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About Natsuki S.

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I am experienced in most styles: Jazz, Pop, Classical, Latin, R&B, Funk, Rock etc…
After discussing your goals, we will figure out the best way to accomplish those goals!

I am a really easy-going person and I want you to have FUN and discover new stuff every time you play your instrument.

After we figure out what you want to play and what areas we want to work on, I will make a special curriculum for you! Each student has a different curriculum that is specific to his or her level and learning style. I give a weekly curriculum after every lesson so you don’t need to worry about forgetting what we worked on at our lesson and you can work on it at home. Looking at past curriculum also provides an excellent way to look at a student’s progress.

One of the most important aspects of playing a woodwind instrument is achieving a good tone. I will help you get a good tone by teaching the fundamentals: from how to hold your instrument, how to blow, etc…

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Hello Students/Parents:

I have been playing saxophone for 18 years and currently I am playing professionally in the Los Angeles area. I have been teaching music for more than 8 years and have been able to find fun and creative methods for helping my students succeed.

I was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan and surrounded by a musical family. I started playing piano at age 4 and started playing saxophone at age 10. I continued my woodwind training in high school by learning to play flute and clarinet. After beginning saxophone, I found I had a passion for big band jazz music. I joined a big band for young musicians and played lead alto with the band for almost 6 years.

After graduating from high school, I attended Berklee College of Music in Boston on scholarship where I studied performance and jazz composition. While I was in Bost
on, I was fortunate to play lots of gigs around town and was also a featured soloist on a number of recitals, recordings, and film scores.

In May 2010, I graduated from Berklee College of Music and moved to Los Angeles. Always maintaining a busy schedule, I have been performing with a number of talented musicians at several venues in the LA area. In addition to playing live shows, I have been recording for film/TV music.

I love all kinds of music: Classical, Pop, Jazz, Rock etc…
Some of my favorite artists/influences include:
Cannonball Adderley, The Beatles, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Earth Wind and Fire, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, and many more

Thank you so much for stopping by my page and hope to work with you soon!

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Natsuki

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I am experienced in most styles: Jazz, Pop, Classical, Latin, R&B, Funk, Rock etc…
After discussing your goals, we will figure out the best way to accomplish those goals!

I am a really easy-going person and I want you to have FUN and discover new stuff every time you play your instrument.

After we figure out what you want to play and what areas we want to work on, I will make a special curriculum for you! Each student has a different curriculum that is specific to his or her level and learning style. I give a weekly curriculum after every lesson so you don’t need to worry about forgetting what we worked on at our lesson and you can work on it at home. Looking at past curriculum also provides an excellent way to look at a student’s progress.

One of the most important aspects of playing a woodwind instrument is achieving a good tone. I will help you get a good tone by teaching the fundamentals: from how to hold your instrument, how to blow, etc…

Other topics that we might cover include sight-reading, improvisation, theory, ear training, etc.

You are welcome to bring/suggest any music that you want to work on!

My studio is in a safe and nice family friendly neighborhood as you can see in the photos.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Kawai Grand Piano
Music Playback System
Lots of space (parents are welcome to sit in on the lessons)

*** Specialties ***
Jazz, Classical, Pop, Rock, R&B, most genres
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Abram April 19, 2018
· Saxophone · In studio
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Abram April 18, 2018
· Saxophone · In studio
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Alex A. January 16, 2018
· Clarinet · In studio
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About Michael R.

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Oregon City, OR

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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 music for his own band that performs regularly in the Portland metropolitan area. He attended Mount Hood Community College and Portland State University. Michael graduated with a B.S. in Biology and Jazz Performance.

Many describe Michael as genuine and passionate. He has a youthful, energetic teaching style that works well with most students. Michael’s creativity and patience allow him to help his students grasp tough concepts and improve at a faster rate than they would on their own.
Michael’s practice philosophy is simple. Make practice en
joyable and efficient. He has experienced the common pitfall of practicing scales for many hours only to retain little or nothing. Michael shows his students techniques to focus, and get more done with less wasted time. Lessons are customized to meet the student’s goals and learning style.

Michael ensures that every student will have the skills to be a complete musician that is comfortable in any musical genre or setting. He enjoys working with students of all abilities. Michael relates to the absolute beginner and experienced musician equally.
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Mark May 11, 2018
· Saxophone · In studio
Great guy. Works with your musical ability. I’m new to saxophone, but am on my 3rd instrument so I’m not totally new to music. He understands that.
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Yvonne April 26, 2018
· Clarinet · In home
I've been taking lessons with Michael for over a year now, and it is definitely a highlight of my week! Michael was curious as to why I wanted to play the clarinet and has subsequently brought me books with Klezmer, Classical Duets, Jazz and Tango music. I had taken classical lessons for many years, but I can honestly say that I progressed so much more with Michael. He is fun to work with, and always finds the places where I have progressed. He is very skilled at finding new challenges to explore and does so in a most supportive way. Can't recommend him highly enough!
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Marco March 13, 2018
· Saxophone · In studio
I just took my first saxophone lesson and it wouldn't be better! Michael is very enthusiast and knowledgable, he guided me through the basic steps of playing sax. He made me feel confortable and confident, which is very important when somebody starts to do any new activity. I am looking forward to my second class and I know it will be a blast. Great guy Michael is.
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About Peter Q.

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Saxophone is my main instrument and favorite to teach!

About Peter
I'm a multi-instrumentalist from the Northwest with lots of love for teaching people to groove. I got my bachelor's degree in music from Whitman College with an emphasis in Jazz Performance. I can teach anyone to rock, swing or get unreasonably funky. Lessons can be casual or serious and I'm down to tell you how to get to Carnegie Hall or onto the stage at the local jam.

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I like to teach my students what they want to learn! I'm always game for setting up a fun path to being able to play your favorite songs as fast as possible. I don't scold or shame and having a blast is the name of my game. I can teach you to improvise, read music, become a strummer or virtuoso, it's all up to you.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Lessons in the basement studio, piano, guitars, amps, hand drums, a bass, woodwinds, FULL DRUM SET!

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can travel with a sax, flute, guitar, electric bass, and a didgeridoo....

*** Specialties ***
I'm a jazz musician! But I listen to and perform all styles of music. I have written string quartets, been the front man for a funk band, and recorded every style of music under the sun. I can teach Bach and the Beatles and explain how/ and why they intersect and are similar musically.
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Debbie P. January 10, 2018
· Classical Piano · In home
Perfect. He matched his lesson beautifully with the music I like and how I am likely to learn quickly. Could not ask for better.
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Paul May 23, 2017
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An excellent teacher. He is kind patient and imaginative
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Paul February 20, 2017
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Versatile, skilled and patient
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Portland, OR 97211
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About Christina A.

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Plainfield, NJ

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Learn to play classics, jazz, pop, and anything else! Saxophone can be a great way to express yourself through music. Learn great technique and have fun!

About Christina
My studio is based on the belief that our customers' needs are of the utmost importance. We are committed to meeting those needs. We would welcome the opportunity to earn your trust and deliver you the best service in the industry! With over 14 years of teaching experience in both the classroom and privately, my lessons are comprehensive, diverse and individually tailored to each student.

Ms. Tina was born and raised in North Plainfield, NJ and attended college at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ and Montclair State University in Montclair, NJ where she received a BM in Musical Theater. Music is not just a job for Ms. Tina...it's a passion.

I continually strive to encourage and motivate my students to explore their individual talents and abilities to their fullest and to have fun! I look forward to working with you
and your family to achieve your music education goals!
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Kathleen N. February 23, 2018
· Violin · In studio
Christina is a wonderful teacher with a relaxed and effective teaching style. She has helped me to make tremendous progress in a short period of time.
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Cara January 8, 2018
· Speaking Voice · In studio
Professional, enthusiastic, compassionate. Very easy to work with, gave me useful advice.
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Angela January 3, 2018
· Piano · In home
She was wonderful! Incredibly personable and really helped me relax about learning piano again! I'm so excited to see where this takes me :-)
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About Aage N.

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Portland, OR

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I have been teaching saxophone for nearly thirty years, and offer a different approach to the instrument. While building strong technique and tone in your band and solo music, we will explore how the saxophone is used in music from around the world, including traditions that pre-date the saxophone itself by many centuries! While learning the basics of music theory, I also encourage playing by ear, and unleashing curiosity and creativity.

About Aage
Oregon native Aage (pronounced like Owen without N) has been teaching woodwinds to students of all ages for thirty years. He has performed throughout the US and Denmark, as well as Iceland (International Viola Congress) and Holland (World Bass Clarinet Conference). He taught for many years at The College of Idaho and Northwest Nazarene University, and performed for over twenty years with the Boise Philharmonic and Darkwood Consort. He has released three CDs on Portland-based Rampur Records, received a 2007 Performing Arts Fellowship from the Idaho Commission on the Arts, and is the leading scholar and performer of the douçaine (early oboe). He teaches both modern and historical winds, with the unique twist of encouraging students of both modern instruments such as clarinet or saxophone, and early instruments such as recorder and double-re
eds, to engage in everything from medieval and traditional music to jazz and classical.

Aage enjoys teaching students of all ages, from beginning to college level, including homeschoolers and adult beginners.
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Gregory R. November 19, 2017
· Oboe · In studio
Very personable, yet business like. An extremely encouraging teacher which would be important for younger students.
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Gregory Bowlby June 23, 2016
· Clarinet · In home
It was an excellent lesson.
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eric D. March 18, 2015
· Clarinet · In home
4th Lessons, I love it and made tremendous progress.
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About Henrik O.

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I have been teaching Saxophone for quite a few years and I love it! My students have seen results from learning to love to practice, to competitive success in school events. When you first come you will start to think about music in a simpler way and will gain the confidence and understanding you need to play how you would like. Normally, I use The Rubank Method to develop a lot of technique in younger students. For those playing jazz, we do a lot of play alongs while focusing on specific concepts.

About Henrik
Hello my name is Henrik! I have been playing the saxophone ever since I first picked one up in grade school. I consider myself a goofy individual who takes my instrument very seriously. I have been teaching private students for about eight years. I am currently getting my degree in Saxophone Performance from BYU. I love it when my students learn to have fun while practicing and gain confidence in performing. No matter your schedule or location, I am determined to make a difference and help people improve. I have a flexible class schedule that allows you to pick a time that works best for you.

I find it most successful to prepare a lesson for each student before hand, rather than going over the same thing with every one of them. You can expect a well rounded range of exercises and practice techniques. From motif development, t
une memorization and progressive patterns, to theory studies, music analyzation and playing along with the great recordings with the pros.
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Aditi T. May 11, 2018
· Clarinet · Online
My daughter felt very much at ease with Henrik and is confident that she will do well at her school auditions. Thank you Henrik.
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Lee May 9, 2018
· Saxophone · In studio
Wow! Henrik is awesome. Anywhere from beginner to advanced, he knows exactly what to say and do to help his students progress. Very impressed.
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Steve April 4, 2018
· Clarinet · In home
Lessons specific to my needs. Very helpful
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About Ian C.

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Portland, OR

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I am a Professional Jazz Saxophonist, and I am comfortable teaching all the members of the saxophone family, and all skill levels. Areas of focus include:

-Sound Production
-Technique
-Reading Music
-Scales/Modes
-Jazz Harmony/Theory
-Rhythm
-Learning Songs
-Transcription
-Style/Phrasing
-Keeping Things Fun!!!

About Ian
My name is Ian, and I am a 28-year-old professional saxophonist in the Portland area. I have been playing saxophone for 15 years, and teaching (privately and ensembles) for 8. I have a strong background in Jazz music, as well as experience playing Rock and Classical music.

I teach saxophone (tenor and alto) as well as Jazz improvisation, music theory, rhythm, and professional music skills.

I graduated from the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York City in 2012, where I learned from some of the great masters of jazz. There I also gained experience teaching privately and coaching ensembles.

Since moving back to Portland in 2013, I have played at many of the top venues in town, including Jimmy Mak's, Alberta Street Pub, the Doug Fir Lounge, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, and many others.
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Ben Medler December 7, 2015
· Saxophone · In studio
Ian is a graduate of the Portland Youth Jazz Orchestra and one of the top saxophone performers in the area. After his time at the New School in New York, PYJO has hired Ian many times as a teacher and guest artist. I would recommend his teaching to any interested saxophonists!
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Portland, OR 97214
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About Syarra H.

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Clearwater, FL

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Playing saxophone for 6 years now, I have much experience teaching beginners and early intermediate students play an instrument that is fun and easy to learn! I have a large focus on music theory and sight reading to excel students to expand their musical knowledge to other instruments as well and to understand music fully!

About Syarra
With over 10 years experience playing and loving music, I am excited to introduce teaching to my career! I currently coordinate one of the most successful music schools in Clearwater, and teach around 10 private students. Briefly teaching during my high school years, and now teaching privately for about a year, I believe my passion is in teaching music. Currently, my students range from the age of 4 to the age of 16. During my high school years, I specialized in helping and guiding special needs children.

My goal for the next 5 years is to become the best music teacher I can be, and hopefully open and run my own music school. My focus when teaching lessons is not just to teach my student how to play their instrument, but teach them the ins ans outs of the instrument itself. I have a focus on music theory, but most importantly I want t
he student to have fun and love every lesson they take!

I am excited to share my passion and knowledge of music to the Tampa Bay area!
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Kursti J. February 10, 2018
· Piano · In home
Syarra was awesome with my daughter. She went above and beyond to help her learn and have fun. Syarra made her flash cards to help her learn the notes and my daughter enjoyed her so much this is the first time she has ever done practice on her own including school & cheer. (My daughter has ADHD & ID) Thank you so much Syarra!
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Sophia E. January 21, 2018
· Piano · In home
Syarra was wonderful in my daughters initial first piano lesson. She kept my daughter motivated and excited about learning and playing. Syarra by far exceeded all my expectations.
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Joeel December 29, 2017
· Piano · In studio
My daughter just had her first lesson with Syarra. It was her first time learning the keyboard, so she was a bit nervous. Syarra, made her feel comfortable and she really enjoyed the lesson. She left excited to learn more. Glad we found Syarra!
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Hi, I'm Tyler! Born and raised in Roswell, New Mexico, I am the son of a band director. That being said, I have literally been involved in music since I was an infant! I played trombone, bass trombone, and bass guitar all the way through high school, and went to New Mexico State University where I received my Bachelor's Degree in Music, and then moved to Los Angeles, California, where I received my Master's Degree at California Institute of the Arts, where I also learned to play the other brass instruments, as well as composition and arranging.

Throughout my career, I've been able to do some great things with music. I have been able to travel Europe and work with one of the world's finest brass instrument manufacturers, Michael Rath, I have toured Colombia with my University's Wind Ensemble, I've recorded at Capitol Records in Hollywo
od, and have written and premiered numerous works for orchestra and rock ensemble, trombone choirs, and even a duet for quarter tone trumpets!

I have an affinity for modern and avant garde music, but am well-versed in all genres and musical styles! I also like to play in and record rock and roll bands, I've amassed a quite a few years of recording experience as well. From gypsy bands to thrash metal groups, I've recorded a wide array of music.

I also taught in the classroom from grades k-12 for a few years before following my true passion of teaching privately. I love to reach you at your own level and work to grow with you from there.

My goal is simple: I simply want you to come to love music as much as I do, if not more! I strive to give you the tools to become a successful musician in your own right, and I work to keep my lessons fun and engaging.
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Andrew I. June 12, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Tyler is very well spoken and knows so much about each of the subjects he teaches. He has a great way of explaining what he means and has a great eye for detail. It's really clear that he cares a ton about his students!
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Jesse M. May 31, 2018
· Trombone · In studio
I've known Tyler for over a decade. He's extremely passionate and skilled as a musician and a teacher. His background is incredibly diverse, and he will do whatever he can to help you achieve your personal goals. Highly recommended!!
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Experienced teacher/musician with a bachelor's degree in music from Sacramento State. My goal is to help students become better players and musicians, so that they have the skills they need in order to take on new musical endeavors with confidence and ease. My scope of musical experience ranges from playing in concert band, orchestra, classical saxophone, sax quartet, big band, jazz combo, jazz improv, jazz arranging, ear training, music theory, musicology, and more. I can also help students with overcoming some of the hurdles when learning clarinet or flute as a double.

I have experience working with kids as a bilingual tutor in an elementary classroom, which also means I have passed multiple background checks at the district and state level. I am currently working on earning a teaching credential. ¡Hablo español!

About Luis
I am a professional musician with a bachelor's degree in music from the Sacramento State School of Music. I have played saxophone throughout the region in many different groups, such as the award winning Sacramento State Jazz Ensemble. I have training in both classical and jazz styles. As a former "band kid," I am familiar with the ins and outs of playing in all kinds of school bands such as marching band, concert band, and jazz band.
As a teacher, I like to teach good habits as well as musicianship. My goal is to help students become better players and musicians, so that they have the skills necessary to take on new musical endeavors. I also have experience in bilingual tutoring for K-12 students. This also means I have passed background checks for the state and school districts.
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Average Cost of Saxophone Lessons in Portland, OR

The average cost of 60-minute saxophone lessons in Portland is $55. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and your location, you should expect to spend anywhere between $40 and $70 per hour.

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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 22% less expensive at $43, and 30-minute lessons cost 44% less at $31.

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