Saxophone And Piano Lessons
I provide in-home lessons with a combination of both jazz and classical music. We also go through music theory, ear training, and rhythm practice. I want to give skills to my students that set them up to be independent musicians!
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Frequently asked questions
What is your typical process for working with a new student?
On the first lesson, the student will bring to me what they want to work on. I will gauge from there and make adjustments as needed to technique, embouchure, equipment etc. as needed. From there we will begin doing repoitoire and technique exercises to continually push and become better at not only playing the instrument but becoming as expressive as possible.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I am finishing my last semester at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee. I am going to be doing my masters at Boston University.
I have taught at a high school with over 300+ students in the band; about 150 of them were woodwind players. I was the designated woodwind specialist at the program. I worked typically in larger groups but gave one-on-one time to students as needed.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.
My standard pricing is $70 per hour. However, if a student/family is in financial need, it is negotiable. Online lessons are the same price as regular lessons, however in person is highly encouraged.
How did you get started teaching?
I started teaching in college to gain experience. I think being able to convey ideas through words is an important part of being a good musician.
What types of students have you worked with?
I have worked with students of all ages from 5 to 18. Most students I work with are in beginners. I am also open to older students who are just starting the saxophone.
What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?
Be driven, but be patient. Things will improve. You might not see it, but others will. Hard work always pays off!
What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?
Why is the student taking lessons in the first place? Are they trying to become a performer in the future? Do they want help making the state band? Are they trying to a lead player at their school? Whatever the reason is, my goal is simply to make them a better musician.