Benjamin Sorrell

Benjamin S.

Redondo Beach, CA
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Lesson Details

Saxophone

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I teach all ranges and ages of students, to develop technique, sound, proper hand position, articulation, and musicality. It is my goal to help every student to ultimately find their own voice with their instrument.

For my Middle School and High School students, I find preparing them to audition for Southern California Honors Band (and potentially All-State Band) to be very rewarding and a great goal. Even if they choose not to audition or don't get in, great strides are made in their playing.
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About

Benjamin delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 7+ and special needs

Teaching since:
September 2003

I am a saxophonist and clarinetist and have been teaching for over 12 years. I am currently the saxophone professor at California State University, Northridge, I also maintain a studio of private saxophone and clarinet students throughout Los Angeles County, and am the saxophone and clarinet instructor at HYPERIUMconservatory in Rolling Hills, Palos Verdes.

I specialize in everything from beginners in elementary or middle school through high school students, college audition preparation, and also teach undergraduate and graduate students.

I previously held teaching positions at the University of Southern California, Sinai Akiba Academy, and Young Musicians Foundation.

*** Lesson Details ***

I am currently teaching lessons in the following areas/cities, so even if you are out of my 10 miles radius, feel free to message me!

Santa Monica
Beverly Hills
Bel Air
Redondo Beach
Palos Verdes
Torrance
Hermosa Beach
Arcadia

Lessons combine work on sound production, technical work, along with fun music (such as movie music) as well as repertoire and exercises to develop students musical skills. As a teacher I have worked with both 6 year-old and adult beginners, college music majors and graduate students, always tailoring how I teach for each student.

It is my goal that each student is able to play at least one simple tune by the end of the first lesson. Often, they can do much more!

*** Specialties ***
Classical Music
Saxophone
Clarinet
Audition Prep

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Experience

Private Saxophone Teacher
Sep 2003 - Present
Benjamin S. Music

Teaching Saxophone students aged 7-76, beginners through graduate students. We work on technique sound/tone quality, articulation, and musicality. It is my goal to not only develop every students technical abilities but also to eventually help them to find their own voice.

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Education

Doctor of Musical Arts in Saxophone Performance
Aug 2010 - May 2013
University of Southern California
Master of Music in Saxophone Performance
Aug 2008 - May 2010
New England Conservatory
Bachelor of Music in Saxophone Performance
Aug 2004 - May 2008
New England Conservatory of Music

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency
German/Deutsch
Limited Proficiency

Photos & Videos

Photo by Benjamin S.

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Saxophone Piano piece played at University of Colorado at Boulder.
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