My 2nd grade son had great things to say about your performance on Wednesday. He says he now wants to play the saxophone! Thank you for introducing our Roaring Brook students to your art.
— Erin Lamadrid, Roaring Brook Elementary PTO - Avon, CT

Mike is highly motivated to share his musical expertise with students. He has been playing saxophone for 14 years, & teaching saxophone lessons for 5. He has experience with students ranging from age 9 to 59, teaching all levels and many styles of music from classical to jazz to pop to funk. Mike has a great deal of interest in music education, sparked by his time at the Jackie McLean Institute of Jazz at The Hartt School, where Jackie’s motto was always “Each One Teach One”. In addition to teaching all levels of the saxophone, he is also available for lessons in:

  • beginner flute

  • beginner clarinet

  • music theory / Jazz theory (all levels)

  • songwriting/composition (all levels/genres)

  • jazz improvisation lesson (all levels)

  • jazz ensemble (all levels)

 

Mike custom tailors all lessons to fit each students individual needs, while making lessons both fun and challenging. He has established himself as an excellent saxophone/woodwinds teacher in the greater Hartford, CT area, and currently maintains an active private lesson studio. Additionally, Mike is on currently on faculty at Simsbury High School (Jazz Band director), Music & Arts (Avon, CT location), teaches woodwind lessons at Trinity College (Hartford, CT) and was the primary woodwinds instructor at Martocchio Music in Simsbury for 4 years. Recently, Mike's article on combining the artistic process of releasing an album with teaching was featured in both Music & Arts' The Vault blog (click to read) & in their Sound Teaching magazine

 

In addition to private lessons, Mike is available for:

  • In-school clinics (for a wide variety of topics, ranging from jazz history/theory/improvisation, to saxophone techniques, music business, audition preparation, applying to music school, to composition)

  • Saxophone sectionals (jazz or concert band)

  • In-school performances (great for any age group, and we can easily tailor our performance to be very interactive/educational)

  • Group lessons

 

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