Thomas Weeks

Thomas W.

Oakland, CA

Lesson Details

Saxophone

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

I help students to achieve their personal goals and develop a unique individual style, in addition to teaching the fundamentals of sound production, dexterity, reading, and improvisation. I specialize in jazz and improvisation, but have a great deal of experience with classical, funk, and rock music.

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About

Thomas delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+

Teaching since:
2005

I am a saxophonist, composer, and improviser from the East Bay area. I hold an MA in Music Composition from Mills College in Oakland, CA, and a BM in Jazz Composition from Berklee College of Music in Boston. I have been teaching saxophone and guitar lessons since 2005, and maintain an active schedule performing original music.

I have taught students saxophone and guitar independently in the Bay Area, Boston, and New York, in students' homes and my own home and rehearsal spaces. I have taught children as young as 10 years old, adult beginners, and professional musicians learning to double on saxophone. I have taught students for up to five years consecutively, and have also given master class style one-off lessons.

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Education

Master of Arts in Music Composition
Aug 2015 - May 2017
Mills College
Bachelor of Music in Jazz Compositon
May 2010 - May 2012
Berklee College of Music

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency

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3 Reviews

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Yifan T. May 21, 2016
Saxophone · In home

Tom is awesome, he is always very patient to instruct my son how to use, play and maintain saxophone. I will very happy to continue to add more classes and recommend him to my friends.

Yeonathan Mar 7, 2016
Saxophone · In studio

Tom is a true gem of a teacher. As a student with some prior music experience but no saxophone experience, Tom was able to help me work on my saxophone technique while always mainting a creative, musical, and compositional approach to even the most mundane exercise. I truly wouldn't be half the musician I am today if it weren't for Tom's mentorship. Could not recommend him more.

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Harry Mar 7, 2016
Saxophone · In home

As a percussionist transitioning over to the world of wind instruments, I can't thank Tom enough for helping to guide me along the way. He's great at breaking down larger concepts into smaller, more manageable pieces, and I never felt overwhelmed or pressured by his teaching methods. I really appreciated Tom's friendly and casual approach, as I know from prior experience that a convival atmosphere does wonders for helping to learn an instrument in a stress-free way. Can't recommend him enough, two thumbs up!

P.S. Be sure to ask him for jazz recommendations, the guy's got quite the taste!

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