Saxophone Lessons in Chicago, IL

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Dave K.

22 Reviews
Palos Heights, IL
Starting at $24
  • Teaching since 1996
  • Bachelor Music Performance from Northern Illinois University
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate
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Dave K.

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I have been teaching Saxophone for 18 years and have taught hundreds of satisfied students. When you sign up for saxophone lessons with me, you will begin by learning the basics of the instrument including proper holding and playing position, tone production, rhythm, first position notes, basic notation. Once you get the basics down, you will learn how to play your favorite melodies and songs. All of this can happen within the first 4-6 months of playing.

About Dave

Dave K. began playing guitar at the age of 10. His influences include Joe Satriani, Eric Johnson, Guthrie Govan, Jimi Hendrix, David Gilmour, Jeff Beck, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Pat Martino, Pat Metheny and Scott Henderson. At the age of 17 he began teaching private guitar and bass lessons to classmates

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Howard W.
I haven't played the violin since I was in middle school, and I wanted to re-learn to play it. I am so glad I picked Dave, he is very professional and made me feel very comfortable. I jumped in with both feet and Dave made the instructions at our first lesson easy for me to understand. Excellent location and studio is awesome.
Rushia Hendricks
Excellent lesson. Does a wonderful job at taking older students and gently holding their feet to the fire to bring out the best- even under the most challenging of circumstances. Kudos to being such a uniquely great teacher!
Tom L.
I realize it was the first lesson but I was a little disappointed that we spend nearly the entire time on housekeeping items, like canceling and re-scheduling appointments. I think that could have been covered with an e-mail or handout. I also thought we spent too much time going over the differences between acoustic and electric guitars - considering my age and background. Would have liked to see him demonstrate what I was asked to practice before the next lesson instead of just being told to refer to the workbook.
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Sean H.

12 Reviews
Chicago, IL
Starting at $40
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Teaching since 2004
  • BM Jazz Studies/Saxophone Performance from Western Michigan University
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Sean H.

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Saxophone is my life! I have played saxophone for 20 years and nothing makes me happier than sharing my knowledge with others. I have a BM Jazz Studies/Saxophone Performance from Western Michigan University.
While my passion is jazz, I also have plenty of classical experience. I love teaching saxophone!!

About Sean

When I was 12 or 13 I heard John Coltrane's masterpiece album 'Giant Steps' for the first time. From then on I was absolutely magnetized to the saxophone and devoted my life to studying the great art form of jazz. I have come to believe that the only thing better than playing music is sharing music

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Leslie W.
Super great, gave me tips and resources to practice at home and had a wonderful personality.
Jo W.
Great Teacher! Great experience. I have homework (yay!), and I am looking forward to returning.
Justin
Sean is a great teacher! He's extremely knowledgeable and can explain tough concepts very clearly. He's really made me feel like my goals are within reach. Highly, highly recommended (especially if you want to play jazz).

Paul M.

20 Reviews
Oak Forest, IL
Starting at $25
  • Speaks Italian, German
  • Teaches students 5 and up
  • Awarded Second Runner Up in an international song writing competetion from Wired2Worship
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Paul M.

20 Reviews
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Students will learn notes, technique, pieces, performance skills and sight reading.

About Paul

I have my bachelors degree in sacred music, my masters degree in music performance, and my doctorate in worship studies. I am an experienced music teacher with great interpersonal skills and enjoy creating a fun and meaningful learning environment for all ages of students. I teach music theory conc

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Roisin *.
He was very helpful in setting me up for my first lesson.
Yah D.
Wow! Wow! Wow! This was truly money and time well spent. I went into this lesson with no expectations, rather just with the hope of connecting well with a piano instructor that was not only well versed but could ease me into being a student. Paul is a rare treasure. He exceeded all my hopes of what I hoped to gain from my lessons. I would highly recommend him for any piano student. If you're looking to be challenged, and learn any genre of music,, don't wait...book your lessons with Paul. Thank you Paul. I'm looking forward to growing as a student.
Alex
Paul has been very patient and wonderful with my 6 year old son who has just started lessons.

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Brad W.

1 Review
Teaches Online
Starting at $80
  • Awarded University Medalist (4.0 GPA) from Louisiana State University
  • Bachelor of Music - Saxophone Performance from Louisiana State University
  • Teaches students 11 and up
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Brad W.

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I have more to offer than your average saxophone teacher. My performance resume is deep, ranging from feature performances on Saturday Night Live, The Grammys, and The Tonight Show to multiple award-nominated and nationally reviewed records as a composer/bandleader. I have two degrees in music performance, both from Louisiana State University -- one in classical performance (B.M.) and one in jazz studies (M.M.). And I have extensive experience as an educator, including my work with Teach for America (NYC), guest artist/clinician appearances at 7 different universities, and 15 years of experience as a private instructor.

Most importantly, though, I love teaching music, and I love playing music. Let's work together!

About Brad

Brad Walker is one of the most active and sought-after performers in the city of New Orleans. Perhaps best known for his “soaring” (Rolling Stone), “energetic” (NPR), and “tasteful” (Relix) solos on Saturday Night Live, the Grammys, and the Tonight Show with Nashville mega-star Sturgill Simpson, Br

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Laura
Excellent teacher! Brad is very professional, has an extensive knowledge base, and an impressive resume he lives up to. I've taken numerous lessons from other musicians, and I've never encountered someone more passionate about both teaching and playing music. Highly recommend!
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Joshua W.

3 Reviews
Teaches Online
Starting at $20
  • Speaks Japanese, English
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate
  • Teaching since 2016
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Joshua W.

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I will find new repertoire for you to play, teach you basics like fingerings all the way up to advanced techniques like altissimo. If you do not know how to read music, that is okay too! I will teach that as well. I will prepare you for any high school and college auditions, and make suggestions on how to improve your musicianship.

About Joshua

Hi! I am Joshua, and I am a woodwind doubler. This means that I specialize in all of the woodwind instruments, but my primary instrument is Oboe. I am a third year college student majoring in Oboe performance, and I have made the intercollegiate honor band in South Carolina. I have also attended th

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Karen
Josh is a fantastic clarinet instructor. He’s enthusiastic, patient, and finds the right balance of fun and challenging exercises. I’ve been pleasantly surprised by how well the online lessons have gone.
Heather M.
If you've ever had to tell a coworker how to do something on a computer that you do 100 times a day without thinking, you know how hard it is to verbalize the things you do with muscle memory. Joshua is a whiz at finding exactly the right way to explain how to adjust my mechanics to make progress on my instrument. I played flute in HS over 30 years ago and was a little nervous about starting over at my age but Joshua is completely supportive and positive and fun. I also happen to be a science teacher and I've loved being a student again because it's helping me relate to my students and to think about feedback - so it's like my flute lessons are coming with bonus lessons on how to teach. I've learned a lot from Joshua in just a couple of months.

Dimitry C.

9 Reviews
Teaches Online
Starting at $60
  • Speaks Italian, Russian, Ukrainian
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Teaching since 1986
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Dimitry C.

9 Reviews
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Online Saxophone Teacher

I've been teaching saxophone for 20 years and my students have gone on to the State level Band Auditions and won multiple times. Within the first few lessons, you'll be able to make a decent sound, play scales, arpeggios and simple tunes, and as time goes on you'll be able to play popular tunes solo and with accompaniment of piano or band. I specialize in classical, jazz and klezmer style, typically use best published books, and have the renovated, quiet and spacious studio, music stands, audio equipment. I love working with students of all ages and experience levels and I can't wait to meet you!

About Dimitry

Specialties Music studio offering ONLINE and IN-STUDIO clarinet, saxophone, flute, trumpet and recorder lessons taught by the Principal Clarinetist of the Livingston Symphony Orchestra. Recent Student Auditions, Awards & Achievements: This year 5 of my students won Regional Band Audition

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Andrew K.
Excellent instructor!
Shao F.
Our 12-year old son has been learning clarinet from Mr. Dimitry for about a year now and we highly recommend him to prospective students for his deep music knowledge, rich clarinet performance experience and above all, just being a great clarinet teacher.

In a year's time with Mr. Dimitry, our son's progress has been very impressive. After our son started lessons with Mr. Dimitry, it quickly became apparent that Mr. Dimitry is a very experienced teacher for young musicians. He engages our son effectively to keep him interested in music and clarinet while at the same time sets high expectations for him. Our son always looks forward to clarinet lessons and also is motivated to practice pieces at home.

Mr. Dimitry not only teaches sound clarinet skills, but also emphasizes the importance of playing music the right way, that is to tell stories and express feelings through music rather than to play music like a technician. Although it is difficult for a young musician to fully appreciate this concept, it does go a long way in preparing him to become a really good musician in the long run.

Mr. Dimitry is very polite, pleasant and professional. We recommend him without any reservation.
Julia J.
My 7 year old son has been taking recorder lessons from Dimitry for almost 1 year now. Dimitry is very patient, encouraging, and enganging - considering that my son is on the younger side. Dimitry provides music instruction that is appropriate age and level wise, so my son feels accomplished and challenged at the same time.
We plan to continue with Dimitry and hopefully advance to the clarinet once his fingers can cover the clarinet holes and he has learned more music theory. My son looks forward to his music lessons. We are very pleased with his musical instruction.

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Average Cost of Saxophone Lessons in Chicago, IL

The average cost of 60-minute saxophone lessons in Chicago is $69. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and location, you should expect to spend between $40 and $130 per hour.
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"He is a great teacher! He is patient and calm. His lesson is easy to understand. I enjoy a lesson every time. Thank you!"
Mariko
Took Saxophone lessons from Matt L.
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"Jonathan is enjoying his saxophone lessons with Matt. Keep up the good work!"
Jonathan
Took Saxophone lessons from Matthew H.
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"Comprehensive, Fun, and Professional

My younger brother and I both have taken lessons through Bill for quite some time now.

Bill has been fantastic, and can accomodate to players of all levels. I've been playing for years, and Bill is able to provide practice materials relevant to my musical interests, appropriately scaling up the difficulty of what we're working on. Ranging from famous straight-ahead jazz solos, to tricky classical etudes, I'm happy to know my overall musical technique, repertoire, and general skill will continue to grow at the pace right for me.

My younger brother is taking some more beginner clarinet lessons, and couldn't agree more. He always looks forward to lesson day, seeing what new notes and scales he'll get to play through!"
Andrew
Took Saxophone lessons from Bill T.
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"Truly great human. Gave me immediate confidence in my ability to be great. no mater how bad I was sounding."
Bryan
Took Saxophone lessons from Gleb V.
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"Irina is having a wonderful Saxophone experience with Frixos and I am very happy with Irina's progress."
Holly
Took Saxophone lessons from Frixos P.
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"Frixos is a great instructor, extremely patient, and provides great feedback all the time. He mixes music theory, scales, and songs from movies. He plays very well and enjoys teaching. I was a bit reluctant to take online classes but Frixos makes it easy and fun! I am happy with all the things he is teaching me!!"
Jorge
Took Saxophone lessons from Frixos P.
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"Great guy and amazing, not to mention patient, instructor..
Best gift I ever had."
Dallas
Took Saxophone lessons from Scott M.
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"very good instructor"
Kevin
Took Saxophone lessons from Sean H.
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"excellent instructor and a wonderful person

I have been taking music lessons with Daniel since April of 2013 and it has been a great learning experience.

I had no musical background and I started learning Saxophone with Daniel and 7 months later, I am able to play popular songs that he chooses to fit best for enhancing learning curve. He does a great job with reinforcing correct habits from the very beginning and has been very encouraging and has highlighted improvement as we go from class to class. As music learning can be frustratingly slow, the feedback and reassurance he provides definitely helps in keep going back for more.

I wanted to learn guitar and piano with him as well, he encouraged to learn only Piano (for enhancing learning curve for musical theory concepts) and hold guitar for later. Which speaks about how he is genuinely concerned about your learning of music with sound reasoning. So now I take guitar and Piano lessons with him. He is very patient, polite and professional. He is great with students of all ages and easily modifies teaching style as per student needs.

Besides all that he is a great person to talk to. Numerous times we have had great discussions about things outside music.

I would highly recommend Daniel for music lessons to everyone."
Anant
Took Saxophone lessons from Daniel K.
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"Can't go wrong with Ian ! Shoot for the stars!"
Ed
Took Saxophone lessons from Ian B.
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Saxophone Lessons in Chicago, IL

Do the soothing sounds of the saxophone beckon you to learn to play? Whether you’re an absolute beginner or a more advanced player, you can achieve your musical goals much faster with help from a professional instructor.

Our in-person and online lessons are designed for students interested in the alto, baritone, tenor and other types of saxophones. Getting a firm grasp on music theory, composition and improvisation will take your skills to the next level, and there’s no better place to learn these fundamentals than Chi-Town.

The Perks of Taxing Saxophone Classes in Chicago, IL

What could be more exciting than living in the second largest city in the nation? Chicago is a vibrant city that is heavily steeped in music history with an incredible array of genres and st

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yles. Whether you’re into classical, rock, jazz, blues, swing, gospel, soul or techno/rave styles, it’s all happening here.

It’s no surprise that saxophone greats have been flocking here since the early 1900s to perfect and share their craft. Two saxophone greats that were born and raised in Chicago are Johnny Griffin III (AKA “Little Giant”) and tenor legend, Bud Freeman. To this day, there’s no shortage of people to jam with in and around the city.

After all, there are numerous exceptional music schools and universities here. Students may aspire to attend the Chicago College of Performing Arts, or the music programs at Loyola and the University of Chicago.

Need an Experienced Saxophone Teacher in Chicago, IL?

Our directory includes more than 150 vetted and qualified instructors offering everything from saxophone lessons for beginners, to those who are highly advanced. For example, Carl S. is a saxophone teacher in Chicago, IL with a doctorate degree who’s known to motivate students of all levels. He offers online lessons and has more than 170 esteemed reviews from students.

Another excellent option is Isaiah S., who teaches with a specialty in theory, technique and creative expression. If you’re looking for an experienced teacher just outside of Chicago, Paul M. in Oak Forest has rave reviews. His student Kiara was offered a solo part in an orchestra after just a few lessons.

Seeking saxophone lessons for beginners? You may find Josh G. in Evanston to be the perfect fit. He focuses heavily on fundamentals and theory before progressing to improvisation skills. Whether you need saxophone lessons in Chicago, IL, Forest Park, Skokie, Palos Heights, Alsip, or other surrounding communities, we have a variety of options to choose from.

Tips for Getting to Saxophone Lessons in Chicago

By now you’ve likely browsed our extensive list of teachers offering online and in-person saxophone classes in Chicago, IL. Before attending your first class, there are a few things to consider when it comes to getting around the city. Traffic here is deemed some of the most congested in the nation, so we offer these tips.

If you decide to drive, consider booking lessons that don’t coincide with rush hour traffic in the morning and late afternoons. It’s advisable to avoid various stretches of the Dan Ryan and Kennedy Expressways. (Roosevelt Road is also notorious for heavy traffic).

You may find that using the extensive Chicago Transit Authority’s transportation is much easier and more reliable. There are several busses, trains and rails that traverse the city 24 hours a day. With service to 40 neighboring suburbs, there’s sure to be a method to get you to lessons on time.

Getting the Most Out of Lessons

Once you’ve booked saxophone lessons near you, you’re probably ready to buy an instrument. Stop by Chicago Music Exchange, Flatts and Sharpe Music, or Evanston Band & Orchestra. Those interested in a used sax should visit PM Woodwind Repair for a great deal, or rental options.

For additional learning materials, check out the free resources at the Sulzer Regional Library such as sheet music, theory books, lesson tapes and other instructables. These same resources are also available at the Chicago Public Library. The CPL also offers musicians free practice rooms with a reservation!

Chicago is the perfect place to meet other saxophone players at one of the many local gatherings for musicians. Check out the Chicago Wind Ensemble group, which specializes in getting horn players together for regular practice sessions. When you’re ready, you can even try your skills at an open mic night at hot spots like Gallery Cabaret or Lizard’s Liquid Lounge.

With so much to look forward to, why wait another minute to book saxophone lessons in Chicago, IL? Find the perfect instructor and start your musical endeavors today!

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