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I have enjoyed the essence of music since my early youth. I have been in band since middle school. I've progressed to university band. I'm currently a music education major. Since my discovery of the cuts of music programs and funding across the nation, it is my mission in life to spead as musical love as much as I possibly can.
I currently teach and direct the guitar program at a Fine Arts Magnet School. I have taught guitar formally for 20 years and have also been a Band Director for 10 Years. I graduated from Kansas State University with a Bachelor of Music Education and recieved a Master of Education from the University of Central Oklahoma. I am currently accepting a limited number of students at my home studio in Pearland, TX.
My teaching experience dates back to high school, when I gave my classmate private saxophone lessons over the course of the year back in 2007 who's principle instrument was the flute, it was in those moments that I found sharing knowledge I've acquired and am still acquiring with those who really want to learn and grow as musicians to be one of the greatest gifts I've experienced. Regular practice on a consistent schedule is a major key point to progress and gaining a passion for the saxophone that I really to emphasize especially for young students. I've found that a combination of both classical, jazz, & modern music can go a long way in helping a student enjoy saxophone while encouraging them to practice and continue to learn. If a student isn't having fun in their lessons, then I'm not doing my job! My students are encouraged to enter competitions, perform, compose their own original material, so they can feel great about themselves, their accomplishments and stay motivated to keep learning.
My teaching philosophy is “theory first” which means the basics must be mastered. Once the basics are mastered then the student can easily move forward with a greater success rate at mastering their craft and discipline. My methods of teaching are based on the individual student. Each student is given all tools needed to accomplish their personal goals. Additionally each student is given the opportunity to give constant feedback on their level of progress and suggestions on how to enhance their learning experience.
I’m a native of Kingwood, Texas, and a saxophone performer and instructor who believes that music’s fundamental purpose is to enrich lives. I am a graduate of Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music, attaining a Bachelor of Music in Saxophone Performance in 2013, studying under world-renowned saxophonist Dr. Otis Murphy. My experience has led me to perform and compete around the country as a soloist, and as the baritone saxophonist in the IU Wind Ensemble and the IU Saxophone Ensemble. I am comfortable in a variety of styles and settings, wherever the saxophone is present. Currently I teach lessons from my studio at home and at local schools, in addition to playing in a couple of local bands.
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Many young players find it easy to produce a sound on saxophone. From there, our teachers can help hone and develop that sound. All young players use a neckstrap to assist holding the instrument, but the student does need to be big enough to reach the keys. Musika recommends starting around age 8.
Each lesson is personalized to the student. The teacher will concentrate on the needs and goals of the individual. However, some topics will always be covered such as: how to clean, put together the instrument, hold the saxophone, develop embouchure, hand placement, and musical comprehension!
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.
Saxophone can be a wonderful instrument for older students. Our teachers can work with you to develop and mature the rich tone associated with the saxophone. The saxophone is an incredibly versatile instrument, popular in jazz, pop, and blues. Whatever your style, our teachers can cater to you!
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.
Review by Roberta
My 4 year old son is quite energetic. Another piano teacher tried to teach him before Peter and could not get my son to listen to him at all. That teacher told me that my son had no interest and that we needed to wait before having my son take lessons. Peter started teaching my son a few weeks later. He quickly developed a great rapport with my son. I was astounded when my son sat down and listened to Peter during the first lesson. Peter has remarkable patience and is a natural working with children. He knows when to follow the child's lead. My son is very interested in how the piano works, so Peter takes the time to teach him about this. He is able to use my son's interests (superheroes, Lego, Star Wars, etc.) to refocus him back to playing the piano. Between lessons, he brainstorms on how he can teach my son better. For example, my son was playing the notes, but not understanding rhythm, so Peter looked into it and came back the next week with a new plan which helped. My son looks forward to his lesson every week. When he hears the doorbell ring on lesson day, he exclaims, "Yay! Peter's here!"
Review by Kristin
Ted S. is teaching clarinet to one of my children, and piano to two others. He is extremely knowledgeable, and very encouraging. His teaching methods are keeping my children enthused about their lessons, and without that, you have nothing. Two of my children were taking piano lesson from another teacher for the past year, and not progressing. Ted has been able to evaluate their skills individually, determine what was missing in their music education, and begin again with some early basics they seem to have missed. I am convinced we are finally moving forward, and am very happy about that. I wish I would have made this change much earlier.
Review by Kaleen Todoroff
Noel is amazing. She is helping me to work toward my vocal goals for auditions to several musical theaters. She has helped me choose strong audition pieces and is teaching excellent ways to get the sound I need in a safe and healthy way. She works outside our lessons on new warm ups and new music pieces. She is the best.
Review by Robert Stallone
I am in my 60s and decided to get back into playing my guitar. I thought taking lessons would be a good way to formalize the endeavor. I did have some concern about whether working with a teacher would work out as I've behave only played for my own enjoyment for a long time. Peter and I have had a few lessons together and I am truly enjoying the experience. He is very supportive and flexible. We arrived at a three gold approach that is really working for me. We focus on developing a playlist, learning some of the more iconic tunes from leading artist that I would have a hard time learning on my own and developing some technical skills related to style and music theory. Now I look forward to my next lesson and am already playing better and enjoying the journey. Peter is a great teacher I'm lucky to have the opportunity to work with him.
Review by Clinton Poskozim
Martina has been a great teacher. Our son is 8 and had taken some piano lessons before starting with Martina. She came right in and got him to improve. She does a great job of giving him just enough of a challenge to make him work and learn but not any pieces that are so overwhelming he can't get them. She has helped him through a lot of early music theory so that he not only can play the piano but understands the music he is reading in all of its complexity.
Review by Jacob Solomon
Ileen is a very attentive instuctor. she is patient and works hard to see her student succeed. if a concept is unclear she expains it in other ways to ensure understanding. I would highly recommend ileen to students of all levels who want to learn guitar and music theory to thoroughly enjoy the instrument and music
Review by Howard
We value Chelsea for the quality of her lessons, but also for the flexibility of her schedule. She has worked around family vacations, impromptu summer camps and the upcoming school year. Emily is better prepared to start middle school band this year due to flute lessons from Chelsea and we plan to continue the lessons for the foreseeable future.
Review by Natalie Kretcher
I really like her. And as an adult student, a good teacher who keeps the pace up but still keeps it reasonable in terms of difficulty is really hard to find. She does a great job of explaining little detail things in terms I (as a musically challenged human) can understand. I'm having a blast! 10/10 would recommend!
Review by Justin
I've been taking lessons from Michael once a week for eight weeks now, and with his help I have made dramatic improvements with my sax. Michael is a funny, nice, patient and all around great instructor. I'd recommend Michael, as an instructor, to anyone who wants to improve their skills and have fun while doing it.
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