Lessons on saxophone that focus on musicality and technique.
About Dr. Ariana
From Seattle to the Baltimore/Washington DC area, and now San Diego, Ariana has been teaching woodwinds to a wide variety of ages and ability levels. Ariana holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of California, San Diego and both Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in Performance from the Peabody Institute of the John’s Hopkins University. She began her musical career on alto saxophone in her elementary school beginning band, and quickly added flute and clarinet to her practice. As a performer she is experienced in classical, jazz, and theater, appearing at numerous venues and
festivals around the US and in Europe. Along with performing, Ariana is truly passionate about teaching and sharing music. The encouraging, nurturing technique of her former teachers strongly influences her approach to pedagogy.
Andrea December 16, 2015
Dr. Ariana Warren is by far the best instructor. She has a lesson plan, follows through, can motivate teenagers and younger students, all with a positive, direct approach. She knows the technical aspects to getting a great sound and she is an expert in teaching music theory.
Stewart December 16, 2015
Ariana was kind and patient with my daughter and really helped her progress in her playing. My daughter quit the school band because she was frustrated with it, but continued to practice and play on her own because of Ariana.
You'll be fortunate to have her as a teacher.
Monalisa December 16, 2015
Ariana is the best teacher My daughter has ever had. She bonded with Ariana, listened to all her instructions closely. Ariana helped her with auditions for advanced wind ensemble and district honor band. My daughter came out with flying colors. She is really very unhappy that she can't go to Ariana anymore because of the commute time.
"“You can play a shoestring if you're sincere." - John W. Coltrane
Adrián T.: Born on October 17, 1975, and raised in Chihuahua, Chihuahua, México, Adrian grew up surrounded by the traditional music of Central America from Danzón, Boleros and Rumba, to Son and Mambo. T. began developing his musical ability starting at the age of eleven. He was inclined to play the flute and the tenor saxophone with an understanding of classical music and a distinct attraction to jazz, and five years later chose to take on the clarinet. His grandmother, a "Danzón Nut" according to T., urged her grandson in that direction, but the young player was adamant towards a newfound par
agon for himself: Hubert Laws.
2001 was a year that would have a profound impact on T.’s music. While pursuing Sociology and Music Studies at The University of Texas, El Paso, he learned more about the transmission of these ideas and theories through music. In an effort to track the development of marked philosophical and spiritual traditions observed by ancient cultures, T.arranged to meet, learn, and creatively collaborate with musicians involved with traditions originating from West Africa. One of his primary interests was the Yoruba tradition (predominantly out of Western Nigeria), the ancient African religion underlying Santeria (Cuba and Puerto Rico), Candombl (Baha, Brazil), Vodun (Haiti), and Cu Taan (México).
In May 2002 T. was diagnosed with Cancer that spread to his stomach and abdomen, treatments included surgery and extensive radiation treatment to the stomach and abdomen. In 2004, he was declared cancer free and in the same year he joined the band The Mars Volta as a full-flesh member.
THE MARS VOLTA In 2004 T. joined The Mars Volta recording the studio album, “Frances the Mute”, and continues to work with the band (as a full-fledged member) on subsequent albums (“Live Scabdates” 2005, “Amputechture” 2006, “The Bedlam in Goliath” 2008) and all of The Mars Volta side projects (movie scores, DVD‘s, etc.). The Mars Volta is comprised of guitarist Omar A. Rodriguez-Lopez, lyricist/vocalist Cedric Bixler-Zavala, bassist John Alderete, guitarist Paul Hinojos-González, drummer Thomas Pridgen, percussionist Marcel Rodriguez-Lopez, and keyboardist Isaiah “Ikey” Owens. Through his work with The Mars Volta, T. went on to earn his first Grammy Award in 2008 for the “Best Rock Performance” category with the song "Wax Simulacra". Working with The Mars Volta has enabled T. to gain further exposure as a multi-instrumentalist, particularly in Europe.
Television performances of The Mars Volta include (but not limited to): The Henry Rollins Show, The Tonight Show with David Letterman, and The BBC.
THE STUDIO/TOURING MUSICIAN T.’s solid performance and versatility have allowed him many opportunities to collaborate with a vast array of professionals worldwide. T. has shared the stage and/or recorded with the likes of Larry Harlow, Antonio Sánchez, Bob Sheppard, Edwin Livingston, Erik A. Unsworth, Dr. Willy Hill, Dr. Donald G. Wilkinson, Damo Suzuki, Lenny Castro, Money Mark Nishita, Los Lobos, EMI Gospel Artist Smokie Norful, Lisa Papineau (Big Sir), Omar A. Rodriguez-Lopez Quintet/Group (Se Dice Bisonte, No Búfalo 2007, music scoring for the Guillermo Arriaga Jordan and Jorge Hernández Aldana film on El Búfalo de la Noche on La Neta Films/Naco Films performed by The Mars Volta), Hans Glawishing, John Beasley, Brian Lynch, Shaila Dúrcal, John Frusciante, Tosin Abasi (Animals As Leaders), Ken Schalk, Juliette Lewis, Nuriya Michan, Deantoni Parks, Candiria, The Memorials, Trevor Hall, Oscar Stagnaro, Billy Ray Cyrus, David "FuZe" Fiuczynski and Freedom Bremner of Screaming Headless Torsos, Pete Escobedo, Oskar Cartaya, Hadrien Feraud, and Luis Conte, Jack Costanzo among others.
T.’s professional involvement with the music industry has continued to develop under his own publishing and record label, EL REGIMEN Music BMI, leading T.R.A.M. and as a led member of one of the strongest lineups in improvisational music TRANSIENT. This dignified and prolific musician collaborates with an eclectic number of international musicians, tours internationally on an intense and annual schedule, all the while teaching workshops to numerous school districts and universities around the globe. T. has also had the great honor of being featured on 2014's Channel 22 México and Channel 22 International.
T.R.A.M. It's extremely rare to come across a band that flips the script of conventionality, throwing caution to the wind. The debut effort from T.R.A.M. (T., Reyes, Abasi, Moore) does just that, while blazing a trail of creativity quick to turn heads throughout the world. This unit will easily be referred to by many as a “Super Group”. However, the members of this dynamic unit aren't in this for any reason other than to use it as a platform to further express their art without limitations or any preconceived notions.
T.R.A.M. is comprised of such renowned and musically proficient artists as Adrián T. (The Mars Volta) on saxophone, flute, bass clarinet and percussion, Javier Reyes (Animals As Leaders) on guitar, Tosin Abasi (Animals As Leaders) on guitar, and Eric Moore II (Suicidal Tendencies) on drums. This is a group of like-minded individuals that are naturally gifted with the collaboration of their unique talents resulting in something truly amazing. Their much anticipated debut album, “Lingua Franca”, was released February 2012 through Sumerian Records.
“Tosin Abasi and I were originally introduced by a mutual friend, Raanen Bozzio (Terry Bozzio's son), summer of 2010. This meeting also served as my first introduction to Animals As Leaders and Javier Reyes. Since then, Abasi, Reyes, and I have developed a great relationship. We got together almost every day to try out ideas, and after a month we had already formulated a majority of the record. At this point we contacted Eric Moore, an incredible drummer and the most joyful person to be around, and soon everything we had envisioned rhythmically came together on our first meeting/recording session (at the Farias Productions Studios) on what is now T.R.A.M… I never know how people will respond to our music, I just never know! My goal is to try to instill a strong feeling or energy in people and I feel that collectively we achieved this goal tenfold with this new project. We all have a great enthusiasm and desire to perform this material live and see this band further develop. We look forward to hearing what you all think of it.”
Adrián T. TRANSIENT A concept ensemble with its roots in west coast music, TRANSIENT performs original music inspired by the tradition of Chamber Music and Contemporary Jazz on today's world. This genuine ensemble led by flautist Adrian T.(The Mars Volta, and T.R.A.M.), followed by cellist Artyom Manukyan (Peter Erskine and The Joe Zawinul's Syndicate), and on the drums the powerful young lion Tim "Figg" Newton, brings a collection of original compositions written as a story line of work of solid experimental material and improvisation. Translating the live performance into the world of sound.
TRANSIENT exists as a unique new voice comprised of some of creative music's fearless players on the globe.
Zephyr A. November 10, 2015
Arrangement and Composition ·
Adrián and I have now played together many times, and each time I have learned something new about myself. Interacting musically with Adrian has allowed me to expand my compositional horizon, and my understanding of the geography of my own instrument.
Adrián's experience and creativity is unparalleled by nearly anyone you will find in his field, especially when one considers his versatility as a woodwind doubler (sax, flute, clarinet, etc.) in genres including classical, jazz, experimental rock, and traditional mexican folk music.
If you are so lucky to have the opportunity, I would strongly recommend you study with Adrián.
-Zephyr Avalon, Bassist
Chelsea S. November 1, 2015
In home Verified Student
Adrian has been giving my son saxophone lessons and we couldn't be happier. My son is new to the instrument and is progressing very well. Adrian is professional, on time and my son is enjoying his lessons. I highly recommend him.
Daniel D. October 4, 2015
In home Verified Student
I'm a beginning-intermediate piano student and been looking to improve my playing abilities and comprehension. Adrián was able to quickly evaluate my needs and devise a lesson plan to keep me focused. He is very fun, enthusiastic and knowledgeable. I would highly recommend Adrián as your instructor.
The lessons will be specifically tailored to the individual student’s strengths, skills, ambitions, and interests. For beginners, the focus of most of the lessons will be on music fundamentals, embouchure, tone production, posture, technique, reading, and other essential elements. For intermediate and more advanced students, I will continue to build on the student’s prior experience and knowledge of the instrument and repertoire and introduce them to more advance concepts. My primary focus for the last 15 years has been on jazz saxophone, but I also have training and experience playing classical music and a ton of experience playing saxophone in a variety of different rock bands.
Hello everyone! My name is Gabriel and I have over 25 years experience playing music, and my goal here is to pass on the knowledge that I’ve acquired over the years so that you too can have an exciting and enriching experience playing music. I have a Masters Degree from San Diego State University in Jazz Performance and I specialize in the baritone and tenor saxophones. Additionally, I also play alto sax, flute, clarinet, bass clarinet, and guitar. I teach students of all levels; beginning to advanced. With my students, the lessons will be specifically tailored to the individual student’s stre
ngths, ambitions, and interests. I specialize in jazz performance and improvisation, but I am well versed in a multitude of styles including classical, rock, funk, progressive, latin jazz, salsa, and others. In addition to teaching music performance, I can provide instruction in music theory, composition, and arranging.
Larry October 21, 2015
Gabriel is a fantastic teacher and a brilliant musician! Everyone loves this guy! I stronlgy recommend him as an instructor for saxophone!!!
Jordan M. October 20, 2015
Gabriel is a very talented woodwind performer. I've seen him play many times in big bands and funk bands and he sounds great. He has a deep knowledge of saxophones, flute, and clarinet. He is a very passionate musician.
I try to be the kind of teacher I would like to have. All of my saxophone students have not only gotten better, they have also grown their own personal joy of playing sax. That's number one for me. Saxophone's the king of all instruments, and I take my students and their needs seriously. I haven't had a single dropout. I can always find something to work on in your playing, no matter where you're at. After years of playing sax myself, I know how to help you get where you want to go.
Saxophone, flute, and clarinet students who study with me all get better at playing their instruments. It's that simple.
Here are a few recent examples: one of my middle school alto sax students advanced to first chair in his school band. A high school age student of mine auditioned for and landed the first chair bari seat in his school district's honor band.
And another high school aged sax student of mine just passed her music finals with a perfect score.
Here’s how it works: you tell me where you want to go, and I will help see that you get there with a fun, interesting, and cre
ative lesson plan. We set goals. And more often than not, we reach them.
Parental involvement is a must with my school-age students.
I also maintain a blog for my students. Have a look here: davegoodswoodshed.blogspot.blog
It's filled with items of interest to woodwind students, and it will give you an idea of my teaching style.
I've been playing saxophone since grade school...and that was back in the 1960's. My specialty is R&B style as a performer, along with rock, soul, and blues. I play out regularly, and I host an all ages jazz workshop in San Diego every Sunday at Java Joe's coffee house on Adams Avenue.
I view the teaching of music as a gift. I am a professional, and I am constantly seeking and learning ways to improve as your teacher. My students all have a good time learning, and as a student myself, that's what it's all about -- learning in a fun, safe, encouraging environment.
If you want to sign up for stuffy old-school woodwind lessons, you'll need to go elsewhere.
Jim November 18, 2015
What impresses me about Dave is that he adds humor to the lessons, yet is still firm about getting the point, or lesson across to my son. My son enjoys the lessons and looks forward to seeing Dave. I highly recommend Dave as an instructor.
Dawn November 18, 2015
Dave is a patient, professional teacher who holds students to a high standard. He not only instructs, but motivates learners to achieve their best level of play. Dave also shows interest in student's academics and other extracurricular activities, He is personable and easy to relate to.
Students are raving about their Saxophone instructors on TakeLessons.
Check out some of these recent reviews.
Review by Tom
"I couldn't have asked for a better teacher. Brian was able to take me from not playing the sax in 10 years to playing in front of 200 people at my wedding
in 6-7 sessions. I'd highly recommend him to anyone looking for lessons."
Dallas, TX teacher:
Review by Griffin
"My son seemed to really enjoy his first lesson with Tom. Looking forward to more!"
Minneapolis, MN teacher:
Review by Evan
"Great first lesson!"
Portland, OR teacher:
Review by Kaito
"Carl is a very good teacher. He's motivating and upbeat, also very patient. I'm really looking forward to learning a lot and having fun!"
Dallas, TX teacher:
Review by Matthew
"Corbin is friendly, professional, and very knowledgeable about both minute technical aspects of saxophone technique as well as general musicality. I was q
uite picky in trying to find a saxophone instructor as I already have a BA in Music and wanted someone to help hone my skills in preparation for graduate studies. And I'm happy to say that Corbin is a great teacher and really knows his stuff!"
Chicago, IL teacher:
Review by Suzanne
"Corbin has started teaching our 10 year old saxophone. Our son had a little bit of experience and Corbin has kept the enthusiasm going. Lessons are a lo
t of fun and motivating."
Chicago, IL teacher:
Review by Pat
"Super knowledgeable and easy going."
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Bill
"I’m an adult beginner student and have been taking lessons for approximately one year. Ian’s approach and method have really motivated me. I’m playing mu
sic that I enjoy, while improving my basic skills. He is very patient and is an excellent instructor and outstanding musician. I would definitely recommend anyone who is serious about learning to play woodwind instruments. I’m looking forward to my next year working with Ian."
San Diego, CA teacher:
Review by John
"I was playing sax for 25-30 years, self taught and had maybe a couple months of formal lessons in total. I was in my mid 40's and a friend introduced me t
o B.J I started bari sax lessons with him and loved it. I was finally learning the right way. When your doing somethng wrong for 25-30 years, it's hard to correct and break old habits.. B.J. had a tremendous amount of patience with this older student, who was married, three kids and working 60 hours weeks, crazy hours. He was flexible and understanding. Hearing B.J. play inspired me to finally start those lessons. Some players can play but are not as adept at teaching someone else what they know. That is certainly NOT the case with B.J. I know I improved musically and thank him for that!"
Cincinnati, OH teacher:
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