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About Jesse M.

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Sunnyvale, CA

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Learn about rhythm, melody, harmony, and dynamics, and how they apply to the saxophone. Explore the range of your instrument through various scales. Build solid skills through understanding the mechanics of how your body and instrument work together.

About Jesse
*Disclaimer*
I'm currently not taking beginner students on voice/singing, guitar, bass, drums, piano, and ukulele. I highly recommend my studio partners Melissa though. Please check out her profile:

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My Background

I've been playing with classical ensembles and rock bands since 2001. Even though I started on classical trombone and rock guitar, I have come to expand my repertoire to a variety of instruments and genres. During my time in college I performed with the University choir, orchestra, and band. I also have organized, wrote/arranged for, and performed with a variety of bands in my home state of New Mexico, as well as Japan, and the San Francisco Bay Area.

Since 2006 I have been an active teacher. This profession has taken me everywhere from working with classical guitar cla
sses in New Mexico high schools to Elementary students in Japan to a variety of private students of various musical instruments and genres everywhere I've been. Since relocating to the Bay Area in 2010, I've had the pleasure of working with lots of great students from kids to adults with a wide range of ambitions. Since 2012 I've been running my own full time studio.

Philosophy of Learning

Lessons are generally designed to work towards giving students the tools to accomplish their goals and become increasingly independent over time. While all students will study similar fundamentals regarding technique, theory, and performance, every lesson is as different as every person. What kind of music do you want to make? I'll tell you what you need to do to get there, and help you take the steps to achieve your aspirations.

I also love to help students put together a song, record, and produce it for them so that they can have a recording to share with their friends and family.

I also hold events for my students. (Check out our pictures and videos below!)
Younger students have opportunities to perform for friends and family at my studio every few months. Once or twice a year we'll also stage a larger event off site for more individual students and bands classes to perform.
Adult students also occasionally have events where they get a chance to get together and play music as well.

Aside from in-studio lessons, students also have the option to sign up for online lessons via Skype.
(*Online lessons offered during different times than in-studio lessons.)

*Unfortunately due to scheduling issues, I'm not currently accepting students for bi-weekly lessons. I can do regular weekly lessons, or occasional drop-in lessons, but bi-weekly appointments make it really hard for me to give the best scheduled times to my existing weekly students. I'm sorry for the inconvenience.

My studio is equipped with:

*Music Stands

*A P.A. System

*Vocal and instrument microphones

*Guitars, Basses, Ukulele, Banjos, etc

*Two guitar amps and a bass amp

*Various percussion including a fully equipped acoustic drum set

*A Roland V-Drums electronic drum set

*An electric piano console and Yamaha organ

*A MicroKorg Synthesizer

*A Tuba, Trombone, Cornet, Saxophone, and Flute

*An extensive physical and virtual music library

*A recording system that students are not only welcome to use but encouraged to

*HD Webcam and condenser microphone for high fidelity online lessons via Skype
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Dulcenea June 28, 2019
· Violin · In studio
Super kind, patient and teaches a lot in each session!
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Alex March 25, 2019
· Singing · In studio
Jesse is very friendly and a fun teacher to be around.
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Merve K. March 19, 2019
· Violin · In studio
Jesse was not only an instructor but also a mentor for my daughter. He is very patient and realistic besides being very knowledgable and talented. She learned and improved a lot. We were lucky to start this journey with Jesse.
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Jesse M.

Sunnyvale, CA 94086
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$70 / 30-min

About Willie G.

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San Jose, CA
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About Willie
I've been a professional musician/educator for over 15 + years. I am an multi- instrumentalist which is a great benefit when studying with me. I bring to the table a broad world view and different perspectives of music pedagogy that I have been fortunate to attain throughout my music career and education. There is more than one way to attain a musical goal and I always work on giving different ways to attain such goals until one connects with student. I am a "real world" application type of teacher. I will not stray to musical processes that tend to hold people back from making music.

Bio:
Willie is a multi-instrumentalist, educator and clinician home based in San Jose Bay Area. He specializes in Afro-Latin percussion while exploring other sounds of Arabic, Flamenco, Brazilian and Vocal- Percussion. Willie has a unique and creative a
pproach, inter- locking world music concepts with styles of contemporary music that include Rock, R&B, Hip- Hop, Funk and Jazz. Willie’s appreciation for cultures and music throughout the world influence and compel a creativity that makes Willie part of a new breed of percussionists in the music scene today.
Willie has performed and recorded with international artists and several local artists and groups in California bay area such as, favored nations recording artist James Robinson, Charangon Nueve, The Saul Kaye Band, Kaweh, Latin Lingo, Marc Russo and the Classy Cats, Full Spectrum, Mambo Tropical, Caixa, Silicon Vibe, Fito Reinoso, Piano y Son, San Jose State Latin Jazz Ensemble, KIDGUCH, BukleBros, Audio Dub, Latin Funk Express, White Roses, JT Horns.
Throughout his career he has had the opportunity to work with and perform with artists and groups such as; Trombonist, Conrad Herwig, Hal Galper Quintet, Vibraphonist and Marimba Master, Dave Samuels, Composer/Pianist, Eugenio Toussaint, Trombonist/Composer, Rob McConnel, Saxophonist, Richie Cole, Latin-percussionist/Composer, Pete Escovedo, Gabriel Espinosa y su grupo Ashanti, Jazz y Salsa Alto Maiz, Saxophonist/Composer, Benny Golsen. Maja with musicians, Mylious Johnson, on Drums, Alex Alessandroni and Jason Chapman on Keyboards, Asa ‘ACE’ Livingston on Bass.

Willie was born and raised in San Jose, California. In the younger years of his life, music was always around him in some sort of way. At the age of ten, Willie was introduced to the trumpet. When learning music through playing trumpet, he felt something deep inside and knew it was his destiny to play music for the rest of his life.
In high school, music was his main focus. During this time of his life, he was forming his music foundation. Focusing on trumpet primarily, until one day his band director said something that changed his path in music. He said, “The more music you get yourself involved in, the better musician you’ll become.” After that, Willie started to sing in concert choir. Eventually, he was able to get into the Mt. Pleasant Studio Jazz Singers, a group that had a national reputation winning approximately thirteen National Down Beat music awards at that time. The group was under the direction of Jan DeShera. Being fortunate to be part of winning two National Down Beat Awards for Vocal Jazz Performance. The group performed at the 1st Annual Monterey Jazz Festival at Sea Cruise, Ensanada, Mexico. In addition, performed on the main stage at Monterey Jazz Festival. Other performances included; Pacific Basin Music Festival, Honolulu, Hawaii, International Association of Jazz Educators (I.A.J.E.) convention, Anaheim, California, and San Jose Jazz Festival. During this time, Willie was also performing on trumpet and Latin- percussion with Portuguese group, Alcides y Legacy. At his last year of high school, he received the, James J. Guido Salute to Youth Award given by the Board of Supervisors of Santa Clara County, State of California.
The next journey in his life began at the Phil Mattson’s School for Music Vocations. Here he developed a stronger foundation studying classical and jazz piano, trumpet, voice, instrumental and vocal arranging, among other subjects. Having great opportunities studying with many great teachers, performing in all genres of music, there was something said that gave him inspiration. “If you’re not practicing as much as you should, it doesn't mean you’re a bad person. It just means that you’re cheating yourself and ultimately you’ll have to cheat someone else.”
After graduating from School for Music Vocations, Willie attended the University of Northern Iowa (U.N.I.) majoring in trumpet performance and jazz studies. In his first year attending, he played trumpet and Latin-percussion in U.N.I. Jazz Band 1, which was one of the premier collegian jazz bands in the country. The band was under the direction of Pianist/Composer/Arranger, Bob Washut. Willie was fortunate to be part of winning another National Down Beat Award for Big Band Performance. The group performed at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, North Sea Jazz Festival in the Netherlands, Lostrott 106 in Belgium, Tallcorn Jazz Festival, and the Kansas City Jazz Festival.

*** Lesson Details ***
The first several months of music instruction, the student will acquire a solid foundation in general music ranging from basic music theory, concept of rhythm etc. I am all about making the connection with music so you can keep it in your life forever for your enjoyment. All of my students who take music lessons from me all have their own method customize to what they want music to be in their lives. Within the first month of taking music lessons you will be making and creating music which will bring so much happiness with in yourself.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Lessons in a music studio, several music stands, piano, keyboards, drum set, bongos, African drums, timbali

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect my students to have the instrument that they want to study at their homes if I am going to their location.

*** Specialties ***
Areas of specialization is Afro-Cuban Percussion and music. I have taught bass players, pianist and percussionists the concepts of Afro-Latin music. I also teach percussion concepts from Peru, Spain, Africa.
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Marcia R. November 20, 2012
· Trumpet ·
Willie takes time to know student, excellent teacher

My son raves about Willie after each session, states what he is learning such as scales, how to read music, practicing new songs and getting to hear and play new genres of music on his trumpet. My son states Willie reminds him of a teacher he had in Tucson that worked with youth who took time to know his students, ask about what is going on in their life, building a relationship. Willie is flexible on the times of day for class and responds quickly to calls when we need to take a vacation day. This has been a truly positive experience, my son keeps wanting to come back for more classes.
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Willie G.

San Jose, CA 95123
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About Stephen E.

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Palo Alto, CA
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I have started thirty beginner students on alto and tenor saxophone who have advanced to a high level of performance ability. I teach basic musicianship and music theory as well as saxophone and cover concert and jazz band styles. My students expand their ranges and take on higher difficulty as their lessons progress.

About Stephen
I have taught music (K-8) in a private school in Palo Alto for 16 years and have created a very successful program. I conduct 5 bands, an orchestra and a beginner string ensemble. I have started hundreds of children on instruments and have taught dozens of children privately with great results. I have a BA degree from Luther College and did post-graduate work in music at the University of Iowa.
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Claire and Benjamin F. June 24, 2019
· Trumpet · In home
The kids' first trumpet lesson was wonderful! Stephen was patient and has a good sense of humor. Neither of the kids have ever played the trumpet before, but by the end of their lesson they'd already made noticeable progress. We also greatly appreciate Stephen's willingness to teach the kids together. One was nervous to take lessons solo, but excited to take lessons with a friend. Stephen is the kind of instructor you always hope to find when you're looking for private lessons - knowledgeable and kind. I'm confident the kids will grow in their music skills through these lessons!
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Vincent B. March 5, 2019
· Trumpet · In home
Very professional, patient, motivating
Great experience
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Maya September 2, 2018
· Trumpet · In studio
Stephen has lots of experience teaching kids and was great with my daughter. He adapted to her level of experience and gave her goals to strive for next time. Very pleased with the whole experience.
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Stephen E.

Palo Alto, CA 94306
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$50 / 30-min

About Eddie P.

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Miami, FL
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My goal in teaching is to make my students not just good saxophonists, but better musicians in every aspect. I like to discuss the music with students, get them to think about the music in new and interesting ways, teach how to practice and philosophies for approaching musical styles, and the theory behind the music. Students can expect all of this and more while having fun and being able to express themselves through the music they want to play.

Students are expected to have their own saxophone for all lessons.

About Eddie
Hello there, I'm Eddie! Music, since the first time I picked up the saxophone, has been the passion of my life. I almost always have an instrument in my hands or have music coming out of my speakers. I earned my degree in performance from the University of Miami in 2012. As part of my undergraduate studies, I became proficient in all saxophones including alto, tenor, soprano and bari. In addition to that, I have also become well versed in the piano, guitar, flute, and clarinet. I have been teaching privately since 2013. Music is my passion and I want to bring this same passion to any student I teach.
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Michael March 8, 2018
· Saxophone · In studio
Excellent.
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Michael K. February 25, 2018
· Saxophone · In studio
Excellent teacher.
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Nielsun S. November 19, 2017
· Saxophone · In home
Nielsun like Eddy and had a great first lesson 👍
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Eddie P.

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About Eric C.

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Upland, CA

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I figure out exactly where you are in your technique and knowledge of music and of the instrument. Then, I start teaching from there! For me, the goal of lessons should be the goal of the student, and I do my best to honor that!

I also encourage my advanced Jr. High and High School students to audition for various honor groups throughout California such as SCSBOA, CBDA, etc. With my background in these groups, I can effectively help my students prepare for the best audition they can do.

About Eric
Hi! I'm Eric, a Saxophonist, Composer, Singer, and Teacher that was born and raised in Southern California. I've been playing the saxophone for over ten years now, writing music for as long as I can remember, and singing since I was in elementary school. I play for a variety of groups in Los Angeles, and sometimes perform in L.A. and surrounding areas at venues such as The LightHouse, Saint Rocke, Hotel Café, The Study, Avalon, The Mint, the Baked Potato, and more.

I keep my lessons fun, efficient, and applicable. I give students assignments to work on, not only so they don't forget what we talk about, but also so they can expand upon the concepts given in lessons, (which familiarizes them more with the information). I look forward to helping you unlock your potential!
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Faisal March 7, 2019
· Clarinet · Online
My son was very happy with the lesson and his self-esteem jumped upwards 100% Thank you, Eric!
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Jeff P. November 15, 2018
· Saxophone · In studio
Eric shows concern for helping you work on where you want to go in my music journey
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Zac M. September 26, 2018
· Clarinet · In home
Eric is an excellent teacher. He is very knowledgeable and very thorough when he is teaching his students. He is very talented and player numerous instruments. I would recommend him to anyone for lessons.
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Eric C.

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About Darrell V.

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Austin, TX

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All styles; soprano, alto, tenor, baritone

About Darrell
Why these lessons are different:
- Formally trained conductor/composer/producer
- Individual or group session options including full band production
- A long roster of satisfied clients
- Broad base of musical styles (rock, classical, jazz, blues, metal, bluegrass, folk, theater, big band, symphonic, pop, punk, country, march, gospel, avant-garde...)
- Over 20 yrs teaching experience and work with recognized professionals including work in some of the top-rated private schools in the United States
- Over 30 years performing experience

Instrument-specific instruction:
- Voice
- Guitar [Spanish, acoustic, electric]
- Electric Bass
- Piano/Keyboard
- Woodwinds [specializing in saxophones]
- Percussion
- Brass & Bowed Strings [performance preparation only]

My process is based on (but does not adhere strictly to
) the Classical approach to Western tonal harmony and asks that the students develop certain fundamentals of technique and theory. In my experience, this structure creates the strongest foundation for pupils to build the rest of their musical lives on, whether professionally or solely for personal enjoyment. All of my students are on the fast track to studying music theory. Whatever level they are at when I start with them, I guide their efforts into bringing the students up to a certain level of comprehension regarding the mathematical aspects of music and how it relates to their instruments. This understanding of theoretical principles of sound allows the students to play any style of music they wish, no matter how their tastes may change throughout their lives.

Curriculum Gradation:
Elements of rhythm
Elements of pitch
Elements of dynamics
Elements of articulation
Reading/Writing notation
Tone development
Finding/Expanding your range
Dexterity, speed, and accuracy
How to project
How to advance to the next level
Music theory
Playing by ear
Improvisational techniques
Finding your signature style
Expression/Lyricism
Composition/Arrangement
Project Management
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Natalie Watson June 18, 2019
· Saxophone · In home
Absolutely loved the lesson and loved Darrell. He made me feel very comfortable and made the lesson fun. I learned a lot and really am looking forward to the next ones. Very excited to be embarking on this new venture in my life.
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Trien B. March 4, 2019
· Piano · In home
Darrelia a good teacher. He is very knowledgeable and fun to work with. We would like to book him for a next 5 weeks.
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Harvill W. February 18, 2019
· Singing · In studio
Gave detailed assignments/homework to help learn reading script music. Great insight into stumbling blocks to avoid. Measured my effective voice range. Easy to get along with and very encouraging to a basic beginner. I told him I understand why his students gave him rave reviews.
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Darrell V.

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About Michael W.

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Tucson, AZ

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I have been performing and competing on saxophone for over 16 years, and I have a degree from the University of Arizona in saxophone performance. My private lesson studio opened in 2012 and since then I have cultivated a deep passion for creating personalized lessons for motivated students. I teach all ages, all skill levels and all styles. I look forward to meeting you!

About Michael
I am a woodwind specialist with a degree in saxophone performance from the University of Arizona. I have been performing and competing since the fifth grade. Since arriving in Tucson in 2010, I have performed with dozens of groups, perhaps most notably the Tucson Symphony Orchestra. I play a variety of musical styles including classical, jazz, musical theater, rock, funk and avant garde. Music has provided me the opportunity to travel all over the world, from London to China and Mexico to Peru.
I opened my private lesson studio in 2012. Since then, I have cultivated a deep passion for creating personalized lessons for motivated students. Lessons revolve around strong fundamentals, but feature fun and engaging activities such as games, transcriptions of pop tunes (or any genre), active listening and discussion, free and guided improvisati
on and anything else that inspires each individual student. I have taught beginners as young as eight years old to advanced players well into their retirement.
I'm looking forward to sharing my passion with you!
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Rebecca February 10, 2016
· Saxophone · In studio
Michael is an excellent teacher and he was so patient with my daughter (5th grade). She was way ahead of the other students in her class and he found additional music for her to learn so she wasn't bored.
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Suzette February 4, 2016
· Saxophone · In studio
When my 11 year old son first began saxophone lessons with Michael Weiss, he was a true beginner but within 5 months, he was playing a song at a recital! Michael is patient and kind but firm in his direction and has instilled confidence in my son that he can play whatever songs he wants to play with focus and practice. Michael is flexible and adept at tailoring his lessons to the individual's needs. I highly recommend him.
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Suzette February 4, 2016
· Saxophone · In studio
When my 11 year old son first began saxophone lessons with Michael Weiss, he was a true beginner but within 5 months, he was playing a song at a recital! Michael is patient and kind but firm in his direction and has instilled confidence in my son that he can play whatever songs he wants to play with focus and practice. Michael is flexible and adept at tailoring his lessons to the individual's needs. I highly recommend him.
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Michael W.

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$30 / 30-min

About Robin L.

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San Jose, CA
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This is my primary instrument and the one I am the most excited about. I've been teaching saxophone for a year and my students have gone on to perform in area-all-state competitions and concerts in the NY area. Within the first few lessons, you'll be able to play a few folk songs and as time goes on you'll be able to read treble clef. I specialize in classical, typically use Rubank or Jump Right In books, and have the following tools available for your lessons: metronome, and laptop. I love working with students of all ages and experience levels and I can't wait to meet you!

About Robin
Hi, there! My name is Robin L. and I can't wait to meet you! I've been teaching private lessons since 2014 and have loved helping my students learn to play their band instrument for solo competitions, or just for fun! I went to Roberts Wesleyan College and earned a degree in music education (K-12) in 2016. I'm an energetic and fun person. I believe that with hard work and dedication, you can accomplish anything; but I also believe that the process should be fun! I look forward to helping you reach your goals!
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Lessa H. December 23, 2018
· Clarinet · In home
Our daughter really likes her. She's patient and eager to help Lessa learn and catch up to her grade level.
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Ignacio B. October 10, 2018
· Saxophone · In home
Robin is wonderful!
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Reed September 9, 2017
· Clarinet · In home
Robin was early to our first lesson. She worked with my son easily, he felt comfortable with her. She helped him with his fingering and gave tips for the difficult notes. We look forward to working with her for the next month.
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Robin L.

San Jose, CA 95112
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$40 / 30-min

About Stephen F.

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Columbia, MD
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I enjoy teaching saxophone to students of all ages and experience levels!

About Stephen
Stephen graduated from Ithaca College with degrees in Music Education and Clarinet Performance. He has studied with Michael Galvan at Ithaca College, Richard MacDowell of University of Texas-Austin, and has also studied with Edward Palanker of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Peabody Conservatory. Stephen's performance engagements include with the Cortland Repertory Theatre, Ithaca College Symphony Orchestra & Wind Ensemble, and Ithaca College Jazz Combos. He over 10 years' experience private teaching clarinet, saxophone and flute lessons to students of all ages.

Since graduating Ithaca College, Stephen has completed a post-baccalaureate at the University of Maryland College Park to apply to Dental School. In addition to his 10 years' music teaching experience, he is able to tutor students in Biology, General Chemistry, Organic
Chemistry, and DAT Prep.
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Jacqueline August 28, 2016
· Saxophone · In home
Stephen has been my son's sax teacher for a year. I was reluctant to look for a teacher online, but was frustrated and unsuccessful in finding one through traditional methods. Stephen far exceeded my expectations. Stephen enhanced and furthered my son's musical education, tailoring lessons and including the music my son was eager to learn. The music director at school asked where my son was taking lessons because she could hear the difference when he played, saying that his individual practice time at school was focused and directed in a meaningful way.

Stephen also guided my son through the college audition process, providing targeted feedback on everything from music selections to proper preparation, while offering realistic insight into the process. Stephen has been a fantastic influence and I am most grateful.
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Elizabeth Jenkins August 17, 2016
· Saxophone · In studio
I have had such an excellent experience with my saxophone teacher, Stephen. He is extremely patient, always encouraging and is very easy to work with.
Stephen has made may alterations to his teaching style to accommodate my visual impairment, enabling me to continually learn music in a most rewarding fashion.
I am learning how to read music, play by ear and practice songs of my choosing as well as standard practice lessons.

I am grateful to have such a professional, patient and understanding teacher who is excited about music and teaching it.

I have to recommend taking lessons with him as a beginner and as an advanced skilled individual looking to brush up on your skills

I am excited at the beginning and end of every lesson. I walk out with something to look forward to practicing and something to come back to my lesson to show.
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Bruce August 14, 2016
· Saxophone · In studio
As a beginner Sax player and also being new to music, I could not have found a better instructor! Although Stephen is well versed in music beyond his years, he still has the patience and willingness to meet me at my level and explain concepts that makes his class fun and interesting! He has a technical approach that I like and is prepared to discuss music theory to help broaden my understanding! You will also like his personality!!
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Stephen F.

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$45 / 45-min

About Dave B.

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Little Falls, NJ
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Fundamentals are what makes a good musician. Ask any professional what you should practice and they will tell you some form of fundamentals.
I have my Doctorate in Saxophone performance and specialize in teaching beginners. My dissertation was on Saxophone Excerpts of the Wind Band Repertoire, which was the first ever comprehensive list of important saxophone excerpts.
Currently I perform regularly with my trio the Additive Color Ensemble and do freelance performing. This past year I performed at Birdland Jazz club in NYC, as guest soloist with the Baker University Wind Ensemble and performed with singer Deborah Brown at the Montreaux Jazz Festival in Switzerland.
Outside of teaching and performing I run my own private saxophone studio in NJ and I currently work for Silverstein Works the musical instrument accessory company. Here I head the artist relations and sales teams. My experience teaching,
Please message me if you have any questions.
I look forward to working with you!

About Dave
I am a professional musician with my Doctorate from the University of Kansas. Recently I have performed at Birdland Jazz Club in NYC, the Montreaux Jazz Festival, The Kennedy Center for the Performing arts and Jazz at Lincoln Center. Comfortable in both jazz and classical, I have experience almost every aspect of the music industry. Currently I work for Silverstein Works, a musical instrument accessory company which makes premium ligatures and reeds. Please let me know if you have any questions.
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Dave B.

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