Private Lessons

I offer private lessons and lesson packages on saxophone, clarinet, flute, and woodwind doubling. These lessons are designed to offer solutions to instrumental problems that aspiring and full-time professionals might be experiencing. Repertoire representing a multitude of styles including classical, jazz, and commercial music will be incorporated within these lessons.

My years working as a freelancer in Broadway pit bands; symphonic orchestras; show bands; studio work; performing recitals; presenting clinics and masterclasses; teaching woodwinds, chamber music, and jazz at universities; have given me a perspective that I enjoy sharing. My teaching has been greatly influenced by my studies with the legendary saxophonist/clarinetist Joe Allard and master flutist, Tom Nyfenger. Their insightful approaches to artistic woodwind playing while viewing each individual as a unique personality had a profound effect on me as a performer and as a teacher. Additional studies with Eddie Daniels, Ron Reuben, Joe Rabbai, Michael Parloff, Peter Simenauer, Paul Dunkel, Keith Underwood, Bob Mover, Bob Porcelli and Charles McPherson were also very insightful and inspiring. I look forward to working with you.

Each Private Lesson is 60 minutes and the cost is $100.
A Four-Lesson Package is available for $300.
Private Lessons are purchased through PayPal.

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Please contact Ed to set up your lesson time after purchase.

Woodwind Concepts of Joe Allard Masterclass Series

Joe Allard
Joe Allard
  • Class I: Embouchure Considerations
  • Class II: Tongue Position and Articulation
  • Class III: How to Improve the Breathing Process
  • Class IV: Overtones, Undertones & Other Warmups

Dates TBA

Joe Allard was one of the most important woodwind performers and teachers during his lifetime. As a saxophone, clarinet, and bass clarinet instructor at some of the most prestigious music conservatories in the U.S., he literally influenced generations of woodwind artists who were important voices in the classical, jazz, commercial, and recording industries. These classes will offer an insight into Mr. Allard’s saxophone/clarinet pedagogy and provide many exercises and musical examples that saxophonists and clarinetists of any level will benefit from.

Mr. Allard himself was a student of a cross-section of some of the major artists/performers of the first half of the twentieth century: Gaston Hamelin, Daniel Bonade, Ralph McLane, Chester Hazlitt, Augustin Duques, Edmond Allegra, Lyle Bowen and Rudy Wiedoeft. His performances as a clarinetist and saxophonist with every major freelance orchestra in New York as well as the NBC Symphony, Symphony of the Air, The Bell Telephone Hour Orchestra, The Band of America, The Voice of Firestone Orchestra, The Dupont Cavalcade Orchestra, and The Red Nichols and Red Norvo Orchestras allowed him to interact with a variety of instrumentalists and singers. This helped cement his philosophies regarding music and woodwind pedagogy. His students have included such notable players as Michael Brecker, Eddie Daniels, Lawrence Feldman, Steve Grossman, Dave Liebman, Harvey Pittel, Roger Rosenberg, Dave Tofani, Joe Viola, John Bruce Yeh and Pete Yellin. Each class is 90 minutes and the total cost for the series of four classes is $100.

This Masterclass Series is presented in real time via Zoom and purchased through PayPal.

Please contact Ed to inform him that you will be joining this masterclass series.

Art of Woodwind Doubling Masterclass Series

Ed Joffe with Five Woodwinds
  • Class I: The Saxophone & How to Become a Chameleon of Styles
  • Class II: Flute and Clarinet
  • Class III: The Doubles of the Doubles
    Soprano Sax, Bass Clarinet/Eb Clarinet & Piccolo/Alto Flute
  • Class IV: Mouthpiece & Reed Solutions

Dates TBA

This package of four classes will focus on the single-reed family of instruments: saxophones, clarinets, and flutes. Mastery of any one instrument requires a lifetime of study, practice, and performance. Therefore, developing a level of proficiency on multiple instruments necessitates a profound understanding of the fundamentals that are associated with performing on each of the various instruments. I will explain and demonstrate these underlying differences and provide exercises to enable the multi-reed player to achieve a higher level of performance. Each class is 90 minutes and the total cost for the series of four classes is $100.

This Masterclass Series is presented in real time via Zoom and purchased through PayPal.

Please contact Ed to inform him that you will be joining this masterclass series.