Curtis Gay

Curtis G.

Indiana, PA

Lesson Details

Saxophone

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
All saxophone lessons will focus on fundamental topics such as finger technique, air support, embouchure, sound concept and production, finding effective reeds, rhythm, and successfully reading and interpreting music. I seek to develop students’ musicianship by addressing areas for improvement while cultivating their specific musical interests and skills. Outside of fundamental method books, each student will be given etudes/repertoire to complement their musical insights. This includes music from their respective school ensembles, French and American classical saxophone repertoire, famous concert band and orchestral excerpts, study of jazz styles and language, jazz improvisation, and popular music styles like funk or rock. More advanced students can also begin the study of basic music theory including key centers, chords, harmony, and building aural skills through ear training.
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About

Curtis delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:
2014

I am currently a Senior Saxophone Performance and Composition major at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. I currently have a private saxophone studio where I teach classical music, jazz and theory concepts. I have been teaching since 2015 and have had a steady studio since the beginning. I have background checks and clearances furnished upon request. I look forward to working with you or your child on improving/beginning their saxophone skills.

Experience

Private Instructor
May 2016 - Present
IUPCMS

I am a private saxophone and composition instructor at the IUP Community Music School. I teach lessons that vary from beginner, intermediate and advanced levels.

Education

Music Performance; Saxophone and Composition
Aug 2014 - Present
Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency

Affiliations

North American Saxophone Alliance
Oct 2016

The North American Saxophone Alliance is an organization made up of individuals who share a common interest in the saxophone. Members include professional performers, university professors, public school teachers, students of all levels, and others who have an interest in the saxophone. In addition to the Alliance's emphasis on disseminating information concerning the saxophone, the organization also works to provide opportunities for its members to make music, fostering fellowship among saxophone enthusiasts of all ages and backgrounds.

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Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity of America
Apr 2015

Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity of America (also known as Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Phi Mu Alpha, or simply Sinfonia) is an American collegiate social[1] fraternity for men with a special interest in music. The fraternity is open to men "who, through a love for music, can assist in the fulfillment of [its] Object and ideals either by adopting music as a profession, or by working to advance the cause of music in America."

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Photos & Videos

Nevetés Saxophone Quartet

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Practice makes perfect

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Performing an etude composed by Karg Elert in studio class!
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2 Reviews

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Hayley Aug 15, 2017
Saxophone ·

I have had the pleasure of working with Curtis in various ensembles for 3 years now. He has proven to be an excellent musician and saxophonist, and kindly shares his knowledge with those around him!

Jeff Aug 12, 2017
Saxophone · In studio

Curtis is very knowledgeable when it comes to teaching the fundamentals and basics of the saxophone. I've seen him teach beginners and adult saxophonists and he is very clear and has multiple ways to teach the same concept.

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