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Boulder, CO

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Professional saxophonist, trained at the nations top music schools, I teach students of all levels and ages, whether just beginning or an experienced player. I have a great amount of experience in both classical and jazz and have been playing for about 18 years myself.

In addition to helping students establish solid fundamentals, I can help you reach your goals, whether that be through working on classical solo repertoire, jazz and improvisation, band music, preparing for a competition or audition, and more. I try to make lessons fun and enjoyable for the student.

If you don't live near me, online lessons are a great alternative to in person lessons. I have had success teaching many students of various abilities and ages throughout the country and abroad online ! I have taught online students from 20 different states and 3 other countries.

About Lucas
I am a professional saxophonist/teacher with over 12 years of experience teaching private lessons to students of all ages and abilities. I am pursuing my Doctorate degree in music at the University of Colorado have two graduate degrees in music, from the University of Michigan and Northwestern University and have studied with some of the most renowned saxophonists in my field, Timothy McAllister and Eugene Rousseau, as well as jazz with Andrew Bishop.

I frequently perform as a jazz musician for various private parties and events as well as a classical musician with various orchestras, as a soloist and in chamber ensembles. My saxophone sextet, The Moaning' Frogs is an internationally known ensemble which has performed throughout the country and abroad.
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Kieran November 28, 2018
· Saxophone · Online
My son is currently taking online lessons with Lucas and we're both quite happy with the experience so far. My son has been playing tenor for 4 years (currently 10th grade- in concert, jazz and marching bands at school) and had only ever taken live lessons before, but we're finding that online works out well. No extra travel time/hassle, which is great since he doesn't drive yet- just log online from our basement. Lucas had good availability and has been open to reschedule as necessary. Lucas has helped him with pieces for honor band auditions so far with specific feedback and even I can hear the difference in my son's playing.
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Leathia R. S. November 27, 2018
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Great lesson. Very patient teacher.
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Catharine C. November 14, 2018
· Saxophone · Online
Being new to the online lesson format, I was skeptical at first, and have waited about 5 lessons to write this review. I am really glad we (randomly) picked Lucas to help my 6th grade son get started with saxophone. I'm so impressed with Lucas' ability to gauge through at at times imperfect internet connection what feedback to give my son. Lucas is excellent at giving instruction in understandable, and usable bites of information. The lessons are well paced and I can hear my son improve over the course of every lesson. The convenience of the online lesson cannot be overstated- we live in a rural area where finding an teacher and getting to a lesson was challenging to fit into our schedules, so it is amazing to have such great instruction on a schedule that fits in with our life. I would definitely recommend Lucas specifically, and the takelessons format to anyone looking for saxophone lessons.
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About Benjamin M.

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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 recently moved to Detroit. 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.

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 sometimes the best form of support. It has been proven that learning Music helps develop intuition, self-awareness, and social skills as well as improve in other subje
cts 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 have developed throughout my life and 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, Thomas Jefferson College (MI), and have a BA double majoring in Music Composition and English at Columbia College Chicago.

I have toured internationally as a Guitarist and Saxophonist. I am also a Songwriter. 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 Songs on that CD. So, 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 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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Hannah K. November 9, 2018
· Guitar · In home
Super patient teacher🙏
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Bryan K. July 11, 2018
· Saxophone · In home
Very friendly, professional, timely, and all around nice person, worked with my 15yo son 10 lessons baritone sax !
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Kurt K. June 16, 2018
· Saxophone · In home
Very informative for my son.
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Detroit, MI 48217
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About Heather P.

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As a clarinetist, it made perfect sense to me to pick up the saxophone. It is a great instrument to play. I really enjoy it.

I teach beginning and intermediate levels of saxophone. I use the rubank books as well as a few other books for saxophone books.

About Heather
I love teaching, simply love teaching! I teach students of all ages. I teach piano, voice, clarinet, and saxophone. I have taught for over 25 years. My students have lots of opportunities for performance, if they choose to. We perform at Nursing Homes, Retirements, Festival of Trees, and Seasonal Recitals. There are at least 2 recitals a year, 1 at Christmas and 1 in the Spring, if enough participation, we often have one in summer with a party afterward. We also participate in the Michigan Music Association competition. I have also had students perform in Disney World in Florida!!! I have been in many musicals such as Annie, Gypsy, Rock Around the Clock. I have put on solo recitals. I am a member of my church choir. My students and I have fun while we are learning music! It is the best job ever.

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use a variety of curriculum, which includes classical, broadway, some pop, new age, and jazz. After 3 to 6 months you will have a basic understanding of your instrument and will be ready to take off! I do ask students to keep track of your practicing so you can see your progress.

For piano:
I use the Alfred Basic Books for beginners and then we move to the Keith Snell books along with other supplemental books. If a student already is using a book, generally we will finish that book up so they won't have to purchase another set of books.

For Saxophone and Clarinet:
I use the Rubank books along with other supplemental books

For Voice:
I use the 24 Italian Songs and Arias, The Young Singer, and various Broadway books. Any pop music must be purchased by student as there is just way too much to chose from for me to have a lot of it.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Home Studio: in living room with 2 pianos at entrance of house. Seating is available as well toys and a table for siblings.

*** Specialties ***
Voice - Classical & Broadway
Piano - classical
Clarinet - classical and pop
Saxophone - classical, pop, and some jazz
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Krystal K. November 13, 2018
· Singing · In studio
I am so thankful to have Heather as my vocal teacher. She knows exactly what her students need to reach their maximum potential and she helps them to build a strong and solid foundation. Heather is not only an outstanding teacher, amazingly gifted vocalist, and a beautiful woman, she is also very encouraging, motivating, fun and caring. I absolutely love her. She is an answer to prayer, a blessing beyond words!!
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Taylor August 9, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Very nice!!
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Ed Karpowicz February 2, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Great Experieince
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About Michelle L.

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Lessons for beginners on basics, etc. Helping through the early years.

About Michelle
I'm studying music education at Wayne State University and I've been teaching students for a few years, but started as a paid teacher in June 2013. I teach basic piano and music reading to young children.
I am both a woodwind and brass player; I started as a clarinet/bass clarinet player, then I switched to horn in high school and have played flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, horn, trombone, euphonium and tuba. I started as a clarinet player back in September of 2006 and as a horn player in January of 2011. Horn is my primary instrument now, but I also play clarinet and saxophone in pit orchestras and other ensembles.
I am an active player in the Wayne State University Bands and Orchestra, while staying an active member of the Rochester Community Concert Band (formerly called the Rochester College Concert Band).
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William W. August 14, 2016
· Trumpet · In studio
Michelle has done a fantastic job getting our son up to speed to begin middle school band this year.
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Kathleen H. August 18, 2015
· Trumpet · In home
Michelle is great. Always on time and even when running only a couple minutes late she will let us know right away. Very nice with my 12 year old son. We have been taking lesson with Michelle for almost a year now and we think she is the best! I would highly recommend her for younger kids no matter what playing level.
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Carnell P. July 20, 2015
· Trumpet · In home
My son enjoyed his first trumpet lesson with Michelle and is excited to continue learning more.
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Rochester, MI 48309
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About Alexander S.

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Since I started playing at age 11, I have been fortunate enough to study with some prolific musicians including: UNT sax professor Brad Lelei, Grammy nominated saxophonist Myron Walden, and world renowned bass player Reggie Workman. I currently study saxophone at the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in NYC. In my lessons we'll have fun while focusing on your goals. Through practice and the materials I provide, you will notice a dramatic increase in your musical abilities. See you soon!

About Alexander
At my lessons, I use the experience and knowledge that I have acquired from over 13 years of playing and studying music to teach students how to take their playing to the next level and reach their goals.

A recent graduate of The New School for Jazz and Contemporary music, Alex finds the best way to learn is in a fun, stress-free environment, where the instructor pays close attention to the needs of their students. I believe in cultivating an appreciation for jazz and other styles of music, paying close attention to detail, and building a strong foundation through focused practice.
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Billy D. July 23, 2018
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Alex is an extraordinary saxophonist. I have had the pleasure of playing in a horn section with Alex on several occasions and he is definitely my first call whenever I'm looking for a sax player. Anyone would be lucky to have him as a teacher.
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Erica April 17, 2018
· Saxophone · In studio
He is a really awesome teacher! Really feels like he cares about music and the saxophone, also about what I'm learning. He structures the lesson to fit what I want to learn.
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Giulia September 8, 2016
· Saxophone · In studio
I've attend Alex lessons since more than 6 months. He has been extremely accomodating with my crazy work-schedule and available to change hour or day even with small advance notice.
During the lessons we have fun and that is what I think is the most important thing!
Alex is really passionate about music and is capable of transmit this passion during his lessons.
I would definitely recommed him as a teacher!
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About Eric P.

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I am an experienced music teacher of 15 years, specializing in beginner, intermediate, and advanced saxophone players. My other specialty is working with intermediate and advanced jazz improv students of all instruments. All ages are welcome. I will customize the lessons and program to the needs and goals of each student. Whether you are an award winning jazz soloist or someone just starting out on the sax, I can take you to the next step and we can have a great time doing it! Let's get started!

About Eric
After more than a decade of performing and teaching in Los Angeles, Eric now call Seattle home. Since graduating from the University of Southern California with a degree in Music, Eric has pursued professional jazz and music education with equal passion.

In addition to a robust private studio, in Los Angeles Eric was a jazz coach for the Downbeat Magazine award-winning band at Downey High School. Eric also taught for nine years with the elementary school band program, Children's Music Workshop.
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Vijay R. August 20, 2018
· Saxophone · In studio
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Lee March 2, 2018
· Saxophone · In home
Great instructor. Knows how to work well with students of all levels.
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Alec August 1, 2017
· Saxophone · In home
Eric is apart of a select group of musicians who can play at an extremely high level and effectively translate their knowledge to others. His customized and methodological approach with enough time and effort can turn any novice into a skilled player. He is also extremely encouraging and flexible. I've studied with Eric for five years and don't plan on stopping any time soon.
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Southgate, MI

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Hi! I have a Bachelors in Music Education and have experience teaching many beginning students! I have 3 children and decided to give up regular teaching to be with them. I believe that tone production is the most important area of study. It doesn’t matter what you can play if it doesn’t sound good. I can’t wait to help more students love to “play” on their instruments!

About Kim
Hello! I started my love of music at a young age with my family playing and singing at family functions. That turned into a wanting to learn how to play the flute and I went up through high school with that instrument. After high school I branched out more into vocal performance. After that I joined a traveling performance group. No not the circus! I joined Drum and Bugle Corp. They taught be how to play the Baritone and I marched a straight Baritone. I then learned the Mellophone and marched that after. Since I had experience with Drum Corp Marching I taught over 10 different marching programs over many different years. I graduated from College with my Bachelors in Music Education and was a music director until I had my children and decided to give up regular teaching. After all of the years I spent honing my craft I decided t
o continue giving lessons. I have the most experience with Flute, but can teach many other instruments: flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, baritone/euphonium, piano.
I have worked with many different age groups and levels of ability. I am happy to help you learn to have fun and "play" your instrument!
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Mike January 15, 2018
· Saxophone · In studio
Mrs. Bemus provides a calm nurturing approach to teaching. She saw potential in me, and helped inspire me to become a future educator myself.
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Mark January 11, 2018
· Euphonium · In studio
Kim completed her student teaching in Music Education at Roosevelt High School in Wyandotte. During her teaching she worked with all instruments Flute, Clarinet, Sax, Trumpet, Baritone, Trombone, Tuba and Percussion. She also assisted with the award winning Wyandotte Marching Chiefs Marching Band Program.
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Brooke January 11, 2018
· Trumpet · In studio
Kim is a fantastic instructor! She is experienced, encouraging, and patient with students as they are learning. She helped me prepare for solo and ensemble, and supported me throughout the process. I highly recommend choosing Kim as your instructor.
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About Artyom K.

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About Artyom
Music is wonderful!


I am a professional musician, band conductor, and am currently teaching private and group ensemble for Clarinet, Saxophone, and Piano.
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My goal is to help kids grow musically and learn the amazing art of music performance.

I am accepting new students, from beginning to advanced.
I encourage students to focus on musicality, technique and the art of performing. Students are strongly encouraged to participate in quarterly recitals.



Why choose me?
I am not just a teacher, I am a musician who is dedicated to the craft of musicianship. I have a wealth experience with solo and ensemble performances.

Artem Kemenyash is a musician who is dedicated to the craft of musicianship. He holds Bachelor’s Degree in Music Performance from Portland State Universtiy and currently working toward his Master’s
Degree in Music Performance at New York University. Artem performs and teaches the clarinet, the piano, and the saxophone around New York area.

Biography:

Artem was born in Odessa and at age of 5, he started his musical journey learning the piano. He was learning fast, and at the age of 6, he was accepted to the school for gifted kids – The Odessa Stolyarsky Special Music School. At the age of 9 he started to learn the clarinet, and at the age of 10, he won his first international music competition.

In 2006 Artem won the 2nd place at the Sribniy Dzvin International Music Competition, where he was selected to participate in the concert tour around Germany in 2006 and 2007. In 2008 Artem was accepted to the prestigious school for gifted kids The Kiev Lysenko Special Music School in Kiev. During his school years, he got more than 12 awards at the international competitions.

In 2013 Artem has moved to the United States of America where he has continued his music education at Portland State University. 2013-2018 he actively participates in different professional ensembles, performing concerts around the West Coast. He performed few ballet and opera productions as a principal clarinetist with Portland State University and was appointed 2nd clarinetist at Portland Choir and Orchestra.

In 2018 Artem moved to New York where he is teaching, performing the music and works toward his Master’s Degree at New York University.

Since 2013 Artem was teaching privately the clarinet, the saxophone and the piano in Portland metro area. He teaches privately more than 5 years and his current studio has 20 students. Their ages vary from 6-35 years old. His student always get first seats in school bands, won competitions and participate in youth orchestras.

In 2017 Artem became a band director at the Russian Gospel Church in Hubbard, Oregon. He was asked to create a wind orchestra at this church. The task was not easy – most of the participants were middle schoolers and amateurs. However, Artem worked hard and was able to create and conduct wind band that included 25 people. He administrated the band, arranged the music parts and taught music theory and history besides conducting the band.

Master Classes and Lessons:

James Shields, Principle Clarinetist, Oregon Symphony
Stan Stanford, Professor Emeritus, Portland State University
Frank Kowalsky, Professor Emeritus, Florida State University
Rolf Weber, Principal Clarinetist for the Bavarian State Theater, Munich/ Germany
Hedwig Swimberghe, Clarinet Professor, Royal Music Conservatory in Brussels
Margarita Shaposhnikova, Saxophone Professor, Gnessins Academy of Music
Vladimir Skorohodov, Clarinet Professor, Belarusian State Academy of Music
Roman Vovk, Clarinet Professor, Tchaikovsky National Music Academy of Ukraine
Oleg Moroz, Principle Clarinetist, National Opera of Ukraine
Vladimir Tomaschuk, former Principal Clarinetist, Odessa Philharmonic Orchestra, Ukraine

Honors, Awards, Competitions:

Laureate of the I prize (International Competition Music of Ukraine) 2012, Kyiv, Ukraine
Laureate of the I prize (International Art Competition “Young Europe”) 2012, Kyiv, Ukraine
Laureate of the I prize (XII International Festival-Contest of Children and
Youth Performing Arts’ Chords Khortytsya “) 2012, Zaporizhya, Ukraine

Laureate of the II prize (International Competition Music of Ukraine) 2011, Kyiv, Ukraine
Laureate of the II prize (The Fifth Dmytro Bida Wood Wind Young Performers
International Competition) 2009, L’viv, Ukraine

Laureate of the II prize (VII International Art Competition for Children And
Youth “Sribny Dzvin” 2006) Uzhgorod, Ukraine

Laureate of the III prize (International Art Competition “ Young Europe”) 2011, Kyiv, Ukraine
Laureate of the III prize (The “21 Century Art” International
Competition for Young Performers) 2011, Vorzel’, Ukraine

Diploma of The Second International Competition of Young Performers on the wind and percussion instruments “Surma Bukovina” 2006, Ukraine
Contest participant (Selmer Paris in Ukraine) 2008, L’viv, Ukraine

Performance and Work Experience:

2017 Russian Gospel Church, Band Director
2013-2017 Black Sea Music Lessons, Music Instructor
2008-2017 active participation in different chamber ensembles and solo performances around Ukraine and Portland
2017-2018 2nd clarinetist at Portland Choir & Orchestra
2014-2015 was sub clarinetist for Oregon Pro Arte Youth Chamber Orchestra
2014 -2017 Principle Clarinetist at Portland State University Symphony
2014 -2017 Principle Clarinetist at Portland State University Wind Symphony
2009-2012 Member of the International clarinet ensemble “Clarnetissimo”, Kiev Ukraine
2011-2012 Principal clarinet in the symphony orchestra of Kyiv Specialized Secondary 2012 Music Boarding School Named after M.V. Lysenko, Ukraine
Principal clarinet in the Symphony Orchestra of University name after Grinchenko, Kiev
2008-2012 Performed concerts as a soloist and ensemble at the National Philarmonic in Ukraine,
2007-2008 Participated in concert tours as a soloist in Germany (Fall season)
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Kevin Lutsenko April 26, 2018
· Clarinet · In studio
Very professional and knowledgeable in music and instrument, passionate, builds connections with children from different backgrounds, builds strong skills in students through individualized approach
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Jennifer March 2, 2018
· Piano · In home
My two kids, ages 11& 9 have been taking piano lessons from Artyom for about a year and they have improved so much. My favorite part about him is that he gives honest feedbacks. My kids says he tells exactly what they need to work on! He is very passionate about helping my kids learn and appreciate music so we feel lucky he is our teacher!!
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Monica February 26, 2018
· Clarinet · In studio
Artyom is very passionate teacher, he makes sure his students succeed and takes the best out from them. He is responsible and very knowledgeable in all instruments he teaches. He teaches to my three children Clarinet, Piano and Saxophone.
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Tired of the way your band director explains things? Returning to your horn after a long hiatus? Whatever the case may be, I'm here to help you become the best you can be and achieve your artistic goals. Each of my lesson plans are unique and aim to meet the individual needs of the student. I will guide you through fundamentals such as technique and tone while emphasizing the importance of musicality in what can seem like tedious exercises. We can cover everything including scales, traditional theory, classical repertoire, jazz theory, jazz improvisation, and so much more. We can also learn any songs you request! It's important to have fun with this and to play the music that you want to play.

About Evan
My name is Evan McGlennen and I am a 2017 graduate of the Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter School. While in school, I studied extensively with two-time Grammy award winner Eric DeFade. I continued to study with Eric through the summer of 2015 while completing the Carnegie Mellon Pre-college music program. In the following summer, I was awarded a full tuition scholarship to the Berklee College of Music 5-week summer intensive. While attending the 5-week, I studied with Harry Skoler, Lance Van Lenten and other Berklee College of Music Faculty.

Today, I freelance around the Pittsburgh and surrounding areas playing a variety of styles on multiple woodwinds. I come from a large family so I'm very good with kids and can explain things in multiple ways. I'm very easy to talk to and want to help students discover their passion for
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Experienced teacher of all ages, from beginning to advanced! I've been teaching professionally for three years as a music teacher/band director in grades 6-12 and have been playing the saxophone since I was 13, alto being my primary. Lessons are specialized and catered to meet the individual needs/potentials of each student. I have a strong saxophone/music curriculum that focuses on tone, technique, articulations, scales, timing, sight-reading, composing/arranging, and more! While I work hard to make sure you're meeting all of the basic fundamentals, I specifically strive to inspire my students to play at a high level from a musical standpoint. I want my students to reach their musical aspirations while having an excellent time!

About Byron
I am the band director/music teacher in the small school unified school district of St. David, AZ about 40 minutes southeast of Tucson. I received my bachelor's degree in instrumental music education from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, MI. During my time at WMU, I was an active member of the university bands, including the 300-member Bronco Marching Band, pep bands, and concert ensembles. I also studied saxophone as an undergrad and had many opportunities to perform in various settings, including large ensemble, small group, chamber ensembles, and solos.

I moved out from Michigan to Arizona in the summer of 2016 to launch my career and secure the job I always wanted to have - a middle school/high school band director. At St. David, I teach band on grades 6-12, one choir in grades 9-12, and elementary/general music. In additio
n to being a school music teacher, I always love to find as many opportunities to perform as a saxophone player. I'm currently the lead alto saxophone player in the Sierra Vista Community Band down in Sierra Vista, AZ.

My personal passion for that of the saxophone is the classical/concert repertoire, however, I can and am willing to teach any kind of musical style/genre, including but not limited to jazz, fusion, rock, etc. Aside from my conservative musical knowledge and training, I listen to most any kind of music in my spare time. My favorite kind is classic rock! Aerosmith, Led Zeppelin, The Who, Bachman-Turner Overdrive, Creedence Clearwater Revival are some of my favorites - just to name a very short list!

My versatility, training, and passion make lessons with my students energetic, stress-free, and fun! I teach students of all ages and backgrounds - from beginning to intermediate to advanced. My curriculum consists of strong foundational skills of saxophone performance (including tone, technique, tonguing, scales, breathing, advanced musicianship, etc.), but I always make it a priority for my students to reach their highest level of potential!

My lessons are customized and catered to meet the needs and desires of students on an individual basis. I look forward to meeting you and helping you become a better musician!
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Here's What to Know Before Buying an Instrument

Here's What to Know Before Buying an Instrument

Thinking about buying a new instrument? It's a big decision, as an instrument is truly an investment -- especially if you're spending several hundred dollars (or more, for higher-end brands and models) on it. Before making your purchase, you'll want to do some research. But where do you start? With so many brands out there, how do you know which ones are worth the money? What do you really need to ensure years of playing and practicing? We came across a great article over on Donna Schw … Read More

Here's What to Know Before Buying an Instrument
Thinking about buying a new instrument? It's a big decision, as an instrument is truly an investment -- especially if you're spending several hundred dollars (or more, for higher-end brands and models) on it. Before making your purchase, you'll want to do some research. But where do you start? With so many brands out there, how do you know which ones are worth the money? What do you really need to ensure years of playing and practicing? We came across a great article over on Donna Schw
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
Is Saxophone Hard to Learn? Read This Before Taking Lessons.
“Is saxophone hard to learn?” Not exactly. The saxophone, like many instruments, is not difficult to begin playing. It can however, be challenging to master Many people say that it’s easy to make a sound on the saxophone, but harder to make a good sound (at least, at first). But if you’re considering getting started with saxophone lessons - don’t be discouraged! Any self-disciplined student can progress in their saxophone skills by taking the right steps as a beginner. Keep reading to lea

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