Saxophone was the first instrument, aside from Piano, that I started to play. I started in 4th grade with this instrument until my middle school teacher in 6th grade asked me to switch to French horn. I continued to perform on Saxophone in our school's Jazz ensemble.
Hi! My name is Beckie and I have played music for all of my life. I play many different instruments such as the Trumpet, French horn and Piano. I graduated from Chapman University in 2010 with 2 degrees in music, Music Education and Music Performance on French horn. I also taught elementary school for 3 years and was a brass coach for a Montessori Academy. I have taught privately for 10 years now and love the one-on-one attention that I can give the students. I currently work for the Los Angeles Philharmonic, I perform with two different orchestras and am in a Brass Ensemble called the Vine St
reet Brass that performs for events around the city.
I look forward to working with your or your child in helping to start or continue a musical instrument!
*** Lesson Details *** When I teach lessons, I like to go at the pace of the student. I am very patient but I expect the student to practice during the week. I will always work with a student as long as it takes to have them understand what is difficult for them musically. I use a lot of different books like Teaching little fingers to Play and Standard of Excellence. For Adults, I like the Big Beginners Piano book which has easy classical pieces to play! I teach from the rudimentary skills and build on the fundamentals of music. After 3 or 6 months, my students feel accomplished with what they have learned and excited for the next 3 to 6 months!
*** Studio Equipment *** practice space in home w/ seating for parents and music stand. I also have a cat and a dog, so if you are allergic, please let me know! The cat and dog are always put away during the lesson time.
*** Travel Equipment *** I have one music stand. I expect the student to provide the music books and their own instruments.
*** Specialties *** I specialize in classical genres of playing.
Isabella July 2, 2015
French Horn ·
Online Verified Student
Very friendly first private lesson for granddaughter they seemed to communicate well with each other. Izzy was very excited and asked for longer lesson the next day.
SheriAnn S. February 24, 2015
Online Verified Student
Beckie is wonderful. My 11-year-old daughter has been meeting her online for about 6 lessons now. Beckie is very patient and engaging. My daughter has asked to add on longer lessons. That is a good sign!
Irina B. March 27, 2013
Trumpet Verified Student
Beckie is fabulous - with children, too!
Our 5 year old son has been taking trumpet lessons with Beckie now for 3 months. He has done amazing progress, is eager to practice every day in order to please her, and looks forward to each lesson. Beckie is incredibly encouraging, kind, yet strict enough to keep child's play away from the lesson, and finds ways to make a small child understand the basics of music theory. She balances the lesson nicely between actual playing and theory, never tiring out the student too much with either one. She's reliable, always on time, and communicates very well with both student and parents about any wishes we may have. She makes our son feel special, and he is very sad having to leave her, as we are moving out of the country this summer. His own words being: "Isn't it sad that I'll have to stop my lessons with Beckie, now that we've just gotten started - I really like the way she teaches."
All this to say... we warmly recommend her, and regret having to stop lessons with her. And that we encourage anybody, adult or child wanting to learn the trumpet (or any other instrument Beckie teaches!) to use her services!
Bram, a graduate of the Eastman School of Music is an experienced performer and instructor of woodwinds. He is a well respected and accomplished musician both in Los Angeles and abroad, specializing on saxophones, flute and clarinet. Starting on piano at a very young age, he has been playing music all of his life. At the early age of 6, he received a standing ovation for is performance of "Hill Street Blues on piano! A few years later, he decided to pursue the saxophone, and not long after, he was studying the clarinet and flute as well. As his skill and talent progressed, the window of opp
ortunities opened up.
While attending Hamilton High School's Academy of Music in Los Angeles, Bram started to get involved in numerous projects and bands. At the age of 16, he had the opportunity to travel to Japan to play with the Monterey All Star High School Jazz Band. He has received multiple awards and scholarships, from prestigious organizations such as the Thelonious Monk Institute and the George Eastman Foundation.
Bram graduated the Eastman School of Music in 2001, with a bachelor's degree in Jazz and Contemporary media. While in school, aside from gigging and touring with various bands, he was also teaching privately as a woodwind instructor. In addition to touring in various parts of the U.S., he has had the opportunity to see the world, working as a musician in show bands on cruise ships, such as Princess, Cunard, and Regent of the Seven Seas lines.
Currently based in the Los Angeles area, Bram keeps busy as a teacher and performer in various ensembles and projects. Some notable credits include: Playing on Carly Simon's Moonlight Serenade DVD, Playing on Jimmy Kimmel Live with Mayer Hawthorne, and playing with Bobby Caldwell. Also, he performed with "The Hollabacks", a 7 piece rock band which won the Slurpee Battle of the Bands Competition 2010.
*** Lesson Details *** If you are just getting started, or if you already have some experience playing, there is always room to grow, and it is NEVER too late to start! I like to get to know the student in the beginning, using various methods that I used for my own development. Once I get to know the student's individual needs, I customize their lessons in order to accommodate their goals. I am a patient teacher, but I expect results.
I like to keep a fun and positive environment during my lessons. Practicing is really up to the student. I don't mind if the student wants to come in and play every week without practice, but we all know, that if someone wants to learn and develop on an instrument, practice is necessary.
I am able to teach Saxophone, Flute, and Clarinet. As I mentioned before, I like to customize my lessons toward the individual student's needs, so I do not go by any standard method. I draw from materials that I've used in my own educational process, and I am always keeping current with modern trends in teaching. With my expertise in teaching, you will develop fundamental skills on your instrument, as well as general music skills, including music theory, sight reading, ear training, and improvisation. I am open to teaching all genres of music, whether it be jazz, blues, rock, hip-hop, pop, or classical. I am open and flexible.
Whether you want to start a new instrument from the beginning, or get better so you can win auditions/competitions, get into the school/regional band, or maybe you are just doing this for fun, I can definitely help you succeed!!!
*** Studio Equipment *** Fully Equipped Studio: Piano/Keyboards, Recording Equipment (Pro-tools + Sonar), Mac + PC.
*** Travel Equipment *** I expect students to own all necessary instruments/accessories. I can provide info on where to purchase materials.I can provide photocopies of required music, but expect student to purchase books and other materials.
*** Specialties *** All Styles and Genres, Music Theory, Reading, Improvisation and Ear Training
Swati S. May 1, 2014
Saxophone Verified Student
In So Many Words
Bram, is a Fantastic Music Teacher, my Daughter Swati is taking Tenor Saxophone lessons with Bram since she was 10 and at 11 she has learn so much from him. She has learn Technics from Bram on the Tenor Saxophone where later it comes up in her music class at her Elementary School Music Orchestra. Swati is planning to be with Bram thru her Baritone Teaching and Soprano Saxophone Teachings, when my Daughter transforms over to the other two Saxophones. From a score from 1 to 10...I give Bram a 10+ without even blinking.
Irene M. July 15, 2013
Clarinet Verified Student
Bram is inspiring me to continue playing the clarinet.
Bram is very patient and helped me to re-start playing the clarinet within only a couple of months. He addresses my weaknesses in playing nicely and with professionalism, is following my expectations about the lessons pointed out at the beginning and is inspiring and motivating me to play my instrument.
DebbieA1 December 12, 2011
Bram has been a great teacher. He has patience and has been able to get my son quite far along in a few short weeks.
From a young age, I have been deeply involved in the musical community. I began studying piano when I was three, and throughout my education, I’ve learned from such accomplished instructors as Belle Mehus and Christopher Taylor. After receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in Piano Performance from The University of Mary in North Dakota, I continue to study, teach, perform, and compose. I’ve also studied guitar and bass for nearly twenty years. I love playing and teaching these instruments because of the strong correlations between the way they are tuned and played and the way western music theory wor
ks—as well as the pure enjoyment that comes from them! Additionally, I have twenty years of education in oboe and other woodwind instruments. I was principle oboist for two orchestras and reached the third round of auditions for 3rd oboe in The Minnesota Orchestra in 2006. Lastly, I have been an active vocalist since being a boy soprano in Menotti's Amahl and the Night Visitors and Andrew Lloyd Weber's Requiem.
I genuinely enjoy all aspects and styles of music—whether I’m studying a Chopin Etude, playing Charles Mingus at a jazz gig, writing and performing with my rock band, or composing hip hop tracks for a short film. I am an easygoing teacher who gets results, and I would love to welcome more people to my diverse group of students.
*** Lesson Details *** I am very pleased with my teaching method because I help my students achieve great progress, as well as immense enjoyment. I have a fairly standard routine of teaching technique, theory, and musicality, but I keep a comfortable, laid-back environment. The result is solid, consistent advancement that might come from a stricter method of teaching, with a lesson experience that is more fun and loose.
I am also a highly versatile instructor. While there are certain things that I believe are always necessary when learning a musical instrument, I incorporate them into each student's distinct capabilities and preferences. In short, I can instill the same musical values in every student, whether they’re studying J.S. Bach, The Rolling Stones, or Rihanna.
I take my students' goals and musical preferences very seriously and strive to make every student happy. I am always open to any ideas a student might have, and I am available to answer questions at all times.
*** Travel Equipment *** I provide literature and some accessories. Student needs to have instrument, other accessories, and a music stand.
Aubrey T. March 3, 2015
In home Verified Student
I appreciate his patience! My 5 year old can get a little frustrated sometimes, but Thomas is always patient with him.
Albertha May 14, 2014
I am a very shy person and doing this was a challenge for me. Thomas put me at ease, and we had a very good lesson! I learned a lot, and I can't wait to practice more on my own.
Thank you, Thomas!!
Lesa May 14, 2014
Thomas was incredibly helpful. He answered all my questions easily. Highly, highly, recommended!
My name is Ray - I'm 26 years old, born in Queens NY. I studied classical music for many years as a youngster at Aaron Copeland School of Music college preparatory program. Here I was also introduced to Jazz, and around the same time began experimenting with synthesizers. I went on to study Electronic Production & Design at Berklee College of Music in Boston, and quickly became a very sought after studio musician and performer.
I've been successfully teaching many instruments and proficiency levels for over 12 years now. I can say with pride that it is my passion, and I antici
pate teaching being a very important part of the rest of my life.
I enjoy reading science, math, and philosophy, and in addition to teaching am currently working as a pop music producer.
*** Lesson Details *** I consider my music lessons unique because of 3 main reasons:
1. I have a very deep understanding of music, sound, and theory, considering it one of my native languages.
2. I have devoted considerable amounts of time and energy studying neuroscience, which has greatly improved my understanding of the learning process.
3. I have the patience to guide a student through the necessary steps it takes to learn at whatever pace is optimal, in order to maximize the efficiency of the learning process for the individual.
*** Travel Equipment *** Students must have their own instrument, and purchase their own materials upon my request. I can purchase them for you for full and immediate reimbursement.
*** Specialties *** Classical music is my training background, and what I believe to be the most cognitively fulfilling music. That said, I'm a big fan of pop music, and enjoy teaching students their favorite songs from the radio.
I have an extremely thorough understanding of music theory, and am happy to incorporate as much or as little of that as the student's interest dictates, nevertheless maintaining the minimal amount of theory necessary to fully enjoy learning music and the instrument.
Kelly B. March 28, 2014
My son and daughter both take from Ray and they love him!!! My daughter started with him after she had had 2 other teachers and she improved immediately. She loves going to Ray because he teaches her to play the songs that she likes. Now she plays so many songs for memory!! My son loves going to piano and is always excited to see Ray.
Sebastián M. March 7, 2014
When I started taking lessons from Ray I was playing the electric guitar, although I had a classical guitar in my house I did not play it that often. I took my classical guitar once to class and then I started to learn how to play the classical guitar. I went from playing basic peaces of music to playing Minuet in G in a short time. From playing electric guitar about 3 or 4 years to playing classical music in about 1.5 to 2 years. Ray has helped me to increase my knowledge of music.
I've recorded saxophone for hundreds of projects, award winning albums, major TV and movie productions.
Hi! I'm a multi-instrumentalist and I've played with some of the top musicians in the world.
I've recorded 13 different instruments on 20 time grammy award winner Pat Metheny's last record and toured with him as a pianist, lead singer and trumpet player.
I've produced, arranged, played with a vast array of world renown musicians, including David Letterman's bassist Will Lee, drum legend Steve Gadd, jazz guitar hero Chuck Loeb, Shameless TV show star Emmy Rossum and many more.
I graduated as a classical pianist in the italian conservatory, as a recording engineer at Musicians Insti
tute in Hollywood, CA, and as a Film Composer at UCLA extension.
I've trained also as an actor and a film director at UCLA, and I've been practicing and studying Alexander Technique (for posture) for over 15 years.
I was born and raised in Italy and and moved to the US 12 years ago. I'm 34. Here's a couple links to my music!
Carrie T. June 22, 2015
Arrangement and Composition ·
Giulio is just the best! He's been my teacher now for over 2 years, and I can't imagine working with anyone else. He is a master problem solver and always gives me the best insight about how to approach something from a unique angle in order to get the results I'm wanting. He is a great listener, is always able to simplify things so that I can understand them enough to implement them, and on top of it, he's a really great guy. I am a much stronger musician because of working with him!
marco M. June 14, 2015
Arrangement and Composition ·
I learned a lot from the lessons with Giulio; the way he approaches the arrangement and composition make it more clear, simple and fun!
Brian M. June 13, 2015
To say Giulio is amazing is an understatement. His knowledge, skills and experience combined with his patient and warm demeanor make learning a pleasant and informative experience. He knows how to get the best out of me while also keeping our lessons light by injecting some humor whenever possible. It's been nothing but a pleasure working with you Giulio, thank you!
Students are raving about their Saxophone instructors on TakeLessons.
Check out some of these recent reviews.
Review by joseph
"Well worth the time and money
Dave was able to meet me where I was and move me toward the goals I had. As as an adult learner, I went in with zero experi
ence with the saxophone but a clear picture of what I wanted to play and somewhat how I wanted to sound. Dave has a great set-up where we have privacy to make noise (sax's aren't known for being quiet). He's able to pluck things out on the piano quickly or to pull something up on the computer or just play. I went from starting out, to wanting to play a few songs, to improvising. Dave has been very helpful and ultimately keeps me improving and moving forward. I've taken other lessons on other instruments, but I will say this is one of the better teachers I have had. He listens well and is able to articulate what he wants you to do --- not trying to be a guru, but more of a guide that keeps you on track."
Nashville, TN teacher:
Review by Charles
Sean has been a fantastic sax instructor; very knowledgeable, fun to hang around with, soulful and passionate about the instrument. H
e's very patient, and willing to adjust his teaching plan and style to accommodate his students' personal likes, strengths, and weaknesses. Strongly recommend."
Chicago, IL teacher:
Review by Jeff
"Incredibly amiable, professional, and talented as a teacher.
As a senior in high school now graduating and transferring into college, I started my less
ons with Dimitry in December last year and had to end this summer at the end of the music school's program. Even though my time learning the saxophone was short, Dimitry used my past musical experience to help guide me through the instrument. His lessons did not feel long in any sense of the word, and in fact some two-hour lessons I took to make up missed weeks blew by, as I was constantly engaged by his teachings. During my studies with him I found myself in the presence of a true musician, and this was only further driven home when I saw him play in the Hanover Wind Symphony at the Morristown Community Theater with Stanley Drucker. I would highly recommend Dimitry as an instructor for a student at any level."
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Joshua
"Exactly what your looking for
I've only been taking lessons with Christian for a month but let me say that I've improved more and learned more than I cou
ld've ever thought possible in a month. Christian is a down to earth guy, and isinvolved and patient in every lesson. He not only teaches you how to become better in the style of music that you plan on pursuing, but he focuses on you and your playing ability as a whole. For example I am planning on auditioning for music college and majoring in jazz in a few months and Christian not only teaches me jazz but he also teaches me classical increasing my playing ability entirely. He designs every lesson to fit your specific needs and is a people person who makes every lesson challenging but fun as we'll. If you are a prospective musician or even one who just wants to improve his or her playing on whole he is your guy. He'll teach you not only how to reach the playing ability you want but also how to teach yourself once you move on from his lessons. Just give him one lesson and he'll show you that you don't want to go anywhere else."
Rochester, NY teacher:
Review by karen
"Joseph is a highly dedicated and responsible teacher, who is pretty good at motivating children. Augustine loves Joseph's lessons and looks forward to it
San Francisco, CA teacher:
Review by Camrenne
"I am the Music Therapist at a school for students with Developmental Disabilities in Chillicothe, Ohio. Ryan visited our school to introduce woodwind inst
ruments to the students and perform a concert as a part of our Performing Arts Enrichment program. He has a very natural and engaging presence that absolutely gripped our students' attention. He taught beautifully structured and energetic group lessons showcasing the history, mechanism, and range of every instrument in the woodwind family as well as gracefully fielded an onslaught of exuberant questions! For a full hour long performance, our students hung on Ryan's every word and every note in a way that the staff had never seen before! It was an absolute pleasure to have Ryan volunteer at our school and share his outstanding passion, excitement, and talent with our students. Months later, staff and students alike are still buzzing about Ryan's presentation! We cannot wait for his return to the school!"
Denver, CO teacher:
Review by Max
"Very good lesson. Excited for the next one."
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Susan
"About a year ago, our teenage son began alto sax lessons with Ian. His previous experience was less than a year in middle school band and he needed more
individualized instruction. My son has come such a long way! Ian has a comprehensive program that includes technique, reading and interpreting music, history and different styles of artists, etc.. Ian is energetic, enthusiastic, patient, and clearly loves music. His involvement in the teaching and professional jazz community is such an asset."
San Diego, CA teacher:
Review by Harold
"Very understanding teacher...listened to what I wanted to accomplish...refreshed my memory on many important aspects that I'd forgotten over my long layof
f from playing...emphasized new techniques that would enhance / correct my playing habits and practicing. Looking forward to advancing and playing again !!"