Mary Rodgers

Mary R.

Nashville, TN
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Mary delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 6+ and special needs

Teaching since:
September 2006

I started playing saxophone in 1994. It was an immediate passion! As the years went on my thirst for music grew and I picked up more instruments. No matter which instrument I play the passion is the same. I like to write and arrange as well so I feel an extreme importance on music theory. I am classically trained although my drive is always towards roots music. I try my hardest to combine those two elements.

I am currently also a freelance musician in Nashville, TN. You may see me playing various instruments in my own group “Mary & Your Choice of Sides” or other groups such as: A Man Called Stu, the Highjivers, The Bullhorn Boys, The Zimmerman Twins, The Willies, Bailey Dee, Paul Burch, Woody Pines, Art Adams, The Dead Man’s Carnival, Jane Rose & the Dead End Boys, Lane Kristian, etc.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Bring your own saxophone, flute or clarinet and books
Studio has keyboard, chairs, stand, stereo.

*** Specialties ***
Technique and sight-reading
Training for WSMA Solo & Ensemble competitions, auditions preparation, college entrance auditions, college scholarship auditions
Music Theory
Specific application of theory to various styles of music including jazz, blues, rock, americana, R&B, dixieland, swing, ska, etc.
Performance confidence coaching

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Sales and teaching
May 2015 - Present
Fanny's House of Music

I teach private lessons and work on the sales floor at Fanny's House of Music.

Band and Orchestra Sales Rep
Mar 2013 - Aug 2013
Cascio Interstate Music

Sales, stock and promotions for the Band and Orchestra Department. I was trained by the companies we sold for including Yamaha, Yanigasawa, Selmer/Bach, etc.

Lesson Coordinator
Nov 2010 - Mar 2013
Cascio Interstate Music

I scheduled all incoming students with the various 45 teachers and Cascio Interstate Music. My responsibilities also included billing for room rent, inventory for lesson room stock and scheduling for the rooms, recitals, and special events.

Store Manager
May 2007 - Nov 2010
Lakeshore Conservatory of Music

I was in charge of merchandising and keeping inventory of stock for a small music store. I also scheduled employees and kept up the maintenance of the store.

Private Instructor
May 2007 - Nov 2010
Lakeshore Conservatory of Music

After college I continued to study with the head of the Jazz Department/Saxophone Professor at UW-Milwaukee, Curt Hanrahan. I then taught his waiting list of students and received guidance on many facets of teaching and practice methods. I have branched out on my own since but always keep the consistency of his method in my lessons.

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Music Assistant
Apr 2007 - Nov 2010
A+ Productions

I had the opportunity to work for a record archivist/historian/radio DJ for three and a half years. Through him I received the best education I could possibly get on roots, Americana and world music. I like to apply what I have learned from him to my lessons by adding the expressive details to pieces that are appropriate for the time period and region of national origin.

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Bachelor of Arts in Music
Sep 2001 - Dec 2006
BA of Arts in Music
Sep 2001 - Dec 2006
University of Wisconsin Milwuakee


Reed/Brass Player of the year
Apr 2013
Wisconsin Area Music Industry
Ska/Reggae/World Beat Band of the Year
Apr 2008
Wisconsin Area Music Industry - WAMI

Photos & Videos

Mary playing some old time piano

Mary and Bari

Here is a clip of my band playing a Fats Domino tune - Blue Monday. I play baritone sax in this group. There is a 12 bar bari solo in the middle of the tune. I'm posting this as an example of my playing as well as my favorite tune :)
Having a blast with the Uptown Savages at Impala Lounge

Playing tenor and bari sax with the Uptown Savages!

A fun time with the Invaders!

The Uptown Savages

Playing a solo show at Circle A, Milwaukee

Playing with The Willies
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7 Reviews

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May Aug 18, 2016
Flute · In studio

She is very nice.

Austin H. Sep 17, 2015
Piano · In studio

Mary was a fun and patient piano lesson teacher. I have never taken any music lessons before so we started with the basics but she did a good job of finding the pace that I learned at. She taught slow enough for me to catch on, but not too slow to where I felt like my 30 min lessons were a waste of time/money.

Unfortunately, I had to cancel the rest of my lessons with Mary because I was becoming too busy with work to stay committed to my lessons and practice. If I ever take lessons again I'll definitely sign up with Mary again, zero complaints.

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Madison A. Jun 2, 2014
Clarinet · In studio

Mary was amazing teacher for me, and she really sparked my passion for music. I had really just started clarinet when I began taking lessons from her, and I truly believe one of the reasons I am going into music is because of how she made me see it. In the short time that I was able to be her student I learned more than just the fundamentals, and have yet to find a teacher that I work with as well as I did with her. If I could take up lessons with her again, I would in a heartbeat.

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Robin G. May 24, 2014
Saxophone · In studio

Mary and I started working together after I co-founded a 60s soul/R&B/ska/reggae-beat band in which I sang vocals and was asked to play alto sax by the bandleader. I hadn't played sax in years (clarinet is my primary instrument), and among other things, I needed to start learning how to improvise - challenging for a symphonic band player whose head was always in sheet music. Mary's approach and teaching methods worked well for me; she's great at getting to know you as a player and your goals, and once she did that for me, she was immediately able to formulate a course of action. In the six months we were together, my tone, pitch, and playing improved, and my confidence grew. I heartily recommend Mary; no matter your instrument, she will get right down to business, keep you moving, and inject some fun into the whole process. A great player and entertainer, Mary has been a strong role model for me. I am grateful for everything I've learned from her, and I look forward to working with her again.

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Hugo F. Apr 30, 2014
Piano ·

In a few sessions u can play

Very good teacher, always trying to find a way for u to learn fast and easy

Lynn L. Feb 16, 2014
Piano ·

Great arrangement for us

I had been looking for a new piano teacher for my son, even though he was less enthusiastic about starting up lessons again. After his first lesson with Mary, he was looking forward to playing more. She's taking him back to the basics in a totally different teaching philosophy that he's really responding to. She works in music theory and because he's strong in math, he's responding better than with teachers in the past. He enjoys playing now and it shows when I hear him practice. We love this arrangement and I look forward to his progress with Mary.

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Jessica S. Dec 2, 2013
Saxophone ·

Welcoming personality makes learning fun

Mary has done a great job with my son. She made my son feel comfortable enough at his first lesson that he kicked me out! On his second lesson he managed to not only forget his sheet music, but his instrument too! Mary still managed to teach him things and by the time I got back with the Sax he was fully engaged in learning some things she wrote on paper. My son has enjoyed his lessons and I see him keeping more interest than with just his school lessons alone. He is DEFINITELY learning and having fun doing it.

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