Alto Saxophone Lessons

Inspired as a child by none other than Lisa Simpson, Alicia began teaching herself Alto saxophone aged 8 and continued to play throughout her childhood. After receiving 3 months of lessons, she achieved her Grade 5 in Jazz Alto Saxophone aged 15 before moving on to achieve her Grade 8 a year later. Alicia continued her Jazz studies at university, receiving a First Class BA Hons in Popular Music. 

WHAT ABILITY DO YOU TEACH?

Alicia is happy to teach Alto saxophone beginners up to a Grade 8 standard.

DO YOU TEACH CHILDREN?

Yes! Alicia has a vast amount of experience working with children and holds an Enhanced DBS. She currently teaches children aged 6+. Her 30 minute lessons are a popular option with children. 

DO YOU TEACH GRADES?

Alicia doesn't class herself as a 'grade teacher', much preferring to focus on developing good technique and playing for enjoyment. However, having gone through the grade system herself, Alicia is more than happy to accommodate those who wish to achieve grades.

DO YOU TEACH TENOR/BARITONE/SOPRANO?

At this moment in time, Alicia only offers Alto saxophone lessons.

HOW MUCH DO LESSONS COST?

A one hour lesson with Alicia costs £30. Half an hour lessons are available for children aged 10 and under. Visit the Lessons page for more information on block booking discounts.

WHERE ARE LESSONS BASED?

Lessons are based at Alicia's home studio in Rayleigh, Essex. Students are taught in a comfortable, soundproofed environment where they can play in confidence!

WHAT IS A LESSON LIKE?

Lessons contain a mixture of technical exercises and a creative 'song project' of the student's choice. Alicia believes students are more likely to carry on and enjoy playing if they are working on a piece that they choose to play. She also believes in the importance of equipping students with musical theory and does so in an easily approachable manner.

DO YOU PROVIDE STUDENT SAXOPHONES?

Unfortunately, Alicia is not equipped to provide instruments to students. However, she is more than happy to advise you on the purchasing of an instrument.

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