Saxophone Lessons (Ages 8+)
Saxophone lessons are currently available with the teacher(s) listed below and are open to all ages 8 and above. Students must have access to their own saxophone for practice at home. Saxophone reeds and a method book will also be required, and we advise that you wait until your first lesson before purchasing a book so that the teacher can assess and recommend appropriately, which book to purchase. All of the above instruments & supplies as well as additional supplies that may be useful for saxophone lessons are available for purchase and/or rent from School of Music Arts. Please refer to our Rentals page for further details on instrument rentals.
Rachel has been playing instruments since she was 8 years old. She holds a first class Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Birmingham (in her home country of the UK), where she triple-minored in flute performance (studying with Diane Clark and Jonathan Rimmer), music theory and composition. She performed in many ensembles with the University of Birmingham Music Society, including playing flute and piccolo in the Philharmonic Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra, Wind Band and Flute Choir, conducting and playing clarinet in the Clarinet Choir, and playing alto and tenor saxophone in the Saxophone Choir. During her undergraduate degree she undertook an exchange program at the University of Ottawa. She is now studying for a Master’s degree in Music Theory at Western University, where she also plays flute and piccolo in the Wind Ensemble. Rachel has been playing the piano for 13 years, the flute for 12 years, and the clarinet for 8 years, along with other instruments. She often plays woodwinds in pit bands for musical theatre, as she enjoys the challenge of playing up to four different instruments in one show. She is honoured to have the opportunity to share her musical experience with the next generation of musicians at SMArts. Rachel teaches Flute Lessons, Clarinet Lessons, saxophone lessons and Piano Lessons.
Joel is currently entering his second year of Masters in Oboe Performance at Western after completing his Bachelor’s in Music Education. He has performed in many operas and musicals and has filled in for the London Community Orchestra as well as the Stratford Orchestra. While his main focus is the oboe he plays guitar and saxophone and has taught for 2 years previously at another music school in St. Thomas. Last summer he travelled to Italy for a 5 week opera program and also travelled to Guatemala to learn from the community and teach music with a group from Western University. This past year he taught senior students how to play oboe through the New Horizons program hosted at Western. At School of Music Arts, Joel teaches Guitar and Bass Guitar Lessons, Ukulele Lessons, saxophone lessons and oboe lessons. Joel focuses on how to create confident musicians through encouragement, inspiring students to learn more.
What Are Your Rates?
We've learned that every music teacher is different, and each has different skills. Some have Masters degrees, while others are still students themselves. For this reason, we've given the teachers the ability to set their own rates when they are hired based on their skills. The rate for saxophone lessons start at $23.00 for a 30 minute lesson.
Is 30 Minutes Enough?
For beginners the answer is definitely yes. When you are first learning, you're getting a lot of new, and in some cases, confusing information given to you. The amount of information given in one 30 minute lesson will give you a lot to work on as you practice throughout the week. Practicing is absolutely essential to learning music. As you get to more advanced skills, more time may be necessary if and when your teacher recommends it.
How Long Will It Take To Learn?
We get asked this question a lot. There is no specific date, or number of lessons. It depends on a few things including how often students practice. Although the songs may be very simple, we know we can have students playing at least one short song within 30 days. If you are hoping to play Mozart, it will take more time. But anyone can do it if they want it enough or work hard enough.
What Else Do I Need To Play?
There are additional supplies that may be needed throughout the course of your study, such as neck straps or cleaning swabs. Also, as you progress, you will need new, more advanced method books so that you can continue to learn new songs and new techniques. We stock the basics to make sure every student has what they need to play, but other items can be specially ordered for you if needed or desired. For more information on product availability, please ask our administrative staff.