Kendra Emery
East Hartford, CT
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Kendra Emery

Kendra E.

East Hartford, CT
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I have been teaching saxophone for 15+ years. I enjoy teaching people of all ages, both children and adults, of all levels. I believe in teaching a strong core of music fundamentals but also in finding what makes music special to each student. Lessons should be fun and engaging. I have several students audition into regional bands, and select school ensembles every year. But we also make sure to play some pop tunes and top 40.

About Kendra E.

Now accepting vaccinated students for in person lessons.

I am a musician with an equal passion for performing and teaching. I have taught ages 8-80 at all levels from beginner to advanced. I believe in the importance of teaching a strong core of music fundamentals but I also want to find what makes music special for each individual student. I believe lessons should be fun and engaging, I try to disguise the learning as much as possible.

Lessons are individually tailored to meet the unique needs and interests of each student but here are a few things you can most likely expect to work on: basic music fundamentals like note and rhythm reading, learning/review of musical symbols and terms, good tone production, learning all the notes on the instrument, scales, technique work, and as soon as we have enough notes... FUN songs.

Many of my students lead their school bands and audition successfully into regional and honor bands. For students in band at school, the school music and tests will be our first priority but if we get all caught up or extra challenges are needed I will be happy to supply them. I also have recitals for my students 2-3 times a year to give them the opportunity to perform for friends and family and share what they have been learning.

If you are going to purchase an instrument or supplies before the lesson do feel free to ask for help in selecting your materials, there is nothing worse than an instrument that doesn't function properly or needs constant and expensive repairs! If you have any books feel free to bring them to the first lesson, if not then I would be more than happy to make recommendations after the first or second lesson when I've had a chance to assess the student.


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12 Reviews
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Always positive and supportive which is very helpful when one is just beginning as I am!

Posted Jun 15, 2021
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I am a beginner with Alto Sax. I took my first class with Kendra and was blown away by her knowledge and professionalism. She is extremely patient and I could immediately tell that she wanted me to succeed during our interaction...I'm definitely looking forward to taking more classes with her in the future. I definitely recommend...first impressions are ever-lasting...

Posted Jan 27, 2021
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I highly recommend Kendra as a woodwinds teacher! I'm back playing tenor sax after 40 years off, and wanted to get my technique back, and learn to express my musical ideas. Now I'm playing better than my high school days, and newly doing jazz solos.
Kendra is wonderfully, broadly trained, and very effective at working with me on everything from embouchure and fingerings to maximizing effectiveness of practice. She is ALWAYS upbeat, supportive, friendly, PATIENT, and helpful - and I've always looked forward to our lessons. She is very good at figuring out how to be helpful, and how to keep the joy in music even while working on technique, and at my request, music theory. I could not have enjoyed the experience more, or been more successful, than with Kendra.

Posted Sep 7, 2020
Susan R.
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Changed my rating to 5 stars.
Kendra was excellent.

Posted Jan 8, 2020
Donna A.
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Enjoyed my first lesson !

Posted Jan 4, 2019
Miguel L.
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If anyone happens to get so lucky to come across this wonderful individual as a sax instructor count your blessings. Kendra has been able to teach a 60 years old man(that's me)and teach him a new and exciting skill in a short period of time.
Kendra has a tremendous amount of patients and she would be able to help you meet your musical goal.
I highly recommend Kendra ,she is a great choice,

Posted Jun 1, 2017
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BEST instructor EVER-The BEST teacher in Las Vegas!!! I'm going to miss your wonderful teachings after all these great months together. However, you 'll be back for me soon!!! Thank you so much!!!!!! I can play Saxophone now! And I can't believe I had no idea how to do it before you come along, you just made everything so easy for me wow!!!. Thank you so, so, much Kendra!!!!

Posted Feb 2, 2017
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Wonderful experience. Kendra is a very sweet young lady, with a lot of patience and a beautiful spirit. Thank you so much!!! I will work with her much more. I definitely recommend her if you like to learn how to play the saxophone!!!

Posted Sep 8, 2016
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Kendra Emery really is the best instructor ever! Our daughter has taken both clarinet and saxophone lessons with Kendra and has benefitted greatly from her individualized approach as well as her technical excellence. By creating a positive environment, Kendra is able to make the learning process fun for students who are new to playing, as well as for advanced students.

Posted Nov 1, 2015
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Kendra is an awesome instructor ... As an adult student new to the saxophone she not only taught me the fundamentals but also adjusted the lessons to the style of music I enjoy... My daughter took clarinet with Kendra and was just as happy... The other amazing thing was in a short period of time she brought me to the level where I could be a part of her adult saxophone chamber group... I would highly recommend Kendra whether you are new to the saxophone or clarinet or have been playing awhile and want to increase your level of play with the style of music you enjoy!

Posted Sep 15, 2015
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Posted May 21, 2021
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Posted Sep 15, 2020

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Woodwind instructor
Nov 2013 - Present

Middletown Music Academy

I teach Saxophone, Clarinet, and Flute

Coach of the Just for fun ensemble
Sep 2012 - Present


I run an adult amateur chamber group. I arrange the music for them and coach from within the group while playing bari sax. The group is made up of adult students of mine and parents of kid students who had played through high school and wanted to pick it back up. We are always looking for new recruits if you played an instrument in the past and would like to pick it back up!

Regionals Adjudicator
Sep 2010 - Present


I judge regional band auditions at the middle and high school level every year so I know the audition process thoroughly and can help students prepare for it and learn from their experiences to better prepare for the next year as well.

Woodwind Instructor
Oct 2005 - Present

Private Music Academy

Woodwind Instructor
Oct 2015 - Jun 2017

Nevada Music Academy

I taught Saxophone, Clarinet, and Flute.

Part Time Faculty
Sep 2015 - Jun 2017

College of Southern Nevada

I taught History of Rock and Music Appreciation classes.

Saxophone and clarinet instructor
Jan 2009 - Jul 2014

Music and Arts


Graduate Professional Diploma
Aug 2011 - May 2012

University of Hartford

Master of Music in saxophone performance
Aug 2009 - May 2011

University of Hartford

Bachelor of Music in saxophone performance
Aug 2005 - May 2009

University of Arizona



Fluent / Native Proficiency


Sep 2015

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