Brendan McGovern – Piano, Sax, Clarinet and Flute


Quick Facts About Brendan

  • Teaches Piano, all saxophones, clarinet, and flute
  • Works well with ages 10 and up and all experience levels
  • Specializes in Jazz and Classical
  • 5 Years Teaching Experience
  • Bachelor of Music in Saxophone Performance and a BA in History from UW

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Most Inspirational Music Moments and Experiences

Every time I see a student come into a lesson having practiced something and they’re excited to share it with me.

I have traveled extensively around South America and Southeast Asia, so I have been exposed to many different kinds of music and different cultural approaches to teaching and performing.

 

Top 3 Desert Island Albums

Tough decision! Right now it would be:

  • All ‘n All - Earth Wind and Fire
  • Sinatra at the Sands (with Count Basie Big Band)
  • Atlantis -Wayne Shorter
Brendan - Piano, Sax, Clarinet and Flute Teacher | Off the Wall School of Music

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General Teaching Style

I’m a big believer of “the fun is in the details.” I like to get students to focus on the nuts and bolts of what makes a song or exercise interesting or helpful. For example, if a student is working on staccatos on piano, I might have them learn “Hall of the Mountain King,” and play all of the notes short so they can apply the skill in a practical setting.

Curriculum

For woodwind players, I often help them out with what they are learning in band at school, such as the Standard Book of Excellence Series. For those who are interested in jazz, I have used Jim Snidero’s Jazz Etudes series, as well as Jamey Aebersold’s improvisation books.

Focus & Goals of the First Lesson

During the first lesson, I like to first get to know the student a bit. For adults, I usually ask why they are taking music lessons, and if they have any particular goals. For kids, I might ask what kind of music they like, and what songs they might like to learn to play.

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