Lessons

I offer private instruction on Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet and Jazz Improvisation. Lessons take place at my studio in Westchester NY. 
All ages and all levels of ability are welcome…

Fundamentals:

Regardless of your ability level and/or musical style I will always stress fundamentals on your instrument.

  • Sound (Timbre & intonation): Embouchure; Long-Tones/Over-Tones.
  • Finger technique (Clean & Even): Mechanisms; Repetition/Muscle Memory
  • Reading (Precision & Independence): Rhythm vs Melody; Skilled Mistakes

Jazz Improvisation:

Learning to improvise is a language skill with rules of grammar and vocabulary. Having a “conversation” requires being fluent with these rules, the ability to listen and having something to say. Freedom through discipline.

  • Chord/Scale Theory: Basic Chord Types w/extensions. All modes (Major/Mel. Minor Scales); Diminished & Whole Tone & Harm. Minor etc…Vertical & Linear patterns. Controlling tension/release.
  • Harmonic Progressions: Understanding and maneuvering through common chord progressions. Voice-leading & “Money Notes”
  • Transcribing: Writing out Jazz Master’s solos. Applying lines (“stealing”)
  • Repertoire: Songs you’re expected to know (w/o music)
  • Rhythm: Number 1. Period! Using rhythm to create variety. Controlling tension/release.

Using Skype, it is now possible for me to provide instruction for students worldwide…

So whether you live in New Zealand, Canada, England or Argentina, we can work together in a “private lesson” customized to fit your particular needs, from beginners trying to get a first sound to advanced students working on complex music.

Joey Berkley “All Things Saxophone” DVD

Schedule Your Lesson:

Introductory Rate of $30.00 (USD) for the first half hour session
Payments accepted through PayPal only in advance of lessons

Standard Rates for all Lessons:

$65.00 (USD) for 30 minutes
$75.00 (USD) for 45 minutes
$85.00 (USD) for one hour

Please Contact Me to schedule your lesson.