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Will S.

Saxophone Tutor Specializing in Pop, Blues, and Jazz

Saxophone Tutor Specializing in Pop, Blues, and Jazz

$45/hour

  • 296 hours tutoring

About Will


Bio

Hi I'm Will,
I’ve taught Saxophone and clarinet at the ‘American Conservatory of Music’ and the ‘Old Town School of Folk Music’.
I’ve taught thousands of saxophone lessons to students ranging in age from eight to eighty-from complete beginners to advanced performers.
I know just about everything there is to know about saxophone. I've been playing sax since I was 12. I've played saxophone all the way through high school orchestra, concert band, marching band, stage band. I even played sax in...

Hi I'm Will,
I’ve taught Saxophone and clarinet at the ‘American Conservatory of Music’ and the ‘Old Town School of Folk Music’.
I’ve taught thousands of saxophone lessons to students ranging in age from eight to eighty-from complete beginners to advanced performers.
I know just about everything there is to know about saxophone. I've been playing sax since I was 12. I've played saxophone all the way through high school orchestra, concert band, marching band, stage band. I even played sax in three different garage bands. Saxophone was my life then and still is to this day.
In college I played alto saxophone and tenor saxophone in big bands, combos, quartets, trios- you name it.
I’ve recorded five CDs under my own name and have performed at numerous music festivals around the world.

My Teaching Philosophy
I always ask the student what their favorite song or what music was downloaded recently. From this song we extract and discover the concepts of melody, rhythm, meter, tempo, form, and key; subjects that are difficult to teach if you don’t use a song the student enjoys listening to. The student is surprised to learn that no matter what the song or genre, all music may be described and analyzed in the aforementioned terms. My lessons create a personal musical experience that the student reviews subconsciously whenever she hears that song, dances to that song, or is reminded of that song. The student is doing music homework without even thinking about it.


Education

Berklee College of Music
Bachelor
Northern Illinois University
Masters

Policies

  • Hourly Rate: $45
  • Rate details: cancellation policy 24 hours or charged the full rate of lesson
  • Lesson cancellation: 24 hours notice required
  • No background check

  • Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

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Subjects

Music

General Music,

General Music

I taught 3 years of General Music K-8 in Chicago Public Schools. I have a bachelors degree from Berklee College of Music, and a masters degree in Music Northern Illinois University.
Music Theory,

Music Theory

I received top grades in theory in college. I've taught more than 25 private students in music theory.
Saxophone

Saxophone

I've toured the world performing blues and jazz on Saxophone. I worked with Junior Wells, Buddy Guy, Lucky Peterson, and Bernie Mac.

Examples of Expertise


Will has provided examples of their subject expertise by answering 4 questions submitted by students on Wyzant’s Ask an Expert.

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Knowledgeable and gives what you are looking for

Upper triad extension and motivic development!! Enhanced my playing with just these 2 simple exercises/tricks! Loved the stories he told about his experience playing with other musicians on stage and after all of his schooling learning the 2 exercises to get more playing time.

Willie, 7 lessons with Will

Knowledgeable and gives what you are looking for

Upper triad extension and motivic development!! Enhanced my playing with just these 2 simple exercises/tricks! Loved the stories he told about his experience playing with other musicians on stage and after all of his schooling learning the 2 exercises to get more playing time.

Willie, 7 lessons with Will

talented enthusiastic teacher!!

Will was very patient with an old dog like me! Had me learning notes on the first lesson. Even playing a song! And the bonus is that his enthusiasm is infectious. I highly recommend Will even after only having one lesson !!!

Kenneth, 2 lessons with Will

Knowledgeable and gives what you are looking for

Upper triad extension and motivic development!! Enhanced my playing with just these 2 simple exercises/tricks! Loved the stories he told about his experience playing with other musicians on stage and after all of his schooling learning the 2 exercises to get more playing time.

Willie, 7 lessons with Will

Knowledgeable and gives what you are looking for

Upper triad extension and motivic development!! Enhanced my playing with just these 2 simple exercises/tricks! Loved the stories he told about his experience playing with other musicians on stage and after all of his schooling learning the 2 exercises to get more playing time.

Willie, 7 lessons with Will

Amazing Teacher, has a lot of patience, very friendly

The first lesson I was already playing simple songs, He helps a lot with figuring out how to play the saxophone. Amazing teacher, he also has great communication with the students. I recommend 100% for anybody wanting to learn saxophone or wanting to brush up on their skills.

Brian, 4 lessons with Will

Great Instructor

I just started my first lesson last weekend and I really enjoyed it. Looking forward to more. Will made the lesson very easy to follow and is a very knowledageble and patient instructor.

Nia, 6 lessons with Will

Very knowledgeable on the Sax, transmits his knowledge easily, Friendly, Professional , Enthusiastic, Computer savvy,

Saxophone 1 - The importance of the Reed. 2- The Reed is one of the most critical parts of the Sax. 3- What they’re made from 4- How to care for your Reed 5- How to place the reed on the mouthpiece 6- How to keep the Reed moist while playing the Sax 7- How to position your bottom lip against the Reed and mouthpiece to get a sound 8- When to replace a Reed and choosing the right Reeds 9- How to tighten the mouthpiece (ligature) 10- How to condition the Neck Cork with cork grease 11- How to place the mouthpiece on the Neck cork 13- Adjusting the Neck strap 14- Positioning the horn on the right side of the body, making sure the mouthpiece comes directly to the mouth before you begin to play 15- Right, left hands 3 middle fingers and thumb are positioned on the horn 16- Fingering Chart 17-Positioning my fingers on the Sax following the Fingering Chart 18- I learn to play 4 different notes 18-Before I knew it, I was playing my first song Will is very patient. I made several mistakes it was ok with him, he would say that’s ok, I try it again. He was very pleased with the effort I put into learning on my first lesson. Will gave me hope, which I, at one time was beginning to wonder if I had purchased a Sax and was going nowhere. I didn’t understand the fingering chart, but I understand now. I have no complaints, I’m excited and looking forward to learning as much as I can.

Brenda, 18 lessons with Will

Amazing Teacher, has a lot of patience, very friendly

The first lesson I was already playing simple songs, He helps a lot with figuring out how to play the saxophone. Amazing teacher, he also has great communication with the students. I recommend 100% for anybody wanting to learn saxophone or wanting to brush up on their skills.

Brian, 4 lessons with Will
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