John Sadler

John Sadler

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Private Instruction on All Band Instruments and Piano

John Sadler - Multiple Band Instruments: 

Woodwinds: Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, etc.

Brass: Trumpet, Trombone, French Horn, Euphonium, Tuba

Biography:

John (64) taught Band and Orchestra in California public, private schools and private lessons for a combined total of thirty-three years, grades 3-12; the last school where his principal said of his work: “John created and inspired our music program. I was always impressed with the beautiful music he was able to produce from our students...knowledgeable, high expectations, thoroughness and attention to detail...an accomplished trumpet player with an excellent grasp of a variety of band instruments.” He has taught private lessons in Marin for 17 years, and has a Bachelor of Music with emphasis in Music Education as well as a Lifetime California Teaching Credential. His University Supervisor said in his recommendation; “John is one of the finest teachers I have ever observed.” His Master Teacher recently said, “John, you were one of the best.”

John received the school Band Award in both elementary and high school, and a Scholarship to the University of Pacific Music Camp. He studied from two former Principal Trumpeters of the San Francisco Symphony, Donald Reinberg and Joseph Alessi, also Principal, Radio City Music Hall, NY, whose son is currently Principal Trombonist of the New York Philharmonic. After graduating from High School, he became a tennis and swimming instructor for six years while going to college. Upon graduating, he became a Senior Faculty Member of the Cazadero Music Camp as well as Dean of Boys and Recreation Supervisor, supervising Recreation Leaders, 24 Counselors and 1000 Students.

While some students are content to move at their own pace, all students are offered opportunities to excel in Solo Festivals, Honor Bands, Civic Bands & County Orchestra. 

High School School Student Awards and Honors:

Tom, Lead Alto Saxophonist, California All State Honor Jazz Band, ‘Best Soloist Award’ at two Jazz Festivals, taught Improvisation at Eastman School of Music as a Freshman, woodwind specialist/producer, New York City;

Pete, Trumpet, 3rd Chair California All State Honor Symphonic Band, now Principal Chair in Las Vegas’ Best Show Band (according to his sister);

Devon, 2016-17 Principal Clarinetist of Marin School of the Arts Wind Ensemble and Marin Youth Symphony Orchestra, also; First Clarinet Section of All-Northern California Honor Band;

Christopher, 2nd Chair Clarinet, Marin School of the Arts Wind Ensemble, Jr. Class Award, 11th of 24 in All-Northern California Honor Band, 2nd Chair in the Marin Youth Symphony Orchestra (MYSO);  

Lukas, Euphonium, 3rd Chair California All State High School Honor Symphonic Band, and Principal Chair, All-Northern California High School Honor Band, $750 scholarship to Cazadero Summer Music Camp;

Daisy, Trombone, Northern California High School Honor Band, one of six sophomores in the 85 piece Symphonic Band;

Luis, Freshman French Hornist, 2016-17 Principal of the Marin Youth Symphony High School Orchestra, and California All State and Northern California Honor Symphonic Bands;

Tom, Trumpet, ‘Most Improved Jazz Musician’ Marin School of Arts;

Robby, Bass Trombone, ‘Most Improved Jazz Musician’ Marin School of the Arts;

Ryan, Trombone, ‘Rookie of the Year Award’ at Redwood H. S.; 

 

  Cathy, Bari Saxophone, California All State Honor Symphonic Band;

  Chris, Oboe, California All State Honor Symphonic Band, Principal Chair Nor- Cal Honor Band, Command Performance rating Solo and Ensemble Festival;

Elizabeth, Trumpet, Marin Symphony Youth Orchestra, four years;

Danny, Trumpet, Marin Youth Symphony Orchestra, four years;

Sam, Trombone, Marin Youth Symphony Orchestra, three years;

Kenny and Katie, both First Chair Flutists of High School Bands;

Alan, Tuba, Nor-Cal Honor Band, Superior Rating Solo and Ensemble Festival; 

Zakai, Alto Saxophone, U.C. Davis Student Director of Bands. Received H. S. Band Award, upon graduating said in his graduation ‘Thank you’ note: “When I look at all the musical skills and knowledge that you have passed on to me, I realize that I couldn’t have asked for a better music teacher.” 

Elementary and Middle School Student Awards and Honors:

Daisy, Principal Chair Trombonist, Northern California Jr. H.S. Honor Band with $750 Scholarship to Cazadero Summer Music Camp;

Johnny, Euphonium, All Northern California Jr. High School Honor Band with $750 Scholarship to Cazadero Summer Music Camp;

Luis, 8th Grade 2nd Chair Double French Horn, Marin Youth Symphony High School Orchestra, solos on Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite; 

Danny, Principal Chair Trumpeter, Marin County Honor Band, Principal MYSO’s Crescendo Orchestra, featured on Trumpeter's Lullaby by Leroy Anderson in 8th grade, 2nd Chair of 19 in the 7th-9th session at Cazadero Music Camp;

Elizabeth, Principal Chair Trumpeter, MYSO Crescendo Orchestra;

Elizabeth, 5th Grade Flutist, ‘Command Performance’ Solo/Ensemble Festival;

Jonathan, 4th grade Clarinetist, won Best Musician Award at Solo and Ensemble Festival for 5th-6th graders of 8 schools;

Christopher, Principal Chair Clarinetist, MYSO Crescendo Orchestra;

Jack, 3rd Chair Tenor Sax, Northern California Jr. High School Honor Band;

Jazz Band Awards include:

First Place, Redwood Empire Jazz Festival at Sonoma State University, with students awarded: Outstanding Soloist, Best Musician, Best Rhythm Section and Unanimous Superior for the Jazz Combo;

Awarded Best Overall Band of four High School Divisions and one College Division (80 total Bands) at the Sacramento City College Jazz Festival including: Best Soloist, and Best Combo Awards; Unanimous Superior at the California Music Educators Jazz Festival; Jazz Quintet selected to perform at the Monterey Jazz Festival.

Ten-Year Private Student Christopher’s Mom’s and Clarinet Professor’s Note:

“I don't know when I can see you in person to thank you for your profound influence on Chris' musical life, so let me thank you by email and show you this wonderful letter that came this week (attached). You've been a great teacher. Warmly, Phyllis.” And Music Conservatory acceptance letter: 

“Congratulations on your admission to Lawrence University Conservatory of Music, and your recent acceptance into the Bachelor of Music program. With competition for a place in next year’s clarinet studio so intense and places so limited, I hope you feel a real sense of pride in your accomplishment. The audition you recorded in San Francisco was excellent… Best regards, David Bell, Professor of Clarinet, Conservatory of Music”

Other endeavors and associations have included:

Music Educators National Conference; Adjudicator for Festivals
National Association Of Jazz Educators
FAA Certified Pilot, V.P. NorCal Pilots Association
Varsity Tennis Team Most Valuable Player
Swimming and Tennis Instructor
Badminton Award: 2nd Place NorCal Badminton Association Tournament

Teaching and Music have always been two of the great passions in my life. 

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Novato, CA 94949
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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

Students improve their skills starting with a wonderful method book called The Standard of Excellence and their own school band music. These skills create a solid musical ground floor from which students can advance, and include: the development of beautiful tone quality, beat, rhythm, duration of note, range, breath control, dynamics, phrasing, artistic style, performance skills, music theory and jazz improvisation.

The lessons are fun and I compliment my students frequently. When needed, I make positive and constructive corrections. The student is given a vision for the future, of the great fun and benefits that music education and performance can add to one’s life. I encourage practice and continued participation in their school Concert and Jazz Bands, Honor Bands, Talent Shows, Solo and Ensemble Festivals, and Civic Bands.

 


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

John has taught all Woodwinds and Brass Instruments equally as well in School Bands in public and private schools for 20 years, grades 3-12, and privately for 17 years. (see student Brass and Woodwind student awards below). He has a Bachelor of Music with emphasis in Music Education as well as a Lifetime California Teaching Credential. His University Supervisor said in his teacher recommendation; John is one of the finest teachers I have ever observed. He received the school Band Award in both elementary and high school, and a Scholarship to the University of Pacific Music Camp. After High School, he became a tennis and swimming instructor for six years during summers while going to college. Upon graduating, he taught in public schools and spent several summers as Senior Faculty Member of the Cazadero Music Camp as well as Dean of Boys and Recreation Supervisor, supervising Recreation Leaders, 24 Counselors and 1000 Students.

His Teaching Credential Master Teacher recently said: John,you were one of the best...good to see your picture. I had a choice to make in 1980-84, the band directors' job at SF State or retire. ….My best to all. El Revelli

John has judged for California Music Educator’s Concert Band Festivals and was selected to adjudicate at the three county Etude Music Festival Competition at Santa Rosa Junior College for 2016. While some of his students are content to move at their own pace, all of his students are offered opportunities to excel at solo and ensemble festivals.

 


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

I teach at the homes of my students throughout the North Bay Area of Northern California. 


How did you get started teaching?

John has a Bachelor of Music with emphasis in Music Education as well as a Lifetime California Teaching Credential. He has also taught Swimming and Tennis during his college years. 


What types of students have you worked with?

Ages 6 through 75. 


Describe a recent event you are fond of.

Ten-Year Private Student Christopher’s Mom’s and Clarinet Professor’s Note:

“I don't know when I can see you in person to thank you for your profound influence on Chris' musical life, so let me thank you by email and show you this wonderful letter that came this week (attached). You've been a great teacher. Warmly, Phyllis.” And Music Conservatory acceptance letter: 

“Congratulations on your admission to Lawrence University Conservatory of Music, and your recent acceptance into the Bachelor of Music program. With competition for a place in next year’s clarinet studio so intense and places so limited, I hope you feel a real sense of pride in your accomplishment. The audition you recorded in San Francisco was excellent… Best regards, David Bell, Professor of Clarinet, Conservatory of Music”

Devon, 2016-17 Principal Clarinetist of Marin School of the Arts Wind Ensemble and Marin Youth Symphony Orchestra, also; First Clarinet Section of All-Northern California Honor Band;

Luis, Freshman French Hornist, 2016-17 Principal of the Marin Youth Symphony High School Orchestra;