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Achieve saxophone mastery with lessons from a saxophonist with 20+ years of experience
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The saxophone is an incredibly expressive instrument and is used in a wide range of styles of music including: jazz, pop music, blues, rock and roll, and classical music. No matter what style of music, whatever your goals are I can get you there! Regardless of style and genre, it's important to have certain aspects of the saxophone playing under control including: sound production, breath support, technique and musicality. I use a wide range of of exercises and techniques, method/etude books, duet playing, as well as listening and ear training to give my students a well rounded approach to the saxophone and music in general, helping them to become the best musician they can be.
About Bill T.

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!

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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

Posted Aug 12, 2022
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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.

Posted Aug 4, 2022
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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!

Posted Jun 17, 2022
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Nov 2021 - Present
Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz
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Tarantino Live
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For the Record
Performing in this For the Record production of Tarantino LIVE at the Bourbon Room in Hollywood, CA.
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Jan 2017 - Present
Eyal Vilner Big Band
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Beautiful: The Carole King Musical
Jul 2019 - Dec 2019
Stephen Sondheim Theatre
Playing the Reed 1 book in the pit orchestra for the Broadway production of Beautiful. Instruments I perform on include: Alto & Tenor Saxophones, Flute, Alto Flute, and Oboe.
The Cher Show
Dec 2018 - Aug 2019
Neil Simon Theatre
Performing in the pit orchestra for the Broadway production of The Cher Show in New York City. Instruments performed on include: Oboe, Flute, Clarinet, Tenor & Baritone Saxophone.
Kinky Boots
Mar 2018 - Jun 2019
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!
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.
Editor
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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
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Feb 2014 - Mar 2014
Riverdale Repertory Company
Fiddler On The Roof (Reed 1)
Feb 2014 - Feb 2014
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Feb 2014 - Feb 2014
Adventure Theatre MTC
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All Shook Up (Reed 1)
Jan 2014 - Feb 2014
Riverdale Rising Stars
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May 2013 - Jun 2013
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Young Frankenstein: The Musical (National Tour, Reed 1)
Aug 2011 - May 2012
NetWorks Presentations LLC.
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Nov 2021
Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz
Teacher training session with the Institutes vice president of Jazz Education, Dr. JB Dyas focusing on how to teach the institutes curriculum tailored for teaching young students how to play jazz.
Music, Dance, Theatre Scholarship
Feb 2016
MDT Department Head, New Jersey City University
Theodore Presser Award
Mar 2009
The Presser Foundation
American Federation of Musicians
Aug 2015
A labor union representing professional musicians in the United States and Canada. Founding in 1896 as the successor to the "National League of Musicians," the AFM is the largest organization in the world representing the interests of professional musicians.
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.

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Saxophone
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Times are shown in your local timezone (UTC-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
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30 minutes
$60
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60 minutes
$90
New Student Special
First 3 lessons
$30
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