Besides renting a saxophone, players will also need to purchase reeds. The strength of the reed significantly affects the ease of playing, and so most beginners find it best to begin with a softer reed. We recommend starting with a 1.5 or 2 Rico brand. Selmer, Jupiter, and Yamaha are solid choices for renting an alto saxophone.
In-home saxophone lessons are a convenient option for improving your musical skills. In home lessons are virtually the same in every aspect as lessons taught in a studio. You can let Musika know what days and times work best and the teacher will arrange to teach lessons in your home 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!
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!
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.