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Popular Saxophone Teachers Near Denver

Kristopher E.

Denver, CO
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Larry F.

Denver, CO
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Harry G.

Englewood, CO
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Kristopher E. Denver, CO

Subjects Taught

Accompaniment, Audition Prep, Bassoon, Cello, Clarinet, Classical Piano, Ear Training, Flute, French Horn, Music Performance, Music Theory, Oboe, Percussion, Piano, Saxophone, Trombone, Trumpet, Tuba, Viola, Violin

About Me

I am a Music graduate from Hunter College and a native of New York City, where I was once the music director for the Holy Rosary Theater Group. I have performed in various college ensemble and city groups across New York, New Jersey, and Colorado. I also had wonderful opportunities to perform in pit orchestras for Jekyll and Hyde: The Musical and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels while living in New York City. I currently perform as the principal horn for the city of Thornton's community band and am continuing my journey in education with MSU-Denver!

As an undergraduate at Hunter College I studied horn with Richard Casparie, music composition with Shafer Mahoney, and piano with Gary Hammond.

After moving to Colorado, I have been busy teaching as a substitute teacher for Mapleton Public Schools and Adams 12 Five Star Schools. In March 2013, I was offered the chance to work with Mapleton's intermediate and advanced bands, specifically working with wind instruments. In October 2013, I was offered to assist the entire Band Department at Mapleton Public Schools by offering help to many of the young musicians there as an interim director for the high school ensemble.

My lessons offer every student a unique opportunity to have fun while also challenging them based on how much time they can commit to practice each week. I respond to the needs and the likes of each student and try to play towards those things.

I enjoy helping other people, especially through music and truly find joy in it. I love spreading that joy to others and hope to inspire my students to strive excellence in both music and beyond.

Thank you so much for stopping by my page. I look forward to meeting with you and creating music together!.

Best wishes,
Kris

*** Lesson Details ***
I will call all new students before the first lesson to learn a few things and plan out the first lesson together.

The following outline more directly applies to beginning students. After the first six months, students will know the following:

Notes: First 2 Scales on Instrument
Rhythms: Quarter Note, Quarter Rest, Eighth Note, Half Note, Eighth Rest, Half Rest, Whole Note, Whole Rest

Technique:
Fundamental Technique on Instrument (e.g. Embouchure, 5-Finger Playing)
Breathing Technique
Correct Posture
Relaxation for Ease of Playing

My teaching style is adaptable and I try to see what works best for each student and will teach to their particular strengths. It is a cooperative process that revolves around the student.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano
Stand
Tuner
Metronome

*** Travel Equipment ***
I recommend that students who are new to an instrument rent before buying. In the first few months, students discover if their chosen instrument is something they would like to stick with! Feel free to contact me with any questions regarding rentals or buying instruments!

As far as books, I would recommend that students purchase books. However, I can make copies for educational purposes and can be flexible as far as this recommendation.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in classical music, though I do have some experience with popular music and jazz. I could not fit all of my book lists onto the list below but I can share that via E-Mail or other method if you would like to know more.

Larry F. Denver, CO

Subjects Taught

Guitar, Saxophone

About Me

Music has been a huge part of my life, and I couldn't imagine a life without it. I hold a Bachelor of Music in Saxophone Performance and Jazz Guitar and have been exposed to nearly ever form of music imaginable. I began playing saxophone as a child, and picked up guitar shortly after. For the past decade I've played professionally and taught all around the country.

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons will be designed around each individual player's needs, but ultimately we will address proper technique, scales to chord relationships, rhythmic accuracy, soloing, and how to have enjoy playing your instrument while sounding the best as possible. For classical players will will focus on classical theory, etudes, patterns, and general technique for proper tone. For jazz players we will dive into the world of improvisation, jazz theory, and standard jazz repertoire. I use many different technique books, as well as solo transcription books for solos. I'm generally laid back in my teaching style, but to progress as a musician one must have a certain level of dedication to practicing and commitment, so I do expect my student's to want to get better and practice accordingly.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Downstairs practice room: PA system, soundproof, books, music stands, amps, guitar, alto sax, tenor sax, chairs, additional seating for parents.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Guitar, Amp, Saxophone, Play a longs, Music stand, and Music Literature

*** Specialties ***
Jazz guitar, General Improvisation, and classical Saxophone

Harry G. Englewood, CO

Subjects Taught

Clarinet, Flute, Music Performance, Music Theory, Saxophone

About Me

I started playing clarinet in the school band at age six. My father was a musician, and he thought that playing in the school band would help me overcome my extreme shyness. I remember my first music lesson. I really liked my teacher. He came to my house, and he helped me to care for my clarinet and make some sounds on it. I thought playing the clarinet was wonderful. Once in awhile my mom would have to urge me to practice, but I was so drawn to playing the clarinet from the start that I would practice a lot on my own.

I was the youngest member of the grade school band, but my music lessons helped me to keep up with the older kids. I had found a niche, and my niche helped me open up to other students in school and make friends.

I participated in band programs through middle school and high school. In middle school I began studying saxophone and flute so I could play in the jazz band. As a high school junior and senior I also got the opportunity to play in the Denver University Concert Band, and I was first chair clarinet in Colorado All-State Band and Orchestra.

I attended the University of Denver on a swimming scholarship as an Accounting Major and Music Minor. I was first clarinet in the 1st Infantry Army Band at Ft. Meade, Maryland and then I toured Europe as first chair flute in the 3rd Army Band based in Wurzburg, Germany. I was honorably discharged after a three year tour. I returned to the states and enrolled in Metropolitan State College as a Music Performance Major.

I started teaching and playing professionally during college and have done so ever since. In the course of my career I have performed with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra (CSO) on clarinet and saxophone, on second clarinet with the Central City Opera, and as a soloist for the Littleton and Jefferson Symphony Orchestras on clarinet and saxophone. I have performed on woodwinds for the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities and the Denver Municipal Band. I have played shows at the Boulder Dinner Theater, the Country Dinner Playhouse, the Littleton Town Hall Center for the Arts, the Schwayder Theater, and the new Lone Tree Center for the Arts and with PHAMLY (the Physically Handicapped Actors & Musical Artists League) and Magic Moments.

I have played professionally many styles of music (jazz, blues, pop, ethnic, klezmer, polkas) for clubs, parties, weddings, and concerts with the Benny Goodman Band, Tommy Dorsey Band, Jay Wieder Dance Orchestra, Moments Notice, Rave Reviews, and Ad Hoc Entertainment in big band, quartet, trio and duo settings.

I have been featured on many CDs for such artists as Mary Stribling, Georgeann Low, Neil Haverstick, Big Junior, Scott Smith, Martha Yordy and Ben Cohen.

I also perform concerts and record with Combo Amazo, a band that plays original jazz, blues, bluegrass, and klezmer. We were featured on the several NPR radio shows including E-town with Richie Havens. I lead a strolling duo on clarinet with guitar that played in the Denver International Airport Concert Series for 20 years and is available for any event.

I decided to teach because I wanted to share the enthusiasm and joy I have for music with students. I feel passionate about helping develop a child’s talents as a musician. I relate to well kids and can provide an atmosphere where kids are motivated to learn. I also enjoy teaching adults.

I help the student build good fundamentals. I customize lessons to define and reach realistic goals and address students’ school band needs or other musical activities. I respect students’ other interests and pursuits. I am an experienced professional musician well versed in woodwinds and a variety of styles. I can offer students a broad spectrum of musical knowledge. I can teach all levels from a young beginner to an adult professional. I have given clinics at many local high schools. I would love to share my skills and expertise with students.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am patient and somewhat laid back. I help the student build good fundamentals. I customize lessons to define and reach realistic goals and address students’ school band needs or other musical activities. I respect students’ other interests and pursuits. I want to help you meet goals that we set together. I give weekly assignments and use a variety of method books and other materials to provide what the student requires. You are unique and special my goal is to help YOU succeed with your musical goals. I am there to motivate you and make your lesson a valuable and enjoyable experience. I like to laugh.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano

*** Travel Equipment ***
Stand. Teaching Materials

*** Specialties ***
General teaching philosophy
I help my students build good fundamentals. I customize lessons to define and reach realistic goals and address students’ school band needs or other musical activities. I respect students’ other interests and pursuits. I am an experienced professional musician well versed in woodwinds and a variety of styles. I can offer students a broad spectrum of musical knowledge. I can teach all levels from a young beginner to an adult professional. I can offer individual or group instruction.

I play and teach all types of flutes, clarinets, saxophones, and recorders. I play and teach baroque flute and Electric Wind Instrument (EWI) to cover double reeds or any other sound you might need. I use high quality Yamaha and Roland synthesizers for my patches.

Adam G.

Englewood, CO
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Aeryk P.

Denver, CO
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Marissa E.

Denver, CO
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Adam G. Englewood, CO

Subjects Taught

Flute, Guitar, Music Theory, Saxophone, Songwriting

About Me

Adam is an Ohio-born musician, with a wide set of skills as a performer, educator, theorist, collaborator, and composer. Adam earned his Bachelor of Music in Saxophone Performance from Wright State University (Dayton, OH) in 2009. In 2011, he completed his Master of Music - also in Saxophone Performance - at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (Lincoln, NE), where he was awarded a Graduate Teaching Assistant-ship in both the saxophone studio and music theory department. After graduating from UNL, Adam served as the Adjunct Instructor of Saxophone at Doane College (Crete, NE) for the 2011-12 academic year.

While living in Ohio, Adam was active in the local musical theater scene as a multiple-woodwinds artist. He was hired to perform on instruments ranging from flute, clarinet, and saxophone to slide whistle, kazoo, and recorder. Adam has performed in shows such as “Guys and Dolls,” “Urinetown,” “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” and “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown,” just to name a fraction. Throughout his tenure in Nebraska, Adam performed consistent concert engagements with the Omaha Symphony Orchestra and Opera Omaha.

As a chamber musician, Adam has had notable performances as soprano saxophonist with the Avion Saxophone Quartet (Dayton, OH) and the Westbrook Saxophone Quartet (Lincoln, NE), as well as flutist with the Enrique Torres Wind Quintet (Dayton, OH). With these ensembles, he has travelled as far as Japan and Italy, and has premiered original works by new composers such as David von Kampen, A.J. McCaffrey, Chris Serena, David McKeever, Garrett Hope, Edwin Waskiewicz, and Nestor Jaenz.

Adam currently lives in Denver, Colorado. He performs regularly as a saxophonist, flutist, and guitar-wielding singer-songwriter.

Aeryk P. Denver, CO

Subjects Taught

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

About Me

I am an active participant in the local jazz, pop, rock, and funk scenes, and hold a Bachelor's degree in Jazz and Commercial music from the University of Denver's Lamont School of music. I've acted as the frontman for funk groups and jazz outfits, and have traveled all over the state (and occasionally the country) with more sober acts, like the folk groups All Those Who Wander and Gypsy Caravan. Until June of 2013, I acted as the musical director and manager for the collegiate a Capella group, Exit 205, which recorded its first live album under my direction. With such varied experience, I am sensitive to what I call "pop sensibilities", and am a very capable instructor when it comes to popular (non-classical, non-jazz) music. In addition, I frequently perform jazz, both professionally and recreationally, in Denver and the surrounding area, and have performed in the pit for several locally-produced musicals, including Inspire Creative's production of Guys and Dolls. I have had great success with my students at Bruce Randolph school in north Denver, where I teach for the non-profit organization, El Sistema, and maintain a sizable private studio of students young and old.

What sets me apart from most other music teachers is a devotion to stylistic development. I have extensive experience playing Cumbia, Merengue, Batchata and Salsa saxophone; Irish and Old-Time folk music on the saxophone, pennywhistle, and Irish Bodhran; singing rock and pop tunes, both with a band and with an a Capella group, as well as accompanying myself on piano; and especially playing jazz saxophone. Sax, voice, and piano are all expressions of that unspoken language known as music, but draw from very disparate sections of the musical canon. I am familiar not only with this expression, but in teaching others how to utilize the multiple facets of each discipline to strengthen each other. No focus is independent from the others, but rather complimentary to the total skill set the student is looking to acquire. I believe that the future of music, and therefore a large portion of our society's culture, lies in the hands of tomorrow's musicians, no matter what age, and so I make it a point to draw on all of my past experience to keep each student engaged and learning throughout the lesson process.

*** Lesson Details ***
Each student, and indeed each lesson, has a unique goal, as far as music is concerned. I make a concerted effort to address this goal, while still maintaining the integrity of the curriculum. If a student is just starting out, I have access to a wealth of different educational materials and experience to help get them on track for success. If a student wants to learn jazz saxophone, maybe we'll work out of the Real Book or the Charlie Parker Omnibook, transcribing licks and learning about their application. If a student is trying to develop an ear for Latin rhythms, we might learn all about the different dance styles, and how to add your own voice to each one. If they're trying to break onto the folk scene, our lessons might involve delving into the music's historical techniques and recordings, and learning how to write tunes in that style. If they want to be a singer/songwriter/pianist, maybe we won't use a book at all, but will really investigate their personal musical style and learn how to emulate their favorite musicians. Even students that have no idea what direction they're headed, but know that they want to learn music, share a common goal with every creative type out there. The first lesson is always about getting to know the student and their values, which helps point us in the exact right direction for musical development.

For each lesson, we will develop and keep track of musical goals, both long and short-term, so that achievement is par for the course. By understanding what it is we value in music, we begin to paint a picture of the type of musician we want to become. Music should be more than calculation and rigor. Through this system of individual attention and goal-oriented organization, the student, no matter the age or experience, will develop several usable skills, and have fun doing it. More importantly, they will be able to describe why and how these skills are used, displaying a deeper understanding in developing the ability to teach others.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Steinway pianos, music stands and chairs, virtual acoustic practice rooms, bathrooms and vending machines.

*** Travel Equipment ***
N/A

*** Specialties ***
Jazz and other improvisation for saxophone, piano, and voice, classical saxophone, pop/rock singing and piano, jazz and classical theory, and theory-based approach to improvisation.

Marissa E. Denver, CO

Subjects Taught

Flute, Music Performance, Music Theory, Piano, Saxophone

About Me

Bachelor's in music education
former private lesson teacher in a Minneapolis studio
two years experience teaching classroom music
one year teaching band

*** Lesson Details ***
I am a pretty approachable and easy going person. I will push you, but I'm not mean. I want my students to put effort into their work, and it's easy to tell when they haven't. There will be occasional times when something will be reassigned. I also like my students to play in front of people as much as they can, so I will try to make those opportunities for you. We will work together on curriculum...I have books in mind, but am definitely open to new things.

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