Willem Moolenbeek has performed across Canada as soloist with orchestras and bands, in recital and pop groups. His tone has been described by one reviewer as “setting a standard for tonal elegance in the world of reed playing”.
As a proponent of new works for his instrument he has premiered and recorded works by many Canadian composers. He taught saxophone at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada for 30 years and currently teaches part time for the University of Waterloo. He is an artist/clinician for Jupiter Instruments and Vandoren reeds. A result of his long tenure at a post secondary institutions is that he now teaches the students of his students.
His work has been featured in Saxophone Journal and he has written articles for many publications including Canadian Musician, Saxophone Journal and the Journal of the Ontario Music Educators' Association.
As a saxophone specialist I teach beginning to advanced players. I am encouraging and find a pace that complements the learning style and needs of the student. I often have students come to me to analyze their playing and suggest corrections for problems they have developed. I am familiar with much of the standard repertoire and can prepare students for recitals, competitions and auditions. My goal is to enable students to develop a great sound and fluid technique that will allow them to play whatever music they choose with confidence.
Are you a beginner? I have started players of all ages. Correct techniques at the beginning will result in pleasing results and confidence. I can help with the selection of an instrument. Many former students have careers as players and educators. I have worked with elementary and high school students at the National Music Camp of Canada every summer since 1987. I will teach you how to read music as well as how to play. The first lessons of younger students , ages 9-12, should be attended by a parent to assist with instrument and teaching space setup.
The instrument must be in good working order. There are many moving parts and it should be tested by a competent player or technician prior to starting lessons online. I like to work with the Rubank series of instructional books. These are readily available and inexpensive.
Experienced player? I can help correct counterproductive habits and improve sound and technique. I have taught many years on university music faculties and can prepare you for auditions. Play with confidence and enjoyment any music you wish to play. Learn advanced techniques: vibrato, overtones, altissimo, multiphonics, flutter tongue, growling, circular breathing and more. Many of my students play in school, state and community bands. Former students are professional players and teachers in schools and colleges.
In all cases we can develop a practice routine to keep your progress on track. Remember that practicing, even a little, every day is the best way to develop your skills and the muscles required for success and enjoyment on any instrument.
The times given on the website are generally a good place to start, but as the season develops the schedule may change. We can deal with any changes once we have established communication. In the fall and winter I will also have university classes that I will need to fit into the week.