Having the right equipment and lesson material is essential to your music studies. Please note that you should always consult your private teacher before changing equipment! There may be other materials that we'll use for your lessons, but here are the basic lists for Saxophone, Clarinet, and Flute:

All Instruments:

  • Space for practicing - noise-free and distraction-free where you can play and hear well
  • Music stand
  • Chair (without armrests)
  • Mirror - body-length if possible
  • Metronome, preferably with a tuner. I recommend the Korg TM-40 or TM-50 because the user can run metrome and tuner functions simultaneously, but other brands/models are fine, too. The metronome must be loud enough to be heard over the sound of the instrument. You can get by temporarily with a smart phone metronome app, however, I recommend having a separate metronome because of volume, battery life, and less distraction.
  • Blank manuscript paper and pencil - preferably in a book where notes can be taken and tracked.

Saxophone

Equipment:

  • Saxophone (in good working condition, all pads sealing properly, neck cork in good shape)
  • Neckstrap
  • Cork grease
  • Cleaning swab - I prefer the "drop-through" type, weighted at one end.
  • Mouthpiece (students at the intermediate level or higher are encouraged to upgrade their mouthpiece. There are many brands and models to choose from - Selmer makes very good "classical" mouthpieces (C* or D* are good choices), and Meyer (5M is what many players choose) makes very good mouthpieces for Jazz or Pop (may also be played in Concert Band or Marching Band).
  • Ligature (more advanced students will want to upgrade - Rovner, Rico "H", or Vandoren M/O are good choices).
  • Reeds. Most players can start with 2-strength. The strength should be determined by the feel and the sound of the reed. Consult me regarding brand, style, and strength.

Books and other material:

  • At the beginner level, (and possibly beyond, at my discretion) we may use your book from the Band program at your school (Tradition of Excellence, or one of the other band methods) to start off with. 
  • Rubank Beginning and Intermediate Methods for Saxophone.
  • For advanced students, Trent Kynaston Daily Studies for Saxophone.
  • Beginning and intermediate students working on solo material may select appropriate literature. There are many collections of popular songs and movie music available as books, many with accompaniment CDs. You may also select your own solo material from other sources - please consult me regarding this.
  • Intermediate students will work from the Rubank Concert and Contest Collection, or equivalent classical solo material.
  • Other etudes and solo literature at the teacher's discretion.
  • Jazz students will use Lennie Niehaus' Basic Jazz Conception for Saxophone, Vol. 1 and 2.
  • Jazz students studying improvisation will use the Jamey Aebersold play-along series. Volumes 1, 8, and 54 are the most-used in the early phases, however the series is very large, with many excellent volumes - please consult me.

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Clarinet

Equipment:

  • Clarinet (in good working condition, all pads sealing properly, connecting corks in good shape).
  • Cork grease
  • Cleaning swab - "drop-through" type.
  • Mouthpiece (students at the intermediate level or higher are encouraged to upgrade their mouthpiece. There are many brands and models to choose from. Vandoren B45 is one very good step-up mouthpiece).
  • Ligature (more advanced students will want to upgrade - Rovner, Rico "H", or Vandoren M/O are good choices).
  • Reeds. Most players can start with 2-strength. The strength should be determined by the feel and the sound of the reed. Consult me regarding brand, style, and strength.
  • Thumb cushion or strap - since the clarinet is held up using the right thumb, it can help to have some extra padding on the thumb rest. There are a number of rubber cushions available which slip over the clarinet's existing thumb platform. I use one called the Ridenour Thumb Saddle. There are also neckstraps available for clarinet which take a lot of the weight off of the thumb.

Books and other material:

  • At the beginner level, (and possibly beyond, at my discretion) we may use your book from the Band program at your school (Tradition of Excellence, or one of the other band methods) to start off with. 
  • Rubank Beginning and Intermediate Methods for Clarinet.
  • Advanced students should consult with me regarding the Rose and/or Lazarus Methods for Clarinet
  • Beginning and intermediate students working on solo material may select appropriate literature. There are many collections of popular songs and movie music available as books, many with accompaniment CDs. You may also select your own solo material from other sources - please consult me regarding this.
  • Intermediate students will work from the Rubank Concert and Contest Collection, or equivalent classical solo material.
  • Other etudes and solo material at the teacher's discretion.

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Flute

Equipment:

  • Flute (in good working order, with pads sealing properly and joints connecting correctly)
  • Metal cleaning rod - should have notch at one end to check position of headjoint cork
  • Cleaning cloth - I prefer the cloth "hendkerchief" type.
  • Polishing cloth - if the body of your flute is silver, please make sure your cloth is designed for polishing silver.

Books and other material:

  • At the beginner level, (and possibly beyond, at my discretion) we may use your book from the Band program at your school (Tradition of Excellence, or one of the other band methods) to start off with. 
  • Rubank Beginning and Intermediate Methods for Flute.
  • Advanced students should consult with me regarding the Marcel Moyse Daily Exercises.
  • Beginning and intermediate students working on solo material may select appropriate literature. There are many collections of popular songs and movie music available as books, many with accompaniment CDs. You may also select your own solo material from other sources - please consult me regarding this.
  • Intermediate students will work from the Rubank Concert and Contest Collection, or equivalent classical solo material.
  • Other etudes and solo material at the teacher's discretion.

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