Saxophone students typically begin on alto sax. Yamaha, Selmer, and Jupiter are good brands to start. For reeds we would recommend a Rico 1.5 or 2. As the player becomes more comfortable he or she may switch to reed with a higher strength or 3 or 4. For this reason, Musika recommends consulting the teacher before buying reeds in bulk.
Musika offers in-home lessons for the same price as in-studio lessons! Lessons in your home are a convient means for you to develop as a musician. This option saves you time, money, and the stress and hassle of traveling!
Each teacher has his or her own style, but as a new saxophone player you can expect to learn about music theory and note-reading. Other topics covered in a lesson will likely include: instrument care, fingerings for notes and how to develop quick finger action, correct breathing and embouchure formation, and tips for developing a beautiful sound in all registers.
Saxophone can be a wonderful instrument for older students. Of the woodwinds, the saxophone can be a relatively easy instrument to get a sound out of, and our teachers can work with you to develop and mature that sound. The saxophone is an incredibly versitle instrument, popular in jazz, pop, and blues. Whatever your style, our teachers can cater to you!
Our recommended starting age for saxophone lessons is age 8. Most school music programs have students start playing saxophone with the band when there are in 3rd grade. The student needs to be big enough to be able to appropriately hold the instrument with the aid of a neckstrap, and have the lung capacity to blow properly.