Vanessa Sewell

Vanessa S.

San Mateo, CA

About Vanessa S.

Vanessa teaches: Ages 10 to 17
Teaching since: June 2010
Last sign in: More than two months


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.

Photos and Videos

Clip from 2014 recital


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

Languages Spoken

Fluent / Native Proficiency


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

2 Reviews on Vanessa S.

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Libby L. Jun 23, 2015
Verified Student · 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!!!
Liz K. Aug 3, 2014
Verified Student · 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!!
Vanessa Sewell
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