Dan Perkins Music Lessons

Dan Perkins Music Lessons

5.0 (7)
1 hire on Lessons.com
26 years in business

About this pro

I teach Saxophne, Flute,Clarinet and Guitar.

As an educator Dan Perkins has been teaching for over 20 years and holds a Master's Degree from CALARTS in Valencia California. He has students ranging from 12years to Adults. Lessons are hourly($70) and consist of working on sound, articulation, playing by ear-improvisation, music theory(scales,chords) sightreading-reading music, jazz and classical repetoire. I do expect my students to practice on a regular basis, in doing so they are guaranteed to improve!YES It Should Be FUN, but you must Practice!  I will guide you on what and how to practice, if you are consistent in practice you will reach your goals!!

Most of my students are in PYSO or other honor bands and ensembles. Some have gone on to win awards and scholorships to different universities.

you can also find me on www.soundcloud.com/jude24

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Dan Perkins

I love playing music with my students and seeing them grow as musicians!

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Chandler, AZ 85224
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7 Reviews


  • Kevin Koh

    I really wanted to learn how to play a guitar, but I didn't really know anything about it. Now, I know a lot more about guitar, and I can play a lot of songs with minimal assistance. Mr. Perkins has really helped me a lot with his patience and easy-to-understand methods. He truly is a fantastic teacher.

  • Sam Cheah

    Very nice and not indifferent in teaching. Always punctual . I like his teaching

  • Gazelle Chen

    He's a great teacher. Patient, strict, but often humorous at times. I took flute lessons from him for almost three years. My sound, articulation, music theory greatly improved during that period of time. He tried to broaden my horizon to jazz, but I stubbornly stuck to classical music. He helped lay a good foundation and now, years later, I still remember the skills and techniques he taught me.

  • Song Xu

    "AWESOME" teacher. My 12 years old son has been attending Mr. Perkins class for over 3 years and still enjoying and learning from the masterly skilled musician. With his experience, skills, and talents make him an excellent teacher for all ages. Not only he knows his stuff he is patient with kids, very punctual, and willing to accommodate our busy schedule. The best thing my son look forward to in the week is to attend Mr. Perkins clarinet class. Highly recommended!!!

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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

I get to know them by asking what their goals are, and what they would like to achieve. Also why did they choose that instrument?

Once i have this information, i tell them what i expect from them,I.E. practicing, what books to start with and my music goals for them.

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

I have Bachelors Degree from Arizona State University and a Masters Degree in Music from California Institute of the Arts.

I started teaching private lessons in 1996 and have been teaching since then. I have also been a Band Director for several years back in 2001-03.

some of the place i've taught at are San Gabriel Christian Academy, South Pasadena Music Conservatory, and the Tucson Unified School District, to name a few.

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

I teach lessons by the hour even to beginners.

I charge $60 hourly

How did you get started teaching?

I started teaching through recommendations from my university professor.

What types of students have you worked with?

From Children to Adults.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

I just finished recording the Bach Cello Suite on Saxophone live at C4 Music Lab Studios.

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

Check out their website and if possible listen to a recording of their playing. It is so important that your teacher not only communicates well, but should be an accomplished player.

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

Why am I doing this? what is my motivation? Am I willing to work at this??