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  • Improvisation
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  • Jazz Saxophone
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    Boyd PhelpsOffering private lessons in
    Seattle, Washington
    About MeContact Me
    I have been a professional musician for over 30 years and a music educator for the same amount of time. I have a doctorate in Saxophone Performance from the University of Washington, Seattle. I have taught at all levels of education, from the university to grade school levels. I have also been a private saxophone instructor for some 30 years.

    I accept all levels: beginniing, intermediate, advanced, and professional players who want to improve their tone, improve phrasing, explore contemporary sax techniques, improve jazz playing and improv, work on the altissimo, etc.

    My Teaching Background
    I am a jazz player as well as a classical saxophonist. I've played with some fantastic musicians including the Stan Kenton Orchestra, organist Jimmy Smith, Jessica Williams, Lou Rawls, Monk Montgomery, Kenny Burrell, Oliver Nelson, and others

    My Teaching Philosophy
    I teach the saxophone as an art, a craft, and a science. If you don't know how the saxophone really works you cannot play it effectively. If you do not have good technique, you cannot express yourself through te saxophone. If you do not know tunes and styles you will not find work playing the saxophone. My goal is for the student to find his/her own voice on the saxophone--to develop a personal sound. I borrow saxophone pedagogy from several great saxophonists, both classical and jazz players. I teach classical and jazz styles on the saxophone. If you can play these styles you can play any style (hip hop, blues, rock & roll, etc.)

    Rates And Availability
    I charge $40 a lesson and prefer to come to the student's home for the lesson. Lessons are 45 min. to an hour or so, depending on how many questions the student has. I also teach classes in beginning saxophone for $20 a week. These are class lessons. I have found--especially at the beginning level--group instruction is superior to the traditional one-on-one method in that the interaction of the group inspires the members to accell. I have just returned to Seattle after a rwo year absence and am now building a saxophone studio so it would be a good time to contact me and reserve a lesson time.