Donald Jacobs Music Lessons and Performance
Donald Jacobs Music Lessons and Performance

Donald Jacobs Music Lessons and Performance

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Introduction: Hello! I offer instruction on saxophone, clarinet, flute, piano and recorder, and I also perform music for weddings, other parties, and home concerts. At the moment, I am currently accepting students only for the summer, June through August, 2021. I'm not a DJ. Please see my performance information below, after the teaching section. First: information about my teaching. I feel I am a highly qualified teacher, worthy of your consideration. I have been teaching professionally since the late 1970s. I really like teaching students, children and adults alike. My instruments are saxophone, clarinet, piano, guitar and flute. I can also work with students who sing, or play other instruments. Teaching success: I have taught hundreds of students during these years, so I feel I have learned how to work successfully with students who learn in many different ways. I also have taught many students who have autism. I have taught many, many students at every level, from beginner to professional. Learning to read music quickly: I incorporate a method that works quickly, that I haven't seen other teachers use. Student's and Family's Goals: Before I meet with a new student, I like to know what goals the student or his/her family might have. This helps me plan for what things to cover in lessons. I can quickly determine a student's strengths and weaker aspects in many aspects of music: tone quality, notes, rhythm, embouchure (mouth position), tonguing and phrasing. (I can also help a student know if they are using the best reed, mouthpiece and instrument for their present level of ability.) So I can give my student assignments and information that he/she can use to quickly improve their skills and address other issues related to playing their instrument. Jazz: I play jazz and teach jazz improvisation in a user-friendly approach. Genres: I love working with students on the kinds of music they are familiar with and want to play (including but not limited to): pop, classical, blues, jazz, and international (I play music from several European countries, including Greece, and Arabic music, and klezmer). How I relate to students: I believe that students feel comfortable working with me in lessons. I have a pretty good sense of humor, I think. I try to be sensitive to how things are going for a student who is working with me. I think I can see pretty quickly if things are going well with a student, or not so well, and use a different approach quickly and easily, as needed. Communication: I want my students and me to have good communication. I contact the student or his/her family a few days after the first lesson to see what they thought of the lesson, and if they have any questions, etc. I encourage students and families to contact me with any questions, concerns, or, of course, with good news. Music theory: I incorporate music theory into my teaching, when it can be useful. Second language: I speak Spanish pretty well, and understand spoken Spanish decently. Performance information: I have been performing professionally for more than forty years, with more than 1500 performances for happy clients and guests. Occasions: wedding ceremonies, cocktail hours, receptions; Bar Mitzvahs; house concerts, backyard parties, and other concerts. I'm not a DJ. Genres: Jazz, gypsy jazz, dixieland, classic rock and pop; international, including klezmer, Jewish and Israeli music, Greek and other Balkan, Scandinavian music, and more. Group size: 2-10 musicians.
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Hired 8 times

Serves Houston, TX

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44 years in business

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Customers rated this pro highly for professionalism, responsiveness, and value.

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Darius A.

Saxophone Lessons

Really great instructor. He paid attention to my need and guided me along the genres I enjoyed playing and practicing. Practicing and lessons were fun especially as an older student with busy work scheduling. I definitely will work with him again when I come back to houston.
Jun 18, 2019
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Noah W.

Saxophone Lessons

Don was very helpful and kind! I could tell he really knew what he was doing, and he was always ready to help me get through a tough practice session.
Feb 11, 2019
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Monica B.

My ten year old son has been taking saxophone lessons in Houston once a week for about six months now with Don Jacobs, and we are really happy we found him. My son has enjoyed so much progress in a fun and comfortable way because of Don's knowledge, flexibility, and sensitivity. Don is friendly and professional - just the right combination of musician, craftsperson, and teacher!
Jun 30, 2018
Thomas R.

Saxophone Lessons

Great teacher!
Oct 26, 2019
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Thomas R.

Flute Lessons

Don’s a great teacher.
Oct 13, 2019
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  • What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?

    I charge a price that I feel is fair. If the quote isn't exactly what you were expecting, we can usually adjust the length of the lesson. I always try to give my students good value for their money.

  • What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

    I like to have a phone conversation, to find out more about the student, his or her goals, and the parents' goals, if the student is a child. And this gives the student or his parents an opportunity to get to know me a little bit. And vice versa. And if they have questions, they can ask. I usually have a few questions, too. So when we meet for the first lesson, we can move more quickly and enjoyably.

  • What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

    I have a Bachelor's degree, cum laude, with a major in music from Washington University, St. Louis, 1977. I have been teaching private students every year since then. During these many years of teaching, I feel I have learned a lot about communicating well with my students, and encouraging their questions and feedback. And I have developed different methods of teaching that I can call upon. And I can help students practice more successfully and enjoyably because of ideas I've learned and developed over the years. Since 2016, I have also been the assistant band director at a Houston middle school. So I have helped many hundreds of students, from beginner level to advanced intermediate level.

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