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Saxophonist, composer, arranger and recording artist, Eric is an exciting and creative soloist who specializes in finding the groove and building on the energy. His roots are grounded in the traditions of jazz, but his style reaches into more modern genres such as funk, R&B, and rock. Originally from Akron Ohio, Eric spent the first ten years of his musical career playing in jazz and show bands around the Midwest. As a band leader and side man, he ended up on some well-known stages including Nighttown, the House of Blues, the Rock N' Roll Hall of Fame and Severance Hall. In 2006 Eric released his first full length album entitled "Say," which featured seven original compositions and two arrangements of American classics. After relocating to Southern California in 2007, Eric began expanding his musical career into new territory. In addition to Ruby Sue and the Ethereal Blues, he has performed with numerous acts such as Vaud and the Villains, DC Babylon, Scott McLaughlin, Big Whiskey, and Sugah Daddy. He leads his own jazz and R&B group, which can be seen monthly at the Winery Restaurant in Tustin, CA. Eric is constantly striving to listen, learn and elevate his playing to the next level.
I truly believe that all learning, while serious in nature, should be fun and exciting in methodology. Living in the age of technology, there are so many ways to make learning fun and interesting for students. Whether it be sharing information from Youtube, educational sites such as The Teaching Channel, using digital music apps such as "Smart Music" for assessment, showing a student how to record themselves on their smartphones, all of these things can be brought in to the instructional experience. The most important part of teaching is knowing your students, what they want to learn, and divising curriculums to fit their needs.
My teaching style is fun loving and educational. I like to make sure each student is having fun and learning while playing music. Music is a universal language and can be taught to students of all ages. I hope to bring this music to life and have students want to practice and have fun while playing. There is nothing that is more rewarding then having students smile after completing a piece. I hope that I can convey my passion and love for music to each student I teach!
With private students, I customize my teaching methods to how each student best learns. I have several methods to teach most music concepts and saxophone technique so that I can better connect with each student’s learning style. I find students have a more enjoyable experience when I give them the chance to learn what they would like to play. For jazz students, I first have them identify a musician they enjoy listening to and begin exploring what makes that player unique. We work on sound production, articulation, stylistic considerations, rhythmic feel, and jazz vocabulary. Learning how to sound like the student’s role model helps to give them a context and approachable goals. We use jazz repertoire to build and enhance harmonic recognition and improvisational abilities.
Greetings! Through my study of saxophone during these past 13 years, I have developed a deep love for music and have gained a great appreciation for the incredible impact it can have on our lives. I would love nothing more than to share my passion, whether it be through performance or passing on my knowledge through teaching to future generations. I'd like to show students how fun and rewarding it can be to develop the skill that is playing an instrument. The concepts and values acquired through the study of music can influence every aspect of life and will stay with with a student for the rest of their lives. This includes but is not limited to: creativity, patience/perseverance, discipline, learning new skills in general, time management/organization, memory, concentration, self achievement/reflection and much more. There is truly nothing quite like it.
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The teachers in our network 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, techniques for developing quick finger action, how to read music, and most importantly, how to have fun playing the saxophone!
A beginner saxophonist should begin by renting. Reliable models include Yamaha, Jupiter, and Selmer. In addition to renting a sax, students will need to buy reeds to play. New players should start with a softer reed, either a 1.5 or a 2. Musika suggests consulting your teacher before buy reeds in bulk.
Our recommended starting age for saxophone lessons is age 8 or 9. Most school music programs have students start playing saxophone with the band when they are in 4th or 5th grade. The student needs to be big enough to be able to appropriately hold the instrument with the aid of a neck strap, and have the lung capacity to blow properly.
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!
Saxophone can be an extremely satisfying instrument to study at any age. Most adults, even without experience, find they are able to progress quickly with consistent instruction and focused practice. The saxophone is great instrument for solo playing or in a group setting.
Review by Brooklyn
Laura is a fabulous teacher. She explains concepts to me using concrete examples so that I can understand changes that I need to make to my posture, breathing, phrasing, etc. She makes warm-up exercises fun, and she's got a great sense of humor over all. Her teaching style is collaborative, more egalitarian (she respects what I already know and meets me at my level), tailored to my particular interests and strengths, and I always look forward to our lessons!
Review by Marlo
Danette is a delightful instructor. She always brings a wealth of knowledge, excitement, and enthusiasm to piano lessons with my daughter. She is not only skilled at piano, but she has a wonderful voice quality that she uses to help convey certain techniques and to highlight various points where she intends to draw the students attention.
Review by Alex A.
Travis rocks. My 7-year-old son and I both take lessons with him. Travis has moved me off the plateau I was on with lessons that focus on theory and technique. And for my son, he's been able to instill a desire and interest that were missing when he previously took piano lessons. With Travis teaching us, the limits are the ones we impose on ourselves. Needless to say, Travis himself plays a mean guitar to boot!
Review by Jaima Woodiwiss
Having taken 6 years of piano lessons myself when I was young, I am very happy with Osmond teaching my daughter. He is very personable and helping her to enjoy piano. My daughter loves the fun songs she gets to play and I really appreciate how he is integrating even in the first month fingering, chords, beats, and hearing the music. She's getting a very well rounded training and she's loving it!
Review by Jennifer
Dave is a fantastic teacher. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to students that I think is invaluable. At the same time, this does not limit him from working with beginning students. He is very communicative with the parents as far as schedule changes. We are so grateful to have found him!!
Review by Nancy
Darrell is A-Maz-Ing! He demands results from his students and therefore results come quickly. The time he spends teaching is intense and packed with great instruction. He is a tough teacher but offers lots of valuable instruction that is applicable for music as well as life in general. I highly recommend Darrell if you are ready for results!
Review by Blaine Vaz
“I took drum lessons from Mark for about 7 months. I have been playing for 38 years but always thrive to learn more. He was able to provide me alternative exercises and help me gain a better understanding of my opportunities. I have been able to take my playing to another level. His approach to teaching is perfect for any level of student, beginner or advanced. He is a true professional and an outstanding person. You won't go wrong with Mark!” Blaine Vaz
Review by Lucinda
Melissa is very encouraging, positive, supportive and patient. She knows how to explain the technical details of flute and music notation to kids in a way that makes sense to them. She has been reliable so far turning up on time and calling if there is a need to reschedule. I would definitely recommend her to others.
Review by Pat
Henry has been a great piano teacher since I started lessons about a month ago, and he is helping me realize a lifelong dream. He is patient, plays beautifully, is easy to learn from and a very nice person. I took lessons as a child for a year or so, but never followed up over the years. I always said that I would once I retired and found the right instructor. That time is now. Thank you Henry and Musika!
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