teaching philosophy

I originally started teaching music privately to enhance my performing career.  I was pleasantly surprised to discover that I really enjoyed leading a student  along in their musical direction.  The longer I taught, the more I learned how  to explain concepts in multiple ways, providing  my students with different  viewpoints on an idea.  In this way I discovered I was not only teaching, but  learning as well. My  teaching method, continually evolving, is a distillation of my own musical experiences  and the ideas and nurturing that my former teachers instilled in me.

”Rewarding” is one way of expressing the satisfaction of seeing a student  progress.  It is a joy to listen, over time, to a student go from the early  rudimentary musical attempts, to eventually hearing the student express his/her soul and  feeling in the music.  Then, as time passes, my satisfaction and pride increases as I see the same musician on a gig, or on the way to a professional musical performance. Or, just knowing that the student will have a more profound understanding and perception of the art in later life. 

No matter where you are in your musical journey, I am happy to help.

Dear Max,

Thank you so much for the wonderful lessons. You
have really inspired me to continue music in my life. I have appreciated your understanding and nuturing throughout this journey, and I couldn't have asked for a better teacher to lay the foundation for my musical future.
Long live the sax!

With great fondness,


What they are saying!    
I would like to thank you for the many years of lessons, and the help that I received. All of the things you have done for me have been a true blessing. I will remember it always.











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