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As far back as I can remember I have always enjoyed performing music. I can remember during my elementary school years how I would play drums during church service. Some days I would sneak in my dad's closet to play his saxophone. I began learning how to play saxophone in middle school and by the time I was in high school I was learning piano, performing jazz, and composing music.
I went on to get a Bachelor of Music at the University of North Texas. I have been performing professionally for over 18 years. I also have taught band for 11 years in Dallas ISD. I enjoy teaching and mentoring other up and coming musicians. It's a joy to see another world open up to them through music.
Through my warm and positive personality and experience as a certified music teacher and music performer, I understand how to meet the social and educational needs of each music student. I am well versed at solving problems and helping students thrive and reach their full potential. I think that I do this best by personalizing the instruction experience for each unique situation. I love to encourage students and help them discover the music in them.
*** Lesson Details ***
Like me, students can expect to enjoy the process. Students will discover that I am very encouraging during lessons. I keep everything upbeat and positive. I will help you come up with goals musically. I am very patient, all while coaching you so that you get positive results.
*** Studio Equipment ***
Upright Baldwin piano, electronic keyboard 88 keys, music stands, sitting area for parent, CD/iPod stereo.
*** Specialties ***
Jazz, Gospel, Pop, Classical, Various styles
My Schedule varies week to week. If you would like to take lessons with me but my current listed availability is not suited to your schedule- please contact me for more lesson times.
Jazz and blues have been an integral part of my life since I was a child. I began playing music when I was five years old, starting with the violin. I have played many instruments, but the saxophone has become my passion. I have been playing saxophone for 18 years, performing professionally both in the Atlanta and Seattle areas.
One of the greatest joys in my musical journey has been to share my musical insights with students. I strive to find each students' creativity and help them cultivate that. I believe that every student has the ability to create beautiful music regardless of experience. I tailor my lessons to each individual student to assist them in reaching their goals- whether that is to perform classical, jazz, blues, Brazilian, etc., to become first chair, to prepare for college and scholarship auditions, or simply to play just for fun.
I studied jazz performance at Agnes Scott College where I received a music scholarship. I also hold a BA in psychology from the University of Washington.
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One of my main philosophies is that performing music well consists of 2% talent and 97% hard work and practice.
I will guide students in learning smart and efficient practicing techniques that will ensure improvement.
Students can expect that they will learn how to play with great tone and technical ability.
I go at the pace of the student. If a student has specific goals, a college audition for example, then I will push that student harder than a student who is just beginning or is learning to play for fun.
When a student is ready I will teach them music theory and improvisational skills, as well as performance and soloing etiquette.
I believe the best way to learn music is in a comfortable, fun and encouraging environment, and I implement these beliefs in all of my lessons.
*** Studio Equipment ***
I will have metronome and tuners on hand, practice materials, music stands, and piano. Students should bring their instruments, reeds, and any practice materials they have been working on.
*** Travel Equipment ***
I will have metronome and tuners on hand, as well as practice materials. Students should have at least one stand for themselves.
*** Specialties ***
I specialize in jazz and improvisation. Brazilian jazz, blues, funk, straight ahead jazz, beebop, cool jazz, etc. I have also been classically trained. I focus on technique and achieving the desired tone and sound from your instrument.
My name is Jason R. and I am a recent graduate at Bowling Green State University with a Master of Music Performance in Jazz Studies (May 2014). I'm primarily a jazz saxophonist, however, I have a Bachelor's of Music Performance in Classical Saxophone and double in flute and clarinet playing. I'm also the Minister of Music at New Covenant Church International where I sing, play piano, and assist in leading our NCCI choir. I'm well versed in music theory, aural skills, composition, and arranging. I look forward to working with you as we explore your musical desires!
I have been playing alto and tenor saxophone for 13 years and acoustic and electric guitar for 9 year. I have had extensive private and group lessons on both.
I have played in all sizes of ensembles at all levels from elementary school concert band to university-level all-state bands.
I went to college on a saxophone performance scholarship, and completed a minor in general music.
I hold a Bachelor of Music in Performance from Berklee College of Music. Over 10+ years of playing and about 5 years teaching I have had the good fortune to work with Dann Zinn, Shannon LeClaire, George Garzone, Julian Lage, and Hal Crook, all of whom have informed my teaching approach with students of all levels. It is my goal as a teacher to strengthen a student's ability to learn independently and develop themselves both musically and personally with their unique passions as their guide. Subjects covered will include instrumental technique, effective practice techniques/time management, theory, ear training, and improvisational concepts, according to the needs of each individual student at any given time. The latter four subjects I can teach to any person on ANY instrument. I deeply appreciate each opportunity to help a person of any age take their next step on their musical journey.
I am a passionate musician, educator, and friendly human being! :) I have a Bachelors of Music Degree from the University of Oregon in Jazz Saxophone performance and composition, and I'm currently in progress of achieving a masters of fine art in Music Production for visual media. I am a fluid performer and composer in all genres, including jazz, rock, latin, r&b, classical, etc. Contact me for any further questions or links to my musical works!
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