Joseph Spence
Corona, CA
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Joseph Spence

Joseph S.

Corona, CA
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I have received my Bachelor degree from Cal State Fullerton, and specialize in classical saxophone focusing on sound, technique, and musicianship.

About Joseph S.

Saxophonist, composer, educator, Joseph David S. has made a name as an advocate for the saxophone in the concert hall and in his own compositions. As the son of a film composer, Joseph David S.’s compositional voice is rooted in musical storytelling told through a contemporary harmonic and aesthetic lens and is influenced by the great film and concert music composers of our time. Joseph’s music has been performed throughout the United States by such ensembles as the Donald Sinta Quartet and KC VITAs. His main teachers include Gilda Lyons, Robert Carl, Larry Alan Smith, David Macbride, and Mark Edward Lewis.
A native of Southern California, Joseph has performed throughout the United States and internationally in such prestigious concert venues as Meng Concert Hall (Cal State Fullerton), Hatch Recital Hall (Eastman School of Music), He Lu Ting Concert Hall (Shanghai), and Beijing Concert Hall. His teachers include some of the most respected saxophonists in America: Carrie Koffman, Christopher Bartz, and John Hallberg. He has also participated in several national saxophone conferences working closely with highly esteemed saxophonists: Timothy McAllister, James Umble, and Marco Albonetti. Joseph’s musicianship has also earned him esteem in competitions having won first place in the MTNA Chamber Music Competition for the states of California and Connecticut, the MTNA Young Artist Competition for the state of Connecticut, and second place for the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra’s Instrumental Competition.
Joseph is pursuing his Dual Master's Degree in Saxophone Performance and Composition at The Hartt School, and currently holds a Bachelor of Music degree from California State University, Fullerton.

I feel that my job as a teacher is to instill a sense of passion and love for music in my students, in addition to teaching them the instrument and the rudiments of music. I also am a strong believer that the best way to grow as a musician is to perform, to play with other musicians, and to listen to as much music as one can get their hands on. My teaching style emphasizes deliberate and consistent practice schedules and a very broad and visceral understanding of music as a whole.


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11 Reviews
Rami G.
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Excellent instructor. I highly recommend

Posted Sep 26, 2021
Michael M.
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My first lesson went great. It was exactly the right pace for me. He's a good teacher and I can't wait to improve and look forward to more lessons. Thank you.

Posted Sep 14, 2021
Waseem K.
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Great tutor.....very friendly and have knowledge about sax....

Posted May 8, 2017
Jenna F.
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My daughter had her first saxophone lesson and can't wait for the next one. Joseph was very patient with her and explained the basics of the saxophone.

Posted Mar 6, 2016
Cody K.
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Great experience!!!!

Posted Feb 17, 2016
Isabella G.
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Great instructor!

Posted May 27, 2015
Isabella G.
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Great instructor!

Posted May 27, 2015
Christian G.
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Cool an awesome teacher!!

Posted May 27, 2015
Matthew G.
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I've had other piano instructors, but with Joseph I've learned a lot more.

Posted May 27, 2015
Michael D.
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Joseph lets you practice something until you get it right. There's no doubt when moving onto the next lesson.

Posted Mar 25, 2015
James W.
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I highly recommend this teacher. He relates well to students while educating them in both the technique and spirit of music. During my year of studenthood to this teacher, I have grown faster than I could have imagined.

Posted Aug 18, 2014

Photos & Videos

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Film Composer
Mar 2006 - Present

TurtleToast Media


MM Music Composition
Aug 2018 - Present

The Hartt School

MM Saxophone Performance
Aug 2017 - Present

Hartt School

BM Music Performance
Aug 2012 - Jan 2017

Cal State Fullerton

High School Diploma
Aug 2008 - May 2012

Eleanor Roosevelt High School



Fluent / Native Proficiency


James C. Rotter Saxophone Scholarship
May 2013

California State University, Fullerton


Society of Composers and Lyricists
Jul 2020
The Society Of Composers & Lyricists is an organization consisting of Hollywood's professional motion picture, Television, and multimedia music composers, songwriters and lyricists, with histories in the art of scoring for motion pictures and television. Many of its members have won or been nominated for Oscars, Emmys and Grammy Awards.
North American Saxophone Alliance
Aug 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.
American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers
Aug 2012
The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a membership association of more than 480,000 US composers, songwriters, lyricists and music publishers. The ASCAP is committed to nurturing music makers throughout their careers.

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