Ricardo Martinez

Ricardo M.

Bloomington, IN

About Ricardo M.

Ricardo teaches: Ages 8 and up
Teaching since: September 2005
Last sign in: More than two months


I am a saxophonist and music educator with experience in multiple woodwinds and piano. I have nineteen years of performing experience with a decade of teaching experience and have studied with some of the the world's preeminent musicians of my instrument. I am very patient and I enjoy teaching both children and adults. I strive to keep lessons fun and engaging by exploring music that students enjoy. I encourage parents to be present for their child's lessons and take part in the learning process.

I teach out of two studios in Fremont and Los Gatos. In San Jose, I am able to travel to student's homes, but please confirm availability with me before booking.

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After School Band Instructor
Nov 2015 - Present
Fremont Unified School District

Teach band instruments (woodwinds, brass, and percussion) in elementary schools in Fremont Unified School District. Prepare students to participate in one or two public performances a year.

Endorsing Artist for Légère Reeds
Oct 2015 - Present
Légère Reeds Ltd.

Saxophone Coach
Sep 2015 - Present
California Youth Symphony

Clinician for members of the California Youth Symphony Wind Ensembles

Tenor Saxophonist
Sep 2015 - Present
San Jose Wind Symphony

Private Music Teacher
Sep 2005 - Present

Private piano, saxophone, flute, and clarinet lessons


Master of Music, Saxophone Performance
Aug 2012 - May 2015
Indiana University Bloomington
Médaille d’Or, Saxophone and Chamber Music
Oct 2010 - Jul 2012
Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional in Cergy-Pontoise, FRANCE
Advanced Saxophone Studies
Oct 2009 - Jul 2010
Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional in Monpellier, FRANCE
Bachelor of Music, Saxophone Performance, Minor in French Studies
Aug 2006 - May 2009
University of Minnesota Twin Cities

Languages Spoken

Fluent / Native Proficiency
Professional Proficiency
Fluent / Native Proficiency


1st Prize, MTNA East Central Division Chamber Music Competition – Melos Saxophone Quartet
Jan 2015
Music Teachers National Association


North American Saxophone Alliance
Mar 2015

The North American Saxophone Alliance is an organization made up of individuals who share a common interest in the saxophone. Members include professional performers, university professors, public school teachers, students of all levels, and others who have an interest in the saxophone. In addition to the Alliance's emphasis on disseminating information concerning the saxophone, the organization also works to provide opportunities for its members to make music, fostering fellowship among saxophone enthusiasts of all ages and backgrounds.

5 Reviews on Ricardo M.

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Ben E. Mar 24, 2016
Verified Student · Flute · In studio
Excellent! Couldn't have been better! I'm an adult beginner on flute, but play guitar and have played both tenor sax and clarinet in the past, so I come with a mixed set of skills. Ricardo asked me my goals and assessed my strengths and weaknesses. He was very patient and receptive to all my questions. In my first lesson I've already learned techniques which have improved my playing. Ricardo's resume of performing and teaching give me great confidence and payed a role in choosing him to be my teacher. I feel very fortunate to have connected with him!
Sasha A. Nov 23, 2015
Verified Student · Flute · In home
Great first lesson!
Santwana Singh Oct 14, 2015
Verified Student · Saxophone · In home
Ricardo is an excellent teacher. He is a skilled musician and along with that he is kind, patient and encouraging with our kids. We started with our older son getting saxophone lessons with him and seeing how good he is with kids we asked if he can try teaching our younger one Piano. Our 5 yr old son enjoys getting lesson from him. I have already recommended Ricardo to a friend and would continue to do so.
Sian Mole Oct 7, 2015
Verified Student · Saxophone · In home
Ricardo is a fantastic teacher. He is patient and kind with my daughter and she loves her lessons. It has only taken her a few weeks to learn many notes and a couple of short songs. Thank you Ricardo :)
Kay Aug 8, 2015
Verified Student · Saxophone · In home
Ricardo was a great teacher; very dedicated, highly talented, and very kind. Today was the first time I ever touched a sax - but by the end of the first lesson I was able to create few sounds and play my first (very basic) song - Mary had a Little Lamb!
I can't wait for my next lesson. Thank you!
Ricardo Martinez
Ricardo M.

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