What instruments do you teach?
BM-Classical Saxophone Performance (additional classical clarinet study), University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
MM-Jazz Saxophone (additional classical flute study), University of North Texas
Private, and group jazz lessons
30 mins (age 9 and up)
45 mins (age 13 and up)
60 mins (age 17 and up)
Tell me 3 to 5 words that best describe your teaching style.
Brian loves to let his students help guide their saxophone instruction based on their individual musical interests.
Brian strives to cater to each student in the way he/she learns best, so there isn't really a “typical” lesson style in his studio. He is a big proponent of letting students explore a bit as they go, whether that is simply learning more about how the saxophone works (esp. for beginners), or discovering new genres of music/pieces/composers/musicians/etc. as they advance.
Each student will spend time working on the fundamentals of music (tone, finger technique, note reading, etc.) through a variety of exercises, along with whatever other solo pieces they choose to learn with his guidance (often times a variety of classical, jazz, and other popular or folk styles, depending on the student's interests). Students will also spend time working on ear training and improvisation, even when they are just starting out!
When he is not teaching or performing music, Brian enjoys following MN sports (especially the Twins!), riding his bike all over the metro, and camping whenever he can get away!