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Michael R.

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  • Teaches students 10 and up
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • 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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Caleb
Our son really enjoyed his first lesson. Michael has a great way of connecting with teenagers and makes the lesson fun.
Anthony L.
Really great with my son! Had him knowing the keys in just one session. Thank you!
Avery
Michael is great! My 11yo son loves him.
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Dr. Kimberly K.

63 Reviews
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  • Teaches students 4 and up
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate
  • Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) from University of California, San Diego
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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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Nidhi A.
She is excellent. She has lots of patience and if she can teach me --she can teach anyone.
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Max S.

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  • Awarded Grand Prize from International chamber music ensemble competition
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Teaching since 2006
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Max S.

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Whether you're picking up a saxophone for the first time or looking to reach the next level, I can help you achieve your goals!

About Max

While other instructors teach multiple instruments, my specialized knowledge of saxophone can get you farther, faster. I help students make quick and efficient progress in developing a strong sound concept, learning saxophone-specific techniques, making appropriate repertoire choices, setting smart

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Kym
I've played the sax intermittently over the years. Now that my kids are older, I decided to take lessons. I'm so thankful for finding Max. He builds on my strengths and helps me fill in the gaps in my playing. I'm having fun and becoming a better player. I notice an improvement every lesson.
Luis Acuna
Glad we reached out to Max. His practical approach to teaching the instrument to my 11-year old boy, who is just starting middle school, was effective. Max made it engaging and fun for my son. Thank you Max.
Gene
Max can teach an old dog new tricks. As an experienced amateur I have accrued a lot of bad playing habits. Max has been patient, supportive and creative in helping me overcome these. After a lesson I look forward to practicing and playing.
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Damontae S.

6 Reviews
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  • Speaks English, Japanese
  • Music Performance conc. Jazz Saxophone from Kennesaw State University
  • Teaches students 5 and up
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Damontae S.

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I work to create a comfortable teaching environment that students can thrive in, no matter what stage in their musical developement they are in. I want to be sure that students understand and apply technique, and concepts effectively. Adjusting my teaching style for each students needs, they will find that they learn much faster.

About Damontae

I strive to create a comfortable inviting environment for students to learn in. I have played the saxophone for 10 years, starting in middle school and now playing in college. I am currently getting my degree for Saxophone Performance. I look forward to passing on my knowledge and expertise!

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Leland
I had my first session with Damontae today. After a introducing oursleves and getting to know each other a little we went straight into playing the Saxophone and I learned my first scale. I am very pleased and happy I got to play some. I look forward to learning more with Damontae.
Conor
Very patient and skilled instructor!
Brad L.
Enjoyed it.
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Sergio M.

28 Reviews
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Starting at $34
  • Speaks Spanish, English
  • Teaches students 5 and up
  • B.A. Music Business from NJCU
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Sergio M.

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I've been playing saxophone for over 15 years and i like to teach beginners or intermidiate level students. I graduated with a Bachelor's of Arts in Music Business.
I stress patience and helping in anyway needed

About Sergio

Hi, there! My name is Sergio and I can't wait to meet you! I've been teaching private lessons for a few years and have loved helping my students play saxophone, DJ, and learn the basics of piano. I went to New Jersey City University and earned a degree in Music Business in 2018. I'm a patient and u

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Eli Y.
Sergio is very nice and my 6 year old likes him. He works great with my son and takes time to explain things and then makes sure my son understands before moving. So far so good! My son is excited to work more with Sergio!
Charlie B.
First lesson. So far, I'm pleased.
Kevin
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Maureen W.

22 Reviews
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  • Speaks Spanish
  • Master of Music in Saxophone Performance from Peabody Conservatory
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
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Maureen W.

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Hi there! I am a classically trained saxophonist with a Masters from Peabody Conservatory and over 16 years of teaching experience. I tailor my lessons based on your interests and skill level, finding pieces you enjoy which challenge you. I can also give you a strong sense of the fundamentals, focusing on intonation, finger technique, vibrato and tone. Looking forward to hearing from you!

About Maureen

Welcome to online saxophone lessons! While studying with me we will focus on practice techniques to develop your speed, vibrato and intonation (one of the most important aspects of a good sound!) For students in grade school, lessons can help your skills in band class and in participation in solo a

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Jacqueline
Maureen is a very patient and practical instructor. She knows her craft and she knows how to engage her students to get them to see the best in themselves.
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Average Cost of Saxophone Lessons

The average cost of 60-minute saxophone lessons is $68. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and location, you should expect to spend between $49 and $109 per hour.
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"Frisos is an excellent teacher. I like his approach to develop technique early in the development of the student. Our daughter has improved a lot since we started with him."
Javier
Took Saxophone lessons from Frixos P.
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"First lesson was great!! Hadley was anxious, but Bill provided lots of encouragement and great instruction. I'm a musician, so I could tell what a terrific job he did."
Hadley
Took Saxophone lessons from Bill T.
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"We feel very fortunate to have found Robin. She is a wonderful and very talented teacher."
Danna
Took Saxophone lessons from Robin L.
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"My first lesson with Lynn was wonderful. I was greeted at the door with a warm smile That made me feel at ease. I'm an absolute beginner and even my mistakes were fun.
Lynn; I love your personality and your teaching method. I got a lot out of that lesson.
And, by the time I'm 75 which is in about 5 months and with your guidance I'll be able to play a tune or two. I got a good teacher. Looking forward too lesson Number 2."
Arthur
Took Saxophone lessons from Lynn L.
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"Great teacher. Very good at analyzing skill level and accommodating the student. Definitely recommend!"
Julian
Took Saxophone lessons from Matt L.
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"Awesome teacher! Really learned alot, thanks so much!"
Daniel
Took Saxophone lessons from Lucas H.
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"A good instructor. Easygoing and flexible with student's acomodation. Either for a few introduction lessons to long term lessons he is the person you would like to go with."
Máximo
Took Saxophone lessons from Matt L.
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"Patient and encouraging, Matt is able to teach to every student's level and interest. As a student, I have benefitted from his creativity and wealth of music knowledge (music theory and instrument lessons)."
Abbe
Took Saxophone lessons from Matt L.
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"good first lesson. looking forward to more."
Dean
Took Saxophone lessons from Jon S.
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"I took Private lessons with Jon for almost two years in high school. He was always very knowledgeable and helpful, and was a major factor in my success those years in making All State and other Honor Bands. I only stopped taking lessons when I moved away for college, or else I'd still be taking them now! He was always organized and easy to schedule with. Definitely my best experience with a Private Instructor to date!"
David
Took Saxophone lessons from Jon S.
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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 technically 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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