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Jake W In HomeHome In StudioStudio
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Instruments: Saxophone, Clarinet
Styles: Classical, Jazz, Rock, Blues, Avant-Garde

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Jake W In Home In Studio
Instruments: Saxophone, Clarinet
Styles: Classical, Jazz, Rock, Blues, Avant-Garde

Where I Teach:
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Ages Taught: 10-80
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Degrees / Training / Special Info:
MM (In progress), DePaul University, Jazz Studies BM, Nazareth College, Saxophone Performance
Awards:

2014-DePaul University School of Music Talent Scholarship

2013-Participated in Nazareth College research project aiming to publish music for Krzyzstof Komdea's "My Sweet European Homeland"

2012-Nazareth College Raymond Shiner Jazz Award

2012-Inductee of Pi Kappa Lambda

Overview:
I have a bachelor's degree in saxophone performance from Nazareth College and a master's degree in jazz performance from DePaul University. In pursuit of my degrees, I performed classical repertoire in solo recitals while also performing with jazz ensembles, wind ensembles, and saxophone ensembles. Additionally, I worked with various jazz and rock groups outside of school. I perform frequently throughout Chicagoland with various ensembles and have appeared at several of Chicago's top venues for jazz and improvised music.
EXPERIENCE
I began teaching during my years as an undergraduate. I have worked with private students of a wide variety of ages. I have focused on sound production, saxophone technique, ear training, music theory, and repertoire in lessons. I keep an open mind as a teacher and do not try to push students into playing music that they are not interested in. Rather, I encourage the students to follow their own musical interests and draw upon my own musical background to help them play the music to the best of their ability.
METHODS USED
I like to start beginning students with Hal Leonard's Essential Elements books. When students move on to other materials, I draw upon their interests and the genre in which they are playing to find materials. I encourage classical students to listen to the repertoire so they can bring in pieces that they want to work on. I use a variety of method books with my jazz students, depending on the specific goals of the lesson, but I also place emphasis on ear training and transcription.
LESSON STYLE
As important as it is for me to help improve students technical ability and tone, I believe it is equally important for me to find ways to nurture students' creativity and passion for music. I believe it is very important for students to listen to a wide range of music, especially the type of music they are studying, in order to develop their awareness of style and nuance. I also encourage students to create their own exercises in addition to the ones I assign. I believe that this can help them to bring out their inner creativity and develop a personal sound, as well as have fun while practicing!  
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