- Teaches students:
- Ages 5+ and special needs
- Teaching since:
- August 2006
I have worked with over 2,500 students in one-on-one lessons, educational workshops, and outreach concerts. My lessons focus on developing technique, practice strategies, a good sound, aural skills, music theory knowledge, and stylistic fluency.
My private students have placed into selective programs including the Greater Hartford Youth Wind Ensemble at The Hartt School, the Connecticut Music Educators Association All-State Band, and Interlochen Arts Camp. I teach saxophone at Manchester Community College, Camp Encore / Coda, and Music and Arts East Hartford. I believe students of all ages can find enjoyment and success in music.
You'll benefit from my years of experience as a professional performing musician. From 2012-2016 I toured with the Asylum Quartet, an award-winning ensemble acclaimed for virtuosity, creativity, and innovation. I have also performed with the Juilliard Orchestra, the U.S. Coast Guard Band, and International Opera Theater. I hold a Master's in Music from The Hartt School and a Bachelor of Music summa cum laude from Arizona State University (ASU).
Though I specialize in saxophone, I also love teaching beginning and intermediate piano.
If you are outside my travel radius, I may be able to accommodate you for an additional travel fee - please contact me!
Saxophone students must have an instrument in good repair and required accessories (reeds, mouthpiece, etc.). Piano students must have access to a tuned piano or a keyboard with touch-sensitivity. I am happy to recommend instrument and accessory brands; please check with me before a major purchase. Quality, working equipment is critical to students’ success.
I periodically request that students purchase books and other lesson materials.
IMPORTANT: If you are planning to buy a saxophone or mouthpiece, please consult with me first. Having a good quality saxophone and mouthpiece is essential to your success. There are a number of cheap saxophones and mouthpieces readily available, but they are often of poor quality. I can recommend options for your first saxophone or mouthpiece purchase that may be more expensive, but will help you succeed in the long term.
Private lessons instructor and jazz ensemble coach.
Instructor for Saxophone Workshop and Saxophone Ensemble courses in Continuing Education Programs.
The Asylum Quartet is a saxophone ensemble praised for innovation, creativity, and excellence.
I am a local band director and have sent several students over to Max. From absolute beginners to your lead player Max tailors an approach that works for each individual. My students love studying with him!
My son gave Max 10 out of 10. He absolutely loved his flexible approach. Thank you Max!!
Wonderful, engaging and clear. My six year old loved his first lesson and is looking forward to the next one.
My first experience learning the saxophone was really great!! Max is a great teacher. He was patient with me. And he took it bit by bit for me to follow easily. I definitely want to continue with him. I look forward to my second lesson with him.