Aidan Manaligod

Aidan M.

Iowa City, IA
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Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I have been teaching saxophone lessons to students of all abilities for five years, and I have been playing the saxophone for thirteen years. I teach both classical and jazz, and I cater my lesson plans to the specific needs, goals, and learning styles of every student. I have studied with Taimur Sullivan and Timothy McAllister during my undergraduate years at the Bienen School of Music. I recently represented Illinois in the MTNA Young Artist Competition and was one of 25 young saxophonists in North America to be selected for the semifinals of their Collegiate Solo Competition. I am able to teach instrument fundamentals, repertoire, sight reading, music theory, ear training, basics of improvisation, and much more. I look forward to working with you!
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Aidan delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:

Aidan is a classical saxophonist and music educator. He has performed in venues across the United States as a concerto soloist, chamber musician, and ensemble member.

In only his second year of undergraduate study, he was named the Winner of the 2015 Illinois Young Artist Woodwind Performance Competition through the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA). He went on to be named the Honorable Mention in the East Central Division round. For two consecutive national conferences (2016, 2018) organized by the North American Saxophone Alliance (NASA), he was selected as one of twenty-five young saxophone soloists to perform and compete in the Semifinals.

His primary collegiate instructors are Taimur Sullivan and Timothy McAllister. In addition, he has played in masterclasses for Steven Banks, Jérôme Laran, Clifford Leaman, Brandon Quarles, and Nikita Zimin. Finally, he has taken supplementary lessons from Vincent David, Carrie Koffman, Chien-Kwan Lin, Otis Murphy, Zachary Shemon, and Kenneth Tse.

Since 2014, he has maintained a private saxophone studio of his own, helping area students improve their craft. He has been able to quickly pinpoint opportunities for improvement and learning, and effectively communicates those ideas in frameworks suited for the age and ability of each student. His students have been accepted into collegiate music schools across the United States.

He has performed world premieres and is working on the collaborative development of new creative projects. Aidan has been a member of the North American Saxophone Alliance (NASA) since 2015 and recently participated in the American Saxophone Academy (ASA).

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Private Saxophone Instructor
Jun 2014 - Present

Taught local K-12 students how to improve their saxophone and musicianship skills. Developed individualized lesson plans based on the needs of each student.

Tutor Volunteer
Mar 2017 - Sep 2017
Lurie Children's Hospital

Tutored K-12 students all academic subjects during their inpatient stay at the hospital. Balanced the healthcare needs of each patient with the goals of their respective lesson plans.


Saxophone Performance, Biological Sciences
Sep 2013 - Dec 2017
Northwestern University


Fluent / Native Proficiency
Professional Proficiency
Limited Proficiency


North American Saxophone Alliance
Dec 2014

The North American Saxophone Alliance is an organization made up of individuals who share a common interest in the saxophone. Members include professional performers, university professors, public school teachers, students of all levels, and others who have an interest in the saxophone. In addition to the Alliance's emphasis on disseminating information concerning the saxophone, the organization also works to provide opportunities for its members to make music, fostering fellowship among saxophone enthusiasts of all ages and backgrounds.

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Photos & Videos

Henri Tomasi: Concerto, II. Final, Giration
Tomasi Concerto, Movement I
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Studio performance of Karlheinz Stockhausen's In Freundschaft for Soprano Saxophone at Northwestern University.

Masterclass over Jacques Ibert's Concertino da Camera with Dr. Clifford Leaman at the University of Iowa.

Conducting evaluation of Percy Grainger's Lincolnshire Posy with the Northwestern University Symphonic Wind Ensemble.


6 Reviews

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Jo W. May 22, 2019
Saxophone · In home

Aidan is great! I like him a lot, and I'm learning.

He gives a lot of pertinent information that is not found in the lesson books! He also is very skilled at teaching. He can observe, and make effective suggestions.

Jennifer Mar 14, 2019
Saxophone · In home

Aidan was a great instructor for our beginning sax players. He was very flexible with our family schedule, had a nice manner with the kids and they learned a great deal. We highly recommend Aidan!

Gabriella Feb 5, 2019
Saxophone · In studio

Aidan is by far the best teacher i’ve had. He gives excellent input and is very knowledgeable! I 100% recommend him!

Kaney Feb 5, 2019
Saxophone · In home

Not professional. Instructor Canceled several lessons at last minute. My son is 9 in my opinion Aidan does not have much experience working with kids. I tried him for 5 lessons and would not continue with this instructor. Overall very disappointing experience

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Amy Sep 1, 2018
Saxophone · In home

Aidan is a talented, warm, and inspiring saxophone teacher. My son not only enjoyed the lessons, but admired Aidan as well. If you are considering private lessons, I very highly recommend Aidan. He does not disappoint.

Blake M. Aug 18, 2018
Saxophone · In studio

Has a wonderful knowledge of the instrument, repertoire, and what it takes to be a serious musician. A wonderful teacher for anyone who's looking to take their playing to the next level. Very flexible yet also very organized.

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