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Daniel M.
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
In my 17 years playing the saxophone, I've performed in all sorts of places and styles - orchestras, jazz bands, chamber groups, rock concerts, musical pits, you name it! I've taught beginners, college students, and even retirees. I've studied classical and jazz music at Carnegie Mellon, Duquesne, and Baldwin Wallace Universities with James Houlik, Mike Tomaro, and others. I have studied composition, music theory, and music history, too. After all, there's more to learning an instrument than just knowing which fingers to press down! I can help you improve your skills and style whether you're just starting out on the sax or fine-tuning your college auditions!
About Daniel M.

Hi! My name's Dan, and I'm a saxophonist, flutist, clarinetist, teacher, and avid learner of pretty much everything! I just received my Advanced Music Studies Certificate from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, adding to my Master's in Music from Duquesne University (also in Pittsburgh), and my Bachelor's in Music from Baldwin Wallace University in Berea, Ohio. My teachers have been classical tenor sax pioneer James Houlik, retired Air Force Bandsman Keith Young, international soloist Greg Banaszak, and famed jazz arranger and saxophonist Mike Tomaro. In addition to studying classical and jazz saxophone, I've also done extra work learning flute and clarinet and tutoring music theory, history, and composition. I've played in orchestras and big bands, and Beatles cover bands, musical pits, free jazz collectives - you name it! As a soloist, I have been a guest lecturer and recitalist at the Navy Band Saxophone Symposium and the winner of the Carnegie Mellon University Concerto Competition. My chamber groups have been the winners of the Pittsburgh Concert Society Competition, quarter-finalists in the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, and guest presenters at TedX events. I've also given lectures on various musical topics at the Osher Institute for Lifelong Learning. I love to learn, and my interests don't stop with music! I know a good deal of Spanish, French, Italian, German, and Japanese, I can identify most species of birds in the US by sight and song, and I can name and locate every country in the world. I just love to learn, and I hope I can pass that love on to my students!

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Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

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Teaching since 2010

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Advanced Music Studies Certificate

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Teaches ages 5+

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Daniel M.
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
In my 17 years playing the saxophone, I've performed in all sorts of places and styles - orchestras, jazz bands, chamber groups, rock concerts, musical pits, you name it! I've taught beginners, college students, and even retirees. I've studied classical and jazz music at Carnegie Mellon, Duquesne, and Baldwin Wallace Universities with James Houlik, Mike Tomaro, and others. I have studied composition, music theory, and music history, too. After all, there's more to learning an instrument than just knowing which fingers to press down! I can help you improve your skills and style whether you're just starting out on the sax or fine-tuning your college auditions!
About Daniel M.

Hi! My name's Dan, and I'm a saxophonist, flutist, clarinetist, teacher, and avid learner of pretty much everything! I just received my Advanced Music Studies Certificate from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, adding to my Master's in Music from Duquesne University (also in Pittsburgh), and my Bachelor's in Music from Baldwin Wallace University in Berea, Ohio. My teachers have been classical tenor sax pioneer James Houlik, retired Air Force Bandsman Keith Young, international soloist Greg Banaszak, and famed jazz arranger and saxophonist Mike Tomaro. In addition to studying classical and jazz saxophone, I've also done extra work learning flute and clarinet and tutoring music theory, history, and composition. I've played in orchestras and big bands, and Beatles cover bands, musical pits, free jazz collectives - you name it! As a soloist, I have been a guest lecturer and recitalist at the Navy Band Saxophone Symposium and the winner of the Carnegie Mellon University Concerto Competition. My chamber groups have been the winners of the Pittsburgh Concert Society Competition, quarter-finalists in the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, and guest presenters at TedX events. I've also given lectures on various musical topics at the Osher Institute for Lifelong Learning. I love to learn, and my interests don't stop with music! I know a good deal of Spanish, French, Italian, German, and Japanese, I can identify most species of birds in the US by sight and song, and I can name and locate every country in the world. I just love to learn, and I hope I can pass that love on to my students!

Levels taught

Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Teaching since

Teaching since 2010

Education

Advanced Music Studies Certificate

Teaches ages +

Teaches ages 5+

Speaks

Speaks English

Speaks

Has background check

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I really appreciated the time and patience Daniel had, I'm a total beginner and he made my first saxophone lesson great his music background was fantastic. Thanks for the lesson!

Posted Jan 26, 2021
Teacher's Studio

Dan is an incredible saxophone teacher and he helped me a lot. In the quartet, he helped me how to listen to the other group members’ parts and then I can really fit into the group. For my solo piece, he gave me a lot of helpful comments, which helped me make my music sound beautifully. What he does all the time is helping me be aware of everything, and growing to be more professional!

Posted Oct 1, 2019
Study Leader
Jul 2019 - Present
Osher Institute for Lifelong Learning
I give volunteer lectures in person and over Zoom covering a variety of music history topics. Right now, my courses include "Degenerate: Jewish Music of the Nazi Era", which dives into the lives of composers living in Nazi Germany, and "History of the Wind Ensemble", an exploration of the development of wind instruments and band traditions in the US and Europe.
Ensemble Manager
Dec 2017 - Feb 2019
Besozzi Trio
I booked concerts and other events, designed programs, obtained repertoire, and filed contracts for my award-winning ensemble of two saxophones and piano.
Advanced Music Studies Certificate
Aug 2018 - May 2019
Carnegie Mellon University
Master's in Music
Aug 2016 - May 2018
Duquesne Unversity
Bachelor's in Music
Aug 2011 - May 2015
Baldwin Wallace University
English
Fluent/ Native Proficiency
Winner
Nov 2018
Carnegie Mellon University Wind Ensemble Concerto Competition
Quarterfinalist
May 2018
Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition
Winner
Apr 2018
Pittsburgh Concert Society Major Artists Competition
North American Saxophone Alliance
Oct 2019
The North American Saxophone Alliance is an organization made up of individuals who share a common interest in the saxophone. Members include professional performers, university professors, public school teachers, students of all levels, and others who have an interest in the saxophone. In addition to the Alliance's emphasis on disseminating information concerning the saxophone, the organization also works to provide opportunities for its members to make music, fostering fellowship among saxophone enthusiasts of all ages and backgrounds.

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Saxophone
Student's Home
Student's Home
Teaches Online
Teaches Online
Work hours
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Times are shown in your local timezone (UTC-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
Pricing
30 minutes
$39
45 minutes
$47
60 minutes
$55
90 minutes
$72
New Student Special
First 3 lessons
$30