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About James F.

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Grand Prairie, TX

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I have taught saxophone for 19 years. Available for students of all experience levels and ages! I structure my lessons so students learn what they want to learn, while also building a strong foundation of proper techniques.

About James
Mr. James Falcon
Assistant Director of Bands at International Leadership of Texas Grand Prairie K-8, graduate of Richardson High School, holds a BM in Jazz studies from the University of North Texas, and is a state-certified music teacher in Texas.
James began his professional performance career in 1990 with Dallas' own blues great Al 'TNT' Braggs, and continues to perform in various local groups. As a professional player, he has experienced both national and international tours while playing with a multitude of outstanding performers.
James has 18 years experience as a music educator in public schools including: elementary, middle and high school band and choir, as well as adjunct saxophone at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction Colorado.
As a director, James inspires a strong foundation of musicianship, ensuring meaningfu
l musical experiences for his students both in rehearsal, and in performance. Additionally, his efficient and flexible teaching style ensures for his students musical enjoyment that comes with an invaluable sense of personal achievement, as they learn how to overcome the many challenges that all musicians must tackle in the pursuit of excellence.

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons are planned and tailored to the specific needs and goals of each student.

Basic outline of music curriculum:

• Instrument assembly, care, and maintenance.
• Hand and body posture/technique.
• Tone production, articulation, multi-phonics and vibrato.
• Method Books/Etude Books.
• Strategies for efficient practicing and performance prep.
• Reading music
• Music theory - scales, arpeggios, harmony, and ear training
• Repertoire - build a list of pieces that you study and perform
• Purposeful listening
• Improvisation/composition
• Transcribing

Materials needed:
• Instrument in good playing condition
• All sheet music, books, and recordings
• Lesson logbook
• Metronome - mobile app is acceptable
• Tuner - mobile app is acceptable

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Saxophone full well-rounded approach utilizing several books/recordings. I am a strong theory teacher and stress proper technique throughout. I always tailor my methods and materials to the specific needs of each student. I also stress good practice skills/habits and make a point to build a performance repertoire and provide students with performance opportunities often.
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Jenny S. February 12, 2016
· Piano · In home
James has been teaching my 9 and 11 year olds piano, guitar, violin and recorder. He has a great ability to connect with kids and he's extremely patient and kind. My kids really enjoy his lessons and they have learnt a lot.
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Aliva K. February 12, 2014
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Mr Falcon James is a wonderful teacher and we are very happy with his teaching skills and ability. He is a great teacher and a wonderful person. We are very excited to have him as our child's instructor!!
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About Carl S.

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Broken Arrow, OK

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My doctorate is in saxophone and I have several years experience teaching and performing saxophone as a university lecturer, band director, and private lesson instructor. Saxophone is my primary instrument. I've taught it at the university level, as well as beginners. I'm proficient in classical and jazz styles. For beginners, I recommend Essential Elements for Band, Book 1 for Saxophone. For others, I may recommend the David Hite Foundation Studies and Melodious & Progressive Studies. For all, I teach practice techniques for good fundamentals. For booking, please sign up with TakeLessons today, and then we'll arrange a mutually agreeable meeting time. I look forward to hearing from you!

About Carl
Dr. Carl S. maintains an online and in-person music studio through TakeLessons, where he teaches several instruments privately and in group settings including saxophone, guitar, oboe, music theory, flute, clarinet, and piano. Carl teaches Saxophone and Jazz Studies at the University of Tulsa as an adjunct faculty member. During Spring 2019, Carl is teaching Music Theory and Saxophone at Oklahoma State University.

Carl taught at Oklahoma State University as a Lecturer of Saxophone and Music Theory during Dr. Jeffrey Loeffert's sabbatical in Fall 2017. His duties included graduate saxophone lessons, graduate music theory review, graduate saxophone pedagogy, and saxophone studio class.

Prior to working at OSU, Carl was Instructor of Jazz and Saxophone at South Dakota State University from 2014-2017. His responsibilities included direct
ing the annual SDSU/Brookings Optimist Jazz Festival, directing Jazz Ensembles I-II, Jazz Combo, Jazz Improvisation lessons, Jazz Pedagogy, online Jazz Appreciation, private saxophone lessons, saxophone quartets, private oboe lessons, and group guitar class.

Carl completed his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in saxophone performance at the University of Kansas in 2014, and his Master of Music Pedagogy and Performance from Oklahoma State University in 2011. He graduated from Harrah High School in 2002, earned his Bachelor of Music Education from Southwestern Oklahoma State University in 2008, and was a 5th-12th grade Head Band Director at Fairview Public schools. He is currently a member of the North American Saxophone Alliance, the Jazz Education Network, Music Teachers National Association, National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors, and an Honorary Member of Tau Beta Sigma. He has held previous memberships with Kappa Kappa Psi, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Kappa Delta Pi, and the Oklahoma Bandmasters Association.

While at KU, Carl was also a graduate teaching assistant for the saxophone studio and jazz studies program. His responsibilities included Assistant Director of the KU Jazz Festival, directing Jazz Ensembles II-III, directing Jazz Combo III-VI, directing Saxophone Quartets II-III, teaching private saxophone lessons, assisting in saxophone studio class, and teaching the music education woodwind methods course. His Lecture Recital Document, A Performer’s Analysis of Selected Jazz Works for Saxophone Quartet, featured an interview with Bob Mintzer. Carl was a member of KU Jazz Ensemble I, KU Saxophone Quartet I, and KU's Helianthus New Music Ensemble. As a member of KU's Jazz Ensemble 1, Carl has performed with Dave Douglas, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Alex Sipiagin, Steve Owen, Gary Foster, Steve Houghton, Clint Ashlock, David von Kampen, Peter Epstein, Jeff Miley, James Miley, Roger Shew, and Brian Hamada, Brandon Draper, Rich Wheeler, Beau Bledsoe, Jeff Harshbarger, and Matt Otto. In July 2014, Carl went on a European tour with KU Jazz Ensemble I featuring Steve Leisring and Deborah Brown. Together, they performed at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, the Vienne Jazz Festival in France, and performed in several cities in Germany. Recordings by this band resulted in KU winning the DownBeat Student Award (Graduate College Large Jazz Ensemble Division) in 2015.

While at OSU, Carl was a GTA for the saxophone studio and music theory programs. His responsibilities included Music Theory I-IV tutoring and grading, sight-singing grading, piano labs, classical and jazz saxophone lessons, saxophone quartet coaching, saxophone studio Webmaster, and saxophone studio class. Carl was a member of the OSU Wind Ensemble and Jazz Ensemble 1. He had a regularly performing jazz trio and played in OSU's X2End saxophone quartet. The X2End quartet performed locally at the 2011 Navy Band Saxophone Symposium in Washington D.C., at the 2011 NASA Region IV Conference, and has won the state and division rounds of the 2010-2011 MTNA Chamber Music Competition. The X2End quartet went on to win the 3rd place prize at the national final round of the MTNA Chamber Music Competition. They also were the Division II Chamber Ensemble winners at the 2011 Hubbard Music Competition where they were awarded the 2nd place prize in the overall finals. Carl's final degree paper at OSU was a study of composer/performer collaboration. He traveled to Texas, Michigan, and Ohio to interview saxophonists and composers including David Dees, Peter Fischer, John Sampen, Marilyn Shrude, Joe Lulloff, and Charles Ruggiero. He has presented his lecture at the 2011 Navy Band Saxophone Symposium, the 2011 NASA Region IV Conference, and the 2012 OSU Single Reed Summit. As a member of OSU's Jazz Ensemble 1, he has performed with Bob Sheppard, Conrad Herwig, Wayne Bergeron, and Andy Martin.

While at SWOSU, Carl performed as a member of the marching band, wind ensemble, Jazz Ensemble A, saxophone quartet, and his own jazz combo named Five-Seven. As a member of SWOSU's Jazz Ensemble A, he has performed with Dan Haerle, Bob Bowman, Jack Mouse, Fred Forney, Janice Borla, Eddie Daniels, Pamela York, Lynn Seaton, Carl Allen, Dr. Michael Cox, Tom Williams, Dr. Robert Chambers, Dave Hanson, Drori Mondlak, Delores Williams, Byron Stripling, Frank Wess, Kenny Drew Jr., Dennis Mackrel, Bill Watrous, Rich Eames, Jennifer Leitham, and Randy Drake.

Carl's primary saxophone instructors have been Vince Gnojek, Dr. Jeffrey Loeffert, Dr. Ann Bradfield, Dr. Keith Talley, and William Rodney Hull. He has had additional instruction in lessons and masterclasses from Gary Foster, Dr. Joseph Murphy, Dr. Michael Cox, Bob Sheppard, Johnny Salinas, Dr. Kimberly Goddard Loeffert, Dr. Geoffrey Deibel, Dr. Jonathan Nichol, Dr. Griffin Campbell, Dr. James Laughlin, and Dr. David Dees. Carl's jazz directors have included Dan Gailey, Bob McCurdy, Dr. Jonathan Martin, Dr. Keith Talley, and Dr. Terry Segress.

Carl enjoys recording several instruments in his home studio and composing new music. His compositions that have been performed include his big band arrangement of Cat Battles by Joshua Redman, September in the Refrain (alto saxophone and electronics), Funk-o-matic (jazz combo), Smooth (jazz combo), and The Deadline Arrives at Dawn (alto saxophone and electronics). As an advocate of new music involving the saxophone, he has participated in a commissioning consortium for Alone Together by composer David MacDonald through Kick Starter. In 2013, Carl performed the premier of Cuento #3 by Nelson Ramirez Diaz. During summer of 2014, he recorded selections from Dr. John Walker's "The Alto Saxophone in the Attic," published by Carl Fischer. At the 10th Annual SDSU/Brookings Optimist Jazz Festival in 2015, Carl directed SDSU Jazz Ensemble I's premier of Dog, Tired by David von Kampen.

Carl is a Conn-Selmer Endorsing Artist. He hosted the North American Saxophone Alliance Region 3 (ND, SD, NE, MN, IA) Conference at South Dakota State University on March 17-18, 2017. On Saturday, April 8, 2017, Carl performed Dreams in the Dusk by David Biedenbender with South Dakota State University's Wind Symphony, directed by Dr. Jacob Wallace. On Monday, February 6, 2017, Carl performed the premiere of Lhotse for alto saxophone and percussion by Steve Danyew with Dr. Aaron Ragsdale. In April 2017, Carl performed solo tenor saxophone and orchestral clarinet in Ethan Bortnick's national PBS Special called "Generations of Music," which featured special guest, Peter Yarrow, from Peter, Paul and Mary.
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Trena Robbins June 6, 2019
· Saxophone · Online
i learned new things
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· Clarinet · Online
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Florence G. May 30, 2019
· Clarinet · Online
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About Michael W.

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Tucson, AZ

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I have been performing and competing on saxophone for over 16 years, and I have a degree from the University of Arizona in saxophone performance. My private lesson studio opened in 2012 and since then I have cultivated a deep passion for creating personalized lessons for motivated students. I teach all ages, all skill levels and all styles. I look forward to meeting you!

About Michael
I am a woodwind specialist with a degree in saxophone performance from the University of Arizona. I have been performing and competing since the fifth grade. Since arriving in Tucson in 2010, I have performed with dozens of groups, perhaps most notably the Tucson Symphony Orchestra. I play a variety of musical styles including classical, jazz, musical theater, rock, funk and avant garde. Music has provided me the opportunity to travel all over the world, from London to China and Mexico to Peru.
I opened my private lesson studio in 2012. Since then, I have cultivated a deep passion for creating personalized lessons for motivated students. Lessons revolve around strong fundamentals, but feature fun and engaging activities such as games, transcriptions of pop tunes (or any genre), active listening and discussion, free and guided improvisati
on and anything else that inspires each individual student. I have taught beginners as young as eight years old to advanced players well into their retirement.
I'm looking forward to sharing my passion with you!
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Rebecca February 10, 2016
· Saxophone · In studio
Michael is an excellent teacher and he was so patient with my daughter (5th grade). She was way ahead of the other students in her class and he found additional music for her to learn so she wasn't bored.
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Suzette February 4, 2016
· Saxophone · In studio
When my 11 year old son first began saxophone lessons with Michael Weiss, he was a true beginner but within 5 months, he was playing a song at a recital! Michael is patient and kind but firm in his direction and has instilled confidence in my son that he can play whatever songs he wants to play with focus and practice. Michael is flexible and adept at tailoring his lessons to the individual's needs. I highly recommend him.
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Suzette February 4, 2016
· Saxophone · In studio
When my 11 year old son first began saxophone lessons with Michael Weiss, he was a true beginner but within 5 months, he was playing a song at a recital! Michael is patient and kind but firm in his direction and has instilled confidence in my son that he can play whatever songs he wants to play with focus and practice. Michael is flexible and adept at tailoring his lessons to the individual's needs. I highly recommend him.
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About Rich J.

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Los Angeles, CA

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10+ years of saxophone experience in NYC and LA!

About Rich
Rich has been teaching private lessons since 2010 and is currently available to teach lessons at your home and online. Rich has helped students from beginners to advanced improve their musical abilities and perform with confidence.

Rich received his training at The Hartt School, The Juilliard School, and NYU where he received a degree in Music Education and Technology. As an expert in his field, Rich looks forward to helping new students achieve their goals. Rich's teaching style is inspiring, challenging, and fun.
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Molly September 14, 2018
· Clarinet · In home
Rich is so skilled and friendly and punctual. My child had a fantastic lesson.
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Dedee April 2, 2018
· Piano · In home
He's great!
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Braxten & Maximus P. March 29, 2018
· Piano · In home
AWESOME!
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Rich J.

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About Daniel Y.

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Philadelphia, PA

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I teach students of all levels!

About Daniel
I am an avid saxophonist, flautist, and clarinetist with a passion for performing and teaching at the highest level. Since graduating from Temple in 2016, my teaching career has offered me many opportunities in the world of education. From my experience in public schools, to managing my own private lesson studio, I have gained an immense respect and appreciation for the craft of teaching.

I believe in a skill-based learning approach. I encourage all of my students to learn the foundations of musicianship in conjunction with the fundamentals of their instrument to guide them in their life-long music learning.
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Jasyn January 5, 2019
· Music Theory · In studio
Daniel Young's advanced Knowldge and unique style of teaching combine together to make an overall great learning experience for students struggling with music theory. Dan has helped me understand concepts of music theory that I have been struggling with for many years in a short amount of time due to his ideal way of introducing new concepts to a student. He will make sure you have a great foundation to work up from. Overall, he is an amazing teacher, and improvement will be made!
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Phil O. November 20, 2018
· Flute · In home
Good first lesson!
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Lily September 26, 2018
· Ear Training · Online
Dan is a wonderful teacher. He took the time to talk to me before we started playing to assess my existing knowledge and how we could build on it. He is clearly a passionate teacher which as an educator myself I sincerely appreciate! I would definitely recommend him to anyone interested in taking lessons!
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About Carter W.

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Tustin, CA
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Hello!

I am a private music instructor specializing in woodwind instruments looking to take on clarinet, flute and saxophone students in the Orange County area!

My lessons consist of a well balanced coverage of exercises (scales, note patterns, etudes, duets, major repertoire, etc) geared towards building a solid foundation in playing technique. This allows each student to be accurate and expressive with a sense of ease in their playing! Students of the studio are also thrown into the world of music! They are strongly encouraged to attend concerts, listen to music regularly, and attend masterclasses. The goal is not just to learn an instrument, but to also develop a life-long love and appreciation for music!

I am very proud to say that my students soar through their band and orchestra programs in school and obtain a sound quality/sense of musicality way beyond their grade level! The majority of my students excel past their school music programs! They join youth/honor bands ...

About Carter
I believe that everyone has the ability to enjoy and be expressive on an instrument. It is miss instruction and a lack of passion in music education that allows students to become frustrated and bored, ultimately pushing them to quit their instruments.

My goal as a music educator is not only to teach the mechanics of an instrument, but to also inspire a life-long passion for music. Therefore I make a point to encourage students to explore all the music there is to be had in their surrounding environment! This includes attending concerts, listening to great recordings and savoring all the music that our modern-day media has to offer!

With this consistent musical exploration I teach a thorough curriculum of scales, exercises, duets and standard solo repertoire pieces. Surrounding all this is a foundation in music theory. This pedagogi
cal study will enable a fun and easy experience when students pick up their instruments to perform music!

In addition to this private study I strongly encourage my students to pursue extra-curricular musical activities outside their school music programs. This includes auditioning for honor bands/orchestras, chamber music, music competitions and effective musical examinations such as Certificate of Merit. I believe a constant setting and achieving of goals is the foundation of growth in anything we do and music is no exception.

I am proud to say that the majority of my students develop great interest in classical music, fueling them to push past their difficulties and achieve a high standard of musical performance!
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Toshi May 14, 2019
· Saxophone · In home
Very good teacher
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Toshi May 9, 2019
· Saxophone · In home
It's good teching
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Ed August 29, 2018
· Saxophone · In studio
Carter is patient and kind, and immediately helpful - just what a beginning sax student would hope for!
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About Izzy M.

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Philadelphia, PA
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Music as always been a huge part of my life. It's been my outlet from the day-to-day since I was a young child. Going through the process of learning music and my instrument has always fascinated me, and I'd be happy to teach you the beauty of this art form and help you find your own unique voice! I have a great deal of insight on saxophone technique (scales/warm ups), improvisation (jazz/contemporary), preparing classical pieces/etudes, music theory/harmony, etc.

About Izzy
My musical journey started at a very young age, singing in church and elementary school choirs. I started taking sax lessons in 5th grade, when I decided that I wanted to be a consummate musician. Every Saturday morning, I took lessons in Jazz and Classical at Temple University's Community Music Scholar's Program from grades 6-12. I'm a graduate of Creative and Performing Arts high school ('15) in Philly and The University of the Arts ('19).

I've played lead alto in my high school's jazz band and the UArts Z Big Band. I've also played with many other musicians, vocalists, rappers, poets, etc. around the tristate area and along the east coast. I've traveled to Italy with the Philadelphia All City Orchestra in 2015 for a 9 day concert tour, and have played with notable musicians such as Larry McKenna, Tony Micelli, Tom Lawton, Don Liuzzi,
Micah Jones. I've also played on numerous recording sessions for local artists.

My goal is to become one with the music and create effortlessly through my practice regiments and collaborating with others, regardless of the genre.
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Izzy M.

Philadelphia, PA 19145
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About David W.

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Alexandria, VA
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Saxophone lessons are unique with me because I am experienced and will provide you with the best beginner lessons personally because I am good friends with many band teachers throughout the area and they have taught me how to teach myself. I have been playing the saxophone for 5 years and played it in the band.

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Hi, my name is David Wetzler I am a saxophone enthusiast and love music, I have been playing for 5 years and have loved every second!
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David W.

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Average Cost of Saxophone Lessons in Philadelphia, PA

The average cost of 60-minute saxophone lessons in Philadelphia is $79. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and your location, you should expect to spend anywhere between $75 and $84 per hour.

30-min $40
 
$44 average
$51
45-min $60
 
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60-min $75
 
$79 average
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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 25% less expensive at $60, and 30-minute lessons cost 45% less at $44.

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