Multi-instrumentalist and music educator Bill T. is a highly skilled and versatile musician with over 20 years of experience as a performer and music educator. Before moving to Los Angeles in 2020, Bill lived in Brooklyn, New York City developing his performance career as a jazz musician and Broadway musician. He has performed venues such as Lincoln Center, Madison Square Garden, Birdland Jazz Club, Smalls, Iridium, Blues Alley (D.C.) and performed on Broadway in several productions such as Kinky Boots, The Cher Show, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, and Holiday Inn. Currently, Bill resides in Los Angeles where he leads his own group and performs regularly with a multitude of artists and groups ranging from big band to funk and everything in-between. On top of his studio of private students, Bill is also a teaching artist with the H.H. Institute's nationally renowned Jazz in the Classroom program where he works with middle and high school students on learning about jazz music and helps them develop the necessary skills and elements required to understand it, play it and how to improvise, as well. Bill enjoys working with students of all ages and abilities and specializes in teaching practice techniques that help his students progress quickly. Bill is a very patient and methodical teacher and uniquely tailors his teaching style to each student. Bill holds a Master’s degree in Woodwind Performance from New Jersey City University and a Bachelor’s degree in Jazz Studies from the Conservatory of Music at Purchase College. He performs regularly on: soprano, alto, tenor and baritone saxophones, Bb clarinet, bass clarinet, piccolo, flute and alto flute. *** Lesson Details *** Every student is unique and is approaching the desire to study a musical instrument for different reasons and therefore have a wide range of goals. My lessons are designed to fit each individual students needs and desires. In addition, I also focus on developing proper playing habits largely related to sound production, and technique. I see it as my job to help my students understand and develop the proper techniques in order for them to be the best they can be on their instrument. Lessons are about having fun making music, learning, and getting better. *** Studio Equipment *** Chairs, music stands and keyboard and lots of music! *** Travel Equipment *** Student preferably brings their own music notebook along with their own instrument. They need to purchase their own lesson books may arise 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.) and also specialize in multiple woodwind performance or woodwind doubling which demands highly developed playing level and rapid switching of instruments in a single show or performance. Whatever the goal I will help my students play to the very best of their ability!
Teaches all skill levels
Teaching since 2003
Master of Music, Multiple Woodwind Performance
Teaches ages 5+
Has background check
Bill Todd is a name to remember. He is a great saxophonist and a talented teacher. Bill is knowledgeable and inspiring. His manner is friendly while focussed on the task at hand. He quickly grasps where the student is, imbuing his lessons with goals to aim toward through clear techniques and a love of music. I can only give him five stars here, while he deserves a galaxy. William
Bill is fantastic! I'm an adult student, picking up where I left off in high school and have had great success taking both flute & now saxophone with him. He's great at explaining things, adapting to what you want from it, very easy to learn from, very kind and is an amazing player.
Bill ROCKS. He's super knowledgeable and makes learning so much fun. It was amazing how quickly the time flew during our lessons. Highly recommend!