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The reviews for Saxophone and Clarinet teachers are a few years old. We
are looking for a clarinet teacher for my daughter who is intermediate
level and a saxophone teacher for my son who is just beginning.
Does anyone have a recommendation? We are in Oakland Hills - but are
willing to travel if the teacher can do both and is good.
I highly recommend Ian Willson (pronounced ''yon''). My daughter studied sax(4th &
5th grade), and my son has studied clarinet and bass clarinet for three years. Ian's an
excellent player on multiple instruments (plus flute), and has a steady, dedicated
following of students. I'm a musician myself, and it's been gratifying to see how he has
picked up on what my kids liked to do (some fun stuff) vs. what they _needed_ to do,
and he helped them all along the way. Two thumbs way up.
Ian Willson teaches from his house in Albany. 527-3665
Jeff Luna-Sparks is the most fun, sweet guy you could meet. He also has a
Bachelors and a Masters in Musical Ed. Kids learn in a non-pushy environment.
(510) 334-8851 anon
My partner had taken soprano sax lessons for over a year, then
the newborns ate into the time. They're older and he'd love to
start back. Current recommendations for teachers? Oakland would
be great but would consider commuting for the right fit. Evening
hours are desirable, though he would wait-list for an opening.
thank you, Anne
Ernie Mansfield is an excellent music teacher who teaches soprano sax. He's
taught my son and he's terrific. His phone number is (510) 524-2055. Ernie
teaches in Berkeley.
I have a six year old who wants to start recorder and a 10yr old
that wants to try alto saxophone. I want someone who is a
conservatory graduate and has experience teaching young children.
I recommend Jamison Smeltz for saxaphone lessons. I believe he also teachers
clarinet, but I'm not sure about recorder. My 9-year-old just started alto sax
with Jamison in September and I think he's a really good teacher. He's got a
lot of experience with both teaching and playing and he was also recommended
to me by a sax repair person and was on the teacher list provided by the
school. He's firm with his students but also has a sense of humor and an
ability to meet each learning style. He teaches out of Music Works in El
Cerrito. You can reach him at 672-0409.
My 9 year old wants to learn how to play saxophone. Any suggestions about
teachers in the Berkeley area?
My son has been taking sax lessons for 4 years from Jamison Smeltz,who we
meet at Music Works in El Cerrito after school. He's enthusiastic and
creative, and my son has learned much more than just how to play the sax
from him. He is also helping to run Winds Across the Bay, a youth wind
orchestra for middle and high school kids in the East Bay.I highly
recommend him. His phone is:672-0409.
If you are looking for a wonderful multi-instrumental musician who lives
in Berkeley and gives lessons to children, Ernie Mansfield is your man. I
have one of his CDs and you're sure to like his music. He is patient and
knowledgeable. He has a website where you can find out the things I'm not
aware of. www.mansfieldmusic.com
Does anyone have a recommendation for someone in the
Berkeley/Albany area who teaches beginning saxophone to
children (my daughter is almost 11 years old)? The postings in
the BPN archives are several years old. Thanks!
I reaa-a-lly like Ian Willson (pronounced like ''yon''). He taught my
daughter sax when she was in 4th and 5th grade, and has taught several other
kids I know. My son is currently studying clarinet with him. He's a very
nice guy, total professional, and a very talented player to boot. He also has
a daughter in 6th grade, so he's very well tuned in to this age group. He
lives near Memorial Park in Albany -- 527-3665
Ernie Mansfield of Mansfield Music teaches Saxophone. He works with students
of all ages, but most of his students are youth. He is in Berkeley, not far
from the North Berkeley BART station. I went to a recital of his once and was
really impressed by him and his students. Music is his passion and I think
helping others reailze their passion for music is part of that passion for
I need a saxophone teacher for a 10-year old boy. He's musical,
but needs an inspiring teacher (someone better than his critical
mom). The group lesson once a week in school doesn't seem to be
enough, and he gets bored of the practice without much
feedback. I've looked at the recommendations already on line,
and they are all pretty old. Ian Willson would be great as he
lives just down the street, but he's not taking students
currently, and I can't contact the other two listed. Can anyone
recommend a good teacher in the Albany area that could work well
with a lovable but somewhat stubborn boy?
Try Jean Feinberg (deuceband (AT) msn (DOT) com). She teaches in the east
bay (Albany/El Cerrito, I think) and at the Jazz School in
Berkeley. I'm taking a class with her now and she's a great
listener, an excellent musician, and always extremely
encouraging. Good luck!
I enthusiastically recommend Larry de la Cruz as a
saxophone teacher for your 10 year old. My son, also 10,
took lessons from Larry last year for about 6 months.
Unfortunately, my son had an opposite problem from your
son's: He didn't have group lessons to let him see that all
new saxophone players quack like ducks. He got
discouraged with the difficulty of the instrument and never
wanted to practice on his own. However, whenever Larry
came for a lesson my son loved playing with him. He
adored Larry and always looked forward to lessons. Feel
free to email me at mariab964ATearthlinkDOTnet if you want
any more specific info.
Donna Viscuso is a great teacher of flute and saxophone
(harmonica and some other instruments as well) - for adults or
children. East Bay or SF. Contact her at 415-863-7739
Steve Feierabend is a wonderful musician and saxophone teacher
of children and adults who recently relocated to the Bay Area
from San Diego. He is gentle and patient. His number is
highly recommend Ian Willson 510-763-1773. He lives in Albany,
teaches out of his own studio in Oakland, and also teachers at Tupper
& Reed in Berkeley. He was my saxophone teacher and is still a great
teacher for young people. He knows classical, jazz, sight-reading,
piano, all woodwinds, and composes. Sax is his favorite instrument. He
is a father and a devoted musician/teacher. As soon as my son is old
enough, I will have Ian teach him music. Wendy
We can recommend Susie Laraine, 655-0599. She teaches saxophone and flute, and
is primarily a jazz musician.
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