Aaron Reihs
Los Angeles, CA
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Aaron Reihs

Aaron R.

Los Angeles, CA
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Learning an instrument, like learning a language, should be an interactive experience with a continuous flow of feedback. It should also be fun, with the opportunity to use each new skill in real life and on a daily basis.

Over the past 12 years, I have had the opportunity to study the saxophone (as well piano, composition, arranging, film scoring, and songwriting) with some of the most creative and talented teachers from Los Angeles, New York, and Portland, OR, including world-renowned saxophonists Bob Mintzer (of the Yellowjackets) and Bob Sheppard. Through my years of studying and teaching beginning and intermediate saxophonists, I believe it is the teacher's job to "teach the student how to teach themselves" by giving them the tools and critical feedback needed to excel not only in learning a new instrument, but in all aspects of music and life.

About Aaron R.

I am a professional saxophonist, composer, music producer, and audio designer for games and other non-linear experiences.

I strongly believe in the values of listening, improvising (both in music and in life), and treating every instance and detail as a chance to learn. These are the values on which I base my teaching, as well as my own music.

For lessons, I offer teaching in the following:

- Intro to music theory (scales, chords, harmony, rhythm)
- Reading music (both with and without your saxophone!)
- How to learn your favorite songs and play them for your friends & family.
- Basic saxophone technique / creating your sound
- Basic Piano technique and harmony.

- Exercises and patterns to improve your speed, range, control, and intonation (i.e. "Intermediate saxophone technique")
- Intro to transcription ("How do I learn to quickly play what I hear on a song or album?") We'll be looking at some simple solos from the great jazz, blues, rock, and pop instrumentalists.
- Intro to composition ("How do I tell a compelling story in a fixed amount of time?")
- Intro to Improvisation. (Use your knowledge of music theory and technique to play cool new stuff on the spot during a song!)
- Intro to music notation. ("How do I write music down on paper?") Handwritten or via notation software such as Finale and Sibelius.

- Advanced transcription. (We'll be looking at more technically and musically challenging solos on your instrument to improve technique and understanding of how to master your instrument.)
- Advanced music notation techniques using Sibelius and Finale.
- How to self-record to practice, using software like Logic and Pro Tools.
- Advanced jazz & classical harmony. ("Wait, I thought there were just 3 chords?")
- Advanced composition. (Write music for various ensembles, including jazz big band, orchestra, wind ensemble, rock band, choir, or string quartet.)

- Using a Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) like Logic, ProTools, and GarageBand.
- Recording MIDI instruments
- Writing music to video (quickly!)
- Scene analysis from a movie (pick your favorite movie scene with music and we'll analyze how the music is supporting it!)

- Making your music sound professional (using advanced sample libraries such as Spitfire, 8Dio, Cinesamples, etc.)
- Basic mixing techniques using plugins from Waves, Soundtoys, and stock DAW plugins.
- Orchestration
- Using Synthesizers in your music (or to support orchestral elements).
- Basic mastering techniques.
- Advanced film music transcription. (We'll transcribe some music from a movie scene and go in-depth about how it's working, talking about mix, orchestration, use of harmony, rhythm, etc.)


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Private Saxophone Teacher
Jan 2009 - Present


Audio Director
Sep 2019 - Mar 2020


Composer / Sound Designer
Sep 2018 - Sep 2019


Feb 2018 - Aug 2018

Matt Bowen

Studio Assistant
Jan 2018 - Aug 2018

Bear McCreary / Sparks & Shadows

Creative Music Director
May 2016 - Jul 2018

Sokamba Performing Arts Company


Music Production Intern
Jan 2017 - Apr 2017

Sony PlayStation

Santa Monica Studios


Game Audio
Aug 2014 - May 2017

University of Southern California, Interactive Media and Game Design

Jazz Studies/Saxophone
Aug 2013 - May 2017

University of Southern California Thornton School of Music



Fluent / Native Proficiency


1st Place College Combo Division
Apr 2017

Next Generation Jazz Festival

Best Jazz Soloist
Apr 2013

Next Generation Jazz Festival

Best Jazz Composition, High School Division
May 2011

Downbeat Magazine Student Awards

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