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About Shannon S.

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Houston, TX

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all levels through college/adult.

Affiliations:
American Association of University Professors
American Federation of Musicians
American Symphony Orchestra League
College Music Society
Houston Flute Club
International Double-Reed Society
International Clarinet Society
National Flute Association
North American Saxophone Alliance

About Shannon
AFFILIATIONS:
Music: AAUP, AFM, ASOL/LAO, CMS, HFC, NFA, IDRS, ICS, NASA.
Fitness: ISSA, NDETA, ASHI, USAT, LCT, BAM, HRTC.
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MUSIC (see fitness below): Shannon has numerous years experience teaching all skill levels on woodwinds, and beginning-intermediate piano & classical strings, using various approaches to best suit the students learning style, personality and needs.

Shannon is an active musician, who has been featured as a soloist, and in the flute and woodwind sections with various orchestras, chamber ensembles, opera orchestras and musical theatre within the United States, Italy, and Mexico. She is presently Principal Flute of the Baytown Symphony, Director of the Da Capo Chamber Ensembles, and is a substitute musician with the Orquesta Sinfnica de Monterrey, Symphony of Southeast Texas, and Opera in the He
ights.

Shannon has been a faculty member at various colleges,and is currently Adjunct Professor of Music at Jessup University and Brazosport College, and also has an active private studio, Leigh Studios. She is the College Music Society South-Central Regional President; and is an Advisory Board member for the Houston Flute Club.

Shannon received her Masters of Music degree in Performance from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. She also studied at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and received her B.A. degree in Performance, and B.S. degree in Music-Business from Winona State University, and has studied with world-renowned instructors.

Shannon has received grants for her work, from the Minnesota State Arts Board, American Federation of Musicians, Rome Festival Orchestra, and the Winona Music Guild, and was the 1997 recipient of the Vivian Menees Nelson Music Award.

Shannon is also a sponsored triathlete and trainer/coach/race director, and gives workshops on the importance of healthy living, nutrition and exercise for musicians. She is a board member for The Lake Charles Triathletes. And she is a strong advocate for music, health, and triathlon. Sponsors: Maggie Martinez-LMT, Eating for Performance, Bikesport, DeSoto Sport, Gu Performance Energy, Rudy Project, Amit Jethva-DDS, Leigh Enterprises. Her primary sports growing up were track, gymnastics, and cycling.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am pretty easy going. I want you to feel comfortable and at ease, but we do need to focus and can have fun doing it. :)
I utilize various methods for each instrument, which is determined by the students learning style and ability; needs, so this can change as time goes on (not sticking to one particular publishers materials). I have done (and continue to do) extensive research into materials available for each instrument I teach, and supplement with my own, to utilize the best out there for "YOU" for the best possible progress. While ensuring an extremely well-rounded musical education, so you can progress at the best possible rate. Since each student's potential is different, each will progress differently. This is also determined by your dedication to daily practice (the more you practice, the quicker you will progress & the more accomplished you will become). This is a 'Team Effort'; I give the guidance and tools. You practice, utilize learn these tools, and off we go! The sky is the limit!

*** Specialties ***
Classical, jazz
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FITNESS: Shannon has been athletic most of her life. She is a Certified Personal Trainer, Specialist in Exercise Therapy, and running / multisport (swim/bike/run) coach for 15 years.

She is a sponsored athlete, and a 2018 World Championship Qualifier and Participant in Denmark, representing Team USA, and has also placed in her age group at numerous endurance events.

She applies her years of teaching experience to helping you reach your physical and nutritional goals, to be the healthiest you can be. She's not for quick fixes/results. It's all about a transformational lifestyle change. Enjoy the journey! It's well worth it! (see info above).
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Kayla May 22, 2019
· Violin · In studio
Very knowledgeable. Easy to talk to and ask questions.
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Cynthia February 17, 2019
· Flute · Online
My daughter's first lesson with Shannon went very well. We look forward to continuing the flute journey with her.
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Theresa G. January 27, 2019
· Piano · Online
Very good first lesson. Enjoyed meeting Shannon. Looking forward to learning more,
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Shannon S.

Houston, TX 77047
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About Tina D.

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Prospect Park, PA

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I've played saxophone for about 18 years. I enjoy teaching all levels of saxophone students! Saxophone is a fun and versatile instrument.

About Tina
Hello!

I've been teaching private lessons for over 15 years. I was a high school music teacher & band director in the Philadelphia area for 7 years, and I now live in Miami, FL where I am working on a doctoral degree in conducting. I also work as a freelance musician. I'm looking forward to making music with you!

Your lesson specifics are up to you! If you know what you want to learn, I'll help get you there. If you don't know where to start, I can lead you through the fundamentals and help you set goals.

I like to keep things positive in music lessons. Music is, after all, for fun and enjoyment! I like to blend teaching technique and musicianship, while keeping things fun.

If you're a beginner, we'll get started with all the fundamentals you need to begin making music. If you've been playing for a while, I'll help you perfect
things you've been working on, expand your musical experience, and help you reach your fullest potential as a musician.

Online lessons are a wonderful option! I am flexible with scheduling and allow changes up to 24-hours before a scheduled lesson. My home studio has chairs, music stand, and areas for parents to sit in on lessons. Garage band is available for recording. Students need an instrument and books.
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Randy April 29, 2019
· Saxophone · Online
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Hanna April 12, 2019
· Clarinet · Online
Great first lesson! Look forward to many more
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Anthony F. March 11, 2019
· Saxophone · In studio
Best teacher ever. Very patient.
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About Thomas W.

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Downingtown, PA

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I can help beginners get started or coach advanced students who are preparing for auditions.

About Thomas
Thomas J. W. is an active music teacher, composer, adjudicator, and clinician in the greater Philadelphia area. He has over fifteen years experience as a concert band director, marching band director, jazz improvisation instructor, choral director, private instructor, and marching drill writer. His directing career has included small rural band programs, small metro programs, large high-achieving suburban programs, and non-profit youth bands. In addition to his band compositions, he also has over forty unpublished vocal arrangements to his credit, most written for use with collegiate men's a cappella groups. Thomas taught over 600 online and local private music lessons in 2016.

Thomas has a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education from The Pennsylvania State University. He holds a teaching certificate in the states of Pennsylvania
and New Jersey and has taught at the secondary level in both states. In addition to both instrumental and choral ensembles at Penn State, Thomas was a student leader in the Penn State Blue Band and a member of the brass section of the Cadets of Bergen County Drum and Bugle Corps in 1993 and 1994. He served as an Associate Director of the Warren Junior Military Band of Youngstown, Ohio from 1995 to 2005. He also served as a visual staff member for the renowned North Penn Marching Knights of Lansdale, PA for one season in 2004.

He is a current adjudicator with Drum Corps International and Cavalcade of Bands. He is a member of MENC, PMEA, NJMEA, ASCAP, CASA, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and the National Band Association. He appeared in the Marquis Who's Who Among American Educators in 2004 and 2005, an honor rarely bestowed upon teachers, as students who appear in the Who's Who Among American High School Students must nominate them. He currently is a music teacher at the Center for Performing and Fine Arts of the PA Leadership Charter School in West Chester, PA and resides in Downingtown, PA with his wife and two sons.

Thomas will happily work with students on the autism spectrum or students with ADD.

*** Lesson Details ***
My lessons are tailored to the needs and interests of each student. If a student is involved in school music ensembles, we will work with their lesson books from school in addition to material outside of the books, including SmartMusic, Noteflight, and teacher-created materials. We will focus on building proper tone production and individual technique - something that often is difficult to learn in a large ensemble setting.

I am capable of starting a beginner student on any band instrument including percussion, any classical string instrument (violin, viola, cello, string bass), and piano. I can begin a student on drum set and work with them through their first method book, but I would then recommend they find a specialized drum set teacher after a period of six to twelve months.

For advanced students, I work from selected conservatory etude books on developing advanced skills and can work with students on audition pieces for honors bands/orchestras or college auditions.

My lessons are a half-hour once a week, with the option of working for 45 minutes or 60 minutes.

*** Specialties ***
music, band, orchestra, flute, clarinet, oboe, bassoon, saxophone, trumpet, french horn, trombone, euphonium, tuba, violin, viola, cello, string bass, piano, Percussion
classical, jazz improvisation
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Lorraine Anne April 28, 2019
· Classical Voice · Online
Fabulous! What a great teacher! And SO KNOWLEDGEABLE about all kinds of music! THANKS! looking forward to all my lessons!
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jia L. April 26, 2019
· Violin · In home
Tom was my 10-year-old daughter's violin teacher, he is very kind, patient and professional.
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Kimberley B. February 7, 2019
· Clarinet · Online
I love my lessons. In only a few lessons, Thomas has given me some tips that I have been trying to figure out for years. He is very kind and knowledgable.
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About Darrell V.

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Austin, TX

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All styles; soprano, alto, tenor, baritone

About Darrell
Why these lessons are different:
- Formally trained conductor/composer/producer
- Individual or group session options including full band production
- A long roster of satisfied clients
- Broad base of musical styles (rock, classical, jazz, blues, metal, bluegrass, folk, theater, big band, symphonic, pop, punk, country, march, gospel, avant-garde...)
- Over 20 yrs teaching experience and work with recognized professionals including work in some of the top-rated private schools in the United States
- Over 30 years performing experience

Instrument-specific instruction:
- Voice
- Guitar [Spanish, acoustic, electric]
- Electric Bass
- Piano/Keyboard
- Woodwinds [specializing in saxophones]
- Percussion
- Brass & Bowed Strings [performance preparation only]

My process is based on (but does not adhere strictly to
) the Classical approach to Western tonal harmony and asks that the students develop certain fundamentals of technique and theory. In my experience, this structure creates the strongest foundation for pupils to build the rest of their musical lives on, whether professionally or solely for personal enjoyment. All of my students are on the fast track to studying music theory. Whatever level they are at when I start with them, I guide their efforts into bringing the students up to a certain level of comprehension regarding the mathematical aspects of music and how it relates to their instruments. This understanding of theoretical principles of sound allows the students to play any style of music they wish, no matter how their tastes may change throughout their lives.

Curriculum Gradation:
Elements of rhythm
Elements of pitch
Elements of dynamics
Elements of articulation
Reading/Writing notation
Tone development
Finding/Expanding your range
Dexterity, speed, and accuracy
How to project
How to advance to the next level
Music theory
Playing by ear
Improvisational techniques
Finding your signature style
Expression/Lyricism
Composition/Arrangement
Project Management
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Trien B. March 4, 2019
· Piano · In home
Darrelia a good teacher. He is very knowledgeable and fun to work with. We would like to book him for a next 5 weeks.
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Harvill W. February 18, 2019
· Singing · In studio
Gave detailed assignments/homework to help learn reading script music. Great insight into stumbling blocks to avoid. Measured my effective voice range. Easy to get along with and very encouraging to a basic beginner. I told him I understand why his students gave him rave reviews.
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George July 20, 2018
· Arrangement and Composition · In home
Just completed another project with Dr D and I'm always impressed with his work ethic. His arrangement and production skills are top notch.
George Coyne, Parrot Tracks Studio
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Darrell V.

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About Paul W.

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Houston, TX

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Extensive music theory application and rhythm concept.

About Paul
Professional musician, engineer, producer, music educator with a lot of experience teaching kids and adults alike.

Taught and performed all over Germany, The Netherlands, Belguim, Canada, Great Britain,Portugal, Africa , U.S.A. etc.

Still Performing, recording all around the United states.
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Nyen L. February 6, 2019
· Cello · In studio
Very nice lesson
I recommended him.
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Heather C. January 23, 2019
· Piano · In studio
Paul is outstanding! He certainly has all 5 of the great qualities that you would want in an instructor. He is extremely patient, skilled, serious but also fun & inspiring and makes each and every lesson joyful and enjoyable. In fact I am enjoying my piano lessons so much that I just purchased more.
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Celestine January 4, 2019
· Singing · In studio
Paul has been a great instructor. Being a beginner student with no prior knowledge, I have been surprised at how articulate Paul has been in providing training regimes along with a follow up of progress reports on techniques learned. I have made tremendous progress since learning how to practice effectively and is lookin forward to see how far I can go!
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Houston, TX 77063
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About Brandon S.

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What kind of music do you like? Have you tried learning music from a method book and just didn't have fun? Over the past 5 years of teaching several instruments I have developed a system of learning songs that YOU love and learn what music is about. With the songs you want to learn, we talk about articulation, intonation, and many exercises to help you become better. We can talk about reed care, instrument care as well!

About Brandon
I am a professional Saxophone, Clarinet, and Flute player. I have been composing my own music for video games and short films, and working as a mixing engineer for a couple years now, just really exploring many different aspects of music. I have a degree from Utah Valley University in Commercial Music, and spent most of that degree on the performance aspect of music.

My Saxophone students can expect some of the fun and some of the practical. We will be working on articulation, tone production, intonation, breathing, different forms of vibrato and many other aspects of control over the saxophone while learning songs that you as the student want to learn.

I have been taking piano lessons for 15 years, and turning around and teaching the techniques and abilities to my students have been really fun! We work on the fundamentals, but we
focus on learning cool songs and do things that few other instruments can do.

I have a lot of fun with music theory. I try to be practical in what students need to know, but can teach much more. I have a jazz background and can teach jazz theory, including comping and improvisation.
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Margarito January 14, 2019
· Piano · In home
He was really nice and explained in a very easy way.
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Austin April 18, 2018
· Music Recording · Online
Brandon is fantastic. I don't know that he's ever given me a word of bad advice, and has been a HUGE help in getting my career as a producer and narrator off the ground. He's incredibly knowledgeable and skillful, and my experiences in both hiring him and learning from him have been absolutely fantastic. I would heartily recommend him!
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About Max D.

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Antioch, TN

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I am Belmont University School of Music Graduate that can teach all styles and teach all saxophones (soprano, alto, tenor, bari) I have taught young students and adults up to age 70! I love teaching and try to make it fun for the student.

About Max
I am a Belmont University School of Music Graduate that plays all the saxophones, clarinets, and flutes. I love what I do and try to make the students have fun while learning as much as possible. I have lived in Nashville TN for five years and love it here. I have taught since sophomore year of high school and love working with students.
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Paula C. October 30, 2018
· Clarinet · In home
Max is an awesome teacher! He is very knowledgeable and patient which was exactly what my son needed. He was also very accommodating and accessible for times when we needed to reschedule. My son’s performance increased dramatically only after one summer of weekly lessons. Can’t say enough good things about Max.
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Adam July 15, 2018
· Clarinet · In home
Really knows the instrument, knows what to hone in on for improvement. Very personable.
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About Mark L.

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Spring, TX

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I am a retired high school band director, professional classical saxophonist and a woodwind repair technician. I play and teach sax, clarinet and flute. I was in the top concert band at the University of Minnesota and currently playing 1st Alto sax and conducting in s professional concert band.

About Mark
I am a professional saxophonist, (all saxes) a retired High School Band Director and Woodwind Repair Technician. I started private teaching as a junior in High School and have continued intermittently to the present. Almost all of my private students became first chair players. I currently play 1st alto sax in a professional concert band. I was blessed to be in the top band at the University of Minnesota which toured the Soviet union playing 28 concerts and ending up in the White House playing a concert for the President of the United States. I have worked with students and adults in a teaching setting in music, the BSA and Human Resources.
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William March 8, 2019
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I am writing in support of Mark Levenson. I have known Mark for over ten years. In this time I have been lucky to work with him on several projects. Mark is a very fine musician and a great person. 'For the past several years he has been Principal Alto and Saxophone Section Leader for the Sarasota Concert Band. This is a semi-professional Symphonic Band that I conduct. His playing is at an artist level and his commitment to the ensemble is exceptional. When needed to help out, Mark will gladly switch to play soprano, tenor or baritone saxophone for the good of the group. And he plays these equally well. Also, about once a year, Mark would take the baton and guest conduct with great ease and artistry. Mark also worked for the Board of Directors of the SCB. In this capacity he was very helpful in many aspects of keeping the band running smoothly. Raising money, suggesting music, publicity, concert and rehearsal logistics and more are all elements Mark was always willing to help with. His previous experience as a high school band director makes him able to understand and have expertise in all areas of band affairs. He is always willing to help with a positive attitude. His experience in Human Resources also helped in matters of personnel and logistics.

Another way I have been involved with Mark is through his teaching. The SCB has a commitment to fostering music education in our area. Mark has served as a teacher and mentor to many high school band students in our area. We run an Honor Band, a Summer Music Camp and regular playing opportunities for middle and high school students. Mark's hard work and high level of knowledge has always helped our groups..

Mark is also a very fine musical instrument repairman. He does a great job repairing both woodwind and brass instruments. For the past decade or so he has been my main repairman for my clarinets and saxophones that I play professionally.

When Mark and his family decided to leave our area, it was a big loss for us. Besides myself, many other music teachers, performers and students miss the influence of Mark. I know that Mark will continue his high standards and exceptional commitment where ever he is. Our loss is your gain. I enthusiastically recommend Mark Levenson to you.
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Russell January 22, 2019
· Saxophone · In home
Mark is a very clear and learned instrumentalist, my instrument of choice is the Saxophone. His approach is very relaxing and direct, Mark is very complimentary towards the things I did correctly which is a real plus for a student like myself.

I know his knowledge base is deep and look forward to actually picking up something new and redirecting bad habits. Tone, Breathing, relaxing, improving the embouchure enjoy what your doing was his focus on the first visit. 1st lesson five stars...

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Anna W. January 14, 2019
· Flute · In home
Anna is very excited about her flute lessons after her first one. She is feeling more confident!
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About Eric J.

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Brooklyn, NY

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My goal as a saxophone and clarinet teacher is to cultivate a fun, focused, and productive lesson environment. Regardless of age or experience, I believe the passion that initially inspires someone to take up an instrument is the most important attribute to nurture. As a teacher, I try to figure out what that passion is for each individual student, and develop a plan together that incorporates learning a solid foundation of technical skills, exploring new and interesting topics, and maintaining an atmosphere of curiosity.

Speaking specifically about what lessons would include, I believe a strong foundation of technical skills is essential for anyone wanting to improve at an instrument. Things we can cover are: tone production, breathing, tonguing, finger technique, reading music, music theory etc. More creative topics that I enjoy diving into with students are: transcribing, composing, ear training, developing new exercises, jazz and improvisation etc. As a jazz saxophonist and ...

About Eric
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Thanks for considering taking lessons with me. I have been playing saxophone and clarinet for ~14 years, and teaching for 7. I studied jazz at Indiana University's prestigious Jacobs School of Music and soon after moved to NYC in 2017. I am equally comfortable teaching and performing on both instruments, and have experience in many settings such as jazz, latin ensembles, pop, pit orchestras, and show music. Currently I live in Brooklyn, where I maintain a private lesson studio and perform around NYC.

Though I have the most experience teaching middle and high school students, I am comfortable with any age, and can teach both saxophone and clarinet at beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels. My area of specialty is jazz and improvisation, something common to saxophone but rarely studied on clarinet. I enjoy seeing the rapid progr
ess that often comes when interested beginner students are exposed to private lesson instruction. I especially try to prioritize the student's specific interest or passion, such as wanting to learn a famous sax solo (I wanted to learn saxophone to play the "Pink Panther" theme..). I believe in letting that passion guide a student's practice, and as the teacher I hope to provide the right mix of answers, challenge, and creative questioning.
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About David W.

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Alexandria, VA
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Saxophone lessons are unique with me because I am experienced and will provide you with the best beginner lessons personally because I am good friends with many band teachers throughout the area and they have taught me how to teach myself. I have been playing the saxophone for 5 years and played it in the band.

About David
Hi, my name is David Wetzler I am a saxophone enthusiast and love music, I have been playing for 5 years and have loved every second!
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David W.

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