When I was 12 or 13 I heard John Coltrane's masterpiece album 'Giant Steps' for the first time. From then on I was magnetized to the saxophone and devoted my life to studying the great art form of jazz. I have come to believe that the only thing better than playing music is sharing music with others! Hailing from Flagstaff, Arizona, I attended Western Michigan University on a four year scholarship and received my Bachelor of Music, Jazz Studies in 2009. I had the privilege of studying with the great Trent Kynaston, as well as performing with some of the most influential jazz musicians today, including Bobby McFerrin, Stefon Harris, Billy Hart, Fred Hersch, and Randy Brecker. I now live in Chicago where I teach lessons and perform regularly with my bands, The Winchester Sound and Orcas are Dolphins. I teach jazz saxophone, classical saxophone, music theory, jazz/pop theory, music performance, arranging and composition. *** Lesson Details *** I believe everyone gets into music for a different reason, and therefore each student deserves their own custom curriculum. It is important for students to work at a pace and in a direction that is comfortable for them. For this reason, we will start with a consultation so I can figure out exactly what you aim to get out of taking lessons. From there we will incorporate some standard curriculum and method books that I enjoy using, as well as my own techniques that involve plenty of ear training and exercises to improve one's facility on the instrument (scales, patterns, technique). Most importantly, we're going to have a lot of fun! If you are not having fun it's not even worth your time. I am very laid back and promote a stress-free environment. Remember, I was once a beginner, too. I know what it's like to learn something new, so I want to be there to guide you through it! *** Studio Equipment *** extra music room f/w keyboard w/ seating for parents *** Travel Equipment *** I provide no equipment. Student must provide saxophone, reeds, books, etc. *** Specialties *** My passion is jazz. Not just jazz saxophone, but the art form in general. I love to teach people the theory behind improvisation and watch them as they explore and internalize the endless possibilities thereafter. I am also classically trained and am equally proficient in that area, although I would say I do prefer jazz. In summary, my specialties would be: jazz saxophone, jazz/pop theory, improvisation, jazz arranging, saxophone performance, composing.
Teaches all skill levels
Teaching since 2004
BM Jazz Studies/Saxophone Performance
Teaches ages 12+
Has background check
Super great, gave me tips and resources to practice at home and had a wonderful personality.
Great Teacher! Great experience. I have homework (yay!), and I am looking forward to returning.
Sean is a great teacher! He's extremely knowledgeable and can explain tough concepts very clearly. He's really made me feel like my goals are within reach. Highly, highly recommended (especially if you want to play jazz).