Saxophone is commonly used in jazz, blues, R&B, and contemporary music. It's a great instrument for students interested in learning jazz!
» Saxophone is in the "woodwind" family because it produces sound with a reed in the mouthpiece.
» There are many different types of saxophones with different sizes, but the most common are the soprano, alto, tenor, and baritone saxophone. The notes and finger positions are the same on all of the saxophone instrument, making it easy for saxophone players to switch from one instrument to another.
» The saxophone is a transposing instrument, meaning the music notation is for the saxophone is written in a different key than it would be for non-transposing instruments. Saxophones are often named by their key, for example the "B-flat soprano saxophone."
MEET THE TEACHER
Nick Ferreirae first started learning music in the fourth grade in an after-school concert band. He continued playing in bands throughout his childhood and eventually came to New Orleans to study music at Tulane University. During college, Nick was involved in jazz combos, ensembles and choir. He graduated in 2017 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Jazz Studies. Nick has performed around New Orleans as a gigging musician in various jazz, blues, funk, and rock bands. He also has done studio work with bands.
Nick is passionate about music and wants to do his part in helping the next generation of musicians grow and learn. He’s grateful for all the teachers he’s had and knows he wouldn’t be the musician he is today if it weren’t for them. Nick specializes in teaching Jazz music and educating students on the repertoire, composers and the different jazz playing styles.
The soprano saxophone is the highest of the most common saxophone types. It is a transposing instrument in the key of B♭. Because this saxophone does not curve, it is harder for younger students to hold, which is why most students start out on the alto sax.
The alto saxophone is the best saxophone for beginners to start out on, because of its size and length. It is slightly lower in pitch than the soprano saxophone and is in the key of E♭.
The B♭ tenor saxophone is also a good instrument to start out on, although it's less common than the alto sax. Because it is lower pitched, it is larger than the alto saxophone, making it harder to hold and carry around in its case.
The baritone saxophone is a good choice for experienced saxophone players looking to branch out. Because of their size, baritone saxophones can be pricey.
The bass saxophone is one of the largest and lowest pitched saxophones available. It is very large and pretty uncommon.
30-minute lessons are our most popular option at NOLA School of Music. They are ideal for beginners and children who don't have enough material (or the attention span) for a longer lesson.
60-minute weekly lessons are great for adults or intermediate/advanced students. An hour lesson gives your teacher plenty of time to focus on technique, sight-reading, improvisation, and other aspects of music without being rushed.
For many students, 45-minute weekly lessons are the perfect sweet spot. Since 45-minute lessons are difficult to schedule, they may only be available during early afternoon hours or late evening.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
about saxophone lessons at NOLA School of Music
DO I NEED TO BUY A SAXOPHONE?
You'll need to have a saxophone to practice on in between lessons. Many of our students choose to rent an instrument instead of purchasing one.
Talk to your teacher for recommendations of where to purchase or rent an instrument. (A lot of our students rent their instruments if they're not ready for the commitment or are trying to save money!)
DO YOU TEACH ADULTS?
Yes! A huge portion of our student base is adults looking to re-learn an instrument or learn a new instrument!
At NOLA School of Music, we believe you CAN teach an old dog new tricks — and adults are great students because they can grasp technique and music theory concepts much better than young children. So even if you're starting out from scratch as an adult, with a little bit of practice, you'll progress quickly!
IS MY CHILD TOO YOUNG FOR SAXOPHONE LESSONS?
Playing the saxophone may be tricky for younger students under the age of 9 whose hands aren't large enough. Often, we will start out younger students on the recorder, piano, or clarinet and then transition them to the clarinet once they have grown into the instrument. This will give them a huge head start when they start learning the saxophone because they will already know the basics of music reading and rhythm.
If you're interested in signing up a younger student for lessons, we'll set up a month of lessons on a trial basis and make a decision after working with your child!