- Teaches students:
- Ages 8 to 25
- Teaching since:
- September 2009
"Wright’s playing was tremendously technical and high-flying. So high-flying in fact, that when he reached for some of his highest altissimo notes my eyebrows shot up in sympathetic awe." - KC Metropolis Review, 5/29/18.
I currently serve on faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, having previously taught saxophone at the University of Central Missouri. I am a Conn-Selmer endorsing artist. I hold music performance degrees from the Birmingham Conservatoire of Music (Bachelors), UK, and the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (Masters) and the University of Missouri Kansas City (Doctorate).
Through teaching students of all levels from beginner through to graduate performance majors, I have learned to adapt my teaching to suit every individual. I believe in addressing not just instrumental technique, but the broader issues musicality and performance, too. I believe that the study of music should above all be enjoyable and this is important to me in my lessons, while still maintaining a certain discipline required to really get the most out of the study of instrumental music.
Saxophone faculty at the annual Kansas City Saxophone Workshop.
Weekly saxophone classes developing fundamental technique, musicianship and ensemble competition preparation.
Maintaining a studio of clarinet, saxophone and music theory students from ages 8-39.
Private clarinet and saxophone lessons at the Kansas City School of Music.
Teaching supplemental lessons to undergraduate and graduate students, including open studio classes and chamber music coachings.
Supplemental weekly lessons to high school and undergraduate students, including occasional master classes, chamber music coachings and community outreach.
Maintaining a private studio of clarinet and saxophone students ages 8-11. National exam preparation, performance and competition preparation, chamber music coaching and wind band directing. Aural skills and theory also taught.
Certification in preparation for and assessment of ABRSM music medal exams.
Chamber Music America (CMA) is an American non-profit organization that provides small ensemble professionals with access to a variety of professional development, networking, and funding resources. CMA's regular initiatives include grants, awards, and commissioning programs for ensembles and presenters, a national conference held annually in New York City, and the publication of Chamber Music magazine.+ Read More
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.+ Read More
Alastair has been a very patient and supportive teacher and has helped my daughter grow her interest in playing the saxophone.
Very much looking forward to the next lesson. He's perfect for the adult learner.
Overall, Alastair does a great job teaching. Stay tuned.....
Alastair has a wealth of experience and knowledge about the saxophone. He's very patient and understanding and only wants you to get better. I hope to be learning under him as well as working with him for years to come.