I am an experienced saxophone teacher and performer living in Portland, Oregon. I teach saxophone lessons out of my home in the South Tabor neighborhood in SE Portland.
I have been playing saxophone professionally for 25 years. I focus on the alto, tenor and baritone saxophones. I have played in many styles, including jazz, gypsy swing, klezmer, blues, r&b, african highlife, reggae, and funk. As a sax teacher I focus on having fun and exploring the instrument, while emphasizing fundamental musical principles.
Because the sax is so versatile, I like to give students a chance to learn to play music that they already enjoy. Students are taught to play with a beautiful sound and solid technique, while discovering the many unique sonic possibilities of the sax.
Many sax students are interested in jazz and improvisation. For these students I emphasize music theory, as well as studying great players like Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, Cannonball Adderly, and Maceo Parker. I have developed teaching methods that make improvisation accessible and fun to learn through a step-by-step process.
Young people just starting out will find that they progress much faster with private saxophone lessons. Taking lessons early from a great teacher can make all the difference in a child’s musical development.
Many adults used to play saxophone in school band and want to pick it up again later in life. As I write about on my blog, these people are often surprised by how much they remember, and can often progress quickly with good teaching and practice.