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Popular Saxophone Teachers Near Portland

Michael R.

Oregon City, OR
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Peter Q.

Portland, OR
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Adrian P B.

Portland, OR
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Michael R. Oregon City, OR

Some of Michael’s specialties:
Tone production – Michael believes that the first thing anyone notices about your playing is how you sound. He provides exercises to put his students on the path to sounding as lyrical as possible.
Improvisation – Michael is comfortable in improvising in all styles including: funk, jazz, Latin, soul, hip-hop etc…. He believes improvising is one of the most natural things for a human to do and is essential for today’s musician.
Jazz theory – Michael is well versed in analyzing chords and music structure.
Audition/recital prep – Michael has participated in many solo competitions, honor bands, and auditions. He draws from these experiences to prepare his students to be relaxed and confident in these situations.

About Michael

Michael is a freelance musician based in the Portland metropolitan area. His diverse skill set allows him to perform in a variety of musical groups. Michael is hired regularly to perform for: jazz and cover bands, weddings, corporate events, musicals, and studio sessions. He also leads and writes music for his own band that performs regularly in the Portland metropolitan area. He attended Mount Hood Community College and Portland State University. Michael graduated with a B.S. in biology and minored in jazz studies.
Many describe Michael as genuine and passionate. He has a youthful, energetic teaching style that works well with most students. Michael’s creativity and patience have allowed him to be successful with teaching students with learning disabilities. He has no problem ...

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Jack D. October 6, 2014
Saxophone · In home
Verified Student
"Now that I'm studying with Mike, the efficiency of my practice time is way, way up."

Mike is the first coach who emphasizes "practice the hard parts". So much so that any time a note comes out either not in rhythm, not in pitch, or not a great sound, I have the confidence to stop and repeat the hard part until it's no longer hard. Even when learning to improvise, if the notes I pick on the sax don't match the ones I first heard in my head, I have the confidence to stop and really find those notes that my mind imagined. Eventually I'll be able to hit the ones I intend the first time. He also advocates to always know the purpose of any practicing you're doing---there's no more aimless noodling. Even when I'm jamming, there's a specific goal in mind.

The second thing I really get from Mike is that he expects me to know what notes I'm playing and what role they fill in the key. Formerly my method of improvising was to hunt and peck, occasionally hitting notes outside the key and finding a way to "work them back in". But now, if I'm riffing on the note F in the key of B-flat, Mike wants me to know that that's the 5 of the key. And to also know where the 3 and 7 are---like a home base where you know it's safe to play.
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Aaron S. May 28, 2014
Saxophone · In home
Verified Student
We are so lucky to have found Michael! Before we started with him in February, my son played Ode to Joy, now he's practicing jazz and having fun while practicing. Michael has awesome enthusiasm, and a great foundation in both performance and theory. He shows care for the student and is always supportive. I completely recommend him for any skill level!
Peter Q. Portland, OR

Sax is my main axe! I can teach you to REALLY play the sax. We'll start at the beginning and go before you know it you'll be playing Giant Steps by John Coltrane.

About Peter

I'm a multi-instrumentalist from the Northwest with lots of love for teaching people to groove. I got my bachelors in music from Whitman College with an emphasis in Jazz Performance. I can teach anyone to rock, swing or get unreasonably funky. Lessons can be casual or serious and I'm down to tell you how to get to Carnegie Hall or onto the stage at the local jam.

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I like to teach my students what they want to learn! I'm always game for setting up a fun path to being able to play your favorite songs as fast as possible. I don't scold or shame and having a blast is the name of my game. I can teach you to improvise, read music, become a strummer or virtuoso, it's all up to you.

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Alisa M. October 20, 2014
Flute · In studio
Verified Student
Peter is wonderful with kids, he's empathetic and eager to find the right fit with your child. He is very well versed in multiple methods from Jazz to Classical to Beatbox and he's super fun. I'd highly recommend him.
Adrian P B. Portland, OR

About Adrian P

Oregon Music Hall of Famer, BM Performance, University of Oregon School of Music, transcribing, arranging, and performing, has enjoyed working with Les McCann, Tito Puente Jr., The Temptations, Melcochita, Ramsey Embick, Mary Sue Tobin, Mel Brown, Damien Erskine, Patrick Lamb, Al Criado, Devin Sanders, David Valdez, Martin Zarzar, Rafael Trujillo, Bret Malmquist, David "Buzz" Graham, Dr. Freddy Vilches, Matises, Terri Kuechle, Bryce Peltier, Julia Schlippert, Cat´┐Żn Lyles, Belinda Underwood, Zenda Torrey, Brian Casey, Tom Kay, Dave Mills, Chris B. Azorr, Tim Clarke, Karen America, Dana Heitman, Randy Rollofson, Yasha Marcinkiewicz, Jackson Coffey, Hank Hirsh, Dan Gaynor, Scott Wardinsky, Jon Hughes, Bernardo Gomez, Marti Mendenhall, Shelly Rudolph, Bruce Cole, Art Resnick, ...

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Susan S. November 6, 2014
Saxophone · In studio
Adrian has an infectious laugh and loves teaching. His technical knowledge and artistic skill continues to impress me the longer I know him. I would recommend him to anyone that wishes technical knowledge and passionate inspiration. The cherry on top is that he is punctual and humble too.

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TakeLessons offers private in-studio and in-home Saxophone in Portland and nearby areas. Learn how to play saxophone by working with a qualified TakeLessons instructor. Review Portland Saxophone teacher profiles and contact a friendly TakeLessons student counselor by phone or email for assistance with scheduling your Saxophone lessons.

Whether you are a beginner Saxophone student, intermediate Saxophone student, or advanced Saxophone student, a TakeLessons Instructor can help you learn or enhance your Saxophone skills. Your choices for a Portland Saxophone instructor come from a variety of backgrounds, making it easy to find one that matches your interests and skill level. Each Saxophone instructor's specialties are listed on their profile, along with helpful details like teaching style, ...

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