Dave Good

Dave G.

La Mesa, CA

About Dave G.

Dave teaches: Ages 9 to 75
Teaching since: 2012
Last sign in: Within two months


My teaching philosophy is this: to help you reach your goals. We will achieve them by using non-traditional classroom methods that embrace the fundamentals. My lessons are fun, and they are tailored to each student's particular needs and skills.

I specialize in sax, clarinet, and introductory flute. I also teach beginning to intermediate jazz improvisation, and music theory.

If the student is in grade school, lessons will focus on assignments and school band music. I can help with performance tests, recitals, juries, and final exams too.

For the more advanced students, we will master the scales important to developing facility, including listening and transcribing exercises.

I play tenor sax and clarinet professionally in a number of blues, jazz, and soul bands throughout Southern California. I studied with the legendary tenor jazz master Joe Marillo for over two years. I also studied with another tenor jazz legend, Daniel Jackson.

This year, I was invited to lead sax and jazz master classes at Grossmont high school. I was also hired by Sam Ash Music to head up their woodwinds instruction, and I run their student jazz jam. An instructor at San Diego State University/Extended Studies/OLLI, I ran a public jazz jam at the legendary Java Joe's for over a year.

I hope to talk with you soon, about how I can help you reach your playing goals.

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woodwinds instructor

Jun 2016 - Present
Sam Ash Music College Grove San Diego

I teach all ages and experience at Sam Ash Music. Saxophone, clarinet, and introduction to flute. Also, music theory.

Saxophone coach/mentor

May 2016 - Present
Grossmont High School, El Cajon, CA

I lead jazz master classes and work with the sax players enrolled in band class in a group setting


Music journalism

Sep 1973 - Jun 1977

Languages Spoken


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Limited Proficiency


Certificate of Recognition

May 2013
California State Senate

In honor of outstanding service in special recognition of extroardinary contributions to the success of East County High Schools jazz programs


Certificate of Recognition

May 2013
California State Senate
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2 Reviews on Dave G.

Jim Nov 18, 2015
Saxophone · In home
What impresses me about Dave is that he adds humor to the lessons, yet is still firm about getting the point, or lesson across to my son. My son enjoys the lessons and looks forward to seeing Dave. I highly recommend Dave as an instructor.
Dawn Nov 18, 2015
Saxophone · In studio
Dave is a patient, professional teacher who holds students to a high standard. He not only instructs, but motivates learners to achieve their best level of play. Dave also shows interest in student's academics and other extracurricular activities, He is personable and easy to relate to.
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