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Dr. Kimberly K.

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  • Teaching since 1998
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Teaches students 4 and up
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Dr. Kimberly K.

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Want to learn to play the alto or tenor saxophone? Let me help you! I have more than 20 years of teaching experience. I teach age 5 to 99!

About Dr. Kimberly

Kimberly was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona. After starting the flute and piano at the age of 8, she knew she had found something she loved and wanted in her life forever. At age 12, she added the saxophone and clarinet to her repertoire of instruments. After completing her Bachelors degree in

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Kim is the best! She is so patient and encouraging. I love my lessons with her!
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Nice and encouraging per the student :)
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Michael R.

44 Reviews
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  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • BS Biology minor jazz studies from Portland State University
  • Teaching since 2012
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Michael R.

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Tired of being frustrated by the pace of self-teaching or is your child bored with the progress in school band class? Are you an adult who never played an instrument but are really interested in learning a wind instrument? Not able to express yourself creatively or don't really understand why your favorite songs or styles of music work? Do you want a more hands-on way of teaching with personalized plans just for you?

Learn how to play the Saxophone with Michael!

Michael teaches a variety of instruments and subjects in the woodwind family:

- Saxophone
- Clarinet
- Flute
- Improvisation
- Music Theory
- Jazz Studies

Michael creates versatile and fun lesson plans that incorporate learning your favorite music while teaching theory, improvisation, note reading, songwriting, or any other interests! He has an easy-to-follow, fun, but yet structured and thorough plan designed for results to help the student reach their goals, rather than imposing an one-size-fits-all plan ...

About Michael

Michael is a freelance musician based in the Portland metropolitan area. His diverse skill set allows him to perform in a variety of musical groups. Michael is hired regularly to perform for: jazz and cover bands, weddings, corporate events, musicals, and studio sessions. He also leads and writes m

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Alex
My son started to play saxophone a few years ago and he really liked it up until this year. Not a lot was happening with band lessons online this year hence no progress and no motivation. I reached out to Michael with the only goal in mind: to spark the passion to play saxophone for my 12y.o. son again. We've already had a bit over 10 lessons and my son loves his lessons. I can see really good progress but most importantly he wants to play. It's not a chore for him any more. It's actually fun and he enjoys it. Now we can build on that. Michael has great attitude and communicates with kids very well. He definitely has a passion for music and it translates to kids.
Liam
Michael has great energy and excitement for the music. He picked a great fitting piece to work on with our teenager. He helped our son to remember why he loves music and recapture some lost skills with all the COVID down time. Thank you!
Heather
My son looks forward to lessons every week. He loves the music recommended by Michael to practice and has improved in tonality and technical skills. It has been a great experience.
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Claire G.

71 Reviews
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  • Speaks French, Spanish, English
  • Teaching since 2010
  • Teaches students 5 and up
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Claire G.

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I recently received my Doctorate in instrumental performance at the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami. Even though, at the university my focus was on clarinet performance, I also play saxophone and enjoy teaching saxophone lessons.

I have the experience of teaching private lessons in France and America and I am seeking clarinet students of every level and age.

I will focus my teaching on your needs and can help you improve technique, musicianship and sound production. I also can help you get ready for auditions and recitals.

About Claire

Hello, my name is Claire and I am originally from Nice in the South of France. I moved to the United States in August 2010 to study music at the University level and just graduated in May 2020 with a Doctorate in Music. I have the experience of teaching private clarinet lessons since 2010, taugh

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Claire was really kind, supportive, and quick during the lesson. I learned so much in the 45 minutes!
Patricia S.
Great first lesson! I was quite nervous but now not so nervous.. thanks!
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Matt L.

124 Reviews
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  • Bachelor of Music Performance from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia
  • Teaches students 7 and up
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
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Matt L.

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My goal as a teacher is to provide an in depth understanding of the instrument to my students. Whether we are learning technique specific to the instrument or general musical concepts, it is important to me that I take the time to insure that my students not only learn how to do something, but also the reasons why we are learning a specific concept or technique. At the end of the day, my ultimate goal is to teach you how to teach yourself, so that you may enjoy playing the instrument outside of our lessons together.

I prefer not to conform to a specific teaching style, because every student is different, and I have been fortunate to have a great variety of types of students throughout my years as a teacher. Some of my students are children and adolescents who are looking to pursue music when they go to college or auditioning for state and regional band programs. Many of my students are very busy adults who are either looking to pick up an instrument for the first time as an ...

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Leslie K.

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  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Teaches students 10 and up
  • Teaching since 2008
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Leslie K.

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While my degrees are in clarinet, I am also an accomplished saxophonist who has performed in ensembles throughout Colorado and Western Massachusetts, including jazz ensembles, musicals, and a professional saxophone quartet with performances at a regional North American Saxophone Alliance (NASA) Conference. I have experience ranging from helping students just learning their instrument all the way to students looking at All State or college auditions. My goal is to tailor lessons to meet each student's individual needs and interests, while still reinforcing good technique. Lessons will usually consist of doing a mix of different things such as: long tones, scales, etudes to improve technique and musicality, solos, duets, and Disney or jazz/pop tunes.

About Leslie

Leslie is a Denver based musician—clarinetist and teacher—who performs in solo and collaborative projects across the state while maintaining an active teaching studio. Leslie is in high demand as both a performer and teacher. Recent performances include solo performances is Denver and Stapleton, se

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Haylee
My granddaughter was so excited after her first lesson with Leslie. Her band teacher is also encouraged.
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I enjoyed the lesson and got useful advice
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Bill T.

39 Reviews
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  • Bachelors of Music, Jazz Studies from Purchase College Conservatory of Music
  • Teaches students 5 and up
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Bill T.

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The saxophone can be one of the funnest instruments to play, no questions asked! In order to reach that point it's important to have certain things in order such as: sound production, breath support, musicality, and technique. In lessons use a variety of exercises and method/etude books, playing duets together, as well as listening and ear training to give my students a well rounded approach to the saxophone and music helping them to become the best musician they can be.

About Bill

Bill T. is a Broadway musician with over 20 years of teaching experience and as a performer. Bill currently leads his own group and is a member of several others ranging from big band to Ethiopian funk music. Bill enjoys working with students of all ages and abilities and specializes in teaching pr

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Janelle T.
Bill is a wonderful saxophone and clarinet teacher for my two sons. He's currently working with my older son to prepare for a clarinet audition. The process of preparing for the audition showed me some important qualities about Bill: 1) he goes above and beyond for his students (e.g. he recorded my son's solo piece in various tempos to help with practice); 2) he's flexible in making time for his students based on their needs; and 3) he's supportive and likable. My younger son, who took 4 saxophone lessons from Bill, mentioned Bill as one of the reasons for picking the instrument for band next year. I highly recommend Bill.
Mark W.
When we were searching for the right clarinet teacher, it was important to find not just a teacher, but a professional musician. Bill was the right guy for the job.

My daughter Lili had been playing for four years and Bill stepped in with techniques that really took her musicianship to the next level. He is patient, organized and, per Lili, "A dope dude."

Bill has helped Lili with music that she is working on for marching and concert band at school while creating customized warm ups specifically for her. During the pandemic he has been flexible with his schedule, generous with his time and has kept Lili motivated in her music and on track while her school bands have had a hard time playing together.

He is a pro who is communicative, responsive, and punctual for all of the lessons.

I highly recommend Bill as a teacher. He and his band put on a pretty good show as well!
Franck
Bill is the real deal! The reviews were dead on. Bill is a superstar instructor. He is energetic, engaging, and an amazing teacher who knows the instrument. You will make great progress. I highly recommend him!

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The average cost of 60-minute saxophone lessons 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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"I returned to saxophone after not playing for years, and at the recommendation of a local player took lessons with Mike. Mike's a great player, but more importantly, he's a great teacher. He's made a study of teaching wind instruments and can really help identify technical issues. Working with Mike on improvising and jazz phrasing and articulation has been really fun and productive for me, and has improved my musicianship in other areas (I'm mostly and upright bassist). I haven't had a sax lesson for a little while, but I recently got a clarinet and I'm back with Mike. The lessons are, as always, rewarding and enjoyable. Highly recommended."
Brandt
Took Saxophone lessons from Michael R.
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"I can highly recommend Hayes as an instructor for beginning students. He has a great personality, really connects with kids, and is very enthusiastic about music and teaching. He is very patient, explains things clearly to my son, and always teaches in a professional manner. My son has taken lessons for 6 months and we are really happy with Hayes' lessons."
Tina
Took Saxophone lessons from Hayes H.
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"Sean is fantastic. An excellent, patient, and understanding teacher. 10/10 would recommend."
Joshua
Took Saxophone lessons from Sean H.
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"Michael is quite special. He is taking this 57 year old who has never played an instrument nor read music and trying to work a miracle! Three lessons in, I know that this is going to be fun learning with him. I also know that I will be able to play the Saxophone soon. An inspiring teacher!!!"
Ronnie
Took Saxophone lessons from Michael R.
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"What a great first lesson! I sat in the other room overhearing my ten-year-old son's first meeting with Lucas and it was fantastic! He was easy to talk to, super informative and jumped right in. We're already looking forward to next week."
Andrew
Took Saxophone lessons from Lucas H.
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"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!"
Laura
Took Saxophone lessons from Brad W.
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"I'm a senior citizen without a shred of innate musical talent. LOL The idea of being able to improvise the blues on a saxophone was a wild and unattainable fantasy….until I met Rick. I had already checked out lots of other jazz saxophone teachers online so I knew within the first few lessons that Rick‚Äč was unique. He was able to simplify my problems and help me make great progress right away. With enthusiasm, this celebrated musician took me through all the baby steps - first to get a respectable sound, and then through his ingenious system of improvisation. I'm moving at what I would say is warp speed in learning to improvise, already reaching levels of soloing that were only in my dreams. But the real bonus on top of Rick's fantastic teaching method and system is Rick the man, and the relationship this star musician forms with a student. His humility amazes me at every lesson. Knowing how valuable his time must be, the fact that he encourages me to send recordings between lessons, and sends feedback on each one, is testament to how much he truly cares about a student's progress. It's a gift he generously gives. He is also a genius at how much criticism and how much encouragement a particular student needs. Could there possibly be a better teacher than Rick Rossi? I don't think so."
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Took Saxophone lessons from Rick R.
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"Tia is friendly, and extremely helpful as well as knowledgeable. We love that she can come to our house.
The people we've talked with to set this up were also helpful and courteous."
Laurel
Took Saxophone lessons from Tia N.
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"Jesse has given directions on how to successfully become a better musician. His approach and explanation on musical theories was much more understandable than what I was previously reading. Overall, I found the lessons to be very usefull."
Romy
Took Saxophone lessons from Jesse M.
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"He is very enthusiastic and a great instructor. My son love his classes."
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Saxophone Lessons Near You

If you’ve ever wanted to learn to play saxophone, there’s no better time than now to get started. There are several types of saxes, which means regardless of the style of music you enjoy, this instrument can be a part of your future. Most people learn sax on an alto or baritone model, while others go for a deeper bass or higher on the scale with Kenny G.’s favorite model—a soprano sax.

The saxophone was invented by Adolph Sax in the 1840s and ever since then, sax players have been setting the world on fire with some of the most memorable solos in modern music. From band and orchestra to jazz, rock, and Christian music, the sax is a versatile instrument with virtually endless musical possibilities.

Even though saxophones are predominantly crafted of brass, they are technica

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lly woodwind instruments because they utilize a cane reed on the mouthpiece. The reed is essentially the sound generator of the sax, as it vibrates when the mouthpiece is blown into. These vibrations carry down the neck and into the body of the instrument, which serves as a resonance chamber that amplifies the sound.

Depending on your skill level and the type of saxophone you choose to learn, the instrument can play anywhere from 32 to just over 50 notes with extended fingerings and techniques. However, the versatility and sound options are extensive, which is why the sax is so popular for jazz and blues ensembles. If you’re ready to start making music, you can easily learn saxophone near you, or even in the comfort of your home.

Reasons to Take Saxophone Classes Near You

Besides being a fantastic hobby, those who choose to learn saxophone will benefit in a number of other ways - regardless of age. Whether you’re looking for saxophone lessons for kids or sax lessons for adults, here are a few of the perks that all students can look forward to.

Saxophone Lessons for Kids

When learning saxophone for beginners, it’s a good idea to start lessons as early as you can. Numerous studies have indicated that children who play at least one musical instrument perform better academically, have better listening skills and show improvement in motor skill coordination. Playing the saxophone also presents socialization opportunities that can be highly beneficial for youngsters who lean toward the shy side.

Private Sax Lessons for Adults

Forget about the old (and untrue) adage, “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.” It’s never too late in life to start learning a musical instrument. In fact, studies have shown that adults who play an instrument actually show a slower decline in mental cognizance as they age, and have less of a chance of developing dementia.

Saxophone lessons near you can help you develop greater concentration skills, memory, patience and discipline. Additionally, adults seeking to pursue a career in music, either by becoming a professional player or teacher, will find private lessons to be invaluable. 

How You’ll Learn to Play Saxophone

Although it’s estimated that it can take between two and four years to learn sax, exactly how long it will take you depends on how often you take lessons and how much you practice. Private lessons with one of the experienced saxophone teachers near you will certainly help you progress more quickly in your studies. 

Personal lessons offer students the attention and feedback necessary to become a successful player. Let one of our highly skilled saxophone teachers near customize a curriculum to meet your unique needs. A saxophone teacher will guide you along the way to achieving your goals, while ensuring you get the most out of every lesson. Here’s a preview of all you’ll learn!

Sample Lesson Curriculum for Saxophone for Beginners

When starting to learn to play saxophone, your instructor can help you discover your end goal. You might simply want to learn a few songs, or desire to go professional, so lesson topics can vary. However, all new sax students will learn basic skills, including:

  • Beginner notes, chords and scales
  • Basic rhythm techniques
  • Music theory introduction
  • Tone and breath control
  • Articulation and tonguing
  • Tunes and melodies for beginners

Sample Curriculum for Intermediate Sax Players

As you advance to the intermediate level with your sax skills, you will begin learning more songs and your instructor will start teaching you more challenging topics. In addition to gaining a greater knowledge of chords, scales and music theory, other topics at this level may include:

  • Improvisational skills
  • Greater technique and fingering dexterity
  • The cycle of fifths
  • Alternate fingerings
  • 2 5 1 progressions
  • Advanced licks, patterns and trills

Sample Curriculum for Advanced Saxophone Lessons

At the advanced level, you’ll have fun exploring the versatility of this woodwind instrument. The saxophone can make quite a few special effects sounds that will increase your ability to add realistic emotion to your musical endeavors. Some skills for advanced students might include:

  • Advanced music theory
  • Bending notes
  • Making the sax growl, laugh and trill
  • Slap-tongue, Dooden Tongue and Smack-tongue
  • Audition prep and performance skills

Finding Saxophone Classes Near You

With the option of both in-person and online instruction, finding saxophone lessons near you is simple at TakeLessons. If you prefer to meet up with a teacher locally, lessons can be held in-studio or in-home, and sessions range from 30 minutes to an hour. 

We have hundreds of experienced sax teachers that are background checked and qualified all over the country, so you can feel confident when using our directory - whether you’re a beginner or pro seeking to improve your skills. 

Take a look at our extensive saxophone teacher profiles and book a lesson today that will jumpstart you to becoming the player you’ve always wanted to be! Or, contact one of our friendly Student Counselors for more assistance in finding the perfect teacher for you. 

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