they like yet then we'll try out a number of different styles until one or more stick! I am experienced playing lots of styles so feel free to bring anything in!

Beginning students can expect to learn a number of fun songs/exercises in order to familiarize themselves with basic techniques and reading practices. Once a student feels comfortable with basic technique, I work with them to find songs/pieces that interest them but also reinforce and develop their technical skill sets. Within a few weeks, you'll be able to play all sorts of songs! And within a few months you'll understand the basics of improvisation and theory!

I teach all of my students the basics of music theory. Understanding, the music you're playing is just as important as technique! I integrate this in a way that makes it relevant to whatever pieces or techniques we're working on at a time.

Students can expect to take home a small handful of exercises to practice after every lesson. For half hour instrumental lessons, I'll assign a song or piece (usually of the student's choosing) and a technical assignment/piece of some sort (these will be scales, improv exercises, or etudes of some sort). For 45 minute-hour long instrumental lessons, I'll assign the same material plus an additional song or exercise. Students studying recording programs like Ableton or Logic will have assignments that examine technical/musical aspects of the program every week. Students studying music theory or songwriting will usually have assigned readings and written assignments! Don't worry all assignments will be FUN and designed to fit your interests! Practice assignments can always be designed to fit the student's schedule as well.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Students are welcome to try various instruments during their first lesson but should be able to provide their own instrument for subsequent lessons

*** Travel Equipment ***
Students only need to provide their instrument. I can bring an amplifier if the student is studying electric guitar. I'm also happy to photocopy book pages/pieces for students.

*** Specialties ***
Pop/Rock (all kinds!), Jazz, Blues, Folk/Country, Classical, Music Theory, The Recording Programs Logic and Ableton, Songwriting

Rob B. Austin, TX

Subjects Taught

Bass Guitar, Classical Guitar, English, Flamenco Guitar, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Piano, Reading, Saxophone, Songwriting

About Me

I have been playing guitar since August 1992. I cut my teeth on the alternative music that was popular at the time (Pearl Jam, Smashing Pumpkins, Soundgarden, Nirvana) but soon began to focus on earlier movements, specifically the playing styles and mindsets of Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page, and Eric Clapton. I formed a band in 1996 and began gigging in Austin and throughout Texas. During this time, I immersed myself in jazz and did everything I could to bring the sonic palettes of Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, and Miles Davis into my playing, even taking up saxophone and piano in order to better understand what they were doing.

I eventually moved back to my home town of Lubbock, where I graduated from Texas Tech University with a BA in English with a minor in Music, having played guitar and saxophone in the Jazz Band in addition to taking several classes in theory. During this time, I was giving private lessons in Lubbock and setting up arts education programs at the Lubbock Boys & Girls Club and Buddy Holly Center. Since then, I have started a family and begun writing fiction, both of which have given me a much wider spectrum through which to channel my songwriting.

*** Lesson Details ***
These are your lessons. I see my role as being nothing more than helping you get to the place that you want to be, in whatever fashion and at whatever pace that you set. While it would be disingenuous to say that I don't take pride in watching my students succeed, I believe that the instructor should only be as concerned with measurable results as the student. If the student wants to learn three scales and two songs every week, then it's the instructor's responsibility to have those ready to go, along with a few suggestions for additional work. If the student wants to learn a few chords and then spend ten minutes talking about Led Zeppelin, it's their dollar and their time to spend however they wish.

All of which to say, my teaching style varies dramatically from student to student. It can be laid-back, strict, calm, or rapid-fire, depending on the learning environment that the student prefers. My experience is that this approach leads to the greatest level of student satisfaction, which I consider to be of the utmost importance.

*** Studio Equipment ***
1 Paul Reed Smith, 1 Fender Stratocaster, 1 Alvarez acoustic 12-string, 1 Jasmine Takamine, 1 Montana electric/acoustic bass, 1 '75 Gibson SG electric bass, 1 88-key electric piano, 100-watt Fender Twin tube amp, 35-watt Mesa-Boogie solid-state amp, 1 Yamaha tenor saxophone

*** Travel Equipment ***
I have an acoustic guitar and I could provide one for the student, though they're not going to get very far without one to spend hours practicing on outside of the lesson.

*** Specialties ***
I'm best at teaching students music what they want to learn. I specialize in rock, blues, songwriting, and music theory in general.

Matt M. Austin, TX

Subjects Taught

Clarinet, Drum, Flute, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Theory, Saxophone, Songwriting

About Me

Matt M. was born in Lowell, Massachusetts and found an interest in music as soon as his mom started playing songs through her belly with headphones and a record player. He moved down to Austin, Texas at the age of three where he continued to experiment with toy pianos and banging pots and pans.

At ten years old he discovered an enthusiasm for guitar and saxophone. Picking up those instruments for a couple of years brought him to playing drum set, jamming with his brother and friends, and listening to all sorts of music. His experience advanced in High School as he enjoyed playing in the jazz band, performing at different venues, and catching concerts.

When he graduated from High School, Matt decided to pursue his devotion towards music and enrolled in The University of North Texas. While attending he developed his craft on saxophone, drums, guitar, and worked on his technique with clarinet, flute, and piano. He also played in various ensembles and lab bands under the direction of Jim Riggs, Stefan Karlsson, and John Murphy.

Receiving a Bachelor's in Music in 2009, he stuck around Denton for a few years where he played in a variety of projects such as Bubba Hernandez y Los Super Vatos, Warren Jackson Hearne and Le Leek Electrique (nominated for best group in The Dallas Observer), and gained more experience in teaching. He currently is living back in Austin where he teaches, works as a freelance musician, and is developing other projects.

*** Lesson Details ***
Students can expect an informative, laid back, and fun environment while taking lessons with me. Depending on their level of expertise I will go over the basics, give them technique exercises that will develop muscle memory, and use music theory references. After 3 months we will improve on sight reading, aural skills, and understanding how to apply music theory to all facets of music.

*** Studio Equipment ***
The In-Studio lessons are taught in the living room whcih includes a drum set, music stands, guitars (2), amp, and seating. No pets. Parking on the street.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I bring my equipment and expect my students to have their own instruments.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in jazz, rock, blues, and classical music.

Justin H.

Austin, TX
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Leighton S.

Austin, TX
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Zac E.

Austin, TX
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Justin H. Austin, TX

Subjects Taught

Bass Clarinet, Bassoon, Bass Trombone, Clarinet, Classical Piano, Flute, French Horn, Oboe, Percussion, Piano, Piccolo, Saxophone, Trombone, Trumpet, Tuba

About Me

I am a high school music director in Austin Texas. I have a master degree in music and have been teaching privately with brass, woodwind, percussion, and piano students for nearly 20 years.

Leighton S. Austin, TX

Subjects Taught

ACT English, Acting, ACT Reading, American Government, American History, American Literature, Anatomy, AP English, AP English Literature, AP European History, AP Government and Politics, AP U.S. History, AP World History, Bodybuilding, Creative Writing, Drivers Education, English, English Literature, Essay Writing, European History, Flexibility Training, French, Grammar, History, Humanities, Language, Latin, Life Coaching, Literature, Meditation, Philosophy, Psychology, Public Speaking, Reading, Religious Studies, Russian, SAT, Saxophone, Screenwriting, Social Sciences, Social Studies, Sociology, Speaking Voice, Speech, Spelling, Stage Performance, Test Prep, Theater Acting, Vocabulary, Weight Loss, World History, Writing

About Me

Greetings students!

I'm Leighton, and I'm here to help you. Now you might be struggling in a subject, or you may just want a little boost in your test scores, but either way not only can I improve your performance, but I can make the material interesting and engaging for you.

I have experience in learning six languages, and during that time I've learned to secret to learning anything: proper organization without losing sight of fun. If you're interested in improving yourself, please feel free to contact me.

Good luck in your studies!

Zac E. Austin, TX

Subjects Taught

Clarinet, Saxophone

About Me

I've taught saxophone and clarinet lessons for over three years, working with over 50 students with ages ranging from 8 to 50+. My goal in teaching private lessons is to help my students excel at their instrument, learn about, and enjoy everything that learning to play music has to offer. I want to make lessons fun, engaging, and showing you how to get better at your instrument. My students have been placed in various honor bands at their schools and communities, as well excelled in their school programs.

I received my bachelor's degree from Kennesaw State University in saxophone performance in 2013, and I'm currently enrolled at UT Austin getting my master's degree in jazz composition.

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