Chris Peirce

Wellington and the Kapiti Coast has and active music scene. We encourage students to get out and listen. It’s a great way to help you learn. You will find clarinet and saxophone playing in a wide range of situations such as the NZSO, Wellington Vector Orchestra, Wellington Jazz Orchestra, Royal New Zealand Air Force Band, Orchestra Wellington.

Events such as the NZ International Festival of the Arts and the Wellington International Jazz Festival regularly feature international clarinetist and saxophonists.  The Kapiti Youth Orchestra, Paraparaumu College Music Roadshow, Kapiti College Jazz Band, Rockquest among others provide excellent opportunities for students.

The saxophone is an incredibly versatile instrument fitting in wherever music is present. New Zealand bands such as Supergroove, Fat Freddy’s Drop, The Black Seeds, and Katchafire use it extensively.

Lessons include: Embouchure, Sound Production, Reading Music, Theory and Playing by Ear. As we progress duets and trio pieces will be introduced.

Due to the size and weight of the instrument some students would be more suited to getting a foundation on the clarinet before moving onto the saxophone. Previously Students as young as 11 begin on saxophone, though 12 is more common. Alto Saxophone is the most common member of the saxophone family to start on.

Required Text

  • Saxophone – Essential Elements Eb Alto Book 1