Dave Good

Dave G.

La Mesa, CA
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Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
Lessons depend on the desired style. Traditional jazz, like Dixieland has different requirements than does symphonic band. But foundation work will include fingering, scale and interval work, and breath control
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Dave delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 8 to 95 and special needs

Teaching since:

I teach all ages and skill levels to play saxophone or clarinet. I cover many styles, from concert band, to jazz, blues, soul, and R&B. I am experienced with preschoolers to middle school-age children, high school and college ages, nervous adult beginners, and special needs students.

I recommend the following lesson structure:
• First-time beginners: one 30-minute lesson per week
• Older beginners to intermediate students: one 45 minute lesson per week
• Advanced students: 60 minutes once each week

My approach to lessons is to support a competition-free environment where every level of player can feel comfortable, have fun, and make fast and steady progress. Students are also encouraged to participate in all-ages jam sessions, and at our recitals. We just held our winter recital at the Grossmont Gardens senior living facility.

I work from my home studio on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays. Centrally located in La Mesa, my studio is just a few minutes east of Qualcomm Stadium. Plenty of free parking, and parents are encouraged to sit in during lessons.

I can also help you with referrals for instrument repair and maintenance, reed and mouthpiece upgrades, and course materials.

My own teaching experience includes private post-secondary, SDSU’s College of Extended Studies, and I’ve facilitated and run woodwind master classes at Grossmont and Valhalla High Schools.

On Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, I am available to teach in the following areas: Granite Hills, Del Cerro, Rancho San Diego, Mt. Helix, Santee, Kensington, La Jolla, and Scripps Poway Parkway.

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woodwinds instructor
Jun 2013 - Present
McCrea Music / La Mesa and Sam Ash Music College Grove San Diego

I enjoy helping woodwinds students of all ages get a positive start in making music.

Saxophone coach/mentor
May 2016 - Jan 2017
Grossmont and Valhalla High School, El Cajon, CA

I have led jazz master classes and worked with the sax players enrolled in band class in a group setting


Music journalism
Sep 1973 - Jun 1977


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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3 Reviews

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My D. May 30, 2017
Saxophone · In home

I highly recommend Dave, he is an awesome teacher! Dave is very knowledgeable, gave my daughter confidence from her first Sax lesson. He knew exactly what my daughter needed to work on.

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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