Brian Callahan

Brian C.

Phoenix, AZ

Lesson Details

Saxophone

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
The second you put your reed on your mouthpiece, you shape your sound. I like to alternate mouthpieces for unique new tones for different styles. Whether you are a beginner or have played for a few years, I can help you learn to play through passages, improvise over chords, and find your distinct tone. Let's jam!
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About

Brian delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 1+

Teaching since:
September 2007

My name is Brian C. and I've been featured in the Berkeley Folklore Archive for songwriting! I am a creative person who is adept at a number of musical instruments. While I don't play them all, I would certainly like too. I have a music degree and I would love to teach your student anything from how to read staves, notes or tabs to free improvisation and songwriting. While I read and write music proficiently, I believe all practice, improvised or from a book develops your ear and improves your skill. What can I teach you to make you enjoy music more thoroughly?

*** Lesson Details ***
I have a strict policy of fun. I'm rarely lenient on this policy. Practice is not always fun, but half the time you should practice with tenacity (e.g. sight reading, scales, arpeggios etc.) and the other half just noodle around with your instrument. It fosters a sense of comfort with music and opens the door to mature improvisation, a tool of great importance to nearly every musical style. As for my fun policy, lessons should be a fun chance to show off and learn something neat, they are much less efficient if the practice due takes place solely during my time. So practice more at home so when it comes time to learn we'll make the most progress together.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Travel Ready!

*** Specialties ***
Songwriting/Composition, Ukulele, Guitar, Piano, and Saxophone

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Education

BA in Music
Aug 2004 - Sep 2009
Humboldt State University

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Jane D. Mar 2, 2014
Piano ·

Brian is great for kids and adults!

My 10-year-old showed interest in learning piano, and Brian is great! My 8-year-old thought it looked fun, so we added him, and Brian does a great job with him. In fact, my 40-something husband was so impressed, he signed up, too! Brian is terrific with all of them. Everyone is learning at his own speed and each is improving. Brian adeptly teaches according to skill, interest, aptitude, and attitude. I'm so impressed! I heartily recommend for anyone looking for a music teacher.

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