Private Lessons

Thank you for your interest in private lessons. I’m committed to helping motivated students level-up their skills, build confidence, and develop a lifelong musical practice.

I’ve been teaching saxophone and improvisation lessons in the Seattle area since 2003, and I have extensive experience working with all levels of saxophonists, from beginner to professional. My teaching methods integrate technique, ear-training, creativity, performance psychology, deep listening, and technology.

Practice

I work with students and their families to develop personalized practicing plans by taking experience, time availability, and long-term performance goals into consideration. We will draw strategies from the latest research on skill development to craft a practice that is both effective and satisfying. (See my article, How Much Should My Kid Practice?)

Recitals

I hold two studio recitals every year at Seattle Pacific University, The Royal Room, and/or Boxley’s Place.

Rates

  • Weekly: $80/hour ($60 for 45 minutes), billied in packages of four lessons. First request a “new student meeting” at no charge.
  • Individual lessons: $100/hour

Lessons may be cancelled with at least 24 hours notice.


Email me at steve@stevetres.com if you have any questions

Studio Locations

  • Shoreline
  • North Bend at New Boxley’s (Tuesdays only)
  • Worldwide on Skype

About Me

Education

  • Master of Music, Jazz Studies and Improvised Music, University of Washington, 2015
  • Bachelor of Music, Jazz Saxophone Performance, New England Conservatory of Music, 2003
    • Graduated with distinction in performance

Selected Teaching Experience

  • Saxophone Professor at Seattle Pacific University, 2016 – present
  • Private studio, 2003 – present
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of Washington, 2013 – 2015
  • Seattle Saxophone Institute Faculty, 2015 – present
  • Pacific Music Institute Jazz Faculty, Honolulu, Summer 2019
  • Presented clinics at Berklee College of Music (Boston), New England Conservatory of Music (Boston), Jazz Education Network (JEN) National Conference (San Diego), Roosevelt High School, D’Addario Woodwinds (NYC), Washington Music Educators Association, and Denver School of the Arts
  • Founder and Director of Mountlake Terrace HS Jazz Collective, 2016 – present
  • Author of the #1 Amazon bestseller Creativity Triggers for Musicians and The Living Jazz Tradition

Selected Performance Experience

  • Album Invisible Sounds with renowned trumpeter Ingrid Jensen featured in the New York Times, DownBeat, and on NPR’s Jazz Night in America
  • Performances across the country including Birdland (NYC), Blue Note Hawaii, and live on NPR
  • Leader of In Motion Quartet and Radiant Fields for Solo Saxophone + Electronic Effects
  • Performances with jazz greats Dave Douglas, Bill Frisell, Kenny Wheeler, Bob Brookmeyer, Mike Stern, Cuong Vu, Steve Swallow, and Geoffrey Keezer
  • Conn-Selmer Endorsing Artist

Honors Received by Private Students

  • Awarded full and partial tuition scholarships to study music at colleges across the country
  • Soloist awards at the Essentially Ellington Contest in NYC
  • 1st Place, WA State Solo and Ensemble Contest
  • DownBeat Student Music Award
  • Selected for All-Northwest and All-State ensembles

Book a lesson or email me at steve@stevetres.com if you have any questions