Your First Saxophone Lesson at The Music Place

If you are new to the saxophone, your first lesson will involve making sure that your instrument is set up correctly, using a reed and making a good strong sound. Your teacher will also be able to help you learn to read music, if you haven’t done this before.

The saxophone can be heard in all sorts of genres of music, so just let you know teacher know what you would like to focus on to make sure you’re getting what you want from your lessons.

Our teachers can teach all saxophones – soprano, alto, tenor and baritone.

Saxophone Lessons For Experienced Players

For a more advanced saxophone player starting with a new teacher here at the Music Place, bring along something you’re familiar with to play in your first lesson. This will help your teacher understand what stage you are at and will help you decide together where you want to progress to.

At the Music Place, we can offer you the chance to work towards ABRSM Classical and Jazz graded exams and can also develop your improvisation skills.

More opportunities for our saxophone students

  • Jazz Summer School in August and Jazz Weekend in March
  • Join the horn section of a rock or pop band that rehearses weekly and performs throughout the year
  • Adult Woodwind Group on Wednesday evenings at 7.30pm
  • Adult Jazz Bands on Thursday evenings between 6pm and 9pm

The saxophone can be heard in all sorts of genres of music…

Let you know teacher know what you would like to focus on to make sure you’re getting what you want from your lessons!


Top Saxophone Tips for Beginners

  • We can recommend Dawson’s music shop in Altrincham for help and advice about buying or renting a saxophone.
  • Make sure you have at least three reeds (strength of 1 ½) to keep you going for a while.
  • Think about treating yourself to a comfy neck strap while you get used to the weight of having a saxophone round your neck!
  • When you’re practising at home, really take your time setting your reed up on the mouthpiece. Having it all lined up neatly will make it much easier to get a strong sound.
  • Remember – although it can feel like a heavy instrument, it doesn’t have to hurt when you play the saxophone. If you do have any pain while playing, do let your teacher know as they will be able to show you the best way to hold the sax.

Meet The Music Place Saxophone Teachers…

Jenny Palfreyman
Jenny Palfreyman
Jenny studied at the RNCM, Manchester and has performed extensively throughout the UK since graduating. In October 2010 she was the winner of the inaugural Clarinet and Saxophone Soloist Competition and subsequently performed with the Trinity College Symphony Orchestra at the British Saxophone Congress 2011.

Jenny is also a founding member of awarding winning ensemble, the Absolution Saxophone Quartet, regularly performing throughout the country. The quartet has recently been awarded a full scholarship to study on the Postgraduate International Artists’ Diploma course at the RNCM.

Jenny is also a member of the Pasaos Duo, providing workshops at special needs schools, clinics and elderly care homes throughout the UK as part of the outreach work of “Live Music Now!”.

Jo McCallum
Jo McCallum
Jo studied at the RNCM and now works as a freelance performer, arranger and teacher. She has been a member of the Music Place team for the last four years and helped to set up Music Place Supports, a charitable outreach programme taking music out into the community.

Jo recently managed an Arts Council funded tour of the North West for her own big band project, featuring and promoting Manchester musicians, composers and arrangers.

Lucy and Jo also run Manchester Music Works, an organisation that takes the philosophy of the Music Place out into schools, making fun packed and informative music education available for all children.

Outside of music, Jo does voluntary work for the NSPCC and ChildLine.

Sam Andreae
Sam Andreae
Educated in Classical Saxophone at The Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester (Bmus Hons) and then in Jazz on the Nordic Jazz Masters program (where he studied in Finland, Sweden, Denmark and Norway), Sam has a broad range of musical interests and is greatly influenced by the Scandinavian model of music education where musicianship and listening skills are at the core of a pupil centred learning experience.

After moving back to England (and Macclesfield) in 2012 Sam has established himself as a respected creative musician on the Manchester and UK improvised and experimental music scene. Sam has taught saxophone and general improvisation skills at the RNCM, Leeds College of Music, Yorkshire Young Musicians, run workshops in Cheshire and Manchester and held positions with various music services.

He believes strongly in the worth of music as a positive learning force and an enriching experience for everybody of any standard.

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