FAQ

Start with a Teacher

With all of the books, websites, YouTube videos, and podcasts that are available, finding the best way to learn an instrument can get confusing. In my experience, the best way to start is with a teacher.

Why is a teacher so important?

Initially, the physical aspects of playing a saxophone, having a teacher present from the start ensures that you are building good habits from the beginning. It can be frustrating to teach yourself a technique or embouchure that seems right at that time, but is actually unhealthy or even painful.

Unlearning bad habits can take weeks or months. Don’t make that mistake! My many years of experience both playing and teaching will ensure that you are studying in the best way possible.

Together, will be able to focus on your strengths and weaknesses, keep track of your progress, and set reasonable goals for your education and skills.

What do I bring to the table for a student?
A solid education for learning my craft on clarinet, sax, EWI, and technology

Many years of both live performing, recording experience

High level of business experience in various areas of the music industry

What do I expect of a student?
If you are serious about learning to play your clarinet, sax, technology and want to do the work necessary to be successful … it would be my honor to have you as a student
What is my method of teaching?
‘Old school’, I guess you could say. So, if you are serious about learning to play your clarinet/sax, and want to do the work necessary to be successful … it would be my honor to have you as a student.
What about current technology and music?

Making a living as a performing musician was sometimes difficult, but even more so in today’s economy. Being diversified is one of the keys to success, and that’s where learning the technology of today’s music world can be a huge benefit. For those that are interested, my experience having been a clinician for Akai Corp., for the EWI/Electronic Woodwind Instruments, and a Lab instructor at Full Sail in 1988 for MIDI/Musical Instrument Digital Interface can provide you with that technological edge. I’m currently savvy for Apple/Mac/Computer based DAW (Digital Audio Workstation), and can open your mind to using software and hardware to design/building your own DAW system for recording or live performance.

 

Lessons

These are some questions that we will cover together to find a workable path for your lessons

How often do you expect me to practice between lessons?

Most every day for at least an hour. Details will be covered in your lesson on how that time can best be spent.

Will we always have lessons at the same time and place?
Yes. It will be in my studio in my home. However, there can be alternatives worked out. Those alternatives could be at your home or even internet if you have the technology.
Are there any required books or other materials I need to buy, such as specific lesson books or a music stand?

Yes. That will be covered in our initial lesson, which will typically last two hours. We need to determine if you are a beginner, novice, or intermediate player to decide which set of lesson books will be appropriate. In addition, we will discuss options for a mouthpiece; ligature; reeds; music stand; and metronome. Initially, we will work with what you have, but these will soon become necessary as you progress. Finally, you will need a saxophone, but I can assist if you need repair or are in the market to purchase another. You can find access for these items on my ‘Links’ page or contact me directly.

How long will our lessons be? How much will each lesson cost?
As stated above, your first lesson will be two (2) hours. Regular lessons will be one hour. Usually between 60-75% will be reviewing the prior week’s lesson via your performing, and correcting any areas needing improvement. The remaining time will be spent on introducing the upcoming lesson and covering any questions. Lesson cost will be determined in advance via telephone call or agreed to in person with you or parent. Cash is acceptable and a receipt will be given in return. Personal checks are also acceptable, as well as a credit card.

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