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Alain M.
Brooklyn, New York
Master the Saxophone in easy, fun steps. Get stated with an expert saxophonist today!
Saxophonist, Composer, Educator. 21 years of practice, 10 years of teaching, 1 MASTER of Pedagogy, 2 BACHELORS in Classical and Jazz Performance (New School, NY). My motto is efficient work for maximum pleasure. The idea is to build up a strong foundation of basic technique of the instrument (body, sound, air, time) in order to quickly come to play along your music idols. With more than 20 years of practice and more than a decade of experience teaching, I've seen and gone through all kinds of mistakes myself which allows me to really know the correct and sane way to play saxophone, effortlessly and beautifully. Moreover, I have played all kinds of music through the years going from Bach to John Cage, from pop to classical to jazz, afro-cuban, brazilian, etc. Therefore, I'll be able to adapt my teaching specifically to your goals and to enlarge your scope of knowledge. Caution : risks of addiction, immense satisfaction and personal development.
About Alain M.

Hello there! My name is Alain, I have more than a decade of experience teaching saxophone and conducting large ensembles. I earned my BM and MM degrees from Music Conservatory of Lausanne (Switzerland) in Classical Performance and Pedagogy and I earned my BM degree in Jazz Performance from the prestigious New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York. I have performed extensively in Switzerland in places like Montreux Jazz Festival and I am now part of the New York music scene.

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Teaching since 2011


Bachelor of Fine Arts in Jazz Performance (Saxophone)

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Teaches ages 7+

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Despite the covid and the distance, the courses are online. Alain is very pedagogical and patient (I'm blond and not so young), and of course a very good saxophonist. I highly recommend him. With Alain you will progress quickly.

Posted Mar 20, 2021

Alain's is an incredibly gifted saxophone teacher. He has been teaching our son who absolutely loves him. His patience and thorough understanding of the music make it a pleasurable experience for all. It is a delight to witness Alain's bring music to life to a teenager who is enjoying the process. Highly recommended,

Posted Mar 4, 2021
Front Yard Fest 2021
May 2021 - May 2021
Greenleaf Music
I was invited to perform as soloist at Front Yard Fest 2021 in upstate New York next to multi-award winning saxophonist Joe Lovano and trumpeter Dave Douglas.
Saxophone Teacher
Jan 2011 - Jan 2019
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Jazz Performance (Saxophone)
Jan 2019 - Jan 2021
The New School
Master of Fine Arts in Pedagogy (Saxophone)
Sep 2015 - Sep 2017
Conservatoire Lausanne
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Classical Performance (Saxophone)
Sep 2012 - Sep 2015
Conservatoire Lausanne
Native Proficiency
Native Proficiency
Langnau Jazz Nights Music Award
Jul 2018
Langnau Jazz Nights Music Festival
The Langnau Jazz Nights Music Festival is one of the most famous jazz festivals in Switzerland. Alain won the 2018 award, awarded by internationally acclaimed American drums master Adam Nussbaum, for an exceptional performance closing the festival.
Friedl Wald Foundation Grantee
Sep 2016
Friedl Wald Foundation
Alain Métrailler was awarded a substantial grant for exceptional talent in classical music. Only a few talented musicians per year are chosen by this renowned Swiss Foundation
Best performer at Langnau Jazz Nights
Jul 2018
Langnau Jazz Nights
Best Masters Thesis
Jul 2017
Conservatoire Lausanne
1st Prize of Saxophone
May 2010
Swiss Competition For Young Talents

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