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About John C.

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Plainfield, NJ
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I play and teach alto, tenor and baritone saxophone. I focus on getting my students to play in tune. Tone production is the first step. If you have a good tone people will listen to you. I work with tuners continually. My students are able to sound good immediately and that is crucial in their development.

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I have over thirty years of experience as a teacher in both public and private schools.
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John C.

Plainfield, NJ 07060
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About Emily P.

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Brooklyn, NY

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The saxophone family is full of potential for a wide array of colors and textures and can be played in a variety of styles: classical, jazz, funk, Afrobeat, rock, and more. I've played saxophone for 15 years, and I teach my students through exercises catered to their musical passions. In addition to the basic technical elements of playing, I focus on listening across the musical spectrum. I encourage the use of long tones and air support to improve tone, flexibility, and all repertoire.

About Emily
Woodwind instrumentalist Emily performs regularly in a range of styles including classical, jazz, rock, funk, Afrobeat, Third Stream, and musical theater. Emily holds her M.M. in Multiple Woodwind Performance from The Boston Conservatory with concentrations in saxophone, clarinet, and flute performance. She also holds a B.M. in Music Education from Ithaca College with an emphasis on jazz performance and pedagogy in addition to traditional studies in music education.

Emily has performed on tenor saxophone, alto saxophone, clarinet, bass, clarinet, and flute in Big League Productions' Broadway National Tour of the Frank Loesser classic "Guys and Dolls." Emily has also performed on alto saxophone, soprano saxophone, clarinet, flute, and piccolo in the Broadway National Tour of "How the Grinch Stole Christmas...the Musical!" She just retur
ned from the Broadway National Tour of "42nd Street," where she performed on tenor saxophone, alto saxophone, clarinet, flute, and piccolo.
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Peter F. February 28, 2018
· Clarinet · In home
A great first lesson. Hoping it continues.
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Lucia F. December 11, 2017
· Saxophone · In home
Emily is warm, energetic, very professional and talented.
We love her!!
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Cassel September 17, 2017
· Saxophone · In studio
My daughter had the most wonderful first lesson I could have hoped for! Thank you for making her education enjoyable.. it already left her wanting to come back !
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Emily P.

Emily P.

Brooklyn, NY 11207
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Forest Hills, NY

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Experienced music teacher of 7 years available for eager students of all experience levels and ages!

About Michael
Michael A Tate graduated from the prestigious Music Education Program and Psychology Program at Ithaca College in 2012. Ithaca gave him the incredible opportunity to hone in on his musicianship and compositional skills. He was also able to discover a new medium of composition, film composition. Tate immediately fell in love with the art of writing music for film and was able to make his first musical debut on a film directed by Mike Blaney. In his time at Ithaca College, he composed scores for multiple films and continues to maintain an active composition career. Tate is currently finishing as a music teacher Brooklyn Scholars Charter School (BSCS) and Music Content Leader for National Heritage Academies (NHA) New York Branch. In the fall Tate will be returning to school to study the psychological benefits of music education for children
and adolescents, while teaching private lessons.
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Raechelle E. November 10, 2018
· Percussion · Online
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Beverly August 1, 2018
· Oboe · Online
Really appreciate his work with my son!
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Beverly July 5, 2018
· Oboe · Online
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Michael T.

Forest Hills, NY 11375
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About Tosin B.

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Brooklyn, NY
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Love Kenny G/ Coltrane sound? relish the FREEDOM for self-expression in SMOOTH JAZZ? love unscripted playing (cut out music sheets dependence)? wanna have FUN learning & Improvising? need a more PATIENT teacher? Wishing to start JAMMING from day 1-3? Hire me.
My goal is to help you express YOURSELF through playing while soothing your listeners... with CONFIDENCE.

I take pride in distilling relevant music concepts and tailoring our sessions towards what you need. I'll FILTER OUT the boring theories & lack of focus that comes with learning from stereotyped "book" musicians where you could get stuck.

I have worked with 2 students (over the 3 months) who now play well in their school & church music bands. I am now teaching a 56 year old beginner as well. I enjoy seeing such remarkable difference soon after our class & have the special TEACHING ABILITY vital for you to learn well and fast.

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About Tosin
Tosin here. Wanna play sax well like Kenny G, Dave Koz or Charlie Parker, Let me teach you. I am a versatile, well travelled, actively performing sax instructor & well-rounded musician ( playing 6 instruments professionally). I have performed with various music bands in the US and abroad. Yes, experience counts!

I take pride in distilling relevant music concepts. I focus on showing you how to construct your scales & notes, so you can articulate beautifully. I FILTER OUT boring theories & lack of focus which comes with playing stereotyped "book" music.

I believe your goal is to PICK UP the sax ANYTIME with CONFIDENCE &… JUST PLAY beautifully! My sax lessons are custom-tailored to your learning style. I teach music rudiments & playing jazz .

I enjoy teaching both children & adults of any age. 2 out of 3 students i have worked
with, just over the past 3 months, now play in their school/ church bands with great commendations (see reviews). I also taught a 56 year old beginner last year.

I understand the challenges upcoming sax players face- momentum, applying music basics, developing clean tone, maintaining rhythm, improvisation - most of which I have MASTERED. So I believe we can work together & help you play familiar tunes within 2-3 weeks. Relax & enjoy your play. Hire me & let's jam!

*** Lesson Details ***
-Customized for each student's specific needs & learning style
-Created a refined curriculum & drafted new learning materials. Students get COMPLIMENTARY copies to take home for practice.

***Online classes***
Computer, good internet, FaceTime/ Skype

** Studio equipment **
Alto- & Soprano saxophones; JODY JAZZ Mouthpieces; Reeds (Vandoren, RicoPlastiCover, Legere); Rovner Ligatures;
Vandoren MP cushions- you get COMPLIMENTARY cushions too :-)

*** Specialties ***
Jazz; Smooth jazz; Classical; Gospel; Contemporary; Funk; Afro-Cuban
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Morayo April 11, 2017
· Saxophone · In studio
Patient Teacher! You will definitely learn great things on your first day. This actually wants to see you get better, and is not just about getting his check! I recommend him to anyone, any day!
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Tosin B.

Tosin B.

Brooklyn, NY 11219
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About Stephen E.

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Brooklyn, NY

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From beginners to advanced students looking to ace their college auditions, I can prepare you to be the best saxophonist you can be. I have a number of all state saxophonists under my belt and have consistently coached students to earn superiors at state music festivals.

About Stephen
I am a classically trained saxophonist, bass vocalist, and multi-instrumentalist. I have experience arranging music of all styles for bands, orchestra, percussion ensembles, and a cappella groups. I was the saxophonist for The High Lifes, a ska-punk band out of Orlando, FL; played tenor and baritone saxophone in my university's wind ensemble, saxophone quartet, jazz band, and orchestra; have founded and led four a cappella groups at the collegiate and semi-professional levels; and am a bass section leader in the New York City Bar Choir. I have taught public school band, chorus, orchestra, piano, and music technology classes and was an elementary school music teacher in Orlando, FL before moving to New York in 2012.

My private saxophone students have gone on to study at the college level, have been members of the Florida All-State band, a
nd earned Superior ratings at state music festivals. I have also taught private flute, clarinet, and bassoon lessons.

In addition to music performance classes, I have experiencing teaching music theory and arranging. If you would like to learn about the magic behind music, I'm your guy!

If you're interested in ensemble lessons, we can negotiate group package discounts. I've found that music is best when shared and learning to perform quality musical literature with other, like-minded musicians is one of the most rewarding experiences in life.
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maryanne December 3, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Stephen is calm and caring, supportive and encouraging, and he knows his stuff.
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Stephen E.

Stephen E.

Brooklyn, NY 11226
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About Jorge R.

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Flushing, NY

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Students will learn how to properly learn and play the saxophone from the absolute basics to a high, intermediate level and beyond in various styles.
Beginners: The basics of embouchure, technical skills, proper breathing techniques, ability to read music.
Intermediate: Playing intermediate level solo pieces, refining technique, extending range, learning how to play music by ear and performing in various styles, from classical to jazz.

About Jorge
I have over 10 years of experience on the Clarinet and other reed instruments. I am a senior undergraduate BA Music Education major at the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College and have studied classical clarinet as well as saxophone under various professors at the college.

I also have experience in teaching NYSSMA solos, intermediate/advanced techniques on the saxophone and clarinet, and have run and directed my own orchestra and jazz band during my time in college.

I have a reputation for achieving whatever goals I set my sights on musically, from performing to composing and conducting.

I am also in touch with the current music education situation in New York City, spending many hours every semester doing fieldwork observations in various music programs across the city as well as being an assistant to various honors
festivals for middle school and high school students, as well as performing in them while still in the public school system.

I personally believe practicing should be fun, and have devised multiple strategies for success to kick-start one's drive for peak performance in music!
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Kevin September 4, 2018
· Clarinet · In studio
Jorge was a great teacher, he started me off learning clarinet. Very kind, postitve and knew all of his stuff. Would definitely recommend as a teacher.
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Holly May 12, 2018
· Music Theory · In home
Jorge tutored me for a few weeks in music theory and it greatly benefited me. He shows through his examples and explanations that he really understands concepts of music theory and keyboard, as well on his clarinet too. I highly recommend hiring Jorge since he goes over the information at a good pace and nice manor. He will go over whatever you need help on.
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Jorge R.

Flushing, NY 11367
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About Tyler B.

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Brooklyn, NY

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With training at high-level schools and over a decade of diverse professional experience, I'm well-suited to teach saxophone in any style. Whether you need help with school ensemble music, want to learn your favorite melodies, or even want to write your own music, I can offer experienced and relaxed guidance towards your goals!

About Tyler
I'm a multi-instrumentalist, teacher, composer, arranger, freshly transplanted to Brooklyn after seven great years in Boston, Massachusetts. My professional experience on saxophone, keyboards, clarinet, flute, and bass in many different musical styles has offered me a wide-ranging palate to teach from. For the past five years, I've worked for multiple organizations and agencies as a private lessons instructor, averaging 15-20 students at any given time and maxing out at over 30! My approach to lessons is laid back, yet goal-oriented. My main goals are to equip my students musical and instrumental fundamentals, help them discover their particular passions within music and work towards related goals, and to foster an environment rooted in fun and mutual respect.
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Karen October 22, 2018
· Clarinet · In home
My daughter enjoyed learning clarinet with Tyler. As another reviewer has noted, Tyler is a gentle and patient teacher. My daughter could be difficult during lessons and often got distracted, and Tyler was great at steering her back on track and engaging her through new music and exercises.
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Katrin September 28, 2018
· Piano · In home
Tyler was the piano teacher for our two daughters for almost 5 years. They were piano beginners aged 4 and 6 when we started. My daughters are more on the shy side, and Tyler ended up being the perfect teacher for them. He is gentle and patient but at the same time got them excited about learning the instrument and playing music of different genres. My daughters enjoyed the lessons very much and they were sad to see Tyler leave for New York. I can highly recommend Tyler as a teacher especially for shy beginners like my daughters were.
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Paul September 25, 2018
· Saxophone · In studio
My son's comment was that Tyler was the best music teacher he ever had and he has had a lot. He misses him a lot.
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Tyler B.

Brooklyn, NY 11206
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About Francesco A.

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New York, NY

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I start with assessing the students' capabilities, after which I begin to develop the following areas: Development of their sound; Instrument Technique; Jazz Improvisation and Jazz Language; Theory and Jazz Harmony; Study and Development of Students' Own Repertoire. Depending on the level of the students and their needs, I push certain areas more or less. The key to becoming a successful student is to practice, to develop a good technique, but also to listen to a lot of music to develop the talent for music. Therefore I encourage my students to listen to a lot of records to understand the right sound.

About My Lesson Style ...I encourage the students to listen to the music, and above all, I encourage them to enjoy it, while teaching the discipline. The study will not be a burden if the student has fun while playing. One of my goals is that, at the end of the lesson, the students go home with the desire to play again and again. I also think that learning, and preparing oneself to play

About Francesco
I Discovered at the age of 16, discovered my passion for the saxophone, and I started my training at a small music school in Bologna.
Subsequently, I studied with Piero Odorici and attended jazz seminars at "Siena Jazz" and "Jazz Urbino". The seminars are a great opportunity to play in a big band scenario, with musicians such as Paolo Fresu, Enrico Rava, Marco Tamburini, Roberto Rossi, Eddie Henderson, and George Garzone.

I then continue my studies at the Verona Conservatory with Barry Harris, at the American School of Modern Music in Paris with Johnny Griffin and Charles Lloyd, at the "GB Martini" Music Conservatory in Bologna with Barend Middelhoff and Tomaso Lama, as well as with Tom Kirkpatrick and Bob Franceschini.

 Later I moved to The Hague, in the Netherlands, where I attended the Royal Conservatory (Koninklijk Conservatori
um Den Haag) learning from musicians like Toon Roos, Eric Gieben, Erik Ineke, Rolf Delfos, Gwilym Simcock, Dave Glasser, Dave Libman, ​and Joshua Redman.
Professionally, I collaborated with actor Edoardo Siravo in some theater projects for prose, and with Lucio Caliendo in the soundtrack of the film "Dreaming by Number", produced for the Dutch television and nominated for the International Documentary Filmfestival in Amsterdam (IDFA) ). In the last 10 years, he has collaborated as lead and sideman with several Italian musicians like Andrea Burani, Alessandro Altarocca, Lucio Caliendo, Flavio Davanzo, Enrico Lazzarini, Francesca Tandoi, Glauco Zuppiroli, Bruno Cesselli, Jacopo Zanette, Katja Hyunjung, Nico Menci, and Giani Lincan.

As for the discography, I recorded the album "Colors Ties", produced by the label To Be Jazz and distributed by SELF (IRMA) Music. Since 2015, I have played in numerous jazz festivals in the Netherlands, Italy, and Belgium: "Jazz It", "Jazz di Marca", "Biennale" in Venice and "Leiden Jazz Festival"
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Francis October 1, 2018
· Saxophone · In studio
Francesco's great ability is to impart technical notions and rules with great precision and, at the same time, with passion and love for music. I learned a lot from him.
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Costanza September 30, 2018
· Saxophone · In home
Francesco is a great teacher. He is a motivator and has a lot of patience. His lessons are a mix of technique and inspirational music hearing moments which led me to improve my musicality and my ability to play. I would totally recommenfld him. Guaranteed improvements if you follow his lead!
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Francesco A.

New York, NY 10036
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About Andrew D.

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I have 14+ years of experience playing the Saxophone. I have played in all types of groups with people from different parts of the world. During the lessons my emphasis is all the fundamentals such as tone, technique, intonation, feel, etc. But, what I believe is unique about my lessons is my emphasis on improvisation, ear training, and writing. My strong background in Jazz has helped me to be able to play all different types of music from Afro Cuban to Rock, R&B, classical, Funk, African and many more styles. Listening is a huge part of what I emphasize to my students, especially listening to all styles of music. I also have a huge background in writing for different styles/ensembles in music. I have my students write music they are studying in order to understand the role of the saxophone in relation to other instruments in the band.

About Andrew
I am a saxophonist but also play the clarinet, flute, piano, EWI, and compose/arrange all different types of music. I graduated from the Berklee College of Music in Jazz Composition/Performance.

As of recently I have recorded my debut album "The Life of an Aquarius" at the renown recording studio The Carriage House in Stamford CT with 14 other professional musicians. I am also playing around NYC with my own group at venues in Brooklyn and Manhattan.

I have also background teaching at a music program called Project Music to kids who could not afford private lessons, and were given the opportunity to play music and learn from professional musicians.

I am open to the students needs, and want my students to feel that they can express themselves in front of me on what they are looking to achieve by studying with me. Consistent practice an
d performing is what has lead me to my current musical success.

At Berklee I studied with some of the greatest jazz musicians in the world such as Bill Pierce, George Garzone, Ed Tomassi, Darren Barrett, Greg Hopkins, and many more. They all taught me about the importance of constant practice and learning and growing at your craft.

Overall, I have had a lot of musical experiences and want to pass them on to my students so they can experience the joy of performing in any musical setting.
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Andrew D.

New York, NY 10023
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About Henry R.

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Students who study the saxophone with me will learn more than just technique. I have been teaching for over 5 years, and my adaptable lesson plans are suitable for people of any age who want to become great saxophonists. My saxophone lessons revolve around both learning how to play the instrument, and learning the instrument itself. Fundamentals are important of course, but what I offer is a journey into the full potential of the saxophone. As an accomplished player in the oeuvres of not only jazz and funk, but also symphonic and experimental music, I strive to teach my students how the saxophone can be best utilized as a tool for expression. If you want to learn to play the saxophone well, and to play it with your soul, then look no further.

About Henry
I am a saxophonist and music producer currently residing in Queens, New York. I have over 15 years of experience playing the saxophone, and I have played with many groups and musicians in that time.

My saxophone students can expect an introductory lesson where I get a sense of where they are at with the instrument, followed by a comprehensive lesson plan for weekly or bi-weekly lessons. I evaluate progress every two months and specialize in lesson plans that fast track students to learning technique, before diving in to the intricacies of saxophone playing and expression.

Whether you want to learn to play jazz, classical, or anything else, my comprehensive lesson plans tailored to students will help you get a grasp on the fundamentals and potentials of the saxophone. I have a very large library of etude books, all of which I have thor
oughly worked through. This helps me select the perfect books to work through with my students.

I myself have worked with great saxophonists such as Bobby Selvaggio, Michael Cox, and Jeff Coffin, as well as many other great jazz and funk players. The saxophone is something I take very seriously, and I take great strides to tailor my lessons to the goals and interests of my students.
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Ridgewood, NY 11385
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Average Cost of Saxophone Lessons in New York, NY

The average cost of 60-minute saxophone lessons in New York is $73. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and your location, you should expect to spend anywhere between $50 and $126 per hour.

30-min $25
 
$43 average
$84
45-min $37
 
$61 average
$118
60-min $50
 
$73 average
$126

For the best experience, we typically recommend 60-minute saxophone lessons. However, students looking for a more affordable option may want to consider a shorter lesson length of 45 or 30 minutes. On average, 45-minute saxophone lessons are 17% less expensive at $61, and 30-minute lessons cost 42% less at $43.

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