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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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Nicole G.

Portland, OR
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Michael R. Oregon City, OR

Subjects Taught

Audition Prep, Music Performance, Music Theory, Saxophone

About Me

Michael Rodriguez 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 in: 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.

Michael's practice philosophy is simple. Make practice enjoyable and efficient. He has experienced the common pitfall of practicing scales for many hours only to retain little or nothing. Michael shows his students techniques to focus, and get more done with less wasted time. He caters his lessons to maximize every student's potential. Lessons are customized to meet the student's goals and learning style. Michael ensures that every student will have the technique, theory, and musical knowledge to be a complete musician that is comfortable in any musical genre or setting.While Michael prides himself on his musical diversity he points out some of his specialities:

Sound- Michael believes that the first thing anyone notices about your playing is how you sound. He provides exercises to put his students on 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.

Easy to work with -Many describe Michael as relatable and understanding. He has a youthful, energetic teaching style that works with most students. Michael has been successful in teaching students that have conditions such as ADHD and Epilepsy. He has no problem using "outside of the box" techniques to help explain a tough concept.

Peter Q. Portland, OR

Subjects Taught

Bass Guitar, Beatbox, Classical Piano, Composition, Didgeridoo, Djembe, Drum, Ear Training, Flute, Guitar, Hand Drums, Logic Pro Software, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Percussion, Piano, Saxophone, Singing, Songwriting, Speaking Voice, Spoken Word, Stage Performance

About Me

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.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Lessons in the basement studio, piano, guitars, amps, hand drums, a bass, woodwinds, FULL DRUM SET!

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can travel with a sax, flute, guitar, electric bass, and a didgeridoo....

*** Specialties ***
I'm a jazz musician! But I listen to and perform all styles of music. I have written string quartets, been the front man for a funk band, and recorded every style of music under the sun. I can teach Bach and the Beatles and explain how/ and why they intersect and are similar musically.

Nicole G. Portland, OR

Subjects Taught

Clarinet, Drum, Flute, Music Performance, Music Theory, Saxophone, Songwriting, Speaking Voice

About Me

Nicole’s journey in music began when her father introduced her to improvised music at a young age. Her earliest exposure to jazz included Sonny Rollins’ “Saxophone Collossus” and John Coltrane’s “Giant Steps”. She began playing the clarinet at the age of ten, transitioning to tenor saxophone the following year.

Nicole’s interest and curiosity for music began to blossom in high school. She became involved in a variety of performance ensembles, both within her school and in the community. In 2007, Nicole joined the Pacific Crest Jazz Orchestra directed by Thara Memory. This competitive, pre-professional ensemble not only provided a solid foundation in the classic repertoire of the jazz lineage, but also granted her the opportunity to travel the country and perform at several renowned jazz festivals, including the Monterey Jazz Festival for two consecutive years. She was also involved in the Metropolitan Youth Symphony’s top Jazz Orchestra. In 2008, she met Alan Jones and become involved in the Alan Jones Academy of Music, further deepening her love and appreciation for the music, as well as a heightened knowledge of playing in a small-group setting. In 2009, Nicole was one of 19 students from across the nation to be selected for the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra, who embarked on a national tour that involved playing with Bobby Watson and Julian Lage, concluding with a performance at the Monterey Jazz Festival with Wynton Marsalis.

Nicole received a scholarship to William Paterson University, where she was granted the opportunity to study with Rich Perry, Mulgrew Miller, Harold Mabern, Bill Goodwin, Kevin Norton, Steve LaSpina, Marcus McLaurine, Vincent Herring, and James Weidman. Close proximity to New York City also provided Nicole with the opportunity to experience the city's thriving music scene, as well as experience with new types of musical projects.

Throughout her musical career, Nicole has had the pleasure of performing with such great musicians as Esperanza Spalding, Mulgrew Miller, Rich Perry, Wynton Marsalis, Bobby Watson, Alan Jones, George Colligan, Darrell Grant, Christian Scott, Essiet Essiet, Randy Porter, Mel Brown, Julian Lage, Bernard Purdie, Javon Jackson, Obo Addy, Eric Alexander, Wycliffe Gordon, Gary Smulyan, Red Holloway, David Ornette Cherry, Terell Stafford, Dana Hall, and Thara Memory.

Nicole returned to Portland, Oregon in 2011 to resume her studies with Alan Jones. She now performs regularly with pianist George Colligan, as well as her own jazz trio and with Happy People, a jazz quintet that performs all original music. In 2012, Nicole was invited to travel to France to play in the Vannes Jazz Festival in an Alan Jones Academy of Music Quartet.

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We would begin our first lesson with a relaxed conversation about music! I want to know what areas of music interest you and the role that music has in your life. It is very important to me that our lessons specifically address your interests and desires. From there, I will customize our lesson plan to help you achieve your goals.

I have a powerful background in music performance, jazz improvisation, harmony, music theory, composition, ear training, rhythm, repertoire, transcription, saxophone, flute, clarinet, and education.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Wurlitzer Electric Piano, Drum Set, Guitar Amplifiers, Music Stands, Tenor and Soprano Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet, Bass Guitar, Guitar Pedals. And a cat.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in jazz improvisation, harmony, composition, ear training, sight-singing, music performance, music business, saxophone technique, transcription, repertoire, and theory/analysis.

Kelly P.

Portland, OR
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Seth G.

Lake Oswego, OR
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Jeremy T.

Tualatin, OR
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Kelly P. Portland, OR

Subjects Taught

Flute, French Horn, Music Performance, Music Theory, Saxophone, Songwriting, Trombone, Trumpet

About Me

After graduating from the University of Kentucky with a degree in music, I moved to New York where I lived for 11 years. I have been a professional multi-instrumentalist since then and a member of many bands including Beirut and Arcade Fire. I have also performed and/or recorded with many others including David Byrne, Passion Pit, Coldplay, and LCD Sound system. I have performed in dozens of countries, at some of the world's biggest festivals (Bonnaroo, Coachella, Glastonbury), and on many television shows (Colbert, Letterman, Fallon).

I have experience in playing and teaching many different styles and can teach you what YOU want to learn. Playing music can be a very rewarding experience, but should also be fun. I can promise you will have fun in our lessons and have fun with music in general.

*** Lesson Details ***
We will focus first and foremost on what you would like to learn on your instrument, whether it be specific songs, styles, or a more general approach to your instrument or music-making. I have taught students of all ages on many different instruments and can work with anyone at any skill level.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Trumpet, flugelhorn, French horn, trombone, euphonium, tuba, flute, clarinet, saxophone, drum kit, keyboards, piano, organ, guitar, bass, ukelele, accordion, mandolin, various synthesizers, various percussion, and recording rig.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can bring any portable instrument, and any sheet music required for our lesson.

*** Specialties ***
For brass I am a strong proponent of the Carmine Caruso method. As for genres I am most well versed in jazz, rock, and classical.

Seth G. Lake Oswego, OR

Subjects Taught

Arrangement and Composition, Audition Prep, Bassoon, Composition, Ear Training, Japanese, Music Performance, Music Theory, Saxophone

About Me

I'm a professional bassoonist, composer, and arranger with extensive experience in the music field. Also well knowledgeable about clarinet and saxophone. In addition, I have a minor in Japanese language and am proficient at helping with the beginning level.

Jeremy T. Tualatin, OR

Subjects Taught

Music Theory, Saxophone

About Me

I absolutely love teaching lessons and am comfortable teaching any age!

My saxophone experience includes lessons under David Hagelganz, Greg Yasinitsky, Sarah Cosano, and Shannon Scott during my music degree at WSU. I also attended a saxophone workshop put together by Eugene Rousseau, performed at 2 Washington educators conferences with the WSU Wind Symphony (their top group), have taken extensive vocal lessons to learn better phrasing with Thomas Blaylock, Shela Converse, and Kyle Chandler, and played saxophone locally for a brief time with Tualatin Valley Community Band.

Teaching in all aspects has been a major part of my life for as long as I can remember. I find exactly what it is that a student enjoys about a topic and use that as a window to teach them the more difficult aspects. I teach music theory as an essential part of playing an instrument because understanding how a piece was written is critical to playing it in the most interesting way.

Saxophone With TakeLessons

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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