Saxophone Lessons in San Diego

Private Saxophone Lessons with Alanna Hawley | In-Person and Virtual Options

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Take Saxophone Lessons with Alanna
San Diego, CA

About Alanna

I hold a degree in Saxophone Performance from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and I also studied saxophone and music education at the University of Georgia (go Dawgs!) 

I started teaching private saxophone lessons about 14 years ago and have worked with dozens of students of all ages (even a student in their 80s!)

I have taught for 14 years across North Carolina, Georgia, and now San Diego at my teaching studio downtown.


I teach both adults and school-aged kids on all saxophones (soprano, alto, tenor, and baritone), and I specialize in teaching strong foundational skills to beginners and intermediate students.

What is Play? Play is an online saxophone lesson platform serving students all over the world; however, for those in San Diego, CA, I do offer in-person, private saxophone lessons.

You can check out the online 
Saxophone Fundamentals course here to get an idea of my teaching style and to generally get started on the saxophone if you're brand new. Check us out on social media as well for additional saxophone tips.

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Teaching Philosophy & What to Expect in Private Lessons

No matter your age or skill level, music is a great way to explore all those creative nooks and crannies in the brain, develop a healthy outlet, and find a way to take time away from the hustle to literally take deep breaths and let it all go.

Some saxophone students have specific goals such as auditions, events they want to play for, or more, and in those cases our saxophone lessons will be very goal-oriented, while still tailoring to what the student enjoys most about playing.

What can you expect from our saxophone lessons together? We'll start by getting to know more about what you enjoy, your goals, and what you want to learn on the saxophone. Then each subsequent lesson will work on building the appropriate skills.

Although I teach all levels, I specialize in teaching beginner and intermediate saxophone students, helping them to excel with strong foundational skills.

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Both in-person and virtual saxophone lessons are priced as follows:

$45 - 30 minute lesson

$55 - 45 minute lesson

$65 - 60 minute lesson

Lessons can be scheduled individually via the online booking system, or auto-billed monthly for a 5% discount.


Hybrid options available: Students can switch from in-person to virtual lessons or vice versa at any time, or can opt for a hybrid approach such as one in-person lesson per month, and the rest as virtual saxophone lessons. This is up to you.

Location & Getting Here

The Play studio is located in downtown San Diego near Sixth Ave and C Street. 

Play Saxophone Lessons

1111 Sixth Ave

San Diego, CA 92101

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Parking and Transportation

A paid parking garage across the street tends to be the most convenient option, and will cost about $15. There is also 2-hour metered street parking with spots typically available within 3 blocks. Public transit is also readily available in this area.

When you sign up for lessons, you'll get a detailed information sheet on parking options and directions. 

View in-person and virtual lesson availability and book your lesson, or contact me directly with any questions.

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