Adam Stokes is up and coming Chicagoland based tenor saxophonist. He received his Bachelor's of Music in Jazz Performance, studying under Randy Hamm, from Missouri State University in the spring of 2015, and is currently pursuing his Master's of Music in Jazz Performance at Northern Illinois University under the tutelage of Professor Geof Bradfield. Adam has always sought out opportunities to study with great musicians at every turn and has studied with greats such as Phil Woods, Jeff Coffin, Rich Perry, Brad Leali, Rick Margitza, Tim Warfield, and Bob Mintzer. Since the age of 15, Adam has been performing regularly in many as a band leader as well as an in-demand saxophonist.
I have 5+ years of teaching experience with students ranging from age 10 all the way thru students in their 70s. I began teaching private lessons when I began pursuing my Bachelor's degree, teaching students from beginners all the way through advanced. I currently teach private saxophone and clarinet at a small music school in Illinois as well as directing jazz combos at Northern Illinois University as a part of my graduate assistantship. When it comes to a teaching style, I don't believe in one particular way to teach. I approach every student differently, because not everyone learns in the same way. I am willing to work with students of all ages and ability levels.
My curriculum is developed on a per-student basis depending on the students ability level and interests. Some of the things that you can expect to be incorporated into lessons no matter the skill level include technique and sound exercises as these are important for instrumentalists to practice on a daily basis regardless of skill level. Please feel free to contact me prior to scheduling a lesson if you have specific curriculum you would like covered in lessons.