Ethan Heyenga
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Ethan Heyenga

Ethan H.

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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
We start with the music that excites you. We learn it, take it apart and study it from top to bottom. We compose and improvise our own music to better understand where we started and to go beyond it (and just for fun). We record and we perform. We repeat.

One step at a time, you figure out how music works, master your instrument and become capable of learning or creating just about anything you want to hear.

This approach centers on the music you love and incorporates theory, ear training, composition and improvisation to support your learning and help you become a truly complete musician.
It works whether you're just beginning, or five years in. It's the fundamental process that defines every musician you look up to, and my job is to guide you through, support you as you do the work, and help you adapt this process to your level of ability and the pace you learn at.

I'd love to help you with your music- shoot me a message and we can get started!

About Ethan H.

My musical life started at the piano when I was four. I've spent the last five years helping students understand the sounds that speak to them and bring them into their own music-making.

I spent my early years playing piano, then picked up the saxophone, which took me to Berklee College of Music, where I got to study and listen to all kinds of things- improvisation, jazz, composition, Celtic and South Indian music- and spend my time hanging out and playing with some of the most dedicated and brilliant teachers and young musicians in the world.

After Berklee, I picked up a guitar and started writing and recording my own songs. I've produced and recorded a handful of EPs under different names- my latest is coming out this August.

As a teacher, I developed a passion for helping students fall in love with music and discover their unique personal relationships with sound.

I work by treating you as a real musician from the very beginning, and walking with you through the processes that great musicians use to learn and create the music you love.

You'll be learning to play your favorite songs, taking them apart, then using what you learn to compose, record and perform your own originals.

As we practice, analyze, record and perform together, you'll master your instrument, learn to understand music from the inside out and create cool stuff to share with your friends and family- one song at a time.

I treat students and their parents like family, because I love fostering new connections. One of my favorite parts about teaching is seeing my students jamming, helping one another with math homework, or trading tips about shared hobbies. Community is key, and you won't just learn from me- you'll meet other like-minded young musicians and families who will support and encourage you.

Our role as musicians is to contemplate life, to learn how to listen, and to help others hear and see the world in new ways.

My mission as a teacher is to help students grow into that role- to cultivate a relationship with music that helps you navigate life, create meaning, and heal yourself and others.

My goal is to see you make music that you feel proud of.

It takes some work, but it's worth it- music gives back everything you put in and more.


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Ethan is truly an amazing saxophone teacher! I started learning the saxophone on my own but had been plateauing for months. Thanks to Ethan, I learned very useful tips - ranging from music theory to practical advises - and I can now feel myself progressing again. What’s impressed me the most with Ethan are his passion for the music, his dedication to transmitting his love for the saxophone and his desire to find the find the best teaching approach for each of his students.

Posted Sep 4, 2021
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The way I view music and life in general has shifted in the best way possible. Stoked to have been apart of Ethan's lessons and recommend anyone interested in music to do the same. The things I never even begun to understand about music are now commonplace and serve to better my understanding of music as a whole.

Posted Aug 4, 2021
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Ethan has always shone as the most impressive of all my mentors in my eyes. Even since I started working with him four years ago, he has always put in the most effort for each of his students, and still continues to outdo himself. A great quality of his that proves more difficult to find out there is his raw passion and skill for leaving no bit of knowledge behind in sharing with his students. Whether it’s advanced music theory skills or pro-level composition techniques, he never fails to demonstrate his talent for spreading knowledge and helping his students learn. Ethan is an astounding instructor, mentor, and friend, and I hope other students can experience the same learning opportunities that I have.

Posted Aug 2, 2021
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Of all the instructors I have ever had, there has never been one that I felt cared about my growth as a musician as much as Ethan. Not only did he help my growth as a saxophonist, but myself as a musician and enjoyer of music as an art. He helped me find what I wanted to sound like and the music I wanted to make. Along with this he was able to answer every question I had eloquently and clearly. Beyond the music he also had served as a great mentor throughout some of my more difficult years and I would recommend him to anyone looking to discover more about both music and themselves. Also pretty funny guy.

Posted Aug 2, 2021
Isabelle Ng
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I have studied saxophone, jazz piano/theory, and songwriting with Ethan for over 2 years, and he is the best music instructor I've ever had. He cares so much about his students and helps us thrive. Not only is Ethan my teacher, he is a friend and a mentor.

I first met Ethan through my school's jazz combo program, and my interest in music immediately grew in the presence of his friendly persona. Ethan organized life changing jam sessions and master classes that I will remember forever. His teaching approach is project based which gives his students something to walk away with. With his guidance, I have become a stronger musician and a wiser person. Thanks Ethan!

Posted Jul 21, 2021

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Music Performance
Sep 2011 - Jun 2014

Berklee College of Music


May 2017
Broadcast Music Inc. was founded in 1939 by forward-thinkers who wanted to represent songwriters in emerging genres, like jazz, blues and country, and protect the public performances of their music. Operating on a non-profit-making basis, BMI is now the largest music rights organization in the U.S. and is still nurturing new talent and new music.

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