I'm an accomplished jazz, pop and classical saxophonist with experience in professional performance and in teaching students at various levels of ability. I mold my teaching to my students' stylistic preferences and academic/career aspirations, and excel at helping students become more comfortable with and more skilled at jazz improvisation.
I'm a Berklee College of Music-trained multi-instrumentalist with years of teaching experience. I have experience performing, composing, and/or recording on the genres of classical, jazz, Latin, rock and pop music, and I have extensive knowledge of jazz and classical music theory. I take great pride and pleasure in helping my students realize their innate musical abilities and in providing the structure and knowledge to allow them to expand those abilities in whatever direction their passion dictates.
I work to create a comfortable teaching environment that students can thrive in, no matter what stage in their musical developement they are in. I want to be sure that students understand and apply technique, and concepts effectively. Adjusting my teaching style for each students needs, they will find that they learn much faster.
I strive to create a comfortable inviting environment for students to learn in. I have played the saxophone for 10 years, starting in middle school and now playing in college. I am currently getting my degree for Saxophone Performance. I look forward to passing on my knowledge and expertise!
The instructor was very patient and answered all questions that my 10 yr old son had. It was his first lesson on the saxophone and my son had nothing but positive feedback about his teacher. The instructor did get my son started on the right track. We will be using him again.
I want to make sure that you learn not only how to play the saxophone, but that you also have a firm grasp on everything else that goes into great musicianship! If you'd like, I can bring a strong emphasis on music theory, so that you can better understand and appreciate the music you are learning. On top of theory, I would love to open up the opportunity for you to compose your own pieces. I also want you to have a good understanding of how your instrument actually is working, physically speaking — my goal is to make you a well rounded musician!
I prefer to have you learn real repertoire versus working from a methods book, because I want you to be excited about the music you are learning. I will let you explore the rep that you want, from medieval to contemporary, as well as non-western. Contemporary classical music is my specialty, and I'd be more than happy to dive into this with you!
Hello! My name's Kevin, and I'm a composer/musician based in Brooklyn. I went to the College of William and Mary where I studied both music and physics. Following that, I received a master's degree focusing in music composition from the University of Chicago.
I would love to help you have a stronger understanding of your instrument and music in general! I started playing clarinet in the 8th grade, and continued playing all through high school, undergrad, and grad school. Clarinet is my primary instrument, but before clarinet I began saxophone, and before saxophone, I began piano. Music has been a central part of my life for such a long time, and I can't imagine life without it!
My primary career pursuit is music composition, so I would love to dive into some music theory with each piece that you learn. I feel that understanding the mu
sic itself builds a stronger appreciation for the act of playing music. I have written a lot of pieces for myself on clarinet, and would be thrilled to help you on your own compositions if that is something your interested in. Contemporary classical music is my passion, but I want to help you explore the repertoire that fascinates you.
I offer individual saxophone lessons for beginning and intermediate level students.
I have played the clarinet for over 20 years and have taught music lessons for over 10 years, both as a graduate teaching assistant (BGSU & CU Boulder) and in the community. I love teaching students of all ages, from very beginners (students & adults) and advanced performers.
I currently teach in the community and coach woodwinds at the local school district (grades 5 - 12).
Students can expect personalized practice plans for quick improvement!
Jazz & Classical Saxophone, Jazz Theory & Improvisation, Jazz Arranging & Composition, PMEA Audition Preparation
My name is Stephen and I’m a passionate saxophonist, composer, and arranger. Having just graduated from the Mason Gross School of the Arts where I studied with the legendary saxophone virtuoso/composer Ralph Bowen, I’ve already amassed significant experience in performance and music education.
My first musical experience, at five years old, was under the tutelage of classical Suzuki piano, a discipline which revolves around learning pieces by ear and performing pieces from memory sans sheet music. By the end of my piano studies, I had graduated Suzuki Association’s Level V and performed pieces at the highest level (level 8) under the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music. Towards the end of my classical piano studies, I transitioned into focusing on saxophone as my primary instrument.
In high school, I primarily played te
nor saxophone. There, I had the distinct honor of leading the marching band, wind ensemble, and jazz band saxophone sections as section leader, a position in which I held the responsibility of teaching, preparing, and organizing students to meet the challenges of a variety of musical performances. As well as performing in nearly every music ensemble at the high school level (including performances of the musical “Little Shop of Horror” on alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, and flute) I had the distinct honor to participate in the classical and jazz offerings of the rigorously auditioned Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA) ensembles. Out of countless saxophonists in the state, I was one of two tenor saxophonists chosen to perform in the district, region, and all-state wind ensembles and the only musician to be regaled the PMEA Richard Merrell Band Scholarship. In the jazz realm, my high school jazz ensemble auditioned and was chosen to be the only high school ensemble to perform at the 2015 PMEA state conference. With such a variety of music education and performance experiences, I was ready to continue my music education at the Mason Gross School of the Arts, an undergraduate program I chose specifically to study with Grammy nominated Ralph Bowen, known in the jazz world as a gifted educator.
Before heading off to college and over course of two summers, I had the opportunity to study at the prestigious Berklee Five Week Summer Jazz Performance Program. For the second summer, I auditioned and earned a half-tuition scholarship.
While at Mason Gross, as well as having the opportunity to study with Ralph Bowen on a weekly basis, I had the amazing opportunity to study with one of world’s greatest jazz drummers and composers, Victor Lewis, and other luminaries of the music including pianist Bill O’ Connell and bassist Kenny Davis. I performed in both classical and jazz ensembles, including the symphonic band, a myriad of chamber jazz ensembles, and the school’s top jazz band, “Jazz Ensemble 1.” As well as performing in school ensembles, I performed with my own jazz quartet in locations all around the New Jersey area including shows for the New Brunswick Jazz Project and the New Jersey Jazz Society. As a composer, I worked hard to compose a new piece every week for my junior and senior years. This productivity, as well as constant refinement under the guidance of Ralph Bowen and Victor Lewis, resulted in an honors college guided senior recital with all original material and an accompanying 40-page honors thesis on my personal process in jazz composition. As well as practicing and composing for many hours every day, I made Dean’s list every semester throughout my college career and maintained a high GPA, ultimately graduating with highest honors, Summa Cum Laude with an Honors College certificate and award.
Over the summers between undergraduate study, I have been blessed to have amazing opportunities to teach both privately and with excellent music programs. The most notable of music program experiences have been the two years in which, I interned at the Play, on Philly! summer program. There, I worked as a teaching assistant in the classroom and taught jazz, woodwind chamber ensembles, and assisted students during orchestral rehearsals, while also juggling administrative responsibilities for students ranging from 6 to 18 years of age. Most recently, I was back with the Play, on Philly! summer program as a teaching artist, where I taught a high school music composition course that ended with an opportunity for the students to have their compositions workshopped and recorded in a studio by a professional group, “Orchestra 2001”, an ensemble which focuses upon the Grammy nominated works of modern classical composers.
My teaching philosophy, shaped through years of varied classroom and private experiences, revolves around empathy and individuality. Every student is unique in their strengths and deficiencies, and it is my job as a teacher to figure out the most effective and enjoyable method of conveying knowledge. I specialize in creating personal, individualized practice plans and exercises for students, even going so far as writing etudes and recording transcription exercises with specific students in mind. I am looking forward to teaching students in any and all categories of music, including: Saxophone Technique Jazz or Classical Saxophone Jazz Improvisation Jazz or Classical Composition Jazz and Music Theory Preparation for PMEA or College auditions Jazz Transcription Sibelius or Finale Notation Software
My philosophy on teaching revolves around the idea that on the foundation of instrumental technique and functional ear training, all other facets of music are made easier. Developing instrumental technique teaches the student how to assess and target their weaknesses. This is necessary to make the process efficient. I work with students to create a plan so that they can develop quickly while practicing a reasonable amount. I know their lives are busy enough. Functional ear training is a skill that not only makes playing music easier, but it also makes listening to music more enjoyable! This is a skill the student keeps for the rest of their lives, regardless of whether or not they continue to play their instrument as an adult. For jazz music specifically, if the student wants to go down that road, I find it imperative to make sure the history of the music goes hand in hand with the craft of the music. The study of history gives greater context to the music we listen to, which ...
I'm a professional saxophonist, composer, and arranger. I graduated from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University with a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies. In my life, I have been fortunate enough to study with jazz legends such as NEA Jazz Master Barry Harris, Gary Smulyan, Victor Lewis, Ralph Bowen, and Bill O'Connell.
My saxophone students should expect to work on mastering the fundamentals of the instrument, as it relates to embouchure and technique. We also will cover ear training every lesson, as the combination of these two elements will build the foundation for anything else the student wishes to learn in music.
My composition students should expect to work on traditional voiceleading and harmony, as well as how to arrange music for all varieties of ensembles. This includes everything from lead sheets to a full orc
hestra. Ear training is also essential for composers to translate what is in one's mind into a piece either in traditional notation, or realized electronically. I also teach composers how to work with the essential software of the industry, namely Sibelius or Finale, Ableton Live (including Max4Live), and Logic Pro.
All of my students will work on these foundations. From there, I work with my students to create a tangible system to organize their practice and goals so that we can work on more specific areas relevant to what they want out of their musical life. This system is extremely flexible and effective. I also encourage and assist my students to use this system in other areas of their lives, such as academics or sports. The skills needed for a high level of achievement are similar no matter the subject. The benefits of music education are praised often, but a direct approach to transferring those skills makes them far more tangible.
I teach students both in my own home or out of theirs, dependent on what works for the individual. I cover all styles of music both for performance and composition.
Learning to play your instrument at the highest level will make it easier for anyone to play any kind of music they may like. Don't waste time learning to play tunes on sax, but spend time learning to play sax on any tunes. Seems like a smarter way to go to me. I'm all about learning to play as fast and efficiently as possible. However practice and playing time is a must.
Takes the same amount of time to learn to play sax now as it did 175 years ago!
35 yrs of teaching sax and clarinet students Many of my students have participated in Honor Band and All State Band events year after year. I am very comfortable with total beginners, advancing players, and aspiring pros. I currently have students from 9 to 80+ I tailor student lessons to the needs and wants of the student, however certain things cannot be skipped. Like math, music is a sequentially learned skill. Master the basics...and you can play whatever you practice for. I am Ok working with serious or casual players, and am relentless in making sure that you grasp the concepts necessary to be a good player.
My approach to teaching is to use the student’s interests and passions to help their learning move forward quickly. We first talk about what excites the student. The student and I list long-term and short-term goals that are realistic and reachable. I then create a course of study that supports these goals. During lessons we review these goals and track progress. We create new objectives as students reach old ones.
Engaged, energized students progress quickly. Students who are having fun tend to practice more. I encourage students to include fun tasks in their regular practice time. We reinforce this by including fun musical exercises in lessons. They do call it playing an instrument, after all!
Students can study: Performance Fundamentals, technique and repertoire, Classical to Post-BeBop Jazz Contest Preparation, Solo and Ensemble, District and State Honors Bands, College Auditions Contemporary Music Theory, from scale construction through complex harmonic concepts Jazz ...
Scott Parrish is a saxophone player, woodwind doubler, composer and arranger residing near Raleigh, North Carolina. He also offers lessons to a limited number of dedicated students.
After working as a member of the 296th US Army Band and Pacific Army Blues, Scott attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. As a Saxophone Performance major, he studied with Joe Viola and Jimmy Mosher. Also Scott studied clarinet with Andre Lizotte and flute with Matt Marvuglio of the Boston Ballet Orchestra. While in school he was a member of the Dues Band directed by Phil Wilson, and big bands led by Herb Pomeroy.
Scott was also Tenor and Baritone Saxophone player with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra led by Buddy Morrow before moving to North Carolina to begin a freelance career.
He has appeared with the following artists: Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin,
Barry Manilow, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, Natalie Cole, Johnny Mathis, The Manhattan Transfer, Tony Bennett, Nancy Wilson, , Michael Feinstein, Clark Terry, Ben Folds, The Temptations, The Four Tops, The Spinners, Martha Reeves, Lou Rawls, Roy Clark, Kenny Rogers, Bernadette Peters, Terrence Mann, Patti LuPone, Idina Menzel, Jennifer Holliday, Lauren Kennedy, Clay Aiken, Randy Newman and many others.
Scott continues to work as a woodwind specialist in the pit orchestras for traveling Broadway cast productions. Past credits include West Side Story, A Chorus Line, Hello Dolly, White Christmas, Annie, The Drowsy Chaperone, Will Rogers Follies, How to Succeed in Business, Ain’t Misbehavin’, Guys and Dolls and several others.
He is also a regular performer during Pops seasons for The North Carolina Symphony and The Charlotte Symphony.
"Alden is a wonderful young man! Very professional and always prepared, he keeps lessons interesting and fun for my daughter Chanda, who was just a beginn
er last year. Now she’s playing all kinds of songs and filling our home with music!"
"Andrew has made taking saxophone lessons so much fun for my son. He is very dedicated to working with students at their level of ability and makes it fun
by including their own personal interests. For example he has worked with my son on several Star Wars themes and other songs that got my son interested in playing saxophone in the first place. We highly recommend Andrew. For reference my son is 14 and at a beginner level."
"I am extremely excited about taking lessons! Even more so excited about my decision to have Benjamin as my Instructor. He has a natural teaching ability-
making it easy for a student to grasp the lesson."
"Great match for my daughter. Seth is very knowledgeable, professional, and friendly. He makes you feel comfortable in his home and he shares freely his we
alth of knowledge. A pleasant experience."
"I am enjoying his lessons, I just finished few lessons but I feel I would be able to learn it quickly."
"Lucas is a great instructor!"
"Matt is an excellent teacher and a really good guy. He has done a great job in balancing pace of learning and is incredibly knowledgeable about broader m
usical concepts. Highly recommend."
"Ricardo is an excellent teacher. He is a skilled musician and along with that he is kind, patient and encouraging with our kids. We started with our older
son getting saxophone lessons with him and seeing how good he is with kids we asked if he can try teaching our younger one Piano. Our 5 yr old son enjoys getting lesson from him. I have already recommended Ricardo to a friend and would continue to do so."
"I played the sax through high school and then stopped playing until I retired ~ 4 years ago. I started lessons with Julian when he lived nearby and have c
ontinued with "skype" lessons since he moved out of the area. He's a great teacher: motivational, thorough knowledge of both classical and jazz, kind, good sense of humor, and a good communicator. I highly recommend him."
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 str …