Sarah Smith

Sarah S.

Saint Louis, MO

Lesson Details


Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I've been teaching saxophone for about 6 years on and off. I will work with students to develop a good tone, technique-through scales and etudes, and rhythmic internalization by incorporating drum tracks and metronome throughout the lesson. My philosophy is make music fun but also make it so my students have fun putting the work in to get to be a better musician. My style varies from student to student depending on their specific needs but I will always bring energy and fun to all my lessons.
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Sarah delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 1+

Teaching since:
May 2008

Hi, I'm a 25 year old saxophonist attending UMSL. I went to Berklee College of Music on a full scholarship. I specialize in fundamentals, like technique, building a solid sound, and music theory. I also specialize in higher level playing such as jazz and improvising. I've been teaching lessons since I was a sophomore in high school. I have studied with the very best (Jim Odgren, Dino Govoni, Mike Lee, John Wojciechowski, Bob Mintzer, Marcus Strickland, to name a few). My teaching style is friendly and energetic; I want students to be excited about playing saxophone. It's my passion and I look forward to letting my students find their passion for music as well. I also work at a saxophone shop where I test out horns and mouthpieces and work with social media and sales.

My prices are negotiable! if you are having financial troubles I am glad to make a payment plan or lessen my costs.

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Sep 2011 - Present
Berklee College of Music


Limited Proficiency


Outstanding Musician
Feb 2010
Rolling Meadows Jazz Festival

Photos & Videos

I transcribed Phil Woods' solo on "Just the Way You Are" by Billy Joel! Fun!
A few summers ago at 2720 Cherokee street!


3 Reviews

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David Durham Apr 9, 2016
Saxophone · In home

Sarah is very easy to work with, always interested in helping you the student have fun with the sax, as she has. Despite her great experience and background (or because of it?) she never seemed bored or working beneath herself with a beginner. I could say more, but I better take this time to practice!

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Jerry L. Jan 24, 2016
Saxophone · In home

My 10 years old son is learning Saxophone with Sarah. Sarah is very considerate and professional. 5 star.

Jerry L. Jan 24, 2016
Saxophone · In home

My 10 years old son is learning Saxophone with Sarah. Sarah is very considerate and professional. Highly recommended.

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