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Popular Saxophone Teachers Near Chicago

Sean H.

Chicago, IL
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Nathan T.

Chicago, IL
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Daniel K.

Chicago, IL
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Sean H. Chicago, IL

Subjects Taught

Clarinet, Music Performance, Music Theory, Piano, Saxophone, Songwriting

About Me

I have been magnetized to the saxophone ever since I was introduced to the music of John Coltrane in the seventh grade. Since then I have been in a constant pursuit of deepening my understanding of music and all its beautiful forms, and sharing that knowledge with those who are interested!
Hailing from Flagstaff, Arizona, I attended Western Michigan University on a four year scholarship and received my Bachelor of Music, Jazz Studies in 2009. While I was there I had the incredible privilege of studying with the great Trent Kynaston, as well as performing with some of the most influential jazz musicians today, including Bobby McFerrin, Stefon Harris, Billy Hart, Fred Hersch, and Randy Brecker. I now live in Chicago where I teach lessons and perform regularly with my band, The Winchester Sound.
I am very passionate about music, and consistently see that passion transferred to my students. It is incredibly rewarding to see someone progress right before my eyes, and know that I influenced the progression.
I teach classical saxophone, jazz saxophone, piano, music theory, jazz/pop theory, music performance, arranging and composition.

*** Lesson Details ***
I believe everyone gets into music for a different reason, and therefore each student deserves their own custom curriculum. It is important for students to work at a pace and in a direction that is comfortable for them. For this reason, we will start with a consultation so I can figure out exactly what you aim to get out of taking lessons. From there we will incorporate some standard curriculum and method books that I enjoy using, as well as my own techniques that involve plenty of ear training and exercises to improve one's facility on the instrument (scales, patterns, technique).
Most importantly, we're going to have a lot of fun! If you are not having fun it's not even worth your time. I am very laid back and promote a stress-free environment!
Remember, I was once a beginner, too. I know what it's like to learn something new, so I want to be there to guide you through it!

*** Studio Equipment ***
extra music room f/w keyboard w/ seating for parents

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide no equipment. Student must provide saxophone, reeds, books, etc.

*** Specialties ***
My passion is jazz. Not just jazz saxophone, but the art form in general. I love to teach people the theory behind improvisation and watch them as they explore and internalize the endless possibilities thereafter.
I am also classically trained and am equally proficient in that area, although I would say I do prefer jazz.
In summary I guess my specialties would be: jazz saxophone, jazz theory, improvisation, jazz arranging, saxophone performance, composing.

Nathan T. Chicago, IL

Subjects Taught

Guitar, Percussion, Saxophone

About Me

I have a highly diverse background on a variety of instruments, but I know percussion, guitar, and saxophone best, so I am offering lessons on that selection. I have been playing saxophone for 15 years, guitar for 10 years, and percussion for 7 years.

As a saxophone player, I have toured with two different groups nationwide, and played live shows with even more. I've also played on professional recordings. While my background is based on theory and written music, the majority of my saxophone career has been a search for expression, improvisation, spontaneity, and mutual creation with other musicians. I eventually also learned an instrument called Ney -- it's an "end-blown" flute played in many places throughout the middle east and africa. It's now my preferred instrument of melodic expression. I would be more than happy to give lessons on Ney, too! I have Ney for sale, or we can make one easily and inexpensively.

Guitar has always been a very personal instrument for me -- one that I play in order to relax, rejoice with friends, or explore my thoughts and emotions. I would say that I am a folk guitar player, only because all of my experience has been with folk! That said, I know some jazz and pop songs, as well.

Percussion is my latest love, and feels very true to my heart and purpose. This journey has been heavily inspired by a year of ceremonial music study in New York, as well as a recent month-long trip to Morocco, where I studied with masters who hold centuries-old lineage. To me, percussion is about using the whole body, filling a space, and moving between raucous excitement and quite tenderness.

To me, music begins with the body, and this is how I teach. We can begin by making it very comfortable to hold and produce sound on the instrument. From there, I facilitate students in becoming familiar with rhythm, melody, song, and dynamic. It's like learning to ride a bicycle -- initial awkwardness soon turns into an effortless familiarity.

One student, who is totally new to percussion, recently told me how much she had absorbed during our first three weeks, and that she felt she hadn't even used any effort! My goal is to be there to help you absorb the music, making learning easy, enjoyable, and gratifying.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have guitars, drums, and flutes on hand for both students and myself. Inexpensive Ney flutes for sale.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can bring multiple percussion and flute instruments, one guitar, or one saxophone. For travel lessons on guitar or saxophone, it is recommended that the student have their own guitar or saxophone.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in improvisation, ear training, and listening skills. I've played with more musicians than I can count, probably upwards of 100. I have sought elusive aspects of listening and improvisation, and have come out with a skill set that I can articulate and pass onto others. The way that jazz musicians can flow through a solo without hesitation is something that I have brought to my own practice. The way that any good musician can transform the mood of a room is something that I have brought to my own practice. These aspects of music are sometimes hard to see, they are between the notes, but they affect the music regardless.

My teachers have always taught me music in the most broad terms. As a result, I have been successful on many instruments and genres, playing in many situations from marching bands to living rooms to jazz clubs.

Daniel K. Chicago, IL

Subjects Taught

Bass Guitar, Classical Guitar, Composition, Dance, Drum, Ear Training, Flute, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Percussion, Piano, Saxophone, Singing, Songwriting, Trombone, Trumpet, Tuba, Upright Bass

About Me

Daniel, a former faculty member of Columbia College in Chicago, is a studio and live performance singer and musician based in Chicago. His teaching and performing experience spans three decades, and includes expertise in the studies of voice, guitar, piano, bass, drums, and trumpet, along with music theory, arranging, and composing. He is a Lincoln Academy Student Laureate who holds a BA in Music Composition, and has attended graduate courses in education at Roosevelt University and DePaul University in Chicago. He has taught students of all ages at private studios, public school, and college.

Daniel is described by his students as a natural teacher. He prefers to be regarded as an advancing student, and takes the journey along with his students to guide them towards their goals with a friendly, positive, efficient and productive approach. He feels that music is within all of us, and a desire to learn is a sign of talent, so anyone can develop their musical abilities with methodical practice.

The musical journey for Daniel began at an early age with trumpet and piano studies which became a passion for him by the age of 14. He was the drum major of the high school marching band, and successfully completed a paid contract to arrange music for the high school jazz band which performed in a state beauty pageant. He began teaching privately after high school, and continued playing in bands, and composing original music. He formed a professional jazz ensemble under the name of the Chicago Jazz Players by the age of 22, and developed his arranging techniques while having it performed by an eighteen piece orchestra consisting of many great local artists. It was in this environment that he gained experience with brass, woodwinds, and rhythm instruments. He was granted a position at Columbia College as an instructor at age 29 where he taught theory, sight singing, musicianship, ear training, harmony, orchestration, and composition. He scored the music for several plays, and conducted his own pieces with Chicago Symphony and Lyric Opera Players. During those years he found himself playing the guitar and singing more than anything else. It was in 1995 that he focused on singing and playing the guitar with his rock band. He has produced several CD recordings of his original music in his own studio, and has helped produce local bands and artists. He performs regularly in the Chicago area.

*** Lesson Details ***
Daniel exhibits patience and care with each student, and develops an individualized approach based on clear goals with practical procedures. Most beginners can expect to have a working knowledge of music notation and how it applies to their instrument within three months, and should be developing fluency in performing music that they enjoy within six months. Advancing students will enjoy the rewards that will follow by studying with an experienced teaching musician that will recognize strengths and weaknesses, and recommend proven techniques for personal musical development. Studying music should be fun, fulfilling, and in harmony with the needs and desires of the student, and this is key to the philosophy held by Daniel.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Eight track recording gear; grand piano; guitars/bass (acoustic & electric); cables/amps, drum kit and percussion.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide lesson materials, and always have a metronome with me. I expect the student to have an instrument. I prefer that a student has a music stand.

*** Specialties ***
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Danny K.

Chicago, IL
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Emily B.

Evanston, IL
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Corbin A.

Chicago, IL
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Danny K. Chicago, IL

Subjects Taught

Clarinet, Flute, Piano, Saxophone

About Me

Danny K. is a musician who has worked professionally for 10 years in the musical styles of Jazz, Rock, Funk, Blues, Reggae, Classical, and Experimental. Born and raised in Houston, TX, he attended the prestigious High School for the Performing and Visual Arts while gigging on the side in local area jazz big bands and small combos. He received a substantial scholarship to attend the prestigious Oberlin College Conservatory of Music in 2006, where he received tutelage from jazz saxophone master Gary Bartz and classical saxophone pedagogue Paul Cohen. At this same time, he was the secondary jazz saxophone teacher at the Conservatory, teaching non major Oberlin sax students as well as children and adults in the Ohio community. Around this time, performances in local Cleveland big bands/pit orchestras was a regular thing. The end of Danny's Oberlin experience was very exciting as he took his band Organ Yank on a tour that consisted of masterclasses/performances at venues/educational institutions around the country. He now lives in Chicago and teaches saxophone and piano to students of all ages around the area, in addition to maintaining a busy performance schedule.

*** Lesson Details ***
Saxophone, clarinet, and flute lessons will focus on:
-Breathing/proper air use to get a good sound
-Scales/finger technique
-Study of classical or jazz music depending on student's preference
I use the Rubank books for beginners, and use etudes from Voxman, Ferling, and Loyon for more advanced students.

Piano lessons will focus on:
-Scales
-Playing pieces. I use the Faber Piano Adventures book for children, and the Alfred books for adults.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide books, but it would be nice if the student had them as well.

*** Specialties ***
Jazz, Classical, and much more as well

Emily B. Evanston, IL

Subjects Taught

Clarinet, Flute, Saxophone

About Me

One of my greatest joys in music is working with students and I look for the approach that will be most helpful to each individual. I love watching a student build confidence and find their unique creative voice as we work together. I teach children as well as adults, (my youngest student is a 6 year old clarinetist, playing on an Eb clarinet and my oldest is a 50 year old computer engineer.)

I have worked as a clarinet instructor at Northwestern University where I earned my Masters degree in Performance. I am an active classical and jazz musician in the Chicago-land area and I hold a symphony position with Orchestra Iowa.  

*** Lesson Details ***
I teach a wide variety of ages and skill levels and greatly enjoy doing so! We will begin by discussing your goals and interests and we will work together to plan how best to reach these goals and focus on areas of music that interest you personally. If you are new to the instrument, I have books and materials to get you started.

If you already have some experience with the instrument, we can discuss what styles of music interest you most and work towards them. I work with my students on everything from Mozart to Benny Goodman!

I generally teach from home but am willing to travel if that is most convenient and beneficial for the student or their family.

*** Specialties ***
Instruments:
Clarinet/Bass Clarient
Flute
Saxophone

Styles:
Classical
Jazz
Modern

Other subjects:
Ear Training
Theory
Improvisation

Corbin A. Chicago, IL

Subjects Taught

Arrangement and Composition, Clarinet, Composition, Ear Training, Flute, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Saxophone

About Me

Chicago based freelance saxophonist Corbin A. is a dynamic youthful voice amongst the Second City music scene.  Originally from Decatur, IL, Corbin moved to Chicago in 2007 to attend DePaul University.  There he studied improvisation privately with Mark Colby, Bob Palmieri, Ron Perrillo, and Kelly Sill, as well as composition with Tom Matta.  These led to performances with Jeff Hamilton, Phil Woods, Tim Ries, Ira Sullivan, Jimmy Heath, John Fedchock, and Randy Brecker. After achieving his bachelor of music in 2011, Corbin was accepted to pursue a Master’s degree in Jazz Composition from DePaul.
As a bandleader, Corbin just recorded his debut album “Accidently On Purpose” which released on January 1st 2013.  This group performs throughout the Chicago area in venues such as Andy’s Jazz Club, Martyr’s, the Drake Hotel, and Lilly’s.  As a sideman, he performs with a slew of different ensembles including Bumpus, Greg Duncan’s Latin Ensemble, M13, Joe Clark Big Band, Ryan Adamsons’ Medium Ensemble, Ian Torres Big Band, Nootka Sound, Rich Daniels “City Lights Orchestra”, Billy Wolfe, and The Tommy Dorsey Big Band.
In addition to jazz, Corbin is also active among the funk and rock scene in Chicago.  He travels throughout the U.S. with Chicago funk/soul legend James Johnston and Bumpus.  Through James, Corbin has performed with Syl Johnson, J.C. Brooks and the Uptown Sound, Clip-Art, Terrible Spaceship, Brother Joscephus & the Love Revolution, The Right Now, J-Livi & the Party, Afro-Zep as well as many other studio projects.
Mr. A. is also a very capable doubler on clarinet and flute.  He teaches woodwinds privately from his home studio, as well as at Kagan & Gaines Music.
You can hear him on Corbin A.’s “Accidently On Purpose”, Joe Clark Big Band feat. Jeff Hamilton “LUSH”, Greg Duncan’s “Chicago, Barcelona Connections”, and Ian Torres “January.”  Otherwise, Corbin leads one of the busiest jam sessions in Chicago at Lilly’s every Wednesday night and was recently nominated for the Chicago Music Awards “Jazz Entertainer of the Year.

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