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About Jesse M.

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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 guitar, bass, drums, piano, or ukulele. I highly recommend my studio partners Andrew and Melissa though. Please check out their profiles for the following topics:

Guitar, Bass, Drums, Piano, and Ukulele
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Piano and Ukulele
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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 Are
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Since 2006 I have been an active teacher. This profession has taken me everywhere from working with classical guitar classes 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 the "Young Musicians Showcase" every few months where individual students and band classes have a chance to perform and celebrate their accomplishments with friends and family.
Adult students 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:

*Multiple Music Stands

*P.A. System

*Vocal and instrument microphones

*Guitars, Basses, and a Banjo

*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

*A MicroKorg Synthesizer

*A Tuba, Trombone, Cornet, 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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Brian August 29, 2017
· Trumpet · In studio
This was my son's first lesson, and he is looking forward to playing his trumpet and coming back for more lessons. I was hoping to spark his interest in music and so far so good.
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Rajeev July 18, 2017
· Trumpet · In studio
After a break of more than a year I wanted to restart my Trumpet lessons. I chose Jesse based on the reviews and Jesse did not disappoint. He is very patient and focused teacher. I liked his structured method and tools he uses. I was able to get back in groove in no time.

Highly recommended.
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About Max S.

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West Hartford, CT

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Whether you're picking up a saxophone for the first time or looking to reach the next level, I can help you achieve your goals!

About Max
I have worked with over 2,500 students in one-on-one lessons, educational workshops, and outreach concerts. My lessons focus on developing technique, practice strategies, a good sound, aural skills, music theory knowledge, and stylistic fluency.

My private students have placed into selective programs including the Greater Hartford Youth Wind Ensemble at The Hartt School, the Connecticut Music Educators Association All-State Band, and Interlochen Arts Camp. I teach saxophone at Manchester Community College, Camp Encore / Coda, and Music and Arts East Hartford. I believe students of all ages can find enjoyment and success in music.

You'll benefit from my years of experience as a professional performing musician. From 2012-2016 I toured with the Asylum Quartet, an award-winning ensemble acclaimed for virtuosity, creativity, and innov
ation. I have also performed with the Juilliard Orchestra, the U.S. Coast Guard Band, and International Opera Theater. I hold a Master's in Music from The Hartt School and a Bachelor of Music summa cum laude from Arizona State University (ASU).

Though I specialize in saxophone, I also love teaching beginning and intermediate piano.

If you are outside my travel radius, I may be able to accommodate you for an additional travel fee - please contact me!

***Lesson Materials***

Saxophone students must have an instrument in good repair and required accessories (reeds, mouthpiece, etc.). Piano students must have access to a tuned piano or a keyboard with touch-sensitivity. I am happy to recommend instrument and accessory brands; please check with me before a major purchase. Quality, working equipment is critical to students’ success.

I periodically request that students purchase books and other lesson materials.

IMPORTANT: If you are planning to buy a saxophone or mouthpiece, please consult with me first. Having a good quality saxophone and mouthpiece is essential to your success. There are a number of cheap saxophones and mouthpieces readily available, but they are often of poor quality. I can recommend options for your first saxophone or mouthpiece purchase that may be more expensive, but will help you succeed in the long term.
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Eric June 10, 2016
· Saxophone · In home
I am a local band director and have sent several students over to Max. From absolute beginners to your lead player Max tailors an approach that works for each individual. My students love studying with him!
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Ben R. January 12, 2016
· Piano · In home
My son gave Max 10 out of 10. He absolutely loved his flexible approach. Thank you Max!!
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Lathan A. September 20, 2015
· Piano · In home
Wonderful, engaging and clear. My six year old loved his first lesson and is looking forward to the next one.
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About Tina D.

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I've played saxophone for about 18 years. I enjoy teaching all levels of saxophone students! Saxophone is a fun and versatile instrument.

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I've been teaching private lessons for over 10 years. I am a high school music teacher/band director and a freelance musician. I'm looking forward to making music with you!

Your lessons are up to you! If you know what you want to learn, I'll help get you there. If you don't know where to start, I can lead you through the fundamentals and help you set goals.

I like to keep things positive in music lessons. Music is, after all, for fun and enjoyment! I like to blend teaching technique and musicianship, while keeping things fun.

If you're a beginner, we'll get started with all the fundamentals you need to begin making music. If you've been playing for a while, I'll help you perfect things you've been working on, expand your musical experience, and help you reach your fullest potential as a musician.

My home studio has chairs, mus
ic stand, and areas for parents to sit in on lessons. Garage band is available for recording. Students need an instrument and books.
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Elisabeth M. Skaggs February 28, 2017
· Trumpet · Online
Tina is an amaziNguyen and patient teacher! My son has loved every minute of having her as a teacher!
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Jillian February 5, 2017
· Ukulele · In studio
I learned a lot. It was ice to see someone enjoy playing the ukulele.
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Noelle September 27, 2016
· Trumpet · Online
Tina is an excellent instructor, she is very knowledgeable and professional.
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About Joseph S.

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I have received my Bachelor degree from Cal State Fullerton, and specialize in classical saxophone focusing on sound, technique, and musicianship.

About Joseph
I grew up in music, and started playing the piano when I was 6 years old, and began composing and using Logic Pro two years after that. I have been playing saxophone for 8 years, and am currently working to gain my bachelors degree in music performance from California State University, Fullerton. During my saxophone instruction I also began learning clarinet as a supplementary instrument, and have been playing it for 3 years. What I love about music the most, is how deep it resonates with the human soul and how the music stems from the passion of the composer and the performer.

I feel that my job as a teacher is to instill a sense of passion and love for music in my students, in addition to teaching them the instrument and the rudiments of music. I also am a strong believer that the best way to grow as a musician is to perform, to play
with other musicians, and to listen to as much music as one can get their hands on. My teaching style emphasizes deliberate and consistent practice schedules and a very broad and visceral understanding of music as a whole.
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Waseem K. May 8, 2017
· Saxophone · In studio
Great tutor.....very friendly and have knowledge about sax....
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Jenna F. March 6, 2016
· Saxophone · In home
My daughter had her first saxophone lesson and can't wait for the next one. Joseph was very patient with her and explained the basics of the saxophone.
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Cody K. February 17, 2016
· Clarinet · In studio
Great experience!!!!
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About Jason L.

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I can teach the following members of the saxophone family: alto, tenor, baritone and soprano. While the saxophone is predominately known for its use in jazz & big band it also has it's place in rock n roll as well. I can teach all of these styles. If you're interested in performing or playing professionally, I recommend learning all the saxophone types as it will be a great benefit to your career. Most beginners start out on alto.

About Jason
I provide private music lessons for guitar, bass, saxophone, music theory and songwriting. I have been teaching for over seven years. I combine my passion for teaching and music business expertise to help students achieve their goals. There are many lesson options available including at my studio in Bristol CT, online or at your location. I work with all of my students and parents to create customized teaching plans based on students learning styles, interests and goals. I am available to students outside of lesson time 7 days a week. I provide performance, writing, purchase and music recommendations and take an active interest in each of my students learning. Lesson times are exactly as stated. I allow extra time in between students so as to ensure no overlaps and everyone gets their allotted time.

I try to develop versatility and wel
l rounded musicians no matter the skill or age level. Each student attends lessons for different reasons.Students are encouraged to explore all genres of music and I believe in exposing them to a wide variety of styles and methods. I also encourage students, if interested to write original material. There are no restrictions when it comes to music and I incorporate both old school and contemporary methods into my teaching. Students will learn first hand how what they are learning applies to the real world, including song performance from their favorite artists. I strongly encourage all students to develop an individual personal sense of style when it comes to music performance.
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Bob B. December 5, 2015
· Guitar · In studio
great teacher! !
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Mason M. September 1, 2015
· Guitar · In home
Mason enjoyed Jason first visit, hoping 2nd one Mason will open up more so that Jason can play a song or two with him.
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Elisa F. October 2, 2014
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Performance anxiety has always prevented me from following through with lessons. Jason has been very patient and encouraging and I have been able to break through to a new level in just a few weeks. The pace he has set for me is perfect-challenging without being overwhelming.
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South Windsor, CT 06074
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Broomfield, CO

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Instruction for all ages and ability levels on all saxophones, clarinets, and flutes.

About Ryan
Woodwind specialist Ryan hails from Aurora, Colorado, and is based in the Denver/Boulder, CO area. He is currently pursuing his Doctor of Musical Arts Degree at the University of Colorado, where he serves as the Graduate Teaching Assistant for the saxophone studio. He also holds a Master of Music Degree in Saxophone from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and graduated summa cum laude from Colorado State University with Bachelor’s Degrees in Music Performance and Education. An extremely in-demand private instructor, Ryan's students have been selected to principal chairs in such ensembles as the Colorado All-State Band and Jazz Band, Northern Kentucky Honor Band, Cincinnati Youth Wind Ensemble, and many more. Equally comfortable in classical, jazz, popular, and sacred settings, Ryan has shared the stage with Fa
reed Haque, Matt Wilson, Greg Gisbert, The Lettermen, and many others. Ryan performs regularly with the TomaScoyk Duo, the Black Diamond Quartet, and the Promethean Quartet, whose debut album "Through Adam's Fall" was released in 2013. Ryan's newest recording project, "Somewhere Between," will be released in early 2016. Equally split as a performer and educator, Ryan is an energetic and innovative teacher, as well as an experienced music arranger and recording engineer.
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GEORGE H. September 17, 2016
· Saxophone · In studio
Ryan really knows how to play sax. I feel confident that he'll be able to help me play better.
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Kerry N. August 24, 2015
· Flute · In studio
He is very easy to learn from and thorough. He was able to help my kids out. Recommend!
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Laurie B. December 20, 2014
· Saxophone · In studio
I whole-heartedly recommend Ryan as a private instructor. My middle school-aged son had enjoyed learning to play saxophone in his school band, but towards the end of his 1st year was getting bored by the slow pace. After beginning lessons w Ryan (through the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music) his interest, enthusiasm & skill improved dramatically & he began to excel as a musician. Ryan was soon guiding him through more complicated compositions, and the joy of playing was evident every time my son picked up his sax. With Ryan’s training, he learned to prepare for auditions, and as a result has won a seat (and solos!) in several State & city select bands, jazz ensembles and every group his school has to offer.

Ryan’s personality was a great fit for my son. He’s very professional, while being completely approachable, patient & encouraging, and his love of music is passed along to his students. His versatility & broad knowledge of musical genres allow him to introduce new directions for his students to explore. With Ryan, my son studied classical compositions and also deepened his interest in Jazz. The chance to work with Ryan on his improv skills was very valuable to him...it brought a new level of confidence & comfort to his playing.

I would recommend Ryan to anyone looking for a private music instructor, either for themselves or for their son or daughter!
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About Kendra E.

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I have been teaching saxophone for 10 years. I enjoy teaching people of all ages, both children and adults, of all levels. I believe in teaching a strong core of music fundamentals but also in finding what makes music special to each student. Lessons should be fun and engaging. I have several students audition into regional bands, and select school ensembles every year. But we also make sure to play some pop tunes and top 40.

About Kendra
I am a musician with an equal passion for performing and teaching. I have taught ages 8-67 at all levels from beginner to advanced. I believe in the importance of teaching a strong core of music fundamentals but I also want to find what makes music special for each individual student. I believe lessons should be fun and engaging, I try to disguise the learning as much as possible.

Lessons are individually tailored to meet the unique needs and interests of each student but here are a few things you can most likely expect to work on: basic music fundamentals like note and rhythm reading, learning/review of musical symbols and terms, good tone production, learning all the notes on the instrument, scales, technique work, and as soon as we have enough notes... FUN songs.

Many of my students lead their school bands and audition successful
ly into regional and honor bands. For students in band at school, the school music and tests will be our first priority but if we get all caught up or extra challenges are needed I will be happy to supply them. I also have recitals for my students 2-3 times a year to give them the opportunity to perform for friends and family and share what they have been learning.

If you are going to purchase an instrument or supplies before the lesson do feel free to ask for help in selecting your materials, there is nothing worse than an instrument that doesn't function properly or needs constant and expensive repairs! If you have any books feel free to bring them to the first lesson, if not then I would be more than happy to make recommendations after the first or second lesson when I've had a chance to assess the student.
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Miguel L. June 1, 2017
· Saxophone · In home
If anyone happens to get so lucky to come across this wonderful individual as a sax instructor count your blessings. Kendra has been able to teach a 60 years old man(that's me)and teach him a new and exciting skill in a short period of time.
Kendra has a tremendous amount of patients and she would be able to help you meet your musical goal.
I highly recommend Kendra ,she is a great choice,
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Elena February 2, 2017
· Saxophone · In home
BEST instructor EVER-The BEST teacher in Las Vegas!!! I'm going to miss your wonderful teachings after all these great months together. However, you 'll be back for me soon!!! Thank you so much!!!!!! I can play Saxophone now! And I can't believe I had no idea how to do it before you come along, you just made everything so easy for me wow!!!. Thank you so, so, much Kendra!!!!
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Elena September 8, 2016
· Saxophone · In home
Wonderful experience. Kendra is a very sweet young lady, with a lot of patience and a beautiful spirit. Thank you so much!!! I will work with her much more. I definitely recommend her if you like to learn how to play the saxophone!!!
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Glastonbury, CT 06033
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About Max B.

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I love teaching woodwinds and sharing my passion for music with my students. I have been teaching students from five to fifty-two for almost six years. I hope we can work together soon!

As a performer I have toured all across North America, Europe, South America, Africa, the Middle East and Asia and earned awards from organizations including Downbeat Jazz Magazine, the US Embassy and the Frank Huntington Beebe Fund.

About Max
Max Bessesen is a performer, teacher and composer based in Chicago, IL. His skills as a saxophonist and woodwind doubler have taken him across North America, Europe, South America, Africa, the Middle East and Asia and earned him awards from organizations including Downbeat Jazz Magazine, the US Embassy and the Frank Huntington Beebe Fund. The first jazz musician ever to receive a grant from the Beebe Fund, Max spent 2016 in Chennai, India researching the rigorous and systematic South Indian Classical system and applying this knowledge to the music of the African Diaspora.

Max has had the pleasure of preforming with such jazz icons as Ingrid Jensen, Ambrose Akinmusire, Dayna Stephens, Billy Drewes, Abraham Laboriel, and Allison Miller among others. In addition to his jazz work Max has recorded and performed with musicians from the pop and
world music realms including The Fray, Simone Shaheen, and Gonzalo Grau. Max currently holds degrees in Jazz Saxophone Performance and Law & Society from Oberlin where he studied with Gary Bartz, Eddie Henderson, and Billy Hart. He performs regularly with his working band Echoes.
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Sofia November 18, 2017
· Saxophone · In studio
Max was a very positive and supportive teacher. I really appreciated that he took what I wanted to improve on and found things that would help me with that.
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Marius H. August 17, 2017
· Saxophone · In home
Very patient instructor.
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Hill August 11, 2017
· Saxophone · In studio
I learned a great deal about playing alto sax from Max. He was serious about helping me grow my skill with the instrument, while making the learning enjoyable. One only needs to hear him play to realize what talent he possesses. He is very encouraging and motivated to help beginners, young and old, master the sax. Trained at the Oberlin Conservatory, with years of performance history, I felt that I was studying with one of best teachers, at such a reasonable rate.
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Looking for a quality Private Lessons for flute or saxophone? Well, look no further. I am offering quality Saxophone and Flute Lessons for the beginner to advanced student. I am committed to my students to get the most out of their instrument, serving students in the Chicago area by not just meeting their expectations, but exceeding them and enjoying it while we learn.

You supply: The time and willingness to learn.

I supply: The knowledge and skills necessary to advance your skills so you may be able to play and enjoy what music has to offer.

You will learn at your pace. I will help identify your strengths and provide an individual lesson plan to help develop your skills. I understand how important it is to feel confident in my ability to teach. I have dedicated the time and energy necessary to be well prepared for your personal lesson.

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If you’re in need of an honest, professional, and reliable instructor for saxophone, consider taking lessons with me.

i will focus on your needs to help you discover your ability to play.

You will learn at your pace. I will help identify your strengths and provide an individual lesson plan to help develop your skills. I understand how important it is to feel confident in my ability to teach. I have dedicated the time and energy necessary to be well prepared for your personal lesson.

I am committed to providing quality instruction in a friendly and professional manner.
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I provide high-quality, tailor-made saxophone instruction. I've been playing sax for more than 20 years, with a ton of professional experience in both live and studio performance. Some of my training/education and experience include:

B.A.: Music Performance


M.A.: Jazz Studies from California State University, Long Beach (Bob Cole Conservatory). 


Studied with Eric Marienthal (Chic Corea, Rippingtons, and Peak Records Recording Artist).


My latest single, "Begin Again," was a radio success and made Billboard's Most Added List for the Smooth Jazz Chart


I've performed/recorded with Kirk Whalum (saxophonist on Whitney Houston's "I Will Always Love You"), Malcolm Jamal-Warner, DW3, among many others, as well as at Paisley Park (the late Prince's estate).

About Isaac
TEACHING STYLE: I provide positive, patient, professional instruction, customized to each individual student's levels and goals.

LEVELS: I teach all levels of students; beginner through advanced are all welcome. I teach all ages-- children (age 5+), teens and adults.

LOCATIONS: I teach in 3 locations: (1) my home in San Diego (92129), (2) in your home if you prefer (if your home is located within my travel radius), or (3) anywhere in the world via online saxophone lessons!

FOCUS: Lessons are customized based on the student's levels, musical preferences and goals. Beginning students will learn basic saxophone technique and fundamentals, sight reading (learning to read music), ear training and theory.

For students who have mastered the basics and are more advanced, lessons are focused on three main areas:

(1) Tone
development: A beautiful sound will set you apart.
(2) Technical facility: in order to be a great improviser, you need the technical facility to play what you hear in your head and I can help you get there.
(3) The jazz language, through rigorous transcription and a practical application of those concepts by soloing over chord progressions (blues, rhythm changes, etc.). Students will be able to immediately apply the concepts learned through transcription to real live performances and other contexts.

I also coach students as they prepare for auditions, such as high school or college bands, or for work as a professional musician.

MUSICAL STYLE: I am fluent in a variety of musical styles and customize musical repertoire based on my students' tastes and goals. Genres I specialize in include: straight ahead/traditional jazz, smooth jazz, classical, pop, funk, hip-hop, R & B, Gospel, contemporary Christian music, soul and much more.

Lessons are generally once per week and scheduled at a regular time. If you have different scheduling needs, please let me know and I will do my best to work with your schedule.

LESSON LENGTH: Beginning students typically start with 30 minute lessons; intermediate and advanced students usually opt for 60 minute lessons.

RESCHEDULING/CANCELLATIONS POLICY: please give me at least 24 hours notice if you would like to reschedule a lesson. Missed lessons with less than 24 hours notice will not be rescheduled. Exceptions: sudden illness (e.g., waking up that same morning with a fever) or sudden true emergency (e.g., severe accident or injury, etc.).

Some of my training/education and experience include:

B.A.: Music Performance


M.A.: Jazz Studies from California State University, Long Beach (Bob Cole Conservatory). 


Studied with Eric Marienthal (Chic Corea, Rippingtons, and Peak Records Recording Artist).


My latest single, "Begin Again," was a radio success and made Billboard's Most Added List for the Smooth Jazz Chart


I've performed/recorded with Kirk Whalum (saxophonist on Whitney Houston's "I Will Always Love You"), Malcolm Jamal-Warner, DW3, among many others, as well as at Paisley Park (the late Prince's estate).
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Seth October 17, 2017
· Saxophone · In studio
I have seen Isaac teach kids, adults and professionals. I have also seen Isaac play at weddings, churches and professional concerts. I even saw him play at his own wedding! He is by far the best saxophone player I have ever met. I highly recommend Isaac.

When you work with Isaac, you are working with a professional musician. As a professional, Isaac shows up on time, follows through on his promises and delivers a high quality service.

On top of that, Isaac can put on one heck of a show!
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Mel October 17, 2017
· Saxophone · In studio
Isaac's passion for music comes through.
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Nazareth October 16, 2017
· Saxophone · In studio
The crowning moment when he played at the Chateau Marmont Hotel during the middle of a birthday dinner and all the celebrities seated at other tables shut up and listened and then applauded. They had no idea who he was but we all felt his gift. That was a divine experience from a fearless master of his craft that will remain forever etched in my soul.
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Choosing a Neck Strap | How to Play Saxophone Tips

Choosing a Neck Strap | How to Play Saxophone Tips

Learning how to play saxophone starts with the right equipment--namely, a quality neck strap! Read on for some helpful advice from Brookings, SD teacher Carl S...    The saxophone is a unique instrument for many reasons. One example is that the saxophone is the only band instrument that uses a neck strap. Unfortunately, the neck strap is often the most overlooked aspect of playing the instrument. One of the first things that I stress to a new student is the importance of the neck … Read More

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