Vanessa Sewell

Vanessa S.

San Mateo, CA

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Vanessa delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 10 to 17

Teaching since:
June 2010

I'd love to have a few more students to build my studio in the Bay Area! I currently play Alto Saxophone with the San Francisco Wind Ensemble. I sing and conduct choir at church, and play clarinet with ensembles from time to time. I have my Bachelors in Music Education and I've taught at both the middle school and high school levels. I currently have saxophone, flute, and clarinet students and am looking for more!

I studied Saxophone at BYU with Dr. Ray Smith, who is a pupil of Eugene Rousseau, arguably the best classical saxophonist of our time. And I played in countless large and small ensembles there. I know I can be a great music teacher for you, focusing on the basics and making sure proper technique and musicality is always addressed. I strive to help each individual student with their needs. I will challenge you, but we ll be sure to move at your own pace. I feel my years of experience playing and teaching build a great foundation for me to be your best private music teacher. We'll focus on appropriate repertoire, technique, and work toward yearly recitals.

Why should I choose you as my saxophone teacher in San Mateo?

I have nearly 2 decades of experience playing saxophone. I graduated from BYU with my bachelors in music education and saxophone. I had my teaching credentials in UT as well. I have taught at both middle school and high school levels. I play at the professional level with the San Francisco Wind Ensemble.

Do you have references?

I can give you references when you contact me. I also had my teaching credentials in UT so I went through all of the clearance for that as well.

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Choir Conductor
Aug 2014 - Present
Church Choir

I am currently the Choir Director at my church. This is a position I love, and have done in the past as well.

Oct 2013 - Present
Church Choirs

I've sang in various interfaith choirs in the Bay Area. And I have performed with countless choirs throughout my life. Singing is another passion of mine.

Private Teacher
May 2013 - Present
S. Music

Teach saxophone and beginning clarinet and flute

Mar 2013 - Present
San Francisco Wind Ensemble

Play Alto Saxophone and Clarinet with the San Francisco Wind Ensemble

Student Teacher
Sep 2009 - Apr 2010

Student taught at Centennial Middle School and American Fork High School in UT.


Bachelors in Music Education: Instrumental K-12; Saxophone
May 2006 - Jun 2010
Brigham Young University


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Utah Teacher's Credentials
Jun 2010
State of Utah School Board

Photos & Videos

Clip from 2014 recital
Photo by Vanessa S.

Conducting Cedar Middle School Bands 2008
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2 Reviews

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Libby L. Jun 23, 2015
Saxophone · In studio

Vanessa is a wonderful teacher. She taught my son for a year and helped him to make so much progress in his performance. She is a very patient and knowledgeable educator who knows how to motivate her students to reach their potential. Thank you so much, Vanessa, for your great job!!!

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Liz K. Aug 3, 2014
Saxophone · In studio

Vanessa is an outstanding teacher and really connects to her students! She is top-rated and I just wish I found her earlier!! Thank you Vanessa for all of your strength, support, and knowledge!!

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