Students interested in learning saxophone should start with the alto sax. As the student progresses they may switch to soprano, tenor, or bass sax. Reliable brands to rent include Jupiter, Yamaha, and Selmer. Sax students will also need to purchase reeds. Musika recommends a Rico 1.5 or 2.
Having lessons in your home gives you the opportunity to express yourself artistically in the space you feel most comfortable. You let the teacher know what days and times work best, and he or she can come to you for the same price as in-studio lessons!
Our teachers create a customized lesson plan for every student. Topics covered during Musika's sax lessons may include, but are not limited to: correct embouchure formation, how to appropriately shape your lips around the mouthpiece, proper breathing and posture, how to develop a solid tone in low and high registers, how to hold, assemble, and clean the instrument properly, fingerings for notes, and techniques for developing quick finger action, how to read music: rhythms, note names, dynamics, etc, and most importantly, how to have fun playing the saxophone!
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!
The minimum age for beginning saxophone is around age 8. The students needs to be big enough to hold the instrument properly even with the aid of the neck stap, and have the lung capacity and finger strength to play. Some band programs will start young players on clarinet before allowing them to switch to sax.