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Noah Bernstein

Available Thursday

Noah Bernstein

Saxophone Instructor

Noah Bernstein is an alumni of the prestigious Oberlin College and Conservatory, where he attained degrees in both jazz saxophone performance and creative writing. Working closely with such jazz legends as Gary Bartz, Robin Eubanks, Wendell Logan, and Billy Hart, he developed a quickly identifiable sound and style, and built his foundation in theory, aural skills, composition, and education. He was enlisted by Oberlin to teach woodwinds to college music minors and spent additional time teaching younger students at a nearby music school in rural Ohio.

Bernstein hails from Vermont, where he began playing saxophone at the age of 10. Now, with nearly a quarter of a century of playing under his belt, he resides in Portland, where he relocated in 2007 for a private woodwind teaching position. Since moving to the Pacific Northwest, he has run two successful music venues as a booking manager and played in countless bands with genres spanning jazz, hip hop, rock, folk, and funk. He has also toured the world as saxophonist for the undefinable Oakland-based tUnE-yArDs and Portland R&B crooner Shy Girls.

While keeping up with his at times rigorous performance schedule, he has built upon his teaching history, which spans more than 15 years in saxophone and clarinet. His primary focus is working with students to find material that genuinely interests them, motivating them to practice and dig deeper into the fundamentals of breathing, embouchure, scales, and music theory. He is most comfortable in the world of jazz and improvisation, but has spent considerable time too in the classical world playing in wind ensembles and working out of etude books on facility and execution. He is excited by wide and occasionally unconventional application of woodwinds in all settings of music.

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