Michael Spicer

Michael S.

Henderson, NV

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Michael delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
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Ages 10+

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Hi, and thank you for your interest!

I have been teaching private saxophone lessons since 2009, and am currently available to teach lessons online, or at your home in the Las Vegas/Henderson area of Nevada.

I teach students of all skill levels, from basic concepts like assembling the saxophone, sound production and beginner theory to the more advanced areas of transcribing, improvising and advanced Jazz theory. My lesson plan is designed to introduce reading music in conjunction with saxophone playing, and while I have plenty of prepared material to keep our lessons progressing quickly, I will work at your pace in a comfortable, friendly atmosphere.

I am currently enrolled in the Graduate College of the University of Nevada Las Vegas, pursuing a Master's in Music in Jazz Composition and Theory. I hold a BA in Music (Jazz Performance) from St. Francis Xavier University in my home province of Nova Scotia, Canada. From 2010 to 2016 I worked as a show band musician for Carnival Cruise Lines, covering alto, tenor, and baritone sax positions and doubling on flute and clarinet.

Whether you are a parent looking for a private instructor for your child, a student preparing for an audition, a hobbyist or an established musician looking to pick up another instrument, I can show you the ins and outs of my favorite instrument.

Thank you for your consideration, and I hope to meet you soon!


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Graduate Assistant
Aug 2016 - Present
University of Nevada Las Vegas School of Music, Division of Jazz Studies

Duties include directing the beginner big band, assisting in directing the top two big bands, booking student bands for paid events, managing the Jazz chart library, co-producing and licensing the annual UNLV Jazz Ensembles album, and other logistical operations within the Division of Jazz Studies.

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Showband Musician
Oct 2010 - Jul 2016
Carnival Cruise Lines

As a cruise ship showband musician I have played a wide variety of styles in many different settings. From full 10-pieces to smaller 5-piece bands, I have performed Motown, Jazz, rock, classical, rock, latin and more in large broadway-style production shows, late-night casino sets, intimate lobby and cigar bar jazz sets and guest entertainer shows.
I have extensive experience in the alto, tenor, and baritone saxophone chairs as well as doubling on flute and clarinet.

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Master of Music in Composition/Theory (Jazz)
Aug 2016 - Present
University of Nevada Las Vegas
Bachelor of Arts in Music (Jazz Performance)
Sep 2006 - May 2010
St. Francis Xavier University


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Bachelor of Arts in Music Degree (Jazz Performance)
May 2010
St. Francis Xavier University


Outstanding Composition (Small Group), Graduate College Division
Apr 2017
2017 Downbeat Student Music Awards
1st Place, College Big Band Division
Mar 2017
Monterey Next Generation Jazz Festival


American Society of Music Arrangers and Composers
Jun 2017

A.S.M.A.C. is an organization whose mission is to promote the arts of Music Arranging, Composition, and Orchestration within the entertainment industry community and the general public. A.S.M.A.C.’s purpose is to provide its membership a place to make contact with each other to exchange ideas and information about the art of music and the music industry. A.S.M.A.C. seeks to educate and inform both the general public and the commercial arts community about the roles its members play in the creation of music past and present. A.S.M.A.C. also encourages emerging arrangers and composers in their development.

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Photos & Videos

My 2015 Cruise Ship Reel.
My Doubles (Flute and Clarinet) Reel, recorded June 2016
My original composition "Dinero", recorded in 2016.
My arrangement of Cole Porter's "Love For Sale" for big band, performed by UNLV's Jazz Ensemble I, in the Black Box Theatre at UNLV.
Improvising on "Alone Together" (Arthur Schwartz)
Photo by Michael S.

Playing a transcription of Joel Frahm's solo on "My One and Only Love" from his album The Navigator.
Photo by Michael S.

Photo by Michael S.
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2 Reviews

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Karen L. Jul 19, 2017
Flute · In home

Micheal is a great person. He was well prepared before every lesson. He is knowledgable and patient in teaching. My daughter was so satisfied with him.

Frank L

Frank Jul 10, 2017
Flute · In home

As my daughter just short visiting in town, she was very much in need of a flute teacher locally. Micheal is very nice person and great teacher. He was well prepared before classes. He also was very patient and detail-oriented in teaching the lesson. My daughter liked it very much. These were well exceeded my expectation. I will have him to teach my daughter again next time when she is in town.

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