Natsuki Sugiyama

Natsuki S.

Sherman Oaks, CA
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Natsuki delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+

Teaching since:
April 2008

Hello Students/Parents:

I have been playing saxophone for 18 years and currently I am playing professionally in the Los Angeles area. I have been teaching music for more than 8 years and have been able to find fun and creative methods for helping my students succeed.

I was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan and surrounded by a musical family. I started playing piano at age 4 and started playing saxophone at age 10. I continued my woodwind training in high school by learning to play flute and clarinet. After beginning saxophone, I found I had a passion for big band jazz music. I joined a big band for young musicians and played lead alto with the band for almost 6 years.

After graduating from high school, I attended Berklee College of Music in Boston on scholarship where I studied performance and jazz composition. While I was in Boston, I was fortunate to play lots of gigs around town and was also a featured soloist on a number of recitals, recordings, and film scores.

In May 2010, I graduated from Berklee College of Music and moved to Los Angeles. Always maintaining a busy schedule, I have been performing with a number of talented musicians at several venues in the LA area. In addition to playing live shows, I have been recording for film/TV music.

I love all kinds of music: Classical, Pop, Jazz, Rock etc…
Some of my favorite artists/influences include:
Cannonball Adderley, The Beatles, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Earth Wind and Fire, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, and many more

Thank you so much for stopping by my page and hope to work with you soon!


*** Lesson Details ***
I am experienced in most styles: Jazz, Pop, Classical, Latin, R&B, Funk, Rock etc…
After discussing your goals, we will figure out the best way to accomplish those goals!

I am a really easy-going person and I want you to have FUN and discover new stuff every time you play your instrument.

After we figure out what you want to play and what areas we want to work on, I will make a special curriculum for you! Each student has a different curriculum that is specific to his or her level and learning style. I give a weekly curriculum after every lesson so you don’t need to worry about forgetting what we worked on at our lesson and you can work on it at home. Looking at past curriculum also provides an excellent way to look at a student’s progress.

One of the most important aspects of playing a woodwind instrument is achieving a good tone. I will help you get a good tone by teaching the fundamentals: from how to hold your instrument, how to blow, etc…

Other topics that we might cover include sight-reading, improvisation, theory, ear training, etc.

You are welcome to bring/suggest any music that you want to work on!

My studio is in a safe and nice family friendly neighborhood as you can see in the photos.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Kawai Grand Piano
Music Playback System
Lots of space (parents are welcome to sit in on the lessons)

*** Specialties ***
Jazz, Classical, Pop, Rock, R&B, most genres

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Bachelor of Music
Sep 2006 - May 2010
Berklee College of Music


Fluent / Native Proficiency
Fluent / Native Proficiency

11 Reviews

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Kristian Oct 27, 2018
· In home

Natsuki is very patient and she really makes sure you understand what you're learning.

Kaz T. Sep 30, 2018
Saxophone · In studio

Patient, knowledgeable and professional. Glad I found her.

Julie Aug 21, 2018
Japanese · Online

Leland Aug 13, 2018
Japanese · In studio

Super excited to take more lessons with Natsuki! Our first lesson nailed down my current understanding of Japanese and where to go from there, she is already super helpful and knowledgeable!

Harper Jul 13, 2018
Japanese · In studio

Natsuki is so knowledgeable, as well as kind and patient!! Exactly what my kids need!!

Denis Portaro Jul 1, 2018
Clarinet · In studio

Good first lesson

Abram Apr 19, 2018
Saxophone · In studio

Number ( 1 ) 7 *******. stars To her
Thank you ...
A. Abrams

Abram Apr 18, 2018
Saxophone · In studio

Fantastic :
Thank you :
A. Abrams

Alex A. Jan 16, 2018
Clarinet · In studio

The best teacher ever.

Beverly C. Mar 6, 2014

Exceptional Teacher

Natsuki is extremely patient with my 9 yr old daughter who is a beginning clarinet player.
I would recommend Natsuki to anyone from beginner to professional.
After a few lessons my daughter had the courage to play a solo piece at her school holiday concert.

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Jordan S. May 31, 2013
Saxophone ·

Amazing, Kind, and Motivating Teacher

Natsuki is great!!! She is a wonderful teacher and an incredible musician! Sometimes she demonstrates the music we are working on and it is really motivating to hear her play! I'm so fortunate to have found this teacher!

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