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:

Thank you for visiting my page! You've come to the right place. Over the past several years, I've helped dozens upon dozens of music students of all ages and skill levels improve their skills at playing saxophone, clarinet, and flute. Along with basic theory, tone production, music reading, and intonation, I teach jazz and beginning improvisation, concert band, blues, soul, and R&B.

My school-age students win chair placements, place well in auditions, and some win awards. Some examples: recently, one of my sax students won the M.J. Brown Family Performing Arts Music Award, and an 11-year-old flute student won both Most Improved Jazz Student and Outstanding Achievement in his orchestra class.

My adult learners have fun re-connecting with their instrument of choice. Most students have been with me for one to three years.

Students thrive on structure and goals, and I have developed a unique approach to practicing that gets results. I teach all ages and skill levels to play saxophone, clarinet, and flute. I cover many styles, from concert band, to jazz, blues, soul, and R&B, theory, tone, articulation, and more. 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.

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.

On Thursdays, I'm in my La Jolla studio on Girard at La Jolla Music.

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.

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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

Photos & Videos

Dave Good is a renowned jazz-blues-R&B tenor sax player and music educator. He writes about pop culture for the San Diego Reader.

Curtain call at our 2018 Spring Recital

Pedro, Ivy, and Isabella, Spring 2018 Recital

Callie switched to bass clarinet and loves the rich deep tone

Samuel chose the soprano sax, the most difficult of all saxes

Tucker with his most recent flute award. He also plays alto sax


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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