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.
New saxophonists will learn the basics of caring for the instrument, as well as how to hold and properly assemble the sax. Students will learn correct breathing, how to develop a beautiful tone, articulation, and how to form the proper embouchure. All Musika students will be exposed to music theory and the process of reading music.
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!
Most saxophonists begin in 4th grade. Unlike the piano or specific string instruments, it is not a good idea to start sax before the student enters elementary school. The student does need to have the strength to appropriately hold the instrument, and have the lung capacity to blow into the sax and produce a supported sound.