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About James F.

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Grand Prairie, TX

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I have taught saxophone for 19 years. Available for students of all experience levels and ages! I structure my lessons so students learn what they want to learn, while also building a strong foundation of proper techniques.

About James
Mr. James Falcon
Assistant Director of Bands at International Leadership of Texas Grand Prairie K-8, graduate of Richardson High School, holds a BM in Jazz studies from the University of North Texas, and is a state-certified music teacher in Texas.
James began his professional performance career in 1990 with Dallas' own blues great Al 'TNT' Braggs, and continues to perform in various local groups. As a professional player, he has experienced both national and international tours while playing with a multitude of outstanding performers.
James has 18 years experience as a music educator in public schools including: elementary, middle and high school band and choir, as well as adjunct saxophone at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction Colorado.
As a director, James inspires a strong foundation of musicianship, ensuring meaningfu
l musical experiences for his students both in rehearsal, and in performance. Additionally, his efficient and flexible teaching style ensures for his students musical enjoyment that comes with an invaluable sense of personal achievement, as they learn how to overcome the many challenges that all musicians must tackle in the pursuit of excellence.

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons are planned and tailored to the specific needs and goals of each student.

Basic outline of music curriculum:

• Instrument assembly, care, and maintenance.
• Hand and body posture/technique.
• Tone production, articulation, multi-phonics and vibrato.
• Method Books/Etude Books.
• Strategies for efficient practicing and performance prep.
• Reading music
• Music theory - scales, arpeggios, harmony, and ear training
• Repertoire - build a list of pieces that you study and perform
• Purposeful listening
• Improvisation/composition
• Transcribing

Materials needed:
• Instrument in good playing condition
• All sheet music, books, and recordings
• Lesson logbook
• Metronome - mobile app is acceptable
• Tuner - mobile app is acceptable

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Saxophone full well-rounded approach utilizing several books/recordings. I am a strong theory teacher and stress proper technique throughout. I always tailor my methods and materials to the specific needs of each student. I also stress good practice skills/habits and make a point to build a performance repertoire and provide students with performance opportunities often.
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Jenny S. February 12, 2016
· Piano · In home
James has been teaching my 9 and 11 year olds piano, guitar, violin and recorder. He has a great ability to connect with kids and he's extremely patient and kind. My kids really enjoy his lessons and they have learnt a lot.
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Aliva K. February 12, 2014
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Mr Falcon James is a wonderful teacher and we are very happy with his teaching skills and ability. He is a great teacher and a wonderful person. We are very excited to have him as our child's instructor!!
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About Benjamin M.

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Detroit, MI

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I have played saxophone since I was in 5th grade. I have been in a variety of groups over the years; rock, funk, punk, jazz quartets and big-band jazz, and the experimental use of electronics. You will learn proper breath (dynamics) and embouchure control, tonguing techniques, standard and alternate fingerings, approaches to improvisation and assistance with a varied repertoire for performance. I own a 1967 Beuscher alto saxophone and an Elkhart C-tenor saxophone. My home studio has recording capability which I use to record lessons when they are needed for review. Ear training is a crucial part to music on any level, and I encourage playing by ear as an important element to improvisation and music appreciation. My lessons are fun, informative, and creative!

About Benjamin
Hello Future Students!

Whether you want to pursue a Musical Career or simply learn how to Play your Favorite Tunes for friends and family, I am here as your Teacher and Guide. I teach at my own home, at the Student's home or through the use of Skype.

I am originally from Ann Arbor. I spent much of this century living in NYC and prior to that I lived in Chicago. Those experiences vastly helped me develop Networking, Performance and Teaching experience. I now live in southwest Detroit near River Rouge.

As a Father of four, I have had the joy in teaching my own children Guitar, Saxophone, Songwriting, Composition and Keyboard. As a parent I have found that Patience and Encouragement is often the best form of support.

It has been proven that learning Music helps develop intuition, self-awareness, and social skills as well as imp
rove in other subjects not directly related to the arts such as Mathematics and Science.

One of the most important aspects of playing Music is being able to Play by Ear. This has been a priceless gift that I was born with and have developed throughout my life. I encourage all musicians, young and old, to do the same. The use of simple Rhythmic Dictation and Ear Training exercises can do wonders for "picking out" Beats and Harmonies no matter what Genre we are interested in.

I attended music courses at The Boston School of Contemporary Music and Thomas Jefferson College (MI). I have a BA at Columbia College Chicago double majoring in Music Composition and English .

My band THIRD BORDER's "Sun of Water; Sea of Light" was selected to be nominated for the Grammy's as The Best Alternative Album of the Year in 2006. On this record, I played Guitar, Saxophone, sang Lead Vocal and wrote all the Songs. If you are a Songwriter, we can polish up your approach.

As a Composer, I have done Sound Design for Film, Dance, Spoken Word and Multi-media Performance - most notably with renowned poet Anne Carson and former members of The Merce Cunningham Dance Co. I also formed and composed two symphonies for my 12-member saxophone orchestra in NYC. Currently, I am rehearsing new work with a Detroit-based multiinstrumental orchestra.

I hope to talk to you soon!
Benjamin

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My teaching style is relaxed with a forte on Patience and Encouragement. Though I have specific expectations on what needs to be learned, I gear each lesson towards the student's wishes and their personal direction in Creativity. Whether you are a beginner or an advanced student, I can guide you wherever you are headed!

For Guitar (acoustic or electric), you will learn the fundamentals of Music Theory, Chord Structure, varied Strumming and Picking Techniques, and Scale Positions to travel from one part of the neck to the other. Any song you wish to learn, I can teach!

For Saxophone, you will learn proper Embouchure technique, Notation, Music Theory, and Scale Patterns for improvisation. Whether you are interested in a Classical, Blues, Funk or Jazz approach, I can help you find your own sound that is both personal and professional.

I teach 2nd year Piano and Drums/Percussion directing you into Intermediate level.

For those leaning toward the experimental genres, I am well-versed in the use of Electronics. Much can be accomplished with my lessons on Sound-Scape Improvisation either as 1 on 1 or Group Workshops.

*** Studio Equipment ***
At Home Studio: music stands, metronome, guitar amps, electric and acoustic guitars, guitar tablature, staff music paper, a scanner for weekly homework. I can also record and send MP3s of our lessons to review at home if you wish.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Students will need their own instrument, a mutually chosen music book to learn from, a metronome, and hopefully easy access to a keyboard (very helpful!)

*** Specialties ***
I am fluent in Rock genres, Blues, Beginning Jazz, Beginning Classical technique, Prepared Guitar, Electronics/Sound Art.
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Charlie and Cindy June 22, 2019
· Saxophone · In studio
We had our first saxophone lesson with Benjamin today and it was excellent! He is clearly a master that can assess a student’s skill level and adapt the lesson to suit their needs. He is just what we needed :)
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Bryan K. March 14, 2019
· Saxophone · In home
30 lessons for my high school son with Ben. Excellent teacher. Always on time. Very professional. Baritone Sax. Highly recomend. Will be getting more lessons with Ben.
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De'Ante H. January 5, 2019
· Saxophone · In studio
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.
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About Paul W.

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Houston, TX

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Extensive music theory application and rhythm concept.

About Paul
Professional musician, engineer, producer, music educator with a lot of experience teaching kids and adults alike.

Taught and performed all over Germany, The Netherlands, Belguim, Canada, Great Britain,Portugal, Africa , U.S.A. etc.

Still Performing, recording all around the United states.
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Ethan M. June 12, 2019
· Saxophone · In home
Ethan has alot of fun!!!
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Michael June 4, 2019
· Guitar · In home
Paul is great to work with and he was great with my son during his first lesson, today!
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Racheal W. June 3, 2019
· Piano · In studio
Paul was great with my 5 year old daughter. She's very nervous about making mistakes and he helped her focus on her abilities instead. Here's a great choice for children.
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About Aaron H.

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Columbus, OH
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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 Emily B.

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Minneapolis, MN
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I have been playing saxophone for eleven years and absolutely love teaching it as much as I do performing. My goal is to inspire any student by the power of music. My lessons are relaxed, fun, and productive. I teach all ages and all ability levels on saxophone - soprano, alto, tenor, and baritone. Students will learn technical skills, repertoire, and/or a basic overview of the saxophone. I also have experience in clarinet and flute. Ultimately, I want to positively influence any and every student and create a foundation of music for them to carry for a lifetime.

About Emily
I recently graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree in performance from St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wisconsin. I will also be attending the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities for a Master of Music degree in performance as well. I hope to continue my education and pursue a Doctor of Musical Arts degree within the next few years.

In the eleven years I have played saxophone, I have participated in a wide variety of ensembles. I have played lead alto saxophone in my undergraduate jazz band my entire four years there and principal saxophonist in the wind ensemble my senior year. I have also participated in pit orchestra, playing clarinet, flute, and soprano saxophone, saxophone ensemble, and in a backup band for a show choir, Kids from Wisconsin, playing alto, tenor, and soprano. I have also recently been awarded the Tony Winters Ins
trumental Music Award for extraordinary musical performance.

With knowledge in jazz, classical, and pop saxophone, I am able to teach all ages and ability levels in one, or all three of these categories. I have had a few students over the past six months and absolutely love teaching them. We have covered technical skills, repertoire, and saxophone basics. Whether it's a 30 minute lesson or a 60 minute lesson, I make every second count! I work in a relaxed environment and make it fun and productive for all ages. I am willing to do lessons online or in-home.

My passion for music has no limit and I really want to share that with any and every student. I strive to be a positive influence in the music teaching world so that students can carry a firm foundation of music for a lifetime. I look forward to meeting you and helping you become a better musician!
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About Dave S.

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Brooklyn, NY

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Sound is the key. Developing and nurturing a solid sound opens up all other aspects of music. Once we have a solid sound we can depend on everything we play is more effective.
I teach basic musicianship along with advanced sound production techniques.
Spontaneous creation and composition. I can help you freely improvise in any situation and become a functionary player as well as a soloist.

About Dave
I have been playing the saxophone fro 45 years. I think its all about the sound, the tone. I played with the Microscopic Septet and William Parker's Little Huey Creative Music Orchestra.
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Tom May 4, 2019
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Dave was my first saxophone teacher and I am still seeing his insights and working on his lessons almost 40 years later! He has a deep knowledge of Jazz and Blues and years of experience in a wide range of musical settings. Most importantly he personifies the joy of music making. A great teacher for students on all levels.
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David April 12, 2019
· Saxophone · In studio
I'm a beginning saxophone player and have been working with Dave for a couple of months. Very patient and inspiring, I've been very happy with him.
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About Ritchy L.

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Weymouth, MA

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From the casual musician to the returning professional, my lessons teach you what works. I'm completely serious when I say that you're guaranteed to get started quickly and feel good about the progress you make each lesson. From buying your first saxophone setup (sax, mouthpiece, reed, and accessories) to developing strong practice techniques, I'll make sure you get realistic advice that works for you. After our first lesson, I aim for no questions left unanswered.

About Ritchy
I am a professional multi-instrumentalist part of a band that has toured on both coasts and performs regularly on the east coast. I also write journals, poems, lyrics and other creative writing on a regular basis for commission. I graduated from the University of Massachusetts Boston with a bachelors in Music focusing on Saxophone and Piano as my primary instruments.

The years I spent studying and immersing myself in the world of music theory helped me create a very passionate connection to music. Saxophone is the love of my life and has created so much joy over the years just from practice and performance. Knowing firsthand the fun and personal connection someone can make with music, this is what I focus on in any lesson I teach. Technique and scales are merely avenues to playing music that you connect with. While I do know all the cou
ntless fundamentals that lead to a strong musician, my goal with any lesson I teach is to never lose sight of the connection to the craft.

I would also go on to say that this principle doesn't merely stop at music. It extends into my creative writing and especially my cooking as well. I grew up surrounded by the sounds and smells of traditional Caribbean cuisine at home with my mom. She is my largest influence as a cook and as a creator. My mother taught me to be focused and purposeful in my habits at the stove and in life. She always said that Cooking that comes from the heart beats any recipe book and I believe her. Whether it be the simple ramen dish or five star cuisine, I always aim to teach how to cook stress-free and passionate. Even if you don't choose me as your teacher, I sincerely hope my words here can be carried into whatever you do. Thank you for stopping by and I hope we can create something special together. :)
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About Matthew J.

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Austin, TX

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Everything comes full circle at some point. I was mostly self-taught up until I began college. However, I had one teacher who took the time for me in middle school because she saw I had something special. And I will always give her the credit for pushing me to become the player I am now. For me, I would love the opportunity to be that person in someone else's musical journey.

I have a more holistic approach to my teaching, focusing not only on musical concepts, but also emphasizing performance and theoretical concepts. Having a deeper understanding of the structure and history of the music further enhances your performance as a musician as well as the experience of the audience - whether they are musically versed or not.

I primarily have experience teaching elementary and high school children. However, I am open to teaching adults and would love the experience to do so! If you would be interested in doing dual-instrument lessons, please let me know as I teach both clarinet and ...

About Matthew
I was first introduced to music at the age of six, when I began playing piano. However, once I began clarinet at the age of ten, I could not put it down. After playing both clarinet and piano for a year, I decided to focus on clarinet alone, and I have been refining myself as a clarinetist since.

In 2015, I graduated from the University of Alabama with a Bachelor of Music in clarinet performance, studying under Dr. Osiris Molina. In 2018, I graduated from the University of New Mexico with a Master of Music, studying under Professor Keith Lemmons, while holding a woodwind quintet assistantship.

Being my primary instrument, I have performed countless concerts and taught lessons on B-flat and A clarinets. During my time at the University of Alabama, I taught lessons at a local high school. Coupled with this, I taught clarinet and woodwin
d sectionals at band camps at the high school level and collegiate level in Tennessee and Alabama. In addition to teaching high school and undergraduate students, I also have experience teaching beginning level clarinetists and saxophonists in methods classes - even students who are beginning to read music. My experiences with playing soprano B-flat clarinet include the UA Wind Ensemble, UA Symphonic Band, UA Contemporary Ensemble, Huxford Symphony Orchestra, UNM Wind Symphony, UNM Symphony Orchestra, and New Mexico Philharmonic.

I was first introduced to playing E-flat clarinet in high school. Having an affinity for the instrument, I continued playing it at the University of Alabama in the Wind Ensemble and Huxford Symphony Orchestra and in my graduate studies in both the University of New Mexico Wind Symphony and Symphony Orchestra. My various experiences on E-flat clarinet have me well-versed and able to teach any who have access to an E-flat clarinet.

I began playing bass clarinet during my graduate studies at the University of New Mexico and debuted with the UNM Wind Symphony, from which I came to love and enjoy playing the instrument. Playing bass clarinet has several added benefits that can be applied to playing soprano B-flat clarinet, and I am happy to teach any student who has a bass clarinet and is eager to learn.

Lastly, my credentials also include coaching chamber ensembles and woodwind sectionals. I have participated in several chamber groups including woodwind trios, string trios, woodwind quartets, woodwind quintets, and chamber orchestras - to name a few.
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Matthew J.

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