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I offer lessons in:

  • Classical Clarinet
  • Jazz Clarinet
  • Jazz Flute
  • Classical Flute
  • Improvisation
  • Basic Music Theory
  • Advanced Music Theory
  • Intermediate Music Theory
  • Jazz Saxophone
  • Classical Saxophone
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    Ted DortchOffering private lessons in
    Puyallup - Edgewood - Fife -Tacoma-Federal way, Washington
    About MeContact Me
    Hello,my name is Ted and I have been playing professionally for 35 years..

    Ted Dortch is recognized as one of the top saxophone players working in the Pacific Northwest today. A multi-instrumentalist equally at home on all the saxes, clarinet and flute, Ted has over 50 album credits to his name and has appeared at numerous jazz festivals, including Montreux, Vienna, and Tokyo.

    Growing up in the Atlanta area, Ted was one of the premier high school saxophonists in the state of Ga.; a 3 time all-state band participant and earning over 15 superior ratings at band and "solo and ensemble" festivals. After attending the Navy school of music he spent three years in the Army band at Ft. Monmouth,NJ. This was the gateway to New York.Ted spent the next few years playing up and down the east coast until he settled down with his family in the pacific northwest.

    Teaching Background
    I have been teaching privately for 35+ yrs. in addition to performing clinics, festival adjudication and band camps.

    My Teaching Philosophy
    I enjoy teaching, and making music..A gift that must be shared...Preparation, dedication and a sense of humor makes the musical experience a journey that will last a lifetime.
    I teach all levels of saxophone, flute and clarinet with a focus on building confidence in your performance and help support the school band programs. Each lesson is tailored to the individual student, their abilities and goals.
    Some of the studies may include:
    Reading and music interpretation
    Building a repertoire
    Theory and improvisation
    Phrasing and tonal concepts
    Advanced harmonics and techniques

    Rates And Availability
    I teach in my home studio in a relaxed environment Tuesday-Thursday. Other times/rates can be arranged on a case by case basis. I charge $100 a mo. which includes: 4 (or 5) 1/2 hr.lessons, books and practice Cds. Call for available times.