From beginners to advanced, we will teach the fundamentals of playing woodwind instruments, including proper breath control, tone and technique. Advanced students can learn jazz theory, dixie land melodies, and more in depth orchestral pieces.
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I teach saxophone, flute, and clarinet. As a child, my parents exposed me to a variety of music and I soon became obsessed with B.B. King and the blues. I grew up in Seattle and the local blues radio station played jazz on the weekdays, so as I listened for my hero B.B. to come on the radio, I was accidentally introduced to jazz and I loved it! I started playing saxophone in grade school, and I continued to play through high school and eventually decided to attend Temple University where I recently completed a degree in Jazz Performance. I also spent a semester studying abroad at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam. I have had the pleasure of sharing the stage with such musicians as Larry McKenna, Mike Crotty, Dan Monaghan and Greg Kettinger. When it comes to teaching I like to strike a balance between building a solid base in rudiments, as well as pursuing the interests of the student. I am comfortable teaching a number of styles such as jazz, classical, and pop, as well as concepts like improvising, reading, theory, and composing. I also welcome students of all levels and ages. - Read More About Sam
I teach saxophone, flute and clarinet. I am currently on the faculty of the Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz and Performing Arts, and I am a woodwind teaching artist through the youth program of Symphony in C. I studied music at Oberlin College, and, most significantly, in Philadelphia with legendary saxophonist Odean Pope. I play with the West Philadelphia Orchestra, the city's hardest working brass band, as well as many other ensembles. I have a deep interest in improvised music, as well as high-octane, hard-hitting experiments with amplified saxophone. As a teacher, I emphasize developing a personal intrumental tone, and I try to help my students become the most creative musicians that they can be.
I teach Saxophone, Clarinet and Flute. I studied at The University of The Arts where I earned a Bachelor Of Music Degree in Performance and a Master Of Arts In Teaching in 1993. Over the years I have taught privately at various area High Schools and studios as well as having been Music Director at St. Joseph Prep from 2000 thru 2005. I founded the SJP Dixieland Pep Band for their Basketball Team and The SJP Digital Recording Studio. The Big Band Jazz Ensemble received Best Trumpet Section, Best Rhythm Section Best Soloist and Outstanding Performance Awards. The Music Department received the Activity Of The Year Award in 2004 (first time in the school’s history). I have also directed several Elementary School Programs in the Philadelphia and Bucks County area.
My performance experience includes session work at the legendary Sigma Sound Studios, Phil Nicolo’s Studio 4, David Ivory’s Dylanava Studio and many others. I have credits on over 25 albums and CD’s. I have toured nationally and internationally with many artists including The Stylistics, Bill Haley Jr., David Uosikkinen’s In The Pocket, Tommy Conwell, The Soul Survivors, Martha Reeves, Chuck Berry, Steve Guyger & The Excellos, Johnny O & The Classic Dogs Of Love, Eddie Money, Bobby Rydell, Cintron, Billy Paul, Mike Lecompt, The Rat Pack Production Show 2007 (Tropicana Show Room, AC), George Manney’s Last Minute Jam Band, Zydeco A Go Go and many other area and national acts.
I like to approach each student as an individual. Whether it be honing fundamental skills and tonal development, preparing for an audition piece, learning to improvise, or playing just for the sheer enjoyment of it, each student will discover their own sense of passion for music. -Learn More About Bobby