David Baker

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Alto Sax, Soprano Sax, Saxophone, Tenor Sax, Baritone Sax, Music, Music History, Music Theory, Clarinet
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Hi there, my name is David! I am an active performing concert saxophonist and teacher in the California Bay Area. I have spent the past two years in New York City pursuing my doctoral degree in musical arts with a focus in saxophone at the Manhattan School of Music before returning home to the bay. Before that, I completed by bachelor's and master's degree in saxophone performance here at San Jose State University. I have performed with orchestras and ensembles such as the Park Avenue Symphony, Westchester Symphonic Winds, Peninsula Cantare Choir, and many more. I have taught students in private and group settings at all ages. I take a very holistic approach to studio teaching, ensuring my students mature in all aspect of performance and artistry. Reach out today if you'd like to begin your journey with the saxophone!

As an educator, David believes in a well rounded approach to teaching the saxophone. Including both technical proficiency and musicality is very important in mastering an instrument. Many teachers and institutions place most of the focus on the technique aspect of the instrument, and while this is important, it is David's belief that we must also teach our students how to create music from the notes on the page. Whether this be the performance practice of early baroque or the world of possibilities in romantic music, creating meaningful and beautiful music is the endgame. In our lessons we will work towards mastering the technique of the instrument while also learning to be informed music makers.

Doctor of Music Arts, Manhattan School of Music 2022-Present

Master of Music, San Jose State University 2020-2022

Bachelor of Music, San Jose State University 2016-2020

Recommended student text include (but are not limited to):

40 progressive melodies by Apollon Barrett

48 famous studies for saxophone by W. Ferling

Berbiguier 18 exercise or etudes

Top Tones by Sigurd Rascher

Chops by Dan Graser

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