- Levels Taught:
- Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
In addition to helping students establish solid fundamentals, I can help you reach your goals, whether that be through working on classical solo repertoire, jazz and improvisation, band music, preparing for a competition or audition, and more. I try to make lessons fun and enjoyable for the student.
If you don't live near me, online lessons are a great alternative to in person lessons. I have had success teaching many students of various abilities and ages throughout the country and abroad online ! I have taught online students from 21 different states and 3 other countries.
- Teaches students:
- Ages 8 to 85 and special needs
- Teaching since:
- October 2006
I am a professional saxophonist/teacher with over 12 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.
I have taught private lessons since 2006 in Brentwood, CA, Minneapolis, MN, Evanston, IL, and Ann Arbor, MI.
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.
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.+ Read More
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.+ Read More
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.
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.+ Read More
Great lesson. Very patient teacher.
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.+ Read More
Another great lesson with a very patient teacher.
My son got continually got better over the coarse of his lesson.
I love how patient Lucus is.
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.
A really talented teacher!
Great lesson with lots of help.
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.
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!!
best teacher ever
Great lesson from fantastic teacher.
Lessons were great!
Very good lesson. Lucus explains problem solutions very well.
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.
Awesome teacher! Really learned alot, thanks so much!
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!
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.
He's a great teacher with challenging pieces.
Great saxophone instructor, couldn’t have asked for better.
Very good patient teacher. I feel like my musical skills are improving.
We had a good first lesson, working on both clarinet and tenor sax
Very helpful and patient.
Great patient teacher.
Lucas is a great instructor!
Fantastic saxophone player but more importantly understands the complexity of music and conveys it to the student in an individual and flexible manner.
Great. My son really liked him. He gave some good tips and directions.
Great lesson. Explains reasons for problems very well.
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.
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.
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.+ Read More
Lucas is patient and descriptive. The lesson was great. I look forward to the next lesson.
Great first lesson Lucas is very knowledgeable and I think I will get a lot out of these lessons.
The online works great.
enjoyed the class and learned a lot THE FIRST TIME!
He is covering everything in a clear fashing
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!
Lucas is a great instructor, however the internet connection/ experience for the online lessons keeps me from giving a 5 star review.
Very helpful. Really enjoyed my lesson.
We worked on going over the break. I learned there is an alternate fingering for F#.
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.
Lucas did a great job in helping my daughter with clarinet. Easy to work with and helped her improve greatly!
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!
patient and very knowledgeable instructor!
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.
Lucas is a fantastic teacher and is the best teacher I've had so far!
First lesson with Lucas- great start. Looking forward to more lessons.