Seattle Area Saxophone Teachers
Darryl has been a professional saxophonist and teacher for forty years both in the United States including twenty years in Denmark and Norway. Darryl has taught Jazz ensembles, Ear training and improvisation at the Conservatory level in Denmark while performing locally and throughout the continent and credits the many great mentors and teachers he has had through the years, the likes of Joe Henderson, Joe Viola at Berklee (four years) and numerous band leaders and elders. Darryl is always grateful to have the opportunity to share his knowledge, understanding and experience feeling that it is a natural progression to pass along the generosity of those that he has learned from and have been inspired by. Paying it forward is just the right thing to do.
Darryl’s teaching philosophy is a simple one, believing that music is for everyone and everyone has the ability to express themselves through music. Darryl believes that the study of the saxophone should be serious fun. By this he means if the application is put forth with proper consistency, the student cannot help but reap the benefits of their efforts with the proper guidance and performance experience. There will come a time when that light bulb moment will happen and the saxophone student will feel within themselves the joy, excitement, power, confidence and understanding of what they are developing for themselves and realize that they too are a part of something that so many greats who have come before them have contributed to. Darryl also plays piano and from time to time will use that wonderful instrument in conjunction with the lessons on improvisation. Darryl uses both classical and jazz repertoire as a vehicle leading to the development of a solid foundation for serious fun as a saxophonist.