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Lessons on saxophone that focus on musicality and technique.
I have been an avid saxophone player since I was in middle school. I have much experience leading saxophone sections and jazz bands, as well as coaching private students.
It is my philosophy that learning and playing an instrument should be an enjoyable experience, and it is my goal to spark a love of music in all my students. I will have you playing in no time, and will also teach you the theory behind music that is so essential for any musician to understand.
I encourage all my students to enjoy exploring the sound of the saxophone and to find their voice on the instrument. Lessons include everything from reading and basic stylistic concepts, to improvisation, playing along with recordings of your favorite players, and transcription. I am a graduate of the University of North Texas Jazz Studies program and have over 15 years of teaching experience.
I am also very diligent in teaching sound production, embouchure, and tone. I specialize in prepping saxophonists for high school and college auditions. Many of my high school students have participated in San Diego Honor Band and San Diego Youth Symphony and received top honors. I also offer full-service recording services and can help guide you through the college audition process.
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I'm a full-time musician in the music industry for 13 years now performing with such artists as J.C. Chasez (N'Sync), Tony-award winner Alice Ripley along with several theater companies. I've also coached multiple band programs for 4 years now. Success comes from having a thorough understanding of each instrument I play. This allows for multiple approaches to learning each instrument, rapid development of the student and involving fun teaching techniques. You'll learn fast and enjoy doing it!
I like to teach from albums and recordings, through figuring out what kind of music each student likes the most. The desire to play saxophone should develop from the love of great music, so naturally that should be the basis of learning any instrument.
Additionally, I like to get specific into the nuts and bolts of the instrument, through systematically targeting technique flaws and giving a practice regimen as needed to each student.
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