Some of Michael’s specialties:
Tone production – Michael believes that the first thing anyone notices about your playing is how you sound. He provides exercises to put his students on the path to sounding as lyrical as possible.
Improvisation – Michael is comfortable in improvising in all styles including: funk, jazz, Latin, soul, hip-hop etc…. He believes improvising is one of the most natural things for a human to do and is essential for today’s musician.
Jazz theory – Michael is well versed in analyzing chords and music structure.
Audition/recital prep – Michael has participated in many solo competitions, honor bands, and auditions. He draws from these experiences to prepare his students to be relaxed and confident in these situations.
Sax is my main axe! I can teach you to REALLY play the sax. We'll start at the beginning and go before you know it you'll be playing Giant Steps by John Coltrane.
I have been a professional musician for the past 15 years. See bio here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kelly_Pratt_(musician)
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 still encourage playing by ear and encourage curiosity and creativity.
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