For a beginning player, we would recommend renting a Jupiter, Yamaha, or Selmer saxophone. Sax students will also need to purchase reeds to play on their instrument. For new players a softer reed is more appropriate. The strength of a reed is measured on a scale from 1-4: 1 being the softest, 4 being the hardest. We recommend starting with a Rico brand 1.5 or 2 reed, however, students should meet with their teacher first before buying reeds in bulk.
Lessons in home are a great way to improve your saxophone skills and save time and money. Taking lessons in your home reduces travel time and expenses and allows you to express yourself musically in the space you know best.
Each lesson is personalized to the student. The teacher will concentrate on the needs and goals of the individual. However, general topics will be covered, such as: how to clean, put together, and hold the saxophone, how to blow correctly into the instrument to develop a nice tone in all registers, how to finger the notes, slurring and tongueing, and how to read music!
Adults students often notice signicant progress on saxophone. Our teachers work with all levels, older students who are new to the instrument, or adults who formerly played and are now hoping to get back in the groove. Most students are surprised to find how quickly it all comes back!
The saxophone is a fairly durable instrument and can be a great instrument for a young player. However, the student does need to be big enough to hold the instrument, and have the lung capacity to create a supported sound. New players should start on alto sax.