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Rick R.
Burbank, California
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
My teaching starts with a good foundation for sound and technique and expands to teach music that is fin and inspiring to each individual student. If the student would like to learn to play jazz, I have a method which will shaves off years of hard work and frustration. All my teaching is geared towards giving the student good basics along with a practical application to today's music scene.
About Rick R.

I’ve always loved teaching from a young age; finding new ways to break down complex ideas and techniques and making it fun and easy is something that gives me a lot of satisfaction. If you want to play your favorite songs on saxophone, I can save you years of frustration and slow progress. At the bottom of this page, I have a YouTube video of 3 of my sax students' incredibly fast progress. None of them had ever played saxophone, You can do that too! It’s easy and fun. No boring scales, exercises and dumb tunes. Just a simple, easy way to becoming a great sounding sax player in 1/10th the time. This method has worked for over 1000 students and works 100% of the time if you commit to practice. I guarantee if you commit to practicing 30 minutes 5 days a week for 4 months and you don't see the success in the video I will give you ALL of your money back. I have 3 Grammy nominations but the proof of what i can do for you is in this video. Search this title on Youtube: "Demo of My Sax Students Improvising Progress- 5th lesson to 16th lesson" or just click the video at the bottom of this page.

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Rick was professional, intuitive, and taught what I needed to learn, and NOT some preplanned generic lesson. I highly recommend him and I rarely recommend anything.

Posted Jan 15, 2018
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Rick really helps me understanding the concept of the saxophone.

Posted Apr 2, 2017
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Rick is my best music teacher I had so far!!!

Posted Mar 16, 2017
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Experience
Owner and CEO
Feb 1997 - Present
Rossi Music Inc
I started a Live Band and Entertainment Agency to be able to put together and perform with my own bands for corporate events, weddings and parties. We are one of the Top 5 most respected music agencies in Los Angeles and most highly respected for our jazz bands.
Freelance Studio Musician and Performer in Los Angeles
Apr 1987 - Present
Musicians Union Local #47
Rick Rossi has been nominated for a Grammy Award three times, winning one in 2000. His distinctive style and versatility have kept him in high demand for studio work. He has composed and arranged music for film and television, and appeared numerous times on national television, (The Tonight Show With Jay Leno, David Letterman, Regis and Kathie Lee, Conan OʼBrien, MTV, and VH-1 to name a few) and was featured on the Grammy-Award winning multi-platinum CD with The Brian Setzer Orchestra. He has played in the most famous venues around the world with legendary artists such as Frank Sinatra, Natalie Cole, Tony Bennett, Stanley Clarke, Bobby Caldwell, Cher, and Shakira. His most recent film work includes the Hollywood features, Benjamin Buttons, The Wedding Crashers and Monster-In-Law (starring Jane Fonda and Jennifer Lopez).
Education
Masters of Music MM
Aug 1981 - May 1983
University of Akron
Bachelor of Music
Sep 1977 - May 1981
University of Delaware
Languages
English
Fluent/ Native Proficiency
Certifications
Composing and Arranging Program Certification
Jun 1988
Dick Grove Music School
I completed a one year intensive music course studying Arranging and Composition with Dick Grove at The Dick Grove Music School. It was without the hardest AND best training that I've ever had in my life in music. We had usually 2 weeks to learn all the characteristics of a particular technique and then produce and pro level arrangement, copy all the parts for the live band and recorded each arrangement and composition. Dick Grove was simply the best music educator I've ever studied with and I've studied with what i would consider to be a lot of great music teachers. He was heads above everyone in the way he was able to break down what is considered a very complex thing to teach. I was amazed at him every day I studied in his classes. I learned things that took everything I had been studying for years and his approach made me look at with a new clarity and gave me the confidence to write things that I never thought I was capable of. Simply the best!! He had an innate knack for simplifying even the most complex ideas, styles and techniques. I can't say enough about how thankful I was that I was able to study with him and see his genius on a daily basis. So inspiring! He died a while ago but he left a bunch of his classes on video. Check him out!!
Awards
3 Grammy Award Nominations
Dec 1999
Grammy Award Foundation
Best Band Member of the Year
May 1983
University of Akron
Affiliations
American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers
Feb 1988
The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a membership association of more than 480,000 US composers, songwriters, lyricists and music publishers. The ASCAP is committed to nurturing music makers throughout their careers.
California Teachers Association
May 1987
Founded in 1863, the California Teachers Association has become one of the strongest advocates for educators in the country. CTA includes teachers, counselors, school librarians, social workers, psychologists, and nurses. These educators in the K-12 school system are joined by community college faculty, California State University faculty, and education support professionals to make CTA the most inclusive and most powerful voice of educators in the state.
American Federation of Musicians
Apr 1987
A labor union representing professional musicians in the United States and Canada. Founding in 1896 as the successor to the "National League of Musicians," the AFM is the largest organization in the world representing the interests of professional musicians.

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