Music Lessons

Santa Cruz, Silicon Valley, and Online Lessons
since 2008

I teach these:

Saxophone Lessons

The saxophone was invented by Adolphe Sax in 1846.

Flute Lessons

The modern concert flute was invented by Theobald Boehm in 1847 as an improvement on earlier wooden models. Its cylindrical bore allows for more consistent intonation.

Celtic Wooden Flute Lessons
Wooden flute

Also known as the "simple system" flute, this was the standard flute in Europe during the Classical era. The Boehm-system flute (see above right) replaced it in classical music, but this fine instrument continues to be a staple of Celtic music.

Tin Whistle Lessons
Tin Whistle

The tin whistle (or penny-whistle) is a fipple flute similar to a recorder, but it uses the same six-hole fingering system as a keyless "simple system" wooden flute. They were first mass-produced in 1840 in Manchester, England, by Robert Clarke's company.

Celtic Low Whistle Lessons
Low Whistle

The larger cousin of the pennywhistle, it makes a deep and haunting sound and requires a slightly different hand grip to cover the holes. It's different from a recorder in that it has six finger holes instead of eight, enabling easier Celtic ornamentation.

Native American Flute Lessons
Native American Flute

This traditional indigenous American instrument plays in a minor pentatonic scale, and is constructed with two separate chambers and a block that serves to channel the air from one to the other. It is very easy to play and has a haunting, quiet tone.

(Though there were other indigenous North American flutes, the term "Native American flute" specifically refers to this instrument.)


Aaron gave beginning alto saxophone lessons to my 9-year old son a few years ago. Aaron was excellent at reading and responding to my son's feelings (he is very sensitive and can get frustrated easily), making the lessons fun, and encouraging creativity and love of music instead of just learning the notes. My son is in the Middle School band now and still loves playing.
- Julie T.