Benjamin Cohen

Alto Sax, Baritone Sax, Improvisation, Jazz Improvisation, Music Theory, Tenor Sax

Lesson Fees
from $40.00 / 45 Minutes

About

 

I am a saxophonist from New York City with experience in jazz, improvised music, and rock. My main instrument is baritone saxophone and I play tenor and alto too. I went to Manhattan School of Music for three years and graduated from The New School for Jazz and Improvised Music in 2022 with a bachelor's degree in jazz baritone saxophone. I attended LaGuardia High School where participated in the jazz band for three years. I have had the honor of playing alongside Wynton Marsalis, Rodney Whitaker and Ted Nash. I've had many great saxophone teachers over my twelve years of playing who encouraged and inspired me, and who gave me the tools to develop my own voice on the instrument. Teaching gives me the opportunity to pass on what I've learned from my teachers.

My approach is to build confidence from the start and encourage individuality. Keeping the student's goal in mind is important for motivation.

Listening to jazz is fun and is a major part of learning to improvise. Our biggest resource is recorded music. 

For saxophone students, the "boring" parts (scales, longtones) are unavoidable and will always be a part of playing. My approach is to tackle material at a comfortable pace for each student and to establish a healthy practice routine between lessons.

In a lesson or solo practice session, difficult material can be frustrating, so it's important to move on once a good effort is made. Progress happens slowly over time and only so much improvement can happen in one sitting--often it will seem like none at all, and that's okay! You will get better. 

 

Top Tones for the Saxophone by Sigurd Rascher- essential practice material for saxophonists at any level. Guaranteed to improve tone and intonation. 

 

 

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