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Popular Online Saxophone Teachers

Rulon B.

Redmond, WA
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Heather B.

El Segundo, CA
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Jordan M.

San Diego, CA
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Rulon B. Redmond, WA

Subjects Taught

Flute, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Piano, Saxophone, Songwriting

About Me

Music is a joyful act of sharing, so I try to teach and perform with this philosophy in mind.

I have 17 years teaching experience and have toured the U.S. extensively as a performer, composer and teacher (working with people of all ages and skill). Recently, the U.S. State Department contracted me to represent the U.S. in a tour of Nicaragua teaching and playing for the International Jazz Festival with my band.

My musical passions include Latin music, gospel, and modern Music. I toured for three years with a Celtic trio, have played lead alto/tenor books in numerous show and big bands, and have rocked it with Soul, Ska, Punk, Funk, and Latin Bands of every shape.

In addition to my own music, I composer, perform, and record music for film, TV, video games and other creative environments. I also produce sound effects and enjoy teaching digital music creation.

Some of my past artistic collaborations include working closely with Brazilian master pianist and composer Jovino Santos Neto (who produced my first album), serving as special guest soloist with the acclaimed Total Experience Gospel Choir and Pastor Pat Wright, soloist for a pops concert with the Idaho Falls Symphony Orchestra, and creating a digital music/art puzzle for Seattle Artthrob.

*** Lesson Details ***
At your first lesson, we work together to build a custom lesson plan for what you want to study and the goals you want to achieve.

Next, we pick a fun area to work on, and a challenging area to conquer. For example: we will work on a fun song/style, then we will work on building a new technique or skill.

I am laid-back in my approach and enjoy helping people feel empowered by music, not intimidated or fearful of it. I've had great success helping students with anxiety about music to release their counterproductive fears and expectations.

I use a combination of method books (Rubank, Yamaha, Berkley Press, etc) and music ranging from classic to the contemporary.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano, Mp3/CD player, iPad with internet access, music stand, and chairs. Students learning digital music should bring their own laptop or be prepared to take written notes as I teach from my laptop.

*** Specialties ***
I have been told I have a talent for helping people move beyond their fear and limitations. I recently helped a worried young flutist learn sax and improv so she could earn a seat in her junior high jazz band; an injured student learning to play pain free; and a student crippled by stage fright learn to embrace the power of childlike play.

My favorite teachers played along side me. So I tailor duet playing with every student and teach technique, healthy use of breath and body, improvising, sight reading, theory, and creative play. I accompany students on piano for live improvisation instruction.

My specialties are music of Brazil and Latin America, Jazz (classic and contemporary), Celtic music, and African rhythms.

I have written, performed and produced music for film, TV, and video games so I also teach digital music making, songwriting, composition/arranging, etc.

Heather B. El Segundo, CA

Subjects Taught

Clarinet, Conducting, Flute, Music Theory, Piano, Piccolo, Saxophone, Trombone, Trumpet

About Me

Originally from New York, I moved to Southern California during the summer of 2013 to pursue my teaching career. In 2011, I graduated cum laude with degrees in Music Education and Flute Performance from Manhattanville College. Here, I received several performance awards including the Elliot Magaziner Award, and the Michael L. Fallacaro Award. Additionally, I was accepted into Manhattanville's first annual Students of Great Achievement program.

Upon graduation, I was accepted to a New York University graduate program in conjunction with the Kodaly Institute in Kecskemet, Hungary, where I studied music pedagogy and ethnomusicology. Previously in 2010, I also took advantage of a community service exchange program at Manhattanville to travel abroad to Kolkata, India, where I volunteered at a local orphanage.

Currently, I reside and teach in Los Angeles County. I teach general music and band in North Hollywood through an amazing program called Education Through Music - Los Angeles. I also run a middle school after-school band program in El Segundo, along with the beginning band at the high school. On top of this I teach woodwinds, and Orff instrumentarium, with the Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles (YOLA) at the Heart of Los Angeles (HOLA).

*** Lesson Details ***
I take a holistic approach when teaching my students. I not only just care about teaching them to play their instrument and read music but proper placement of the body along with proper practice techniques.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have an entire library of solo repertoire for a variety of instruments along with a collection of woodwind and brass instruments. Stands are available for use.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I will provide music for the first few lessons to gauge the best course for teaching.

*** Specialties ***
I am working towards my certification in Kodaly Methodology. My main instrument is Flute but I have a strong background in Jazz Saxophone.

Jordan M. San Diego, CA

Subjects Taught

Bass Guitar, Clarinet, Guitar, Harmonica, Music Performance, Music Theory, Piano, Saxophone, Trombone, Trumpet, Tuba, Ukulele

About Me

Do you want a teacher who keeps you motivated and focused, who can show you all the skills of a well-rounded musician in a relaxed, friendly environment? I am the teacher for you! With a solid foundation in classical technique and experience as a jazz performer, we will tailor a plan for you to achieve your dreams in any style.

Jordan was born and raised in the El Centro, California where he began playing the alto sax in the elementary band program. At the age of 12, he began his study of guitar and drums, performing in several rock and ska bands around his home town and San Diego. At age 14, is where he found his love for brass instruments when he took up the trombone. While in high school he became a featured soloist with the Imperial Valley College Jazz Orchestra, under the direction of the legendary trumpeter Jimmy Cannon. It was this that lead Jordan to accept the Constance Weldon Music Scholarship to attend the University of Miami in Coral Gables, FL.

While performing in South Florida Jordan appeared with major acts including 10,000 Maniacs, and appeared on the Spanish television show "Calle Ocho." He also gained invaluable experience teaching in Miami public schools. His first teaching assignment was at Hialeah-Miami Lakes Senior High School where he directed 3 beginning bands, Concert Band, Wind Ensemble, and their highly decorated Jazz Band. Later Jordan moved into the elementary setting, teaching vocal and instrumental music for grades K-5 at Cypress Elementary.

In 2007, Jordan returned to California to pursue a music career in San Diego. He can be seen performing all over San Diego, Orange, and LA Counties in styles ranging from rock, jazz, funk, blues, hip-hop, Latin, and more. He performs primarily on trombone, piano, and guitar, but is known to pick up percussion, harmonica, and other wind instruments as well. Jordan, along with the rest of the aggressively funky cover band SuperMagnetic, were the grand prize winner of the 2010 Viejas Ultimate Music Challenge 4. In 2011, Tori Roze & The Hot Mess were nominated for a San Diego Music Award in the category of "Best Blues Artist" after the release of their first album "From The Hip." They released their second album "Turbulence" last December, and are heard regularly on local San Diego radio. This album has also been nominated for Best Pop album for the 2013 San Diego Music Awards. This spring, Jordan completed his Master of Music degree in Jazz Studies from San Diego State University.

On stage, Jordan is a talented and versatile performer. He is known for his trombone sound and improvisational ability, as well as his positive relationship with his fellow musicians. In lessons, Jordan is energetic and creative.

*** Lesson Details ***
I enjoy teaching kids and adults of all ages. When I arrive for our first lesson, we'll start by getting to know your musical tastes and aspirations. Then we make a plan. Then we play!

Everybody's path is different, but we must start with a strong foundation in the fundamentals. After we start to establish some technique on your instrument we will explore music that suits you from a practical stand point in your development, and very importantly, stylistically. Together we will plan a curriculum that keeps you motivated toward your goals and that fits your life style.

You can expect a laid back, yet focused environment. Most of all, you can look forward to progress! Hope to see you soon.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Living room with large wall mirror, good lighting, with full size keyboard, weighted

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect students to provide an instrument for themselves. I also require a student to come prepared with sheet music, pencils, a binder or folder, and the texts from which they would like to study.

*** Specialties ***
I have an extensive background in jazz bands, classical wind ensembles, and improvisation. I also currently perform in both original and cover bands on trombone, keyboard and guitar, in a range of styles including rock, reggae, Latin, and funk. I teach beginning and intermediate piano, guitar, and woodwind instruments, as well as advanced brass.

Christopher J.

San Jose, CA
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Taylor G.

Kirkland, WA
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Colin F.

Ramona, CA
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Christopher J. San Jose, CA

Subjects Taught

Bass Guitar, Broadway Singing, Clarinet, Flute, French Horn, Gaming, Guitar, Microsoft Access, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Project, Microsoft Publisher, Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Word, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Opera Voice, Percussion, Piano, Saxophone, Singing, Songwriting, Test Prep, Trombone, Trumpet, Tuba, Upright Bass, Video Production, Viola, Violin, Web Design

About Me

Hello, my name is Chris. I am currently a Jazz Studies major at San Jose State University. I began my musical journey at Dartmouth Middle School. I played saxophone, and was only mildly interested in music. I stayed in music in high school, but remained only mildly interested until my Sophomore year. I discovered the trumpet and began to listen to Louis Armstrong, and became obsessed with jazz and mastering the trumpet. In just 2 short years, I had studied enough trumpet to travel South America with the San Jose Youth Symphony Philharmonic Orchestra. After my South American tour, I decided to teach privately and share my talents with the world. I won a scholarship to San Jose State for music excellence in 2009, and joined the Spartan Marching Band. While in this prestigious organization I performed in Olympic Stadiums, Disneyland, and all over San Jose. I am currently working toward a Bachelor of Music with a dual emphasis in Music Education and Jazz Studies from San Jose State. I work for TakeLessons.com, and Manzana Music.

In addition to in person lessons, I teach online. Online lessons use Skype, which provides students with a convenient opportunity to get high quality music lessons. I have personally received lessons online from the highest level of professionals. I recommend online lessons to anyone who is not able to attend in person lessons, or prefers the convenience of online lessons.

*** Lesson Details ***
My students can expect me to be on time and prepared for every lesson every week. I will have a large selection of music and material for us to learn from every week. All our lessons will be prepared ahead of time. For every hour I spend with you, I spend two at home preparing. I will design lessons based on your weaknesses and what you want from the lessons. We will improve all your skills as a musician, and will have a well balanced lesson plan every week. In addition, I will be glad to upload videos or MP3's and e-mail them to you if you need some extra instruction while studying at home.

I expect that the student have the materials I assign him or her for that week. I expect the student to look at the material and practice it. I do not expect the student to learn it completely or master it in one week, but I do hope for progress. Come prepared with a pencil and something to hold all your music (like a folder or notebook).

Soon after lessons begin, sign of improvement will be clear. My students take very well to my instruction, and show sign of improvement in their bands. All of my students are currently placed in advanced bands.

I can teach Trumpet, Songwriting and Music Theory at professional levels. I teach Piano, Guitar, Saxophone, Bass (upright and electric), Violin and Viola for beginners.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Lessons in a private room, several music stands, piano, computer, pencils, paper.

*** Travel Equipment ***
1 trumpet to rent, books, electric pianos, pencils, paper, customized music.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in the Jazz genre. I am professionally trained in Classical music as well. I can teach both genres for Guitar, Viola, Violin, Bass, Piano, Trumpet, Saxophone, Music Theory, and Songwriting.

Taylor G. Kirkland, WA

Subjects Taught

Saxophone

About Me

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.

*** Lesson Details ***
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.

Colin F. Ramona, CA

Subjects Taught

Arrangement and Composition, Ear Training, Essay Writing, Music Performance, Music Theory, Piano, Saxophone

About Me

I am a recent alumni of Sonoma State University, where I earned both a Bachelors of Arts in Jazz Saxophone Studies, as well as a Bachelors of Arts in Environmental Studies. I have seven years experience studying classical piano, as well as eleven years experience playing saxophone. I teach lessons to students of all ages, and love to convey my passion for music to others! I believe in the importance of all aspects of musicianship, including theory, performance, technique, ear training, history, and listening practice. To be a great musician, one must learn from the greats, and studying them is absolutely crucial to artistic growth!

Noted individuals I have performed with include Dr. Jason Robinson, Gilbert Castellanos, Joshua White, Charles Mcpherson, Daniel Jackson, Ryder Davidson, Ian Tordella, Anthony Davis, Danny Weller, Rob Thorsen, Ellen Weller, The Amalgamated Ska, Mitch Thomas, Kasey Knudsen, and many others.

*** Lesson Details ***
Given that no two students are the same, my lessons incorporate a personalized approach, geared to the goals of each individual student!

*** Specialties ***
Jazz, Reggae, Ska, and Funk! I consider myself very well-versed on jazz music history, and believe that in order to play jazz music, one must learn from the jazz lineage! I make sure to give all my students listening assignments so that they may find themselves more acquainted with this wonderful American art form.

About Saxophone

Commonly called the sax and often misspelled as saxaphone, the saxophone was invented by Adolph Sax in the 1840’s. Ever since then, sax players have been setting the world on fire with some of the most memorable solos in modern music. From band and orchestra to jazz, rock, and Christian music, the sax is a versatile instrument with virtually endless musical possibilities. In order to unlock your full potential playing this instrument, it would be best if you enroll in our saxophone lessons. We offer an extensive lesson programs with certified instructors that will be sure to satisfy the needs of both the beginner and the advanced player. We have competent teachers to lay out all the necessary steps to your study. One thing you will be sure to review with a good instructor is the ...

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