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About Devin M.
If you're looking for a professional music tutor to help you reach the next level in your playing, Devin is exactly the person you are looking for! With almost 20 years of experience and a Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Studies from the University of North Texas (USA), Devin has performed in a variety of places, including multiple tours on cruise lines such as Royal Caribbean and Carnival Cruise Line. With projects currently working with electronic music production and composition, Devin is skilled in a wide range of styles, including classical, jazz, rock, pop, Latin, blues, and soul. Whether it is in a theatre pit or at a salsa club, Devin has learned to adapt to many situations.
Devin's music lessons aim to help students become not just great instrumentalists, but excellent musicians that adapt to any style they like or situation they find themselves in. While taken at the students' pace, expect not only to have fun, but to be challenged!
Devin teaches beginner to advanced saxophone lessons ages 7 and up
Saxophone lessons with Devin include:
-Warmup and tone exercises
-Study of finger technique
-Applying music theory to performance
-Building a listening repertoire
-Studying a wide variety of genres and special techniques
-Discussion of equipment and care
Devin teaches beginner to intermediate improvisation lessons ages 11 and up
Improvisation lessons with Devin include:
-Building of a listening repertoire
-Aural training to learn playing by ear
-Study of music theory in relation to improvising
-Learning of various styles of improvising in various genres
-Building productive practice habits
Music Theory Lessons
Devin teaches beginner to advanced music theory lessons ages 7 and up
Music Theory lessons with Devin include:
-Visual and aural recognition of intervals, scales, and chords
-Study of simple to complex song forms and progressions
-Application of theory to music in the real world
Music Production/Ableton Live
Devin teaches beginner to intermediate music production lessons with an emphasis on Ableton Live to ages 11 and up
Music production lessons with Devin include:
-Basics of electronic music production and creating projects in a digital audio workstation (DAW), such as Ableton Live
-Using music theory knowledge of scales and chords to compose music
-Composing music for various digital instruments
-Basics of audio engineering and sound design
-Basics of recording live instruments
Devin has studied many genres, but specializes in jazz, soul, and electronic music. His background includes work in musical theatre, Latin/salsa orchestras, jazz big band and small combos, and Top 40/Motown cover bands. If there's something you want to learn, Devin is certainly able to help.
A first lesson typically includes getting to know the student, such as any goals, favourite musicians, or genres. A beginner lesson would determine what basics of the instrument they are studying they are familiar with, if any. An intermediate or advanced lesson would be a demonstration of their current skill to determine a baseline and to discuss future goals.
Learning music is a fun and rewarding experience, but certainly takes a bit of patience and focus. Being new at something can be frustrating, but Devin is here to help you be at ease. In order to be ready to learn in the easiest way possible, Devin strongly recommends always bringing a notebook and a pencil to keep track of your lessons and your progress.