Max Schwimmer

Max S.

West Hartford, CT
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Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Whether you're picking up a saxophone for the first time or looking to reach the next level, I can help you achieve your goals!
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Max delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
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, South Windsor High School, 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!

***Lesson Materials***

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 an electric keyboard with touch-sensitive, weighted keys. 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, piano/keyboard, or mouthpiece, please consult with me first. Having good-quality instrument/accessories will help you achieve your success. There are a number of cheap products that are easy to find and purchase, but they are often of poor quality. I can recommend options for your first purchase that may be more expensive, but will help you succeed in the long term.

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Saxophone Faculty
Jun 2017 - Present
Camp Encore / Coda

Private lessons instructor and jazz ensemble coach.

Instructor of Saxophone
Mar 2016 - Present
Manchester Community College

Instructor for Saxophone Workshop and Saxophone Ensemble courses in Continuing Education Programs.

Saxophone Instructor
Mar 2016 - Present
Music and Arts East Hartford

Private instructor.

Tenor saxophonist
Sep 2013 - Aug 2016
Asylum Quartet

The Asylum Quartet is a saxophone ensemble praised for innovation, creativity, and excellence.


Master of Music, Saxophone Performance
Aug 2011 - May 2013
The Hartt School at the University of Hartford
Bachelor of Music, Saxophone Performance
Aug 2009 - May 2013
Arizona State University


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Grand Prize
Mar 2014
International chamber music ensemble competition

Photos & Videos

Sabre Dance by Khatchaturian
Adios Nonino by Astor Piazzolla
Asylum Quartet
Asylum Quartet - Nutcracker
Asylum Quartet - Aquariums
Asylum Quartet - Coiling Clouds
Come Down Heavy! by Evan Chambers
Photo by Max S.

Photo by Max S.
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7 Reviews

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Guy D. May 9, 2019
Piano · In home

Just finishing up my first 10 sessions with Max for my 12 year old. He loves him and has asked me to add more lessons! Very Happy with Max. He is patient, cool and always on time.


Karen R. Oct 24, 2018
Piano · In home

I think Max was very perceptive regarding my skill level and some basics that I need to learn.

lucca M. Mar 8, 2018
Piano · In home

great intro session- Max seems like a good fit for our 7 year old son.

Eric Jun 10, 2016
Saxophone · In home

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!

Ben R. Jan 12, 2016
Piano · In home

My son gave Max 10 out of 10. He absolutely loved his flexible approach. Thank you Max!!

Lathan A. Sep 20, 2015
Piano · In home

Wonderful, engaging and clear. My six year old loved his first lesson and is looking forward to the next one.

Ify L. Aug 19, 2015
Saxophone · In home

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.

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