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About Beckie E.

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Saxophone was the first instrument, aside from Piano, that I started to play. I started in 4th grade with this instrument until my middle school teacher in 6th grade asked me to switch to French horn. I continued to perform on Saxophone in our school's Jazz ensemble in Middle School and High School. I no longer play the Saxophone but can still teach students how to play the instrument!

About Beckie
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My name is Beckie and I have played music for all of my life. I play and teach many different instruments such as the Trumpet, French horn, Saxophone, Mandolin, Guitar, Clarinet, Voice, and Piano.

I graduated from Chapman University in 2010 with 2 degrees in music, Music Education and Music Performance on French horn. I am currently in my second year at UCLA for my masters in Music Performance on French horn.

When I first began teaching, I taught at an elementary school for 3 years as a brass coach for a Montessori Academy. This is where I fell in love with teaching. I have been teaching privately for 13 years now and love the one-on-one attention that I can give the students.

I have worked for many great organizations like the Los Angeles Philharmonic and California Philharmonic.

I currently am a freelance musician.
I perform regularly with the UCLA Philharmonia and UCLA Wind Ensemble-the top two performing groups at the music school. I also am in horn ensemble called the Thursday Horn Club. I have performed in such wonderful venues as the Walt Disney Concert Hall and the Sydney Opera house, in which I was able to premier a piece!

I look forward to working with you or your child in helping to start or continue a musical instrument!

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When I teach lessons, I like to go at the pace of the student. I am very patient but I expect the student to practice during the week. I will always work with a student as long as it takes to have them understand what is difficult for them musically.

For music, I try to find free options but books may be a better option. When we choose a book to play out of, I like to choose a book together so that the parent and the child are happy about the selection. Books vary based on what the needs are for each student. Books are to be purchased by the parent.

I usually play my instruments with the students, but being a freelance musician, I may need to save my chops for an upcoming gig. Not always, but happens from time to time :)

I also have a 24-hour cancellation policy. If you are late for your lesson, I will try to accommodate the time but may have students or rehearsals afterwards so it will not always be a guarantee. If you are going to be late, please text me BEFORE the scheduled lesson.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Lesson space is in my home w/ seating for parents and music stand for students. I also have a cat and a dog, so if you are allergic, please let me know!

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect the student to provide the music books and their own instruments and music stand.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in classical genres of playing but I am able to teach all different styles of music.
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Joshua G. June 8, 2017
· French Horn · In home
I had next to no experience on the horn, and I had learned and improved greatly from the first lesson. From my experience, should you need to jump into horn from the bottom, Beckie is the ideal teacher because of her attention to detail and positive attitude that makes progress exponential.
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Yongsuk P. June 2, 2017
· French Horn · In studio
She canceled and rescheduled so many lessons due to personal reasons, such as playing somewhere, house construction, etc. When my wife sent her text because my son couldn't make a lesson, she didn't check and charged anyway for no-show. The she cancelled all the remaining lessons. I don't think she is very professional.

Sorry Beckie, but you need to set your priority before taking students. My son is not something you can give lesson whenever you feels like.
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Brodie F. March 14, 2017
· French Horn · In home
Becky was great! Kind and gentle teaching manner. Brody is excited to have homework and looks forward to next week!
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About Aaron P.

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I have written methods that I have found to work very well in teaching the student all aspects of music and how to apply it towards the instrument. My methods include the essentials in reading, finger exercises, theory, and ear training. I like to prepare my students for any and all genres. The key is to teach the student how to teach themselves.

About Aaron
As a 15-year-old teen I was headed nowhere. I had no interests and was failing my freshman year of high school. Then I started playing the guitar and fell in love with music. As I studied under my dad, who was a professional musician, my mind started to open up, my attention span grew. My problem solving skills and comprehension improved to such a degree that my grades went up to the honor level. Since I ended up graduating with a 4.0, I preach and stress the importance of learning a musical instrument.
I got into teaching only 4 years after I first picked up the guitar and immediately found that it was what I wanted to do for a living. Oh sure! Playing in bands is fun but I enjoy seeing my students grow in and with music most of all. Having over 20 years’ experience as a professional musician and teacher. I have been teaching exclusive
ly in the High Desert area for the last 16 years. I started at a music store in Apple Valley called Hi Note Music then taught at Tom's for 14 years. Now I teach at Rollover Beethoven's Music store in Hesperia and out of my studio in Apple Valley.

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I can teach almost any style of music including Rock, Jazz, Blues, Classical, Country and R&B. I stress the fundamentals: technique, reading, theory, ear training but in addition, I will give you all the licks and tricks you want. The important thing is to develop good habits because bad habits take a long time to overcome. I will provide you with the tools to play anything your heart desires and the ability to teach yourself.

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separate studio w/ seating for parents

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Have portable sound system and lap top computer. All the student needs are their instrument.

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I have written methods that I have found to work very well in teaching the student all aspects of music and how to apply it towards the instrument. My methods include the essentials in reading, finger exercises, theory, and ear training. I like to prepare my students for any and all genres. The key is to teach the student how to teach themselves.
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Jenasys April 15, 2016
· Drum · In studio
My daughter is learning well from Aaron and his teaching approach. Thank you.
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Erika G. February 17, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
He is very good with kids and has a lot of knowledge!
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Lynn Murdock February 4, 2016
· Harmonica · In studio
A very good experience. Aaron makes you feel comfortable in learning.
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About Rick R.

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Burbank, CA
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Experienced Sax Teacher of 30 years available for eager students of all experience levels and ages! I structure my lessons so students progress quickly in the direction they want to go. I specialize in rock, blues and jazz, and I use my own method for teaching which takes 10% of the usual time of most methods. I have a video that demonstrates that.

About Rick
I’ve always loved teaching from a young age; finding new ways to break down complex ideas and techniques and making it fun and easy is something that gives me a lot of satisfaction. If you want to play your favorite songs on saxophone, I can save you years of frustration and slow progress.

At the bottom of this page, I have a YouTube video of 3 of my sax students' incredibly fast progress. None of them had ever played saxophone, You can do that too! It’s easy and fun. No boring scales, exercises and dumb tunes. Just a simple, easy way to becoming a great sounding sax player in 1/10th the time. This method has worked for over 1000 students and works 100% of the time if you commit to practice.

I guarantee if you commit to practicing 30 minutes 5 days a week for 4 months and you don't see the success in the video I will give you ALL
of your money back. I have 3 Grammy nominations but the proof of what i can do for you is in this video. Search this title on Youtube:
"Demo of My Sax Students Improvising Progress- 5th lesson to 16th lesson" or just click the video at the bottom of this page.
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Ken C. April 2, 2017
· Saxophone · In home
Rick really helps me understanding the concept of the saxophone.
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Ken March 16, 2017
· Saxophone · In studio
Rick is my best music teacher I had so far!!!
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mike February 20, 2017
· Saxophone · Online
I'm a senior citizen without a shred of innate musical talent. LOL The idea of being able to improvise the blues on a saxophone was a wild and unattainable fantasy….until I met Rick. I had already checked out lots of other jazz saxophone teachers online so I knew within the first few lessons that Rick​ was unique. He was able to simplify my problems and help me make great progress right away. With enthusiasm, this celebrated musician took me through all the baby steps - first to get a respectable sound, and then through his ingenious system of improvisation. I'm moving at what I would say is warp speed in learning to improvise, already reaching levels of soloing that were only in my dreams. But the real bonus on top of Rick's fantastic teaching method and system is Rick the man, and the relationship this star musician forms with a student. His humility amazes me at every lesson. Knowing how valuable his time must be, the fact that he encourages me to send recordings between lessons, and sends feedback on each one, is testament to how much he truly cares about a student's progress. It's a gift he generously gives. He is also a genius at how much criticism and how much encouragement a particular student needs. Could there possibly be a better teacher than Rick Rossi? I don't think so.
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About Mike L.

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Los Angeles, CA
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With 15 years of woodwind teaching experience, I have had the joy of working with complete beginners as well as serious, advanced students. I love to make music and to share my passion with my students, and the goal is to inspire that same passion and love for music in those who I teach, all while having a good time!

Helping my students find the spark that inspires them is important, but fundamentals won't be ignored!

Jazz, classical, rock, funk, R&B, or whatever your style, we can run with it.

About Mike
A semi-finalist in the 2013 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition, Mike has emerged as a leading up-and-coming voice in jazz today. Releasing 2 studio albums of original compositions with co-leader Josh Moshier, Mike’s groups have been featured on NPR’s nationally syndicated program Jazz Set with Dee Dee Bridgewater. The group has toured throughout the U.S. and South America showcasing their talents. Mike’s composition Jambo won the 2008 International Jazz Composers Symposium’s Best Small Group Composition award. He has been a featured artist with pop & Motown icons including The Temptations and Guster. Mike’s latest project, the Drive Trio, features Grammy award winning bassist Clark Sommers and Jon Deitemyer.

Mike received his B.M. in Jazz Studies and Economics from Northwestern University in 2007, where he studied
with saxophone under Frederick L. Hemke and John Wojciechowski, and he is currently pursuing a MM in music at USC, studying with Bob Mintzer.
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CJ September 15, 2015
· Saxophone · In home
Mike taught me everything I know about playing the jazz saxophone. He came to every lesson with great energy and always made me excited about the music with novel ideas for exercises and just the right balance of fun and rudiments. I am not a professional musician, and may never rely on the saxophone for income, but Mike has given me a very deep and permanent appreciation for the music. Thanks to Mike, jazz and the saxophone will always be parts of my life. I cannot recommend him enough as an educator.
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About Aaron H.

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I am a Juilliard trained musician that has been teaching the saxophone for more than 10 years now. My students have gone onto win state competitions and awards in music, as well as get in honors bands. They have also been admitted to Manhattan School of Music and Juilliard. I can teach all levels from beginning to advanced musicians.

About Aaron
Saxophonist and Producer Aaron Holbrook is a Juilliard trained musician who has performed and toured with many notable artists
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Erica S. December 4, 2017
· Saxophone · Online
Aaron has really inspired my son to pick up the Sax again after a six month hiatus. Aaron pushes him musically and challenges him daily on scale work, music theory and song performance. I could not be happier.
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Connie P. October 15, 2017
· Saxophone · Online
Aaron was patience and she felt comfortable with him.
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Lee August 30, 2017
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I have been taking soprano saxophone lessons with Aaron for about 8.5 months now. Aaron is enthusiastic, energetic and knowledgeable. His serious training shines through and he encourages your development along the lines that the student desires. Your musical goals become his for you. I am fortunate to have him as my teacher.
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About Preston B.

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I believe in catering lessons to a students individual desires and musical goals. I play Tenor, Alto, Soprano and EWI. Our lessons can cover a broad range of concepts like:
Musicality/Performance
Jazz Improvisation
Composition/Arranging
How to practice
Tone and Sound production
Technique
Doubling
Reading/Sight Reading
Learning Tunes
Using petals and electronic musical components
And MUCH, MUCH MORE!!!

About Preston
With over 20 years playing experience Preston began playing professionally very early. He has toured over 6 countries including England, France, Switzerland and Italy. He received his degree in Jazz Studies/ Performance from the prestigious University of North Texas Jazz program, the first Jazz program in the country and still the greatest with alumni like Norah Jones, The Eagles and The Blues Brothers.
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michael December 5, 2017
· Saxophone · In studio
Preston made me relaxed and we jumped right into it.
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Jim June 22, 2017
· Saxophone · Online
Manzel Is tight. He knows his stuff and he's got a lot of experience when it comes to performing professionally in jazz and popular music.
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Devon John October 27, 2016
· Saxophone · In home
first impression is always a good impression. Preston is a very good teacher. He is knowledgeable, patience and encouraging. he made me feel comfortable throughout the session and I have learned a lot for my first lesion. I am impress of the tone and the way corrects my mistakes. thank you Preston.
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About Chloe W.

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I have a degree in music education which has taught me about all woodwind, brass and percussion instruments. I can help you achieve all of your performance goals.

About Chloe
I am a hardworking and passionate individual who loves music and loves teaching. I want to share my passion and interest for music with as many students as I can so that they can find new and different ways to express themselves. I love seeing students accomplish more than they thought they were capable of ever doing, and it is what keeps me passionate about teaching.
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Jennifer W. November 2, 2017
· Trombone · Online
My daughter just had her first lesson and it worked out great. She has improved a lot already. We are looking forward to more lessons!
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Leigh Ann October 19, 2017
· Saxophone · Online
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Olivia M. September 1, 2017
· Trumpet · Online
Chloe was very patient from the beginning with Olivia - Great 1st impression!
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About Laurie B.

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I believe in getting students playing music they love as soon as possible. I have 9 years of teaching experience, as well as a masters degree in music education from Northwestern University. In that time I have learned how to teach important technique and ear training through playing fun and engaging pieces of music in a variety of styles, from classical to jazz, funk, RnB, ska, and more. Music is a fun, practical subject, and it should be taught that way.

About Laurie
I have 9 years of teaching experience as a private teacher, a classroom music teacher, and a band director. I employ many different styles and methods while teaching, to ensure my students receive a well rounded music education, but also have fun. I love to use backing tracks, and I like to teach technique and important fundamentals through playing pieces of music in the styles my students love, while also introducing them to new styles and new pieces. I love music and what it does for the world, and I pass that love and passion on to my students. I am positive and encouraging, while still providing specific and structured feedback to students. I studied classical clarinet during my Bachelors of Music Education at the University of Illinois, taught as a high school band director, and went on to received a Master's in Music Education with
a jazz emphasis while playing jazz saxophone at Northwestern University. I have spent the last 4 years teaching at a British International School in China, and performing in orchestras, funk bands, and more around Beijing. This has given me the experience and knowledge base to teach students of all ages and backgrounds, as well as to teach many different instruments across a wide range of styles, including: clarinet, flute, saxophone, oboe, bassoon, trumpet, trombone, euphonium, tuba, beginning piano, and rock bands.
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Aaron August 7, 2017
· Clarinet · In studio
Miss Bonner is a very patient and fun teacher, whose methods have boosted me from a beginner to playing college standard pieces by Mozart. She is great at playing clarinet. Classical, Jazzy; any genre you choose and Miss Bonner can teach you well. At the end of the school year, I won an award for being the best member in our school band. I could never have done it without Miss Bonner.
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Jason June 21, 2017
· Music Performance · In studio
Ms. Bonner has been such an inspirational teacher over all the years she has taught me. She has helped me improve my clarinet techniques by pushing me to join various bands and best of all, introduced me to Jazz. Also, she is a really fun teacher, always making her lessons fun and entertaining. Without her, I wouldn't have the enthusiasm I have now for music.
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About Eric P.

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I am an experienced music teacher of 15 years, specializing in beginner, intermediate, and advanced saxophone players. My other specialty is working with intermediate and advanced jazz improv students of all instruments. All ages are welcome. I will customize the lessons and program to the needs and goals of each student. Whether you are an award winning jazz soloist or someone just starting out on the sax, I can take you to the next step and we can have a great time doing it! Let's get started!

About Eric
Based in Los Angeles, Eric currently plays saxophone and teaches professionally throughout Southern California. Since graduating from USC, Eric has pursued professional jazz and music education with equal passion. Eric currently directs the combos and improv classes at Downey High School, and is on faculty with Children’s Music Workshop. Eric plays saxophone in clubs, restaurants, and at weddings up and down the West Coast. Eric is the tenor saxophonist in James Gang, one of the most in-demand private event bands in the country. Eric also currently serves as the assistant worship leader for City Light Church in Downtown Los Angeles.
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Alec August 1, 2017
· Saxophone · In home
Eric is apart of a select group of musicians who can play at an extremely high level and effectively translate their knowledge to others. His customized and methodological approach with enough time and effort can turn any novice into a skilled player. He is also extremely encouraging and flexible. I've studied with Eric for five years and don't plan on stopping any time soon.
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Larry July 28, 2017
· Saxophone · In studio
Eric's method is uniquely suited to the young aspiring jazz musician. His real life experiences as both a teacher and performer make this method practical and successful. Highly recommended.
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Cory July 28, 2017
· Saxophone · In studio
I have been working with Eric for the past 10 years. He has helped my Downey HS Jazz Program tremendously through his method of teaching jazz improvisation. Eric made my job a lot easier, having students understanding the art of creating something out of nothing! As it is very frightening for young musicians to improvise, Eric developed a sense of confidence in our students when it comes to it. I can’t thank him enough for what he does every week
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About Mike M.

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The world of the saxophone is dynamic, fluid, and awesome to behold! As a teacher, it is my prime objective to identify the needs, goals, and learning style of a student in order to achieve the most superb result for each and every student. Studying with me will take you far beyond the nuts, bolts, and fundamentals of saxophone performance—though these indispensable things will be covered—into realms of harmony, melody, rhythm, and even the more sublime, ineffable, and elusive qualities that music has to offer. There are no limits to what we can learn together. When you study with me, your own imagination provides the only limit to what is possible to achieve!

About Mike
I've toured the world and lived to tell the tale!

Being on the road can be arduous and taxing, but it is the adventure of a lifetime. I've done it all, from roughing it up and down the eastern seaboard in a minivan with the Indie Rock band Busman's Holiday, to playing big stages in Botswana, South Africa, and the United Kingdom with Zimbabwean music legend Thomas Mapfumo and his band Blacks Unlimited. I even got my sea legs performing in the orchestra aboard the Island Princess and the Grand Princess cruise liners! The cruise ships sent me around the Mediterranean, across the Atlantic, through the Carribbean to Colombia, along the Panama Canal, up the coast of Mexico, and finally dodging icebergs on the Alaskan Coastline! And last but not least, I got the chance to play cutting-edge jazz at festivals in Taiwan and China.

As a friend of
mine once said, "Your horn is a magic wand. Just point it the direction you want to go, and it will take you there!" Truer words were ne'er spoken. If you want your music to take you places, studying with me is a great place to start.

Come join the music, and let's go places!
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