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Sean H.
Chicago, Illinois
From basic music theory to advanced jazz concepts, we'll cover it all!
I have an education in advanced jazz and classical theory. I can help with anything you need to know about music theory!
About Sean H.

When I was 12 or 13 I heard John Coltrane's masterpiece album 'Giant Steps' for the first time. From then on I was absolutely magnetized to the saxophone and devoted my life to studying the great art form of jazz. I have come to believe that the only thing better than playing music is sharing music with others! Hailing from Flagstaff, Arizona, I attended Western Michigan University on a four year scholarship and received my Bachelor of Music, Jazz Studies in 2009. I had the privilege of studying with the great Trent Kynaston, as well as performing with some of the most influential jazz musicians today, including Bobby McFerrin, Stefon Harris, Billy Hart, Fred Hersch, and Randy Brecker. I now live in Chicago where I teach lessons and perform regularly with my bands, The Winchester Sound and Orcas are Dolphins. I teach jazz saxophone, classical saxophone, music theory, jazz/pop theory, music performance, arranging and composition. *** Lesson Details *** I believe everyone gets into music for a different reason, and therefore each student deserves their own custom curriculum. It is important for students to work at a pace and in a direction that is comfortable for them. For this reason, we will start with a consultation so I can figure out exactly what you aim to get out of taking lessons. From there we will incorporate some standard curriculum and method books that I enjoy using, as well as my own techniques that involve plenty of ear training and exercises to improve one's facility on the instrument (scales, patterns, technique). Most importantly, we're going to have a lot of fun! If you are not having fun it's not even worth your time. I am very laid back and promote a stress-free environment! Remember, I was once a beginner, too. I know what it's like to learn something new, so I want to be there to guide you through it! *** Studio Equipment *** extra music room f/w keyboard w/ seating for parents *** Travel Equipment *** I provide no equipment. Student must provide saxophone, reeds, books, etc. *** Specialties *** My passion is jazz. Not just jazz saxophone, but the art form in general. I love to teach people the theory behind improvisation and watch them as they explore and internalize the endless possibilities thereafter. I am also classically trained and am equally proficient in that area, although I would say I do prefer jazz. In summary, my specialties would be: jazz saxophone, jazz/pop theory, improvisation, jazz arranging, saxophone performance, composing.

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Teaches all skill levels

Teaching since

Teaching since 2004

Education

BM Jazz Studies/Saxophone Performance

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Teaches ages 12+

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Sean H.
Chicago, Illinois
From basic music theory to advanced jazz concepts, we'll cover it all!
I have an education in advanced jazz and classical theory. I can help with anything you need to know about music theory!
About Sean H.

When I was 12 or 13 I heard John Coltrane's masterpiece album 'Giant Steps' for the first time. From then on I was absolutely magnetized to the saxophone and devoted my life to studying the great art form of jazz. I have come to believe that the only thing better than playing music is sharing music with others! Hailing from Flagstaff, Arizona, I attended Western Michigan University on a four year scholarship and received my Bachelor of Music, Jazz Studies in 2009. I had the privilege of studying with the great Trent Kynaston, as well as performing with some of the most influential jazz musicians today, including Bobby McFerrin, Stefon Harris, Billy Hart, Fred Hersch, and Randy Brecker. I now live in Chicago where I teach lessons and perform regularly with my bands, The Winchester Sound and Orcas are Dolphins. I teach jazz saxophone, classical saxophone, music theory, jazz/pop theory, music performance, arranging and composition. *** Lesson Details *** I believe everyone gets into music for a different reason, and therefore each student deserves their own custom curriculum. It is important for students to work at a pace and in a direction that is comfortable for them. For this reason, we will start with a consultation so I can figure out exactly what you aim to get out of taking lessons. From there we will incorporate some standard curriculum and method books that I enjoy using, as well as my own techniques that involve plenty of ear training and exercises to improve one's facility on the instrument (scales, patterns, technique). Most importantly, we're going to have a lot of fun! If you are not having fun it's not even worth your time. I am very laid back and promote a stress-free environment! Remember, I was once a beginner, too. I know what it's like to learn something new, so I want to be there to guide you through it! *** Studio Equipment *** extra music room f/w keyboard w/ seating for parents *** Travel Equipment *** I provide no equipment. Student must provide saxophone, reeds, books, etc. *** Specialties *** My passion is jazz. Not just jazz saxophone, but the art form in general. I love to teach people the theory behind improvisation and watch them as they explore and internalize the endless possibilities thereafter. I am also classically trained and am equally proficient in that area, although I would say I do prefer jazz. In summary, my specialties would be: jazz saxophone, jazz/pop theory, improvisation, jazz arranging, saxophone performance, composing.

Levels taught

Teaches all skill levels

Teaching since

Teaching since 2004

Education

BM Jazz Studies/Saxophone Performance

Teaches ages +

Teaches ages 12+

Speaks

Has background check

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Super great, gave me tips and resources to practice at home and had a wonderful personality.

Posted Jan 11, 2020
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Great Teacher! Great experience. I have homework (yay!), and I am looking forward to returning.

Posted Aug 14, 2019
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Sean is a great teacher! He's extremely knowledgeable and can explain tough concepts very clearly. He's really made me feel like my goals are within reach. Highly, highly recommended (especially if you want to play jazz).

Posted Sep 8, 2018
Band Teacher
Jan 2012 - May 2014
Band For Today
After school band program, focused on middle school/high school. I was lucky enough to teach a few amazing band programs in the Chicago area during this time!
BM Jazz Studies/Saxophone Performance
Aug 2004 - Apr 2009
Western Michigan University
Outstanding Performance
Aug 2008
Detroit Jazz Festival, 2008
Outstanding Performance
Oct 2007
Notre Dame Jazz Festival

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Instructor details
Music Theory
Teacher's Studio
Teacher's Studio
SEE MAP
N Kedzie Blvd. #Chicago, IL
Work hours
M
T
W
T
F
S
S
Times are shown in your local timezone (UTC-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
Pricing
30 minutes
$40
45 minutes
$45
60 minutes
$50
New Student Special
First 3 lessons
$30