Lucas Hopkins

Lucas H.

Boulder, CO
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I am a professional musician/teacher with over 13 years of experience teaching private lessons to students of all ages and abilities. I am pursuing my Doctorate degree in music at the University of Colorado, have two graduate degrees in music, from the University of Michigan and Northwestern University and have studied with some of the most renowned saxophonists in my field, Timothy McAllister and Eugene Rousseau, as well as jazz with Andrew Bishop.

I frequently perform as a jazz musician for various private parties and events as well as a classical musician with various orchestras, as a soloist and in chamber ensembles. My saxophone sextet, The Moaning' Frogs is an internationally known ensemble which has performed throughout the country and abroad.

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  • Background Checked
  • Teaches students 8 to 85
  • Awarded Yamaha Young Performing Artist Classical Saxophone Winner from Yamaha

Reviews (80)

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Jimmy L. Sep 5, 2019
Saxophone · In studio

My son likes the class and show me what he learns in the lesson.

Henri G. Aug 22, 2019
Saxophone · Online

Rosa Aug 10, 2019
Saxophone · Online

kaylie Aug 8, 2019
Saxophone · Online

Jennifer R. Jun 5, 2019
Saxophone · Online

He thought me how to have better smoother air and how to tongue, plus a better fingering for a sharp.

Becky W. May 1, 2019
Saxophone · Online

Paul Mar 26, 2019
Saxophone · Online


Sara Mar 5, 2019
Saxophone · Online

Kevin H. Feb 26, 2019
Saxophone · Online

Paul Feb 26, 2019
Saxophone · Online

Joachim Feb 2, 2019
Saxophone · Online

Rosa Jan 19, 2019
Saxophone · Online

Abby W. Dec 12, 2018
Saxophone · Online

Lucas was very patient with my daughter trying multiple ways for her to better learn the rhythm of her songs. She was encouraged with his positive feedback.

Bruce Y. Dec 10, 2018
Saxophone · Online


Kieran Nov 28, 2018
Saxophone · Online

My son is currently taking online lessons with Lucas and we're both quite happy with the experience so far. My son has been playing tenor for 4 years (currently 10th grade- in concert, jazz and marching bands at school) and had only ever taken live lessons before, but we're finding that online works out well. No extra travel time/hassle, which is great since he doesn't drive yet- just log online from our basement. Lucas had good availability and has been open to reschedule as necessary. Lucas has helped him with pieces for honor band auditions so far with specific feedback and even I can hear the difference in my son's playing.

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Leathia R. S. Nov 27, 2018
· Online

Great lesson. Very patient teacher.

Catharine C. Nov 14, 2018
Saxophone · Online

Being new to the online lesson format, I was skeptical at first, and have waited about 5 lessons to write this review. I am really glad we (randomly) picked Lucas to help my 6th grade son get started with saxophone. I'm so impressed with Lucas' ability to gauge through at at times imperfect internet connection what feedback to give my son. Lucas is excellent at giving instruction in understandable, and usable bites of information. The lessons are well paced and I can hear my son improve over the course of every lesson. The convenience of the online lesson cannot be overstated- we live in a rural area where finding an teacher and getting to a lesson was challenging to fit into our schedules, so it is amazing to have such great instruction on a schedule that fits in with our life. I would definitely recommend Lucas specifically, and the takelessons format to anyone looking for saxophone lessons.

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Leathia R. S. Nov 13, 2018
· Online

Great lesson.

Leathia R. S. Oct 30, 2018
Clarinet · Online

Another great lesson with a very patient teacher.

Catharine C. Oct 2, 2018
Saxophone · Online

My son got continually got better over the coarse of his lesson.

Leathia R. S. Oct 2, 2018
Clarinet · Online

I love how patient Lucus is.

Leathia R. S. Sep 18, 2018
· Online

Very helpful.

Andrew D. Sep 13, 2018
Saxophone · Online

What a great first lesson! I sat in the other room overhearing my ten-year-old son's first meeting with Lucas and it was fantastic! He was easy to talk to, super informative and jumped right in. We're already looking forward to next week.

Bear B. Sep 9, 2018
Saxophone · In studio

A really talented teacher!

Leathia R. S. Sep 4, 2018
Clarinet · Online

Great lesson with lots of help.

Taylor B. Aug 29, 2018
Saxophone · Online

I had my third lesson today and I am already seeing a big improvement. I am excited for my future lessons with Lucas to see how much more I can learn. He is a great instructor.

Kevin H. Aug 15, 2018
Saxophone · Online

Lydian Aug 5, 2018
Clarinet · Online

Great lesson!! Lucas was very kind to my daughter. Flexible and my daughter came out of lesson knowing more and feeling more confident. Thank you!!

Lisa M. Aug 5, 2018
Clarinet · Online

best teacher ever

Leathia R. S. Aug 2, 2018
Clarinet · Online

Great lesson from fantastic teacher.

Leathia R. S. Jul 3, 2018
· Online


Jason Jul 1, 2018
Saxophone · In home

Lessons were great!

Leathia R. S. Jun 12, 2018
· Online

Very good lesson. Lucus explains problem solutions very well.

Andrew Jun 8, 2018
Saxophone · In home

Great teacher, I highly recommend you take lessons with Lucas, whether you are a beginner or a more advanced player. I've improved a lot since starting lessons.

Leathia R. S. Jun 5, 2018
· Online

Great lesson.

Daniel Jun 4, 2018
Saxophone · In home

Awesome teacher! Really learned alot, thanks so much!

Jordan May 12, 2018
Clarinet · In studio

Lucas is a great teacher. He has helped my daughter with her low and high notes and identified an issue with her clarinet which was making it difficult for her to play low. Highly recommend!

Kruti Apr 16, 2018
Saxophone · Online

Bhuvan M. Apr 8, 2018
Saxophone · Online

Actually overwhelmed with the kind of timely response I got from Mr. Lucas. Was frustrated and felt stuck before getting in touch with Mr.Lucas but not only was he helpful in recognizing the mistakes I was making but helped me keep my spirits up.

Rosa Apr 7, 2018
Saxophone · Online

He's a great teacher with challenging pieces.

Seth Mar 24, 2018
Saxophone · Online

Great saxophone instructor, couldn’t have asked for better.

Leathia R. S. Mar 20, 2018
· Online

Very good patient teacher. I feel like my musical skills are improving.

Saku Mar 13, 2018
Saxophone · Online

Ken F. Feb 27, 2018
Clarinet · Online

We had a good first lesson, working on both clarinet and tenor sax

Leathia R. S. Feb 19, 2018
Clarinet · Online

Very helpful and patient.

Muralidharan S. Feb 11, 2018
Clarinet · Online

Leathia R. S. Feb 6, 2018
· Online

Great patient teacher.

Kevin H. Dec 20, 2017
Saxophone · Online

Douglas Oct 30, 2017
Saxophone · Online

Lucas is a great instructor!

Tim Oct 19, 2017
Saxophone · In home

Fantastic saxophone player but more importantly understands the complexity of music and conveys it to the student in an individual and flexible manner.

Matt B. Oct 11, 2017
Saxophone · In studio

Great. My son really liked him. He gave some good tips and directions.

Rosa Oct 4, 2017
Saxophone · Online


Leathia R. S. Sep 26, 2017
· Online

Great lesson. Explains reasons for problems very well.

Edward Sep 20, 2017
Saxophone · Online

My son has only had one lesson so far but we look forward to more. My son enjoyed the lesson and Lucas is very knowable and good at what he does.

Leathia R. S. Sep 5, 2017
· Online

great lesson

Nicholas Jul 27, 2017
Clarinet · Online

Lucas is a amazing teacher for Saxophone and Clarinet, he Helped me with playing over the break on Clarinet. I would highly recommend for lessons. He his a passion for music and shows it in this lessons.

Nicholas Jul 12, 2017
Clarinet · Online

Carla Jul 3, 2017
Saxophone · Online

Online lessons are not the best method for me but I am grateful to be able to be taught by Lucas. I am learning a lot and as soon as I am able to put it all into practise I will be happy. Bridging the gap between understanding and ability is hard. Looking forward to having more lessons.

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Matt Jun 1, 2017
Saxophone · Online

Lucas is patient and descriptive. The lesson was great. I look forward to the next lesson.

Kevin H. May 31, 2017
Saxophone · Online

Great first lesson Lucas is very knowledgeable and I think I will get a lot out of these lessons.
The online works great.

Dwight W. May 31, 2017
Saxophone · Online

enjoyed the class and learned a lot THE FIRST TIME!

Dakota May 19, 2017
Saxophone · Online

Wendell N. Apr 10, 2017
Saxophone · Online

He is covering everything in a clear fashing

Muralidharan S. Apr 8, 2017
Clarinet · Online

James Mar 29, 2017
Saxophone · In studio

Lucas is helping me learn saxophone as an adult beginner. He is very knowledgable and helps me improve any issues I have in my playing. Highly recommended!

Rosa Mar 29, 2017
Saxophone · Online

Wendell N. Mar 24, 2017
Saxophone · Online

Lucas is a great instructor, however the internet connection/ experience for the online lessons keeps me from giving a 5 star review.

Ruby O. Mar 11, 2017
Clarinet · Online

Leathia R. S. Mar 9, 2017
· Online

Very helpful. Really enjoyed my lesson.

Leathia R. S. Feb 27, 2017
· Online

We worked on going over the break. I learned there is an alternate fingering for F#.

Lea Feb 25, 2017

Interesting lesson.

Leathia R. S. Feb 21, 2017
Clarinet · Online

Marv S. Feb 16, 2017
Saxophone · In studio

Lucas is very talented and knowledgeable. He has shown me tips and techniques that are not in the beginner or intermediate lesson books. I am a beginner sax player and his insights on the saxophone and music have helped me greatly.

Jill F. Dec 10, 2016
Saxophone · Online

Ema Nov 18, 2016
Clarinet · In studio

Lucas did a great job in helping my daughter with clarinet. Easy to work with and helped her improve greatly!

Brenden Sep 20, 2016
Saxophone · In studio

In just one lesson, intoduced the capacity of the saxophone to produce a classical tone, and opened my eyes to the many intricacies of the saxophone. Great experience!

Temi B. Aug 7, 2016
Saxophone · Online

patient and very knowledgeable instructor!

Ashley Jun 29, 2016
Saxophone · Online

Lucas is very patient. He works around any obstacles that may pop up. He is very knowledgeable in teaching. Thankful we decided to try him. Would highly recommend him to anyone looking for a good saxaphone instructor.

Gabe Oct 25, 2015
Saxophone · In studio

Lucas is a fantastic teacher and is the best teacher I've had so far!

Gary F. Mar 14, 2015
Saxophone · In studio

First lesson with Lucas- great start. Looking forward to more lessons.


Private Saxophone Lessons
Oct 2006 - Present


I have taught private lessons since 2006 in Brentwood, CA, Minneapolis, MN, Evanston, IL, and Ann Arbor, MI.

Freelance Musician
Oct 2006 - Present


I have played hundreds of jazz gigs throughout Michigan, and California in the Bay Area and Los Angeles Area, for private parties, restaurants, community events, fundraisers, etc.


Doctor of Musical Arts
Aug 2018 - Present

University of Colorado

Specialist in Music: Saxophone Performance
Sep 2014 - Apr 2016

University of Michigan

Master's of Music: Saxophone Performance
Sep 2012 - Jun 2014

Northwestern University

Bachelor's of Music: Saxophone Performance
Sep 2008 - May 2012

University of Minnesota



Fluent / Native Proficiency


Winner of the M-Prize International Chamber Arts Competition
May 2018

M-Prize, University of Michigan

D'Addario Woodwinds Performing Artist
Jul 2016


Winner of the North Shore Musicians Club competition
Apr 2014

North Shore Musicians club

Rislov Foundation classical music scholarship
Feb 2013

Rislov Foundation

Winner of Oakland East Bay Symphony concerto competition
May 2011

Oakland East Bay Symphony

Yamaha Young Performing Artist Classical Saxophone Winner
Mar 2011


Louis Armstrong Jazz Award
Jun 2008

Libert High School


Chamber Music America
Mar 2016
Chamber Music America (CMA) is an American non-profit organization that provides small ensemble professionals with access to a variety of professional development, networking, and funding resources. CMA's regular initiatives include grants, awards, and commissioning programs for ensembles and presenters, a national conference held annually in New York City, and the publication of Chamber Music magazine.
North American Saxophone Alliance
Jan 2010
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.

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