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Popular Saxophone Teachers Near San Diego

Jordan M.

San Diego, CA
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Tracy G.

San Diego, CA
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Tyler R.

La Mesa, CA
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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.

Tracy G. San Diego, CA

Subjects Taught

Clarinet, Drum, Flute, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Theory, Percussion, Piano, Saxophone

About Me

I have held several music education positions in both public and private K-12 schools. I am currently the Music Teacher at the Cal Coast Academy in Del Mar, and a group piano class instructor for Musical Minds. Prior to this I was a middle school band instructor at the San Francisco Day School; I have also run a full piano studio for the past several years. I received all of my degrees in music performance (my BM and PSD from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and MM from UCSB).

I enjoy performing as well as teaching, and am a core member of the flute quartet Flutes de Salon (http://www.flutesdesalon.com). While living in the Bay Area I performed in a both a classical flute and guitar duo, and a jazz/classical/hip-hop ensemble, and was also fortunate to have had the opportunity to perform in concert with amazing talents such as rock legend Sting, renowned mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade, and jazz trumpeter Chris Botti.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide a music stand during the lessons (but would prefer them to own their own) and can help the student find an instrument either to buy, or rent locally. I expect the student to purchase the music books (although I will provide additional materials as I see fit), music stand, and instrument.

Tyler R. La Mesa, CA

Subjects Taught

Clarinet, Flute, Music Performance, Music Theory, Piano, Saxophone

About Me

Born in San Diego, saxophonist Tyler attended San Diego State University where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Saxophone Performance in 2006. In 2008, Tyler completed his Master’s Degree in Jazz Studies from San Diego State University. Tyler has studied with saxophonists: Lee Elderton, Jay Easton, Douglas Masek, Todd Rewoldt, John Rekevics and Christopher Hollyday.

Tyler has been performing professionally throughout San Diego for 10 years. He has performed in several different Big Bands with renowned artists: Eric Marienthal, Bernie Dresel, Gilbert Castellanos and Charles McPherson. Tyler has worked with the San Diego Musical Theatre, Lamb’s Players Theatre, and Moonlight Stage Productions performing in several musicals at the Moonlight Amphitheatre in Vista and the Lyceum in Downtown San Diego. Tyler has performed in the musicals: “Ain’t Misbehavin’: The Fats Waller Show,” “Cabaret,” “Dream Girls,” “American Rhythm,” “Annie” and “Guys and Dolls.” Tyler currently performs with the Ira B. Liss Big Band Jazz Machine and the Jazz Project Big Band. Along with performing Tyler maintains a private teaching studio for students of saxophone, clarinet, flute and piano.

*** Lesson Details ***
My saxophone, clarinet and flute lesson consist of a different exercises, demonstrations, tips and tricks, information, and assignments. These are all designed to improve tone, technique, reading ability and improvisation ability in any style of music. The lessons are always fun, informative and of course full of lots of playing!!

My piano lessons are for beginning children and my student's ages usually range from 4 to 13. My lessons are designed to keep the student engaged at any age. They involve one on one playing and are intermixed with general music information. This is extremely helpful in making sure the time of the lesson is used productively and to keep the students engaged and having fun.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Electric Keyboard, Computer and program for writing and printing music. Music Stand, iHome and record player for playing examples as well as for inspiration.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide some music and listening examples. I expect the student to provide their instrument, a stand if necessary and all the accessories (reeds, ligature, etc.).

*** Specialties ***
Jazz and Classical. My Bachelor's Degree is in Saxophone Performance where I studied Classical Saxophone. My Master's Degree is in Jazz Studies.

Colin F.

Ramona, CA
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David K.

San Diego, CA
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Topher W.

San Diego, CA
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Colin F. Ramona, CA

Subjects Taught

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 ten 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 ***
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.

David K. San Diego, CA

Subjects Taught

Bass Guitar, Flute, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Theory, Piano, Saxophone, Songwriting

About Me

My mother started teaching me how to read music and play the piano when I was about 4 years old. When I was about eight I started taking private guitar lessons. At the age of 10 I started playing sax and flute at school and I’ve continued to play all these instruments ever since.

When I was 18 years old I started playing professionally around the NYC area, where I really started to learn the music business. Also, I continued to study privately with such masters as the late, great Nick Brignola. Who became my mentor and friend.

At age 20 I attended the world renowned Berklee College of Music in Boston on a partial scholarship,majoring in composition. I started teaching privately around this time. I’ve continued to gig and teach ever since. My lessons, though very focused & comprehensive are relaxed & fun! No pressure- I promise!

*** Lesson Details ***
To train, educate and prepare students to become well-rounded musicians.

Performance is based in the knowledge and appreciation of music. My curriculum focuses on technique, theory, ear training, music history, performance and composition. These elements allow my students to develop a solid and dynamic foundation in music. To enjoy and know the instrument will enhance your ability to express yourself creatively and speak the language of music.

Topher W. San Diego, CA

Subjects Taught

Saxophone

About Me

I've been playing saxophone for over 20 years and for the past 11 years, I've been consistently playing with working bands in bars, nightclubs, festivals, and other events. I generally play mostly soul, rock, and blues, but I am well versed in jazz and (gasp) classical styles. I also double on clarinet. I'm interested in working with students that are at an intermediate or advanced level that are looking to take their performance to the next level. If you're looking to work up to playing live gigs, I'm here to help you get there.

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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 San Diego 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 ...

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