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Lessons offered by Darius
  • Individual
  • In group
The lessons will be held
  • By webcam
Taught subjects
  • Music Reading
  • Saxophone
Levels
  • All Levels

Performing and recording jazz saxophonist with 10+ years of experience specializing in jazz, contemporary, and r&b.

Methodology

I base my lessons on the fundamental subjects of jazz performance:
- Saxophone tone & timbre
- Technical Playing Skills
- Understanding lead sheets & chord progressions
- Improvising Solos
- Manual nuances (scoops, falls, etc)
- Developing Stage Presence

Each topic would build from the last to help the students get an immersive and more complete learning experience. This way, students can use what they learn for saxophone along with ideas and information that can transfer into other instruments/genres.

Optionally, I do offer consulting to musicians looking to find their solo in a song/project that they're involved with. If you want to make your good solo great, I can help make that happen!

Background

I am a college-trained saxophonist and recording artist with years of experience in performing across several genres of music. My improvising skills have given life to my solos and earned me lead alto sax roles for small groups and big bands alike. I've led and taught peers to perform music and create solos in the moment since 2012. Because of my help, students have been able to confidently and successfully perform solos for large shows and win state-wide competitions in jazz performance.

Rates

Rate for online lessons : $15/h
Rate for 5 hours of lessons : $65
Rate for 10 hours of lessons : $125

Details

The standard hourly rate for tutoring / lessons is $15 per hour. For multiple hours upfront, I have improved rates with 5 hours for $65 and 10 hours for $125. For safety and convenience, I will only offer my services online via webcam.

I offer a free 30-minute lesson for users to have a chance to see how they learn and work in my educational environment. I want you to feel confident about choosing my services, so I will give you the opportunity to make that informed decision at no cost to you.

Refunds are provided only for cancellations made at least 24 hours before the first of the session purchased. Any cancellation after that period will not be refunded.

Lessons offered by Darius
Individual
In group
The lessons will be held
webcam
Taught subjects
  • Music Reading
  • Saxophone
Levels
  • All Levels

Darius's resume

WORK EXPERIENCE:
Performing & Recording Artist
Apr. 2019 to Present
- Creating horn lines for musical projects spanning across several genres of music.
- Collaborated with various artists and performed live shows with these musicians.

Atlanta HL Afro Pop Ensemble
Apr. 2018 to Jan. 2019
- Performing music for high-profile events and shows across the Greater Atlanta Metropolitan Area.
- Producing songs and introducing very important people for gala fundraisers.

EDUCATIONAL TRAINING:
Morehouse College
- Opened for Sevyn Streeter's Atlanta performance
- Horn leader for Atlanta HL Afro Pop Band
- Lead alto sax for Morehouse Jazz Ensemble

Townview Magnet Center
- Arranged a musical piece performed for ESPN Live with Aloe Blacc
- Band leader for TMC Combo Jazz Band
- Lead alto sax for Jazz I Ensemble
- Section leader for TMC Marching Band

PROFESSIONAL SKILLS:
- Music Production
- Interpersonal Skills
- Collaboration
- Communication
- Strong Work Ethic
- Leadership
- Time Management

AWARDS & CITATIONS:
- Stateman Award (2020) Given by the Otis Moss Jr Orator Committee
- All-State Jazz Ensemble Qualification (2015) Given by the Texas Music Educators Association

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