Bill Todd

Bill T.

Brooklyn, NY
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Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
The saxophone can be one of the funnest instruments to play, no questions asked! In order to reach that point it's important to have certain things in order such as: sound production, breath support, musicality, and technique. In lessons use a variety of exercises and method/etude books, playing duets together, as well as listening and ear training to give my students a well rounded approach to the saxophone and music helping them to become the best musician they can be.
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Bill delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+

Teaching since:
September 2003

Bill is multi-instrumentalist, jazz musician, composer, arranger and educator. He developed a strong connection to music early in life through some family tradition, encouraging parents and many inspiring and influential teachers. He has gone on to perform alongside a number of noteworthy artists and ensembles and has toured extensively overseas and throughout North America.

His love for music came to life though performances with several ensembles in public school, regional big bands and his own jazz saxophone quartet. He is a graduate of the Purchase College Conservatory of Music's Jazz Studies program and has recently become a graduate of New Jersey City University's M.M. Multiple Woodwind Performance program.

Following two years performing abroad on cruise ships and the national tour of Young Frankenstein: The Musical, he was drawn back to New York City. Performing regularly on piccolo, flute, alto flute, clarinet, bass clarinet and all saxophones, he is proving to be valued asset in the NYC music scene.

Bill performs regularly with his group, Bill Todd and the Sixth Generation, while also working as a Broadway pit musician, a sideman and a private music teacher.

*** Lesson Details ***
Every student is unique, therefore, lessons are designed to fit the student individually. My teaching style is molded to satisfy each students wants and needs. I also like to focus on developing proper playing habits. I see it as my job to help my students understand and develop the proper techniques to eliminate bad habits in order for them to be the best they can be on their instrument. Lessons are about having fun making music, learning, and improving.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Chairs, music stands and keyboard for harmonic discussions.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect the student to bring their own music notebook and their own instrument. They may also need to purchase their own lesson books when the time comes.

*** Specialties ***
I can help my students learn how to play in a variety of styles ranging from classical (solos, chamber music, etudes, etc.) to jazz (improvisation, harmony, etc.). Whether they're working on a song to play at school, a NYSSMA or All County solo, or just learning for fun, I will help them play to the best of their ability.

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Kinky Boots
Mar 2018 - Present
Al Hirschfeld Theatre

Performing in the pit orchestra for the Broadway production of Kinky Boots in NYC. Instruments include Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Clarinet and Flute!

Lead Alto Saxophone
Jan 2017 - Present
Eyal Vilner Big Band

Playing Lead Alto Saxophone, Clarinet and Flute as a member of this amazing 17 piece big band reminiscent of the Swing Era. Recently just toured in Israel with the bad for my first visit to the Middle East. Come hear us live in NYC!

Elf: The Christmas Musical
Nov 2017 - Jan 2018
Broadway National Tour

Performing in the Broadway production of Elf on Reed 3 which includes: Baritone Saxophone, Bass Clarinet, Bb Clarinet, and Flute.

Mar 2009 - Jul 2017
Publishing company

Edit and prepare scores and parts for printing and publication. Score range from original works composed for chamber groups, wind ensemble, full orchestra and big band.

Holiday Inn (Reed 2)
Sep 2016 - Jan 2017
Roundabout Theatre Company

Playing saxophone, flute and clarinet on the Broadway production of this show in NYC.

Tuck Everlasting (Reed 1)
Apr 2016 - May 2016
Broadhurst Theatre

Performing the Reed 1 book on the Broadway production of this show in NYC.

Big Fish (Reed 1)
Mar 2016 - Apr 2016
Little Red Schoolhouse/Elizabeth Irwin School

Performing in the production of Big Fish on piccolo, flute, alto flute, clarinet, and alto saxophone.

A Christmas Story (Reed 2)
Nov 2015 - Jan 2016
Papermill Playhouse

Performing the Reed 2 book at the Papermill Playhouse in NJ for this production.

Les Miserables (Reed 1)
Dec 2015 - Dec 2015
Sandbox Theater

Paying flute, clarinet and saxophone in this production at the Sandbox Theater in Mamaroneck, NY.

Cafe Society Swing (Reed 1)
Nov 2014 - Jan 2015
59E59 Theater and The Copasetic Foundation

Playing alto saxophone and clarinet in this fabulous production that tells the story of Cafe Society, a historic club the was a pivotal launching and point and home for many musicians such as Count Basie, Lena Horne, and Billie Holiday.

Smokey Joe's Cafe (Reed 1)
Nov 2014 - Dec 2014
New Jersey City University Productions

Playing tenor and baritone saxophones in this musically exciting production in Jersey City, NJ.

Little Fish (Reed 1)
Mar 2014 - Mar 2014
Gallatin Theatre Troupe

Playing tenor saxophone, alto saxophone, soprano saxophone, flute and sopranino recorder in Michael John LaChiusa's musical "Little Fish".

The Mystery Of Edwin Drood (Reed 1)
Feb 2014 - Mar 2014
Riverdale Repertory Company

Three Little Birds (Reed 1)
Feb 2014 - Feb 2014
Adventure Theatre MTC

Playing woodwinds in Bob Marley's musical for children entitled "Three Little Birds" at the New Victory Theater at 47th and Broadway in NYC.

Fiddler On The Roof (Reed 1)
Feb 2014 - Feb 2014
Riverdale Repertory Company

All Shook Up (Reed 1)
Jan 2014 - Feb 2014
Riverdale Rising Stars

Pajama Game (Reed 1)
May 2013 - Jun 2013
Riverdale Rising Stars

Young Frankenstein: The Musical (National Tour, Reed 1)
Aug 2011 - May 2012
NetWorks Presentations LLC.

Dec 2010 - Aug 2011
Princess Cruises


Master of Music, Multiple Woodwind Performance
Sep 2014 - May 2016
New Jersey City University
Bachelors of Music, Jazz Studies
Sep 2005 - May 2009
Purchase College Conservatory of Music


Music, Dance, Theatre Scholarship
Feb 2016
MDT Department Head, New Jersey City University
Theodore Presser Award
Mar 2009
The Presser Foundation


American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers
Jan 2014

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a membership association of more than 480,000 US composers, songwriters, lyricists and music publishers. The ASCAP is committed to nurturing music makers throughout their careers.

Photos & Videos

Performing with the Todd Marcus Jazz Orchestra, a D.C. based ensemble with an Egyptian influence, at Trumpets Jazz Club in NJ.

"It was Written In The Stars" from a rehearsal for a performance with Catherine Russel at New Jersey City University.
Bill Todd performing a Johnny Hodges transcription on Funky Blues.
Bill Todd performing an original composition.

Bill Todd - Saxophone
Steve Wood-Bass
Kenneth Salters- Drums
Bill Todd Music performs Ask Me Now by Thelonious Monk.

Bill Todd - Saxophone
Steve Wood-Bass
Kenneth Salters- Drums
Bill Todd Music performs A Child is Born by Thad Jones and Alec Wilder.

Bill Todd - Saxophone
Steve Wood-Bass
Kenneth Salters- Drums
This short stop motion video features the music of my group, the Bill Todd Quartet. I hope you enjoy!
This photo was taken at a an outdoor gig I played in Times Square as a part of a flash-mob swing dance complete with swing dancers!

Photo by Bill T.
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32 Reviews

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Jessica May 28, 2019
Clarinet · In home

I love taking lessons with Bill! I'm returning to clarinet after playing as a child, and Bill has made the entire process really fun and rewarding. He's helped me gain a deeper appreciation for the instrument and the music we're learning, and provides the right amount of challenge to keep me engaged and progressing while still enjoying the process. Bill has really deep music knowledge, which makes him a really versatile instructor. He's helped me even enjoy doing scales!

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Bruce R. Jan 14, 2019
Saxophone · In studio

Very good teacher for my son. He is patient knowledgeable and is able to keep a sometimes unfocused 11 year old, on the topic of learning the saxophone.

Annaleena Sep 21, 2018
Flute · In studio

Bill’s a great and patient teacher. I’ve been playing for years and would consider myself somewhat advanced but he has really helped me identify things that I can work on and improve.

Jessica Aug 19, 2018
Clarinet · In studio

Bill is a great teacher! Very patient and fun, he strikes a great balance of honing skills without practice seeming rote. He really invests in his students and provides a lot of encouragement while still challenging me. I've made great strides thanks to Bill, and I'd definitely recommend him as an instructor.

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Cornel D. Aug 1, 2018
Flute · In studio

We all know names of business enterprises such as IBM, Fiat, Elf, Siemens, Ericsson, Nokia, Sony, Heineken, Ikea, Microsoft, Kia, Nike, and Virgin. These names belong to corporations producing goods and services. We may find the headquarters of IBM in the USA, Fiat in Italy, Elf in France, Siemens in Germany, Ericsson in Sweden, Nokia in Finland, Sony in Japan, Heineken in the Netherlands, and so forth. These are multinational or global business enterprises employing thousands of persons.

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Lauren Feb 9, 2018
Flute · In home

Bill is great, and I would recommend him for players of all ages. I played flute in middle school and high school and wanted to get back into playing after having not touched my instrument for 15+ years. I found Bill on Take Lessons and was excited to begin lessons after reading his many glowing reviews. Although I was nervous about essentially having to start from scratch all over again with the flute, Bill has been kind, patient and lots of fun to work with. He is an extremely talented musician, and is very good at figuring out what I'm doing wrong with respect to air flow, embouchure, etc., and recommending how to correct it. Although I have a lot of work ahead of me I'm so enjoying playing again, and this time with much better sound, thanks to Bill!

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Josie B. Oct 15, 2017
Music Theory · In studio

Composer here, who studied with Bill. A kind and insightful teacher! Bill was always ready to help with odd requests for pieces I was working or interested in as we went over piano topics, music theory, and ear training. Gave me a great foundation to work with.

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Cornel D. Aug 23, 2017
· In home

1. Music
a. A high-pitched woodwind instrument consisting of a slender tube closed at one end with keys and finger holes on the side and an opening near the closed end across which the breath is blown. Also called transverse flute.
b. Any of various similar reed less woodwind instruments, such as the recorder.
c. An organ stop whose flue pipe produces a flute-like tone.
a. Architecture A long, usually rounded groove incised as a decorative motif on the shaft of a column, for example.

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Cornel D. Jul 31, 2017
· In home

What I learn on first Contact for Flute Lesson.

Correct posture will reduce pain in your arms and wrists because the weight of the flute is not resting on the shoulders. By correctly aligning the flute with your head and neck, pain in the arms will be reduced.
The position of the flutist’s head is closely related to the neck position. If your head is properly balanced on your neck, then you will be able to bring your arms effortlessly up to your flute without pain. If your neck tenses, your spine will tense up as well. In particular, playing softly tends to cause tension in the neck, because it takes more concentration to play with food tone softly

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Josephine Apr 19, 2017
Piano · In studio

My 5 years old son, enjoyed and looked forward each week for his piano sessions with Bill. Bill was very patient, knowledgeable, and understanding. While waiting during Kevin's sessions, my daughter and I began to learn as well as enjoy the piano.
I strongly recommend Bill to anyone, and commend him for sharing his skills. Keep up the exceptional work Bill.
Thank you.

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Albert D. Apr 7, 2017
Saxophone · In studio

Really just great, I started playing with Bill about three months ago and it couldn't be going any better. His patience, demeanor and amazing skill must be commended and everyone should sign up immediately you definitely won't regret it I promise.

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Hadley L. Sep 29, 2016
Saxophone · In home

First lesson was great!! Hadley was anxious, but Bill provided lots of encouragement and great instruction. I'm a musician, so I could tell what a terrific job he did.

James Mitaritonna Sep 14, 2016
Flute · In studio

Bill knows his content! He is quick to give feedback, and utilizes a variety of different tactics to make sure you are on the right track. I would definitely recommend Bill for future students.

Kennedy T. Aug 30, 2016
Piano · In studio

Bill was perfect with my daughter. He was kind and patient. He didn't pressure her but still made sure she stayed focused. I would definitely recommend him to anyone

Pam Aug 10, 2016
Clarinet · In home

Bill helped me get back on track with the clarinet when I returned to playing as an adult, years after I'd played as a kid. He met where I was and helped me get to where I wanted to go--playing jazz. Besides being a good and patient teacher, he had a lot of innovative ideas for music selection, accompaniment options, and practice techniques. I recommend him to students of any age.

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John Jul 23, 2016
Piano · In studio

Bill's great. Very knowledgeable and very patient. Highly recommended.

Linda Jul 23, 2016
Flute · In studio

I would highly recommend Bill as a flute teacher. He is a wonderful flautist, himself, in addition to being so skilled at several other instruments. Bill is very professional, kind, patient, and has always made me feel that he is interested in understanding where I would like to go, in terms of the kind of music I would like to play and the level of proficiency I am aiming to attain. I picked up my flute after 40 years of not touching it (since I was a teenager) and I'm so happy I did. Like many of the other students who have responded on this page, I have learned so much from Bill and have really enjoyed both his lessons, and my personal journey of practice and improvement as a flautist.

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carol G. Apr 5, 2016
Piano · In studio

Bill was a great teacher and he was very patient with me.

Thanks Bill for the great lessons taught and being so patient with me.

Khris S. Oct 12, 2015
Flute · In studio

They say the best teachers never stop learning, and Bill is a perfect example of this. He is a geek for music! And his enthusiasm is infectious.

I played flute a hundred years ago all through my school years. Then I never touched it again. Until recently, when I thought it would be "fun" to pick it up again.
Poor Bill!

But Bill has shown great patience with me and is able to be encouraging while also noting some weaknesses. He's very engaging and upbeat and makes every lesson fun. He has also taken me to see professional flautists perform, and he has recommended some great books on music and flute.

I've learned so much from Bill and have enjoyed every minute of it!

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Jorge R. Jun 17, 2015
Saxophone · In studio

Fantastic instructor, knows how to explain things in a comprehensible manner. Very skilled instrumentalist and definitely knows what he's doing. Recommended for anyone seeking help with various musical instruments and skills!

Andre L. Mar 25, 2015
Flute · In home

Our 8-year-old daughter is very happy studying with Bill. He has enough patience to guide the young student through the pieces that are challenging, and while practice at home is still key for the student to be able to play, Bill has been instrumental in ensuring that our kid is playing the flute with the best practices.

He is always in good humor, and flexible in fitting us into his schedule.

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Shawn Y. Mar 22, 2015
Piano · In home

Bill is a great paino teacher. He has has been offering his kindness, expertise and patience instructing my daughter for the past couple of months. I have gone through a couple of teachers before finding BIll and I have been absolutely blessed to have such a great person teaching Jospehine...Thank You Take Lessons

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Aziz Gueye A. Mar 15, 2015
Saxophone · In studio

Best saxophone teacher I ever had.

Shirim N. Mar 13, 2015
Clarinet · In studio

Bill is phenomenal! He is patient, funny, friendly and extremely talented. My 12-year old is always eager to see him, and has made huge progress in learning to play the clarinet. He is also very flexible. A gem of a teacher.

Kimberly J. Jan 22, 2015
Piano · In home

Bill is very friendly and works very well with my 12 year old son. My son has absolutely NO musical background and now can play simple tunes such as Mary had a little lamb and other nursery rhymes in just 3 sessions..

Evan S. Oct 30, 2014
Clarinet · In studio

Bill is a fantastic teacher. I am currently a professional actor/saxophonist, and I was looking to broaden my horizons by picking up the clarinet. Right from the beginning of our instruction, Bill struck a perfect balance: on the one hand, he pushed me to gain proficiency quickly, knowing that I was eager to begin playing at a professional level; and on the other hand, he focused on methodically and meticulously building a solid foundation of strong technique.

In addition, Bill was enormously helpful when it came to selecting the right equipment. He was accessible, knowledgeable, and even perused some available clarinets to help me find the ideal instrument for my goals and skill level.

I could not recommend Bill highly enough. He will tailor your instruction to your skill level, will be supportive and encouraging, and will give you both the tools and the motivation to reach your highest potential.

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Veronica C. Oct 29, 2014
Clarinet · In home

Bill is a very talented, professional, reliable and kind teacher. He has been working with my son for almost a year now and we can definitely see the difference. My son is always eager to practice and learn when Bill comes over for the lesson. Since starting working with Bill, my son has surpassed all the kids in his junior high school's band group. This is particularly important and extremely helpful for when he auditions for a scholarship at the catholic high school that we are considering.

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Deborah H. Nov 23, 2013
Saxophone ·

Awesome Sax Teacher

Bill is a great teacher. Teaching an adult to learn an instrument for the first time is not an easy task. Bill has tons of patience even when I don't find the time in my busy schedule to practice. He mixes class time with both practice and theory, and it is always interesting and challenging. He isa super cool guy who invites me to go watch him play. I haven't had a chance yet but am looking forward to seeing him rock out. I have already recommended him to a few friends of mine.

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Aaliya F. Nov 10, 2013
Piano ·

I'm finally accomplishing my musical goals!

Thanks to Bill, I feel like I am finally confident enough to play music with friends and other musicians.

I've been taking lessons with Bill for over a year now and he's helped to understand the way music works. I have learned to hear music in a different way than before I started taking lessons. Bill is an extremely talented and well educated instructor. He can be methodical and technical when teaching me theory, but he also places a strong emphasis on having fun, and learning music on a practical level.

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Sherri M. May 11, 2013
Saxophone ·

Lessons are enjoyable

Bill is easy to work with and accommodating. My son thinks that he is cool. I would like Bill to be a little harder on my son. I feel son should be along further; practice more. But Bill encourages him, which is good, but the son thinks he doesn't have to practice much.

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Jason J. Mar 14, 2013
Music Performance ·

Bill is a thoughtful teacher, an amazing musician, and a really caring guy

I would highly recommend Bill! He is such a great player and teacher! He has helped enormously with my saxophone playing, clarinet playing, and improvising.

Since my saxophone playing is already fairly advanced. In our lessons on saxophone focus heavily on advanced jazz improvisation topics, like standard tunes, and transcription. He is so knowledgeable on these advanced topics but is really great at showing me the basics so that I can learn at my own level and pace.

On clarinet Bill and I work on more classical studies and instrument technique to get my clarinet playing more on track.

Bill is such a patient and motivating teacher. It is clear that he cares deeply about MY SUCCESS in music. He has helped me feel good about my musical progress and inspired me to work harder!

He has even given me lots of great music business advice, and helped me think about what I want out of music in my life.

Bill is so easy to get along with and is really careful to explain things in a way that I can understand them.

Its been really awesome getting to know and work with him!

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Andrew S. Mar 11, 2013
Saxophone ·

Comprehensive, Fun, and Professional

My younger brother and I both have taken lessons through Bill for quite some time now.

Bill has been fantastic, and can accomodate to players of all levels. I've been playing for years, and Bill is able to provide practice materials relevant to my musical interests, appropriately scaling up the difficulty of what we're working on. Ranging from famous straight-ahead jazz solos, to tricky classical etudes, I'm happy to know my overall musical technique, repertoire, and general skill will continue to grow at the pace right for me.

My younger brother is taking some more beginner clarinet lessons, and couldn't agree more. He always looks forward to lesson day, seeing what new notes and scales he'll get to play through!

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