Music has been a huge part of my life, and I couldn't imagine a life without it. I hold a Bachelor of Music in Saxophone Performance and Jazz Guitar and have been exposed to nearly ever form of music imaginable. I began playing saxophone as a child, and picked up guitar shortly after. For the past decade I've played professionally and taught all around the country.
*** Lesson Details *** Lessons will be designed around each individual player's needs, but ultimately we will address proper technique, scales to chord relationships, rhythmic accuracy, soloing, and how to have enjoy playi
ng your instrument while sounding the best as possible. For classical players will will focus on classical theory, etudes, patterns, and general technique for proper tone. For jazz players we will dive into the world of improvisation, jazz theory, and standard jazz repertoire. I use many different technique books, as well as solo transcription books for solos. I'm generally laid back in my teaching style, but to progress as a musician one must have a certain level of dedication to practicing and commitment, so I do expect my student's to want to get better and practice accordingly.
*** Studio Equipment *** Downstairs practice room: PA system, soundproof, books, music stands, amps, guitar, alto sax, tenor sax, chairs, additional seating for parents.
*** Travel Equipment *** Guitar, Amp, Saxophone, Play a longs, Music stand, and Music Literature
*** Specialties *** Jazz guitar, General Improvisation, and classical Saxophone
Kelly M. August 30, 2014
In studio Verified Student
Larry is a great teacher. He knows how to explain and break down things in a way that makes sense. Larry is clearly very knowledgeable about the saxophone and has lots of great resources.
I started playing clarinet in the school band at age six. My father was a musician, and he thought that playing in the school band would help me overcome my extreme shyness. I remember my first music lesson. I really liked my teacher. He came to my house, and he helped me to care for my clarinet and make some sounds on it. I thought playing the clarinet was wonderful. Once in awhile my mom would have to urge me to practice, but I was so drawn to playing the clarinet from the start that I would practice a lot on my own.
I was the youngest member of the grade school band, but my music l
essons helped me to keep up with the older kids. I had found a niche, and my niche helped me open up to other students in school and make friends.
I participated in band programs through middle school and high school. In middle school I began studying saxophone and flute so I could play in the jazz band. As a high school junior and senior I also got the opportunity to play in the Denver University Concert Band, and I was first chair clarinet in Colorado All-State Band and Orchestra.
I attended the University of Denver on a swimming scholarship as an Accounting Major and Music Minor. I was first clarinet in the 1st Infantry Army Band at Ft. Meade, Maryland and then I toured Europe as first chair flute in the 3rd Army Band based in Wurzburg, Germany. I was honorably discharged after a three year tour. I returned to the states and enrolled in Metropolitan State College as a Music Performance Major.
I started teaching and playing professionally during college and have done so ever since. In the course of my career I have performed with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra (CSO) on clarinet and saxophone, on second clarinet with the Central City Opera, and as a soloist for the Littleton and Jefferson Symphony Orchestras on clarinet and saxophone. I have performed on woodwinds for the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities and the Denver Municipal Band. I have played shows at the Boulder Dinner Theater, the Country Dinner Playhouse, the Littleton Town Hall Center for the Arts, the Schwayder Theater, and the new Lone Tree Center for the Arts and with PHAMLY (the Physically Handicapped Actors & Musical Artists League) and Magic Moments.
I have played professionally many styles of music (jazz, blues, pop, ethnic, klezmer, polkas) for clubs, parties, weddings, and concerts with the Benny Goodman Band, Tommy Dorsey Band, Jay Wieder Dance Orchestra, Moments Notice, Rave Reviews, and Ad Hoc Entertainment in big band, quartet, trio and duo settings.
I have been featured on many CDs for such artists as Mary Stribling, Georgeann Low, Neil Haverstick, Big Junior, Scott Smith, Martha Yordy and Ben Cohen.
I also perform concerts and record with Combo Amazo, a band that plays original jazz, blues, bluegrass, and klezmer. We were featured on the several NPR radio shows including E-town with Richie Havens. I lead a strolling duo on clarinet with guitar that played in the Denver International Airport Concert Series for 20 years and is available for any event.
I decided to teach because I wanted to share the enthusiasm and joy I have for music with students. I feel passionate about helping develop a child’s talents as a musician. I relate to well kids and can provide an atmosphere where kids are motivated to learn. I also enjoy teaching adults.
I help the student build good fundamentals. I customize lessons to define and reach realistic goals and address students’ school band needs or other musical activities. I respect students’ other interests and pursuits. I am an experienced professional musician well versed in woodwinds and a variety of styles. I can offer students a broad spectrum of musical knowledge. I can teach all levels from a young beginner to an adult professional. I have given clinics at many local high schools. I would love to share my skills and expertise with students.
*** Lesson Details *** I am patient and somewhat laid back. I help the student build good fundamentals. I customize lessons to define and reach realistic goals and address students’ school band needs or other musical activities. I respect students’ other interests and pursuits. I want to help you meet goals that we set together. I give weekly assignments and use a variety of method books and other materials to provide what the student requires. You are unique and special my goal is to help YOU succeed with your musical goals. I am there to motivate you and make your lesson a valuable and enjoyable experience. I like to laugh.
*** Specialties *** General teaching philosophy I help my students build good fundamentals. I customize lessons to define and reach realistic goals and address students’ school band needs or other musical activities. I respect students’ other interests and pursuits. I am an experienced professional musician well versed in woodwinds and a variety of styles. I can offer students a broad spectrum of musical knowledge. I can teach all levels from a young beginner to an adult professional. I can offer individual or group instruction.
I play and teach all types of flutes, clarinets, saxophones, and recorders. I play and teach baroque flute and Electric Wind Instrument (EWI) to cover double reeds or any other sound you might need. I use high quality Yamaha and Roland synthesizers for my patches.
Tracy L. May 4, 2015
In home Verified Student
My son has had three lessons so far, and we have been very impressed. Mr. Grainger does a great job of encouraging my son through positive feedback, making lessons fun, and giving him very specific, targeted feedback to improve his playing. He has been very flexible and responsive to our changing needs. I highly recommend him.
Cynthia R. August 15, 2014
In studio Verified Student
Harry and I began as strangers, and in these past weeks have become family. My reintroduction to clarinet playing is progressing very well, and complimenting my educational experience as a whole. I work full time and am a full time graduate student. Harry's motivation for me to practice helps my study habits. I look forward to each lesson, progressing to the next level!
Stephanie O. August 3, 2013
Saxophone Verified Student
Harry G. is an excellent saxophone teacher with a wide range of knowledge. He is pleasant and engaging and has made learning a second instrument for my 10 year old son FUN! Luke is already playing duets with Harry after only 1 month of lessons! I can't recommend Harry G. enough!!
My emphasis in college was alto saxophone, but I played Tenor, Bari, and soprano during that time as well. I can teach jazz and classical styles at all levels.
*** Travel Equipment *** I will provide a music stand, books when needed (i.e. supplementary or new material), and manuscript paper for writing out lessons. I expect students to provide chairs that support good posture, music books we have already worked on, a pencil, and their instrument (along with all necessary maintenance supplies; ie reeds, cleaning cloths, etc)
*** Specialties *** I am a California and Colorado certified music teacher (B.M. in Music, M.A. in Teaching), currently teaching at East High School in Denver, Colorado. My specialties are woodwind instruments, guitar, and
piano. Along with all of these, I will include theoretical elements that will make the music more meaningful. I am passionate about song-writing and theory, so I can also tutor you in these fields.
I use a variety of method books and created materials for the various instruments I teach. I will inform students if they need to purchase any books when they sign up for lessons.
See the details for each instrument to see what level of students I am currently accepting for each category.
My summer availability is pretty open, since I am a school teacher. In the school year, my schedule will revert to evenings and weekends.
With an emphasis on playing "In Time, In Tune, In Tone", you decide what to play, and together we decide how to play it!
Adam is an Ohio-born musician, with a wide set of skills as a performer, educator, theorist, collaborator, and composer. Adam earned his Bachelor of Music in Saxophone Performance from Wright State University (Dayton, OH) in 2009. In 2011, he completed his Master of Music - also in Saxophone Performance - at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (Lincoln, NE), where he was awarded a Graduate Teaching Assistant-ship in both the saxophone studio and music theory department. After graduating from UNL, Adam served as the Adjunct Instructor of Saxophone at Doane College (Crete, NE) for the 2011-12 aca
While living in Ohio, Adam was active in the local musical theater scene as a multiple-woodwinds artist. He was hired to perform on instruments ranging from flute, clarinet, and saxophone to slide whistle, kazoo, and recorder. Adam has performed in shows such as “Guys and Dolls,” “Urinetown,” “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” and “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown,” just to name a fraction. Throughout his tenure in Nebraska, Adam performed consistent concert engagements with the Omaha Symphony Orchestra and Opera Omaha.
As a chamber musician, Adam has had notable performances as soprano saxophonist with the Avion Saxophone Quartet (Dayton, OH) and the Westbrook Saxophone Quartet (Lincoln, NE), as well as flutist with the Enrique Torres Wind Quintet (Dayton, OH). With these ensembles, he has traveled as far as Japan and Italy, and has premiered original works by new composers such as David von Kampen, A.J. McCaffrey, Chris Serena, David McKeever, Garrett Hope, Edwin Waskiewicz, and Nestor Jaenz.
Adam currently lives in Denver, Colorado. He performs regularly as a saxophonist, flutist, and guitar-wielding singer-songwriter.
Instruction for all ages and ability levels on all saxophones, clarinets, and flutes.
Woodwind specialist Ryan hails from Aurora, Colorado, and is currently based in the Denver and Boulder areas. 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 p
rincipal 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 Fareed Haque, Matt Wilson, Greg Gisbert, The Lettermen, and many others. Ryan performs regularly with the TomaScoyk Duo 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 Summer 2015. Equally split as a performer and educator, Ryan is an energetic and innovative teacher, as well as an experienced music arranger and recording engineer.
Laurie B. December 20, 2014
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!
Christy H. December 17, 2014
My daughter's school has had 2 band directors in as many years. And while the new director is good, I didn't think he had time for individual students when starting this new job. He was busy with marching band, concert band, jazz band, pep band, concerts, etc. My daughter was frustrated and ready to quit music (band). I choose Ryan to tutor my daughter one-on-one. I'm so glad I did. After only a few months now, but her skills have greatly increased. She shows more knowledge, confidence, and ability than after a whole year of school band! She knows scales and can play songs that her band hasn't started yet. In less than 4 months, she went from barely playing scales and a couple songs to playing almost anything in her music book. She now gets straight A's in band and loves to play. Ryan is very skilled at teaching many instruments. He knows how to explain concepts at the students' level, and makes lessons fun. I would highly recommend hiring Ryan to teach your child.
Louise F. December 17, 2014
My son started taking private lessons from Ryan while Ryan was still an undergraduate music student at Colorado State University. Ryan's personable teaching style and enthusiasm contributed to my son's own enthusiasm for playing the saxophone. He taught my son both classic and jazz music. His own love for music comes through his teaching, and he instilled in my son the desire to explore and experiment on his own. Ryan is a truly inspirational music teacher, who develops an easy rapport with his students and encourages them to greater accomplishments.
Students are raving about their Saxophone instructors on TakeLessons.
Check out some of these recent reviews.
Review by Griffin
"My son seemed to really enjoy his first lesson with Tom. Looking forward to more!"
Minneapolis, MN teacher:
Review by Grace
"Ben is such a great teacher for Saxophone. Professional, be patient and nice. He will notice and correct details of kid's breath, mouth, shape of body and
even the finger type. My son is so happy to learn with him. And get repaid improvement even he is zero experience to start. Now my son is loving saxophone. And I am so happy we can have Ben as his teacher."
Ann Arbor, MI teacher:
Review by Jordan
"Top notch teacher.
Norman is an excellent teacher. I have been with him for just over a month now and I have came leaps and bounds. It's my first instrum
ent that I have tried to learned and I can read music and play duets with him. He's friendly and very knowledgeable of the material also. I would say that in a couple months I will be dazzling my friends and family. So if your thinking about an instructor then Norman would be a great investment."
Tampa, FL teacher:
Review by Casey
"Great first lesson!"
Phoenix, AZ teacher:
Review by Melanie
"What a great teacher!
Sean is a very talented, patient, and FUN sax/keyboard teacher. He actually makes me want to practice! He is always in a good mood,
and he will never make you feel silly if you have a hard time learning something new. I highly recommend him to students of any age or talent level."
Chicago, IL teacher:
Review by Colton
Carl is an excellent instructor. He gave me sax lessons during my concert season. I learned a great deal from him and excelled in my conce
rt performance. He was very reliable, flexible, and fun to be around. I would recommend lessons from him to anyone who wants to improve their playing ability."
Brookings, SD teacher:
Review by Arturo
"In the three months I've taken lessons, I've had a great experience with Carl and his methods. Every lesson is different and interesting. And when I bri
ng a question to class Carl develops that into a lesson, which keeps the material even more interesting. I'm very happy with the results I'm seeing and would recommend Carl to any aspiring musician."
Dallas, TX teacher:
Review by Steve
"My daughter began learning sax in her school band, but she didn't begin PLAYING sax until she started lessons with Debra. From scales and exercises to act
ual pieces, Debra coached my daughter with real insight, sensitivity, and patience. Her knowledge of the instrument and feeling for music - along with her easy-going,"kid friendly" personality - make Debra the ideal teacher and musical mentor."
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Floro
"I'd been with Simon for five lessons. Very patient and attentive. Ready to work at my own pace."