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Maureen W.

31 Reviews
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  • Speaks Spanish
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Teaching since 2002
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Maureen W.

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Hi there! I am a classically trained saxophonist with a Masters from Peabody Conservatory and over 16 years of teaching experience. I tailor my lessons based on your interests and skill level, finding pieces you enjoy which challenge you. I can also give you a strong sense of the fundamentals, focusing on intonation, finger technique, vibrato and tone. Looking forward to hearing from you!

About Maureen

Welcome to online saxophone lessons! While studying with me we will focus on practice techniques to develop your speed, vibrato and intonation (one of the most important aspects of a good sound!) For students in grade school, lessons can help your skills in band class and in participation in solo an

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Maureen is awesome. She is an amazing player and teacher. She was able to coax our son to play even when he was not in the mood and he learned a lot from her.
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Michael R.

48 Reviews
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  • Teaching since 2012
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • BS Biology minor jazz studies from Portland State University
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Michael R.

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Tired of being frustrated by the pace of self-teaching or is your child bored with the progress in school band class? Are you an adult who never played an instrument but are really interested in learning a wind instrument? Not able to express yourself creatively or don't really understand why your favorite songs or styles of music work? Do you want a more hands-on way of teaching with personalized plans just for you?

Learn how to play the Saxophone with Michael!

Michael teaches a variety of instruments and subjects in the woodwind family:

- Saxophone
- Clarinet
- Flute
- Improvisation
- Music Theory
- Jazz Studies

Michael creates versatile and fun lesson plans that incorporate learning your favorite music while teaching theory, improvisation, note reading, songwriting, or any other interests! He has an easy-to-follow, fun, but yet structured and thorough plan designed for results to help the student reach their goals, rather than imposing an one-size-fits-all plan ...

About Michael

Michael is a freelance musician based in the Portland metropolitan area. His diverse skill set allows him to perform in a variety of musical groups. Michael is hired regularly to perform for: jazz and cover bands, weddings, corporate events, musicals, and studio sessions. He also leads and writes mu

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Michael is very enthusiastic and hopefully that enthusiasm will rub off in my child!
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A great teacher very enthusiastic postive
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Dr. Kimberly K.

85 Reviews
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  • Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) from University of California, San Diego
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Teaching since 1998
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Dr. Kimberly K.

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Want to learn to play the alto or tenor saxophone? Let me help you! I have more than 20 years of teaching experience. I teach age 5 to 99!

About Dr. Kimberly

Kimberly was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona. After starting the flute and piano at the age of 8, she knew she had found something she loved and wanted in her life forever. At age 12, she added the saxophone and clarinet to her repertoire of instruments. After completing her Bachelors degree in F

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Jesse M.

103 Reviews
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  • Speaks Japanese, English
  • Teaching since 2006
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate
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Jesse M.

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Learn about rhythm, melody, harmony, and dynamics, and how they apply to the saxophone. Explore the range of your instrument through various scales. Build solid skills through understanding the mechanics of how your body and instrument work together.

About Jesse

*Disclaimer* I'm currently not taking beginner students for bass, drums, piano, and ukulele or children under 10 years old. I highly recommend my studio partner Melissa though. Please check out her profile: https://takelessons.com/profile/melissa-m62 My Background I've been playing with

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Brenden R.
Liz S.
Talented teachers are rare. Like a great coach i sports... the coach doesn’t need to be the top athlete in his field to know how to teach each team member to hone their best abilities, he just has to know and see how to teach you how to get there. Being an outstanding teacher is a great talent all in itself... and that is Jesse. He has that quality and ability to lead, focus and take you where you want to go.
Romy R.
Jesse has given directions on how to successfully become a better musician. His approach and explanation on musical theories was much more understandable than what I was previously reading. Overall, I found the lessons to be very usefull.
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Claire G.

80 Reviews
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  • Speaks English, Spanish, French
  • Teaches students 5 and up
  • Teaching since 2010
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Claire G.

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I recently received my Doctorate in instrumental performance at the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami. Even though, at the university my focus was on clarinet performance, I also play saxophone and enjoy teaching saxophone lessons.

I have the experience of teaching private lessons in France and America and I am seeking clarinet students of every level and age.

I will focus my teaching on your needs and can help you improve technique, musicianship and sound production. I also can help you get ready for auditions and recitals.

About Claire

Hello, my name is Claire and I am originally from Nice in the South of France. I moved to the United States in August 2010 to study music at the University level and just graduated in May 2020 with a Doctorate in Music. On Takelessons, I teach both Music and French. I have the experience of te

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Je suis très satisfaite de ma leçon avec Claire. Elle reconnaît tout de suite mes objectifs et me donne un moyen de les atteindre. Elle est très professionnelle et compétente. De plus, elle connaît la langue française comme une vraie Française, ce qui est très important pour moi.
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Matt L.

140 Reviews
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  • Bachelor of Music Performance from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia
  • Teaches students 7 and up
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
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Matt L.

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My goal as a teacher is to provide an in depth understanding of the instrument to my students. Whether we are learning technique specific to the instrument or general musical concepts, it is important to me that I take the time to insure that my students not only learn how to do something, but also the reasons why we are learning a specific concept or technique. At the end of the day, my ultimate goal is to teach you how to teach yourself, so that you may enjoy playing the instrument outside of our lessons together.

I prefer not to conform to a specific teaching style, because every student is different, and I have been fortunate to have a great variety of types of students throughout my years as a teacher. Some of my students are children and adolescents who are looking to pursue music when they go to college or auditioning for state and regional band programs. Many of my students are very busy adults who are either looking to pick up an instrument for the first time as an ...

About Matt

Hello! In addition to the following paragraphs about me, you might also enjoy the video that I've prepared below entitled "your first lesson" (note: videos may only be available by accessing the Takelessons website on a web browser and may not show up if you are using the Takelessons app on a pho

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Hilary
Matt has been a fantastic teacher for my 16-year-old son over the past year and a half. He brings a ton of experience and knowledge, and has expanded my son’s appreciation of the music and instrument. His lessons are always detailed, engaging, and fun, and my son comes out of them excited to practice and apply what they’ve been working on together. I really, enthusiastically recommend him!
Gabriel
Nicole P.
Matt is a pleasant, skilled, and encouraging instructor. He teaches to the level of the learner, working to advance their skills. He communicates well with the student and family members. My granddaughter enjoys her lessons and practicing her saxophone.

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Average Cost of Saxophone Lessons

The average cost of 60-minute saxophone lessons is $69. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and location, you should expect to spend between $35 and $130 per hour.
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"It was a really nice ice breaker and we liked the session and interaction with Sergio. Looking forward to the next session!"
Shubhomoy
Took Saxophone lessons from Sergio M.
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"Great match for my daughter. Seth is very knowledgeable, professional, and friendly. He makes you feel comfortable in his home and he shares freely his wealth of knowledge. A pleasant experience."
Danielle
Took Saxophone lessons from Seth D.
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"Gleb shares a wonderful energy and deep understanding of music with a practical, hands on style that makes you wish the lesson never ends! Looking forward to continuing!"
Naftoli
Took Saxophone lessons from Gleb V.
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"Matt has been teaching me to play the sax for several months now. He is a phenomenal teacher. He's patient, understanding and has a in depth knowledge of music. I would highly recommend."
David Finlay
Took Saxophone lessons from Matt L.
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"Gleb has deep understanding of music theory and whats arguably more important - he knows how to convey this knowledge in a form that fits personality of a student.
He reveals strong and strengthens weak sides in a laid back, stress-free fashion. Lessons are fun and results are astonishing. Looking forward to spend more time with him."
main d. tork
Took Saxophone lessons from Gleb V.
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"Kendra takes the time to explain all of the details of the songs we practice and is always encouraging, while still taking the time to review how things should be played properly."
Davis
Took Saxophone lessons from Kendra E.
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"Great guy. Very knowledgeable and friendly.
We were able to clarify a number of questions that I had about the saxophone
Looking forward to the next lesson"
Luis
Took Saxophone lessons from Frixos P.
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"If anyone happens to get so lucky to come across this wonderful individual as a sax instructor count your blessings. Kendra has been able to teach a 60 years old man(that's me)and teach him a new and exciting skill in a short period of time.
Kendra has a tremendous amount of patients and she would be able to help you meet your musical goal.
I highly recommend Kendra ,she is a great choice,"
Miguel
Took Saxophone lessons from Kendra E.
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"The pace you learn with matt is extraordinary. The lessons are very productive and entertaining. He is a great person and a wonderful teacher."
Mehmet Berk
Took Saxophone lessons from Matt L.
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"Jordan is very responsive to what instruction my son needs, and his enthusiasm for music is a great motivator."
Dennis
Took Saxophone lessons from Jordan M.
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Saxophone Lessons Near You

If you’ve ever wanted to learn to play saxophone, there’s no better time than now to get started. There are several types of saxes, which means regardless of the style of music you enjoy, this instrument can be a part of your future. Most people learn sax on an alto or baritone model, while others go for a deeper bass or higher on the scale with Kenny G.’s favorite model—a soprano sax.

The saxophone was invented by Adolph Sax in the 1840s and ever since then, sax players have been setting the world on fire with some of the most memorable solos in modern music. From band and orchestra to jazz, rock, and Christian music, the sax is a versatile instrument with virtually endless musical possibilities.

Even though saxophones are predominantly crafted of brass, they are technica

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lly woodwind instruments because they utilize a cane reed on the mouthpiece. The reed is essentially the sound generator of the sax, as it vibrates when the mouthpiece is blown into. These vibrations carry down the neck and into the body of the instrument, which serves as a resonance chamber that amplifies the sound.

Depending on your skill level and the type of saxophone you choose to learn, the instrument can play anywhere from 32 to just over 50 notes with extended fingerings and techniques. However, the versatility and sound options are extensive, which is why the sax is so popular for jazz and blues ensembles. If you’re ready to start making music, you can easily learn saxophone near you, or even in the comfort of your home.

Reasons to Take Saxophone Classes Near You

Besides being a fantastic hobby, those who choose to learn saxophone will benefit in a number of other ways - regardless of age. Whether you’re looking for saxophone lessons for kids or sax lessons for adults, here are a few of the perks that all students can look forward to.

Saxophone Lessons for Kids

When learning saxophone for beginners, it’s a good idea to start lessons as early as you can. Numerous studies have indicated that children who play at least one musical instrument perform better academically, have better listening skills and show improvement in motor skill coordination. Playing the saxophone also presents socialization opportunities that can be highly beneficial for youngsters who lean toward the shy side.

Private Sax Lessons for Adults

Forget about the old (and untrue) adage, “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.” It’s never too late in life to start learning a musical instrument. In fact, studies have shown that adults who play an instrument actually show a slower decline in mental cognizance as they age, and have less of a chance of developing dementia.

Saxophone lessons near you can help you develop greater concentration skills, memory, patience and discipline. Additionally, adults seeking to pursue a career in music, either by becoming a professional player or teacher, will find private lessons to be invaluable. 

How You’ll Learn to Play Saxophone

Although it’s estimated that it can take between two and four years to learn sax, exactly how long it will take you depends on how often you take lessons and how much you practice. Private lessons with one of the experienced saxophone teachers near you will certainly help you progress more quickly in your studies. 

Personal lessons offer students the attention and feedback necessary to become a successful player. Let one of our highly skilled saxophone teachers near customize a curriculum to meet your unique needs. A saxophone teacher will guide you along the way to achieving your goals, while ensuring you get the most out of every lesson. Here’s a preview of all you’ll learn!

Sample Lesson Curriculum for Saxophone for Beginners

When starting to learn to play saxophone, your instructor can help you discover your end goal. You might simply want to learn a few songs, or desire to go professional, so lesson topics can vary. However, all new sax students will learn basic skills, including:

  • Beginner notes, chords and scales
  • Basic rhythm techniques
  • Music theory introduction
  • Tone and breath control
  • Articulation and tonguing
  • Tunes and melodies for beginners

Sample Curriculum for Intermediate Sax Players

As you advance to the intermediate level with your sax skills, you will begin learning more songs and your instructor will start teaching you more challenging topics. In addition to gaining a greater knowledge of chords, scales and music theory, other topics at this level may include:

  • Improvisational skills
  • Greater technique and fingering dexterity
  • The cycle of fifths
  • Alternate fingerings
  • 2 5 1 progressions
  • Advanced licks, patterns and trills

Sample Curriculum for Advanced Saxophone Lessons

At the advanced level, you’ll have fun exploring the versatility of this woodwind instrument. The saxophone can make quite a few special effects sounds that will increase your ability to add realistic emotion to your musical endeavors. Some skills for advanced students might include:

  • Advanced music theory
  • Bending notes
  • Making the sax growl, laugh and trill
  • Slap-tongue, Dooden Tongue and Smack-tongue
  • Audition prep and performance skills

Finding Saxophone Classes Near You

With the option of both in-person and online instruction, finding saxophone lessons near you is simple at TakeLessons. If you prefer to meet up with a teacher locally, lessons can be held in-studio or in-home, and sessions range from 30 minutes to an hour. 

We have hundreds of experienced sax teachers that are background checked and qualified all over the country, so you can feel confident when using our directory - whether you’re a beginner or pro seeking to improve your skills. 

Take a look at our extensive saxophone teacher profiles and book a lesson today that will jumpstart you to becoming the player you’ve always wanted to be! Or, contact one of our friendly Student Counselors for more assistance in finding the perfect teacher for you. 

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