Saxophone Lessons Focused On Getting You To The Next Level
I offer saxophone lessons to children and adults. I have been teaching for over 24 years, including 18 years at Elgin Community College, where I was the saxophone instructor as well as the jazz combo coordinator. I personalize each lesson to the student’s needs and goals. I have both my bachelor's and master's degrees in music from Northern Illinois University, where I studied with Steve Duke and Ron Carter. Additionally, I have studied with Jerry Bergonzi, David Liebman, and Charlie Banacos.
In my teaching, I focus on the fundamentals of playing the saxophone, such as tone control and technique. My focus as a saxophone instructor is on rhythmic development and awareness of characteristics of different styles, particularly within Latin music. I teach the subtle nuances of jazz style and articulation using solo transcriptions. We also listen to recordings of the influential saxophonists during each lesson to illustrate specific concepts. As a result, the students learn to listen on a deeper level.