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Alanna Hawley

Teacher & Founder

Alanna earned her degree in Saxophone Performance from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and also studied saxophone and music education at the University of Georgia (go Dawgs!) Over the years, she has performed saxophone in solo concerts, Jazz big bands, orchestras, wind ensembles, and saxophone quartets.

She started teaching private saxophone lessons about 13 years ago and has worked with dozens of students of all ages (even a student in their 80s!)

She currently lives in San Diego, California where she has taught private lessons and works on building the community.


Alanna Hawley

Classes Taught by

Alanna Hawley

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Free Saxophone Fundamentals (start here)

ON-DEMAND CLASS. The 4 free lessons in this Class will cover everything you need to get started playing the saxophone. By the end of the Class, you'll be able to play your first three notes and your first song.

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[REPLAY] Beginner Saxophone Masterclass

REPLAY. In this 2-day masterclass (2 hours total), we covered foundational exercises and tips to improve your tone, reduce squeaks and ultimately tap into your bigger vision in playing the saxophone, which led into day 2 where we covered strategies to build your performing confidence no matter where you are in your playing. Catch the full replay here!

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Alanna Hawley

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The Top Saxophone Tips for Beginners [with Video and Free Downloads]

Check out these saxophone tips for beginners to get started and help you play like a pro. Plus, we've also included some warm-ups and exercises to help build your skills as a beginner.

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4 Tips for Preventing Saxophone Playing Tension

As mentioned in our post on the top beginner saxophone tips, playing with a lot of tension can negatively affect your tone and technique, and possibly cause playing injuries as well.

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Sax FAQ: Why is My Saxophone Squeaking?

The most likely reasons for squeaks are listed here, in order of most likely to least likely.

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Sax FAQ: How Do You Put a Saxophone Together?

How to Put a Saxophone Together.

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How to Store Saxophone Reeds

Playing saxophone well is all about making it as easy as possible, and that includes keeping your reed in great shape. Proper saxophone reed storage is one of the keys to doing that.

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