As a private instructor, I genuinely encourage efficient practice, solid technique and good tone quality, as well as an appreciation for music. I also incorporate the study of music theory and the study of music fundamentals in my lessons. I have experience teaching the genres of classical, jazz, modern, folk, and pop music and hope to extend the joy of learning music to my students as well as help them grow and gain confidence in order to bring on-going fulfillment to their musical experience.
I currently teach private lessons in saxophone, flute, and piano and have experience working with individuals as well as small groups. In 2007, I received a Bachelor’s degree in Music Performance from the University of Washington where I studied jazz and classical saxophone. For the past 15 years, I have been performing with many professional groups, ranging in styles from big band jazz, classical, samba, funk, to gospel and blues. As a private instructor, I genuinely encourage efficient practice, solid technique and good tone quality, as well as an appreciation for music. I also incorporate the study of music theory and the study of music fundamentals in my lessons. I have experience teaching the genres of classical, jazz, modern, folk, and pop music and hope to extend the joy of learning music to my students. Over the past ten years I
have been able to help my students grow and gain confidence, which brings on-going fulfillment to their musical experience.
Gwen was a wonderful instructor. She was so knowledgable about both music theory and saxophone skills. I would totally recommend her.
July 30, 2018
Very friendly and extremely helpful I’m really looking forward to my next lesson. I love how she jumped right in and got me playing.
March 31, 2017
It was an honor and a pleasure working with Gwen. Due to personal circumstances, I had to stop working with her, but I highly recommend her as an instructor. She's very knowledgeable, accommodating, and made me feel comfortable. You'll find yourself in good hands with her.
A native of the Pacific Northwest, saxophonist Kareem K is a performer, composer, and educator, who is in high demand for his talents both on and off the stage.
Growing up in the northwest with its vibrant music scene allowed Kareem the opportunity to study with, listen to and perform with world class jazz artists residing in the area. Artists such as Tracy Knoop, Jay Thomas, Don Lanphere, Bill Ramsay, Hadley Caliman, Julian Priester and many others had a large impact on Kareem early in his musical education. This direction and guidance continues to inspire and lead Kareem as he continues his lifelong passion undertaking a career as a professional musician.
Today, as a performing artist he spends most of his time leading his group for which he composes and arranges most of the music. The band is constantly on the move as a sought af
ter performing group and spends most of its time performing in and around the Pacific Northwest. When not leading his own group Kareem can be seen and heard performing as a sideman with many other top notch musical acts and projects, most notably The Paperboys from Vancouver BC.
As an educator Kareem divides his time teaching jazz improvisation as an artist in residence at The Tacoma School of the Arts, directing the award winning student jazz ensemble at Pierce College, conducting masterclasses and workshops at schools around the Puget Sound area, and maintaining a full load of private students. Along with his teaching duties Kareem is the director or The Tacoma Jazz Association, serves on the Tacoma Arts Commission, and is a D'Addario Woodwinds performing artist.
Kareem holds a Bachelors Degree of Music from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle Washington which he attended after receiving a full scholarship.
Throughout his years of teaching Kareem has worked with students of all ages and abilities, from beginners just getting started, to advanced players who simply want new ideas and direction.
*** Lesson Details *** Lessons are relaxed and are focused on what you would like to learn.
I usually begin with assessing where students are in their abilities and then come up with a lesson plan based on what they already know and what they would like to accomplish. They can be geared towards a 5 year old with no musical training whatsoever, or to an advanced musician who wants to further develop their skills.
Topics that I cover in lessons throughout a typical day of teaching include: Instrument technique, sight reading skills ( note and rhythm recognition ), memorization skills, music theory, ear training, improvising, and composing.
After 3 to 6 months of lessons and regular practice a beginning student should have a good command of their instrument and a strong foundation of sight reading. At this point we normally will also have started some music theory as well. For students wanting to focus on jazz we will have already begun improvising as well.
*** Studio Equipment *** 5x10 room w/ piano and seating for parents
*** Specialties *** I focus on the basics of learning to read music and basic technique on the instruments that I teach. From there I proceed with theory, ear training, improvising, composition etc. It all depends on what the students want to learn. I am comfortable teaching classical music as well as jazz, rock, composition, and improvisation.
Kareem is superb. Under his tutelage I am certain I will advance quickly from my current skill set. I'm more convinced than ever that I can become a real musician. His assignments require the commitment that I am willing to invest. I hope I will live up to his expectations.
December 6, 2017
My granddaughter is 6 years old and this is her first professional piano teacher. Kareem is ensuring that she has the basics down before she continues. She enjoys the lessons, and is excited when lesson day comes.
June 2, 2017
My daughter absolutely loves Mr. K!! He is very patient and takes his time to always answer ANY questions she has. She loves taking piano due to him being so awesome!! If you are looking for a great teacher for your little one there is no need to look any further!!
Experienced teacher of 6 years available for eager students of all experience levels and ages! I structure my lessons so that students learn what they want to learn, while also building a strong foundation of saxophone skills. I specialize in classical performance and typically use Standard of Excellence or Accent on Achievement band method books.
Music teacher looking to keep busy working with bright young students eager to improve or begin their musical endeavors!
I have a Bachelor of Music degree from San Jose State University in Music Education and have taught private lessons for over 10 years. I have also recently completed the teaching credential program in Music and teach Kindergarten through 8th grade Music for the Pioneer Union School District. Currently, I play with the Roseville Community Band. I have played the clarinet for 20 years, played with the San Jose State Wind Ensemble for 4, and studied with Dr. Janet Averett while attending SJSU. What I learned from her about teaching is invaluable, I hope to be the inspiration and encouragement to my students that she was to me. I hope to encourage them to express themselves as well teach them good practice skills. Less
ons with me will focus on not just the technical aspect to playing their instrument but the creative/expressive aspect to playing music on any instrument. After all, playing an instrument is about making MUSIC!
*** Travel Equipment *** I expect my students to provide for themselves their instrument, a music stand, and chair. They should also have the music they are working on at school if they have some.
I've been with Mikaela for the past 2 to 3 years, and she's been a wonderful instructor since. I started learning with her after playing the clarinet for about 3 years already- my skills on the clarinet have definitely improved tremendously, and the lessons have given me an edge in all my musical experiences. In addition to being a skillful clarinetist and teacher, she's also very supportive, caring, flexible schedule-wise, and has helped me grow my love for playing and music in general. She has encouraged me to step out of my comfort zone and try new, scary things (auditions, competitions, etc) that have definitely helped me grow as a musician and a person. I would definitely recommend her to anyone looking for a boost in skill, a great teacher, and a wonderful experience. :)
I am an experienced music teacher of 15 years, specializing in beginner, intermediate, and advanced saxophone players. My other specialty is working with intermediate and advanced jazz improv students of all instruments. All ages are welcome. I will customize the lessons and program to the needs and goals of each student. Whether you are an award winning jazz soloist or someone just starting out on the sax, I can take you to the next step and we can have a great time doing it! Let's get started!
After more than a decade of performing and teaching in Los Angeles, Eric now calls Seattle home. Since graduating from the University of Southern California with a degree in Music, Eric has pursued professional jazz and music education with equal passion.
In addition to a robust private studio, in Los Angeles Eric was a jazz coach for the Downbeat Magazine award-winning band at Downey High School. Eric also taught for nine years with the elementary school band program, Children's Music Workshop.
I hold a bachelors degree in Music Education. I have just completed my Masters in Music Education degree and am eager to build up a woodwind studio again! Clarinet is my primary instrument and can teach beginning, intermediate and advanced students. I also can teach beginning and intermediate sax and flute. I strive to create experiences with my students where instant success is being achieved in each lesson. I love to incorporate fun and variation in my teaching, no two lessons are the same!! Its never to late to begin learning an instrument, all ages and abilities are welcome!
Stephanie Kuborssy was born and raised in Mountain View, California. Stephanie graduated from Southern Oregon University in June of 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Music Instruction and a Minor in Environmental Studies and Policy. While maintaining a 3.83/4.00 GPA, Stephanie participated in the National Society of Collegiate Scholars during her last three years at SOU, her last year holding the title of Vice President of Events. Since her time in Oregon, she played in the pit orchestra for the production of Little Shop of Horrors as well as the pit orchestra for 50 shows for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival's production of Into The Woods. She was hired as the clarinet coach for Ashland Middle School's Chamber Music Camp over the summer as well as the visual and woodwind tech at Grants Pass High School. Stephanie was a member of the
Youth Symphony of Southern Oregon, Cascade Clarinet Consort, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Band and Chamber Choir during her undergraduate career. She also taught two students privately throughout her undergrad. Stephanie auditioned for and received the Southern Oregon University Solo Concerto Competition in 2016. She has just finished her Masters in Music Education degree at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California with a 3.95/4.0 GPA. She has attended numerous music education conferences including CASMEC, Bay Section and Midwest International Band and Orchestra Conference. She presented research a research study at CASMEC in 2017. She has recently relocated to Tacoma WA. Stephanie has taught general music K-5, 5th grade band, and is currently employed as a middle school band and orchestra director. She loves to spend time outdoors and has a sweet kitten named Addie too!
I want to make sure that you learn not only how to play the saxophone, but that you also have a firm grasp on everything else that goes into great musicianship! If you'd like, I can bring a strong emphasis on music theory, so that you can better understand and appreciate the music you are learning. On top of theory, I would love to open up the opportunity for you to compose your own pieces. I also want you to have a good understanding of how your instrument actually is working, physically speaking — my goal is to make you a well rounded musician!
I prefer to have you learn real repertoire versus working from a methods book, because I want you to be excited about the music you are learning. I will let you explore the rep that you want, from medieval to contemporary, as well as non-western. Contemporary classical music is my specialty, and I'd be more than happy to dive into this with you!
Hello! My name's Kevin, and I'm a composer/musician based in Brooklyn. I went to the College of William and Mary where I studied both music and physics. Following that, I received a master's degree focusing in music composition from the University of Chicago.
I would love to help you have a stronger understanding of your instrument and music in general! I started playing clarinet in the 8th grade, and continued playing all through high school, undergrad, and grad school. Clarinet is my primary instrument, but before clarinet I began saxophone, and before saxophone, I began piano. Music has been a central part of my life for such a long time, and I can't imagine life without it!
My primary career pursuit is music composition, so I would love to dive into some music theory with each piece that you learn. I feel that understanding the mu
sic itself builds a stronger appreciation for the act of playing music. I have written a lot of pieces for myself on clarinet, and would be thrilled to help you on your own compositions if that is something your interested in. Contemporary classical music is my passion, but I want to help you explore the repertoire that fascinates you.
I am an award-winning saxophonist with experience teaching students from beginning elementary to advanced high school levels. My style of teaching is interdisciplinary, tailored to each student's needs and goals, and focuses on artistry and technique equally. Students should expect to not only see noticeable progress in their first few lessons, but also develop the skills and knowledge to grow into competent and compelling musicians ready to leave their mark on the world!
After a decade of studying and performing music around the country, I have recently returned to my roots in the Puget Sound region! I hold an MM from Bowling Green State University and a BM from the University of Oregon, both degrees in music performance but focusing specifically on the saxophone.
Every saxophonist has a unique sound, unique aspirations, and a unique musical identity. I believe that with focused regular practice, a solid grasp of technique/sound concept, and clear personal goals, students can take ownership of this identity and reach their full potential in any style or genre. I happily teach all ages and ability levels; my students have ranged from beginning fourth grader, to high school senior preparing for music in college.
My background is primarily in classical and contemporary music. I regularly take on a wi
de variety of performance projects, from traditional saxophone fare to the avant-garde. Recent performances include:
-radio broadcasts on KING FM, WGTE FM (Toledo, OH), and the nationally distributed program Performance Today; -guest recitals at Ball State University and Fredonia State University of New York; -new music festivals across the Midwest; -a tour of public schools and remote community centers throughout western Washington; and -Diving Santa at the Seattle Aquarium.
I am also passionate about chamber ensembles. Currently, I perform with a flute/saxophone/French horn trio, which, in less than a year together, has commissioned 6 new works for this new combination of instruments. One of the greatest joys in music is the special bond we make with others -- musicians, composers, and audiences -- through the creation of new music. I live for this joy, and strive to pass it on to each of my students.
Please message me before purchasing lessons! TakeLessons does not allow messages between you purchasing and me accepting new lessons. I am more than happy to answer any questions, and look forward to meeting you and helping you/your child become a better musician!
Soren has been an amazing music teacher to our 10 year old son who just took up beginning band in 4th grade and wanted to learn the saxophone. Our son always enjoys his lessons with Soren even when it’s at the end of a Monday evening; Soren gives our son a good balance of challenge and has an easy going style which has helped our boy enjoy his lessons while learning a lot.
I am a multi-instrumentalist, with 14 years of experience playing saxophone, 8 years of collegiate study in saxophone performance with modular studies in Jazz, Music Theory, Composition, and Pedagogy.
With a broad range of skills spread across a wide gamut of instruments, I have ample experience in adapting and learning concepts in a cross-disciplinary manner and have a great facility for fostering growth and diagnosing learning discrepancies.
Lessons are comprehensive; covering not just saxophone technique, but valuable skills and concepts within the idiom that provide students with a well-rounded education and understanding of their musicianship.
Most importantly, I am performing professionally on a weekly basis and putting my own skills and education to work constantly.
I am a professional multi-instrumentalist, producer, composer, audio engineer, and educator based out of Portland, OR.
I have 8 years of collegiate experience in performance, composition, theory, and pedagogy from Washington State University, University of Puget Sound, and Whitman College.
I play saxophone, drums, piano, and bass for groups such as Thankusomuch, Integer, Mordecai, Othership Connection, and SARCA.
I have produced, mixed, and mastered for projects by artists like Rob Araujo, Eyelovebrandon, @tlas, and 2uo.
My compositions have been featured in Washington State University's College of Arts and Sciences Undergraduate Research journal in accordance with grant research on contemporary composition methods.
I am a signed artist at Marmoset Music Licensing in Portland, and have independently released six albums that were al
l mixed, mastered, and produced by me.
I love education, and really enjoy passing the skills I've gained along to enthusiastic students. Passion is a very important factor of musicianship to me; don't do it if you don't love it.
My teaching philosophy is to serve as a resource to students, or even, to act as a sounding board for them and their ideas. I evaluate the student's strengths and weaknesses over a few diagnostic lessons, then I determine what the student wants from lessons. The curriculum I build is based entirely on what I feel will help the student thrive most, but while also remaining wary of supporting their desires.
I feel like teaching musical concepts also makes me stronger at them, so I strive to keep myself honest while providing a clear pathway to steady progress with my students.
Nobody becomes a superstar overnight; I'm here to continue to push until my students can achieve new heights.
"Yakov is an awesome teacher, seem to be able to connect with kids very well . Gave my son so many tips even during the first lesson, and has an approach t
hat seems to work . We are very happy!"
"Ryan's approach to teaching is rather unconventional. As he doesnt go by textbooks or run through a predetermined Curriculum. He seems to have a natural f
eeling for music backed by a solid knowledge of music theory. He is able to convey that in a spontaneous and individual way that keeps learning entertaining and isnt overbearing. It's been fun and efficient."
"Amber is nice. I can tell she has a lot of knowledge and i can tell she cares for her students.She is very easy to approach with questions or concerns. I
cant wait for my next lesson"
"Amazing, Kind, and Motivating Teacher
Natsuki is great!!! She is a wonderful teacher and an incredible musician! Sometimes she demonstrates the music we
are working on and it is really motivating to hear her play! I'm so fortunate to have found this teacher!"
"Our first lesson was great. Ashley quickly got where I was and what I needed and we were off to a great start. She gave me tips on how to seat and breathe
correctly, how to place my mouth and fingers on the keys to get a better sound, and we started practicing a few notes. Within a couple of days she sent me detailed notes on what we had gone through in the first lesson and gave me some exercises for practicing. Great experience all around for a beginner like me and I look forward to keep learning from her!"
"Lonze is fantastic. My son is excited for his lesson and has really improved! I would highly recommend Lonze."
"Lonze was great… Very attentive to what I wanted to learn and patient with things I didn’t understand"
"Michael is a great instructor. My son had the first lesson today and he loves it."
"Tammye is great with kids. My son really enjoys it!"
“Is saxophone hard to learn?” Not exactly. The saxophone, like many instruments, is not difficult to begin playing. It can however, be challenging to master
Many people say that it’s easy to make a sound on the saxophone, but harder to make a good sound (at least, at first). But if you’re considering getting started with saxophone lessons - don’t be discouraged! Any self-disciplined student can progress in their saxophone skills by taking the right steps as a beginner. Keep read …