Aaron Reihs

Aaron R.

Los Angeles, CA
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About

Aaron delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:
2007

I am a professional saxophonist, composer, and songwriter with a particular passion in writing music for films and video games. Growing up near Portland, Oregon, I was surrounded by friends who were engrossed by jazz, classical, and rock music, and immediately wanted to be a part of it. Throughout high school, I had the opportunity to perform in New York City, Atlanta, and Monterey with the award-winning American Music Program, as well as record on numerous occasions with Grammy-award-winning artist Esperanza Spalding.

Since coming to live in Los Angeles, CA in 2013, I have been involved in both the jazz and pop music scenes as a performer and arranger, leading my own groups and music directing for others. I have also been involved in the film scene, composing the music for 16 short films, 5 independent video games, and a 3-episode web series. (You can also see/hear me play a few notes in 2014's "Whiplash")

In my lessons, I am happy to cover everything from beginning techniques on the instrument, being able to improvise in any context or genre, and working in a recording studio setting.

I strongly believe in the values of listening, improvising (both in music and in life), and perceiving 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.

I am a lover of all kinds of music, movies, video games, hiking, traveling, and Mexican food.

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Experience

Creative Music Director
May 2016 - Present
Sokamba Performing Arts Company

sokamba.com

Music Production Assistant
Jan 2017 - Apr 2017
Sony PlayStation

Santa Monica Studios

Education

Jazz Studies/Saxophone
Aug 2013 - May 2017
University of Southern California Thornton School of Music

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency

Photos & Videos

Aaron Reihs Quintet @ Jimmy Mak's in Portland, OR
Learning tool for film scoring.  Transcription of Michael Giacchino's "100 Mile Dash" from THE INCREDIBLES.
Original music rewritten for a scene from "Elephants Dream."

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