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Miles F.

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Saxophone Teacher

Influences: Warne Marsh, Lee Konitz, Lester Young

Miles also teaches piano and flute

About Me:
Music is my first love and I'm very very passionate about sharing that love with all who want to learn. I have my undergraduate degree from UCLA in Ethnomusicology and my Master’s degree from NYU in Jazz Performance. I have been fortunate enough to work with many jazz legends in my career, including but not limited to Kenny Burrell and John Scofield. The pop groups I have been involved in have opened for such notable acts as Lupe Fiasco, J. Cole, and the Roots.

I have taught many private lessons, group lessons, and master classes over the years. I started teaching privately in high school and have taught one-on-one lessons off and on since then. I was an ensemble coach at the Fernando Pullum Performing Arts High School while at UCLA and learned many valuable lessons there that I constantly apply to my teaching. Most recently, I was on faculty at NYU teaching saxophone and improvisation to undergraduates.

My methods are a little unorthodox in that I wholeheartedly believe in the value of being able to sing everything that you play. Music is usually taught by muscle memory, but learning music this way bypasses the crucial part of what allows us to enjoy it: our ears. By learning to sing everything before playing it on the instrument, the student forms a connection with the music first, which allows he or she to transfer it to the instrument easier.

I never give out assignments, only suggestions. I have found that the only way a student will work on something is if the student finds the work beneficial or enjoyable. The student is under no obligation to do things he or she does not enjoy, but is encouraged to take my suggestion to see if he or she enjoys working on the particular topic. If the student does not enjoy the topic, I can give them another suggestion to work on.

Ages:
Elementary School, Pre-teen, Teenage, Adult

To inquire about lessons with Miles, please fill out the Inquiry Form on this page, or call us at (800) 417-4620.

Experience:

  • Professional Musician [2008 - 2014]
  • Adjunct Faculty at NYU - taught one-on-one saxophone and improvisation lessons to undergraduates [2013 - 2014]
  • UCLA Friends of Jazz - Taught music at the Fernando Pullum School of the Performing Arts in South Central Los Angeles. [2010 - 2012]

Education:

  • Graduated, Jazz Perfomance (MM), New York University [2014]
  • Graduated, Ethnomusicology (BA), University of California, Los Angeles [2012]

Studied With:

  • Connie Crothers [2013 - 2014]
  • Matt Otto [2012 - 2013]
  • Mark Turner [2012]
  • Rich Perry [2013]
  • Ralph Alessi [2013 - 2014]

Awards:

  • Spirit of Jazz Mentor Award - UCLA [2010]

Discography:

  • Aditya Prakash Ensemble - "The Hidden" [2012]

Scholarships:

  • Lalo Schifrin Composer’s Scholarship [2011 - 2012]

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