Alto Saxophone Lessons
I started the alto saxophone when I was in Year 12 after years of desperately looking on at my school’s jazz band while I held onto my clarinet.
I picked the instrument up very quickly and got to a Grade 5 AMEB Level before the end of the year.
I would be able to teach students anything from the very basics of the instrument to preparing them for an exam or going over Music they are playing in schools.
For beginner students I like to start them with simple songs from beginner books until they have a firm understanding of all the notes.
From there I introduce more challenging songs from movie soundtracks or by popular artists to ensure they’re enjoying their lessons while still developing their skills and technique.
Depending on where the student is at and if they are interested in doing exams I generally would assign 2 scales a week as “homework” for the student to practice and develop their technique and would ask to hear it at the beginning of each lesson.
Ultimately, my goal is to ensure my students are not only learning their instrument, but enjoying it too because there’s really no point in music if you can’t find joy in it.
Teaching since 2018
Teaches: Males aged 5 to 12
Females aged 5 to 15
Hi! My name is Megan Beckinsale and I’m incredibly enthusiastic about not only music, but about teaching as well.
I am currently a Bachelor of Music (Honours) and Bachelor of Education student at the University of Queensland where I major in classical clarinet.
I have attained many AMEB qualifications including my Grade 7 Clarinet, Grade 5 Saxophone, Grade 5 Classical Voice, Grade 4 Theory, and Grade 1 Piano.
In addition to this, I also got the dux award in years 11 and 12 for music and the junior and senior music performance awards in years 10 and 12.
Not only am I very experienced within solo playing, but I also have experience within ensembles playing with the Queensland Youth Orchestra, the Young Conservatorium and singing with the Australian Girls Choir, as well as 7 ensembles within my high school, St Rita’s College.
Most importantly however, is obviously whether or not I would be able to teach your child. As a Music Education major, teaching music is my ultimate goal in life and I already have a large amount of experience for a first year uni student.
In my final three years of school I was expected not only to lead the St Rita’s College Clarinet Ensemble in performances, but also in rehearsals. Initially I found this quite challenging as we were all similar ages and I wanted rehearsals to be fun and productive but eventually I found a balance and the experience was invaluable, and our clarinet ensemble won a gold all three years at the Queensland Catholic College’s Music Festival.
Not only this, but for two weeks I partook in a work experience program at my old primary school, St Columba’s Wilston where I got to work with the music teacher Celia Dodds and learn how she taught children of varying ages and abilities in music.
Last but not least, as I have played both within the AMEB system and many different orchestras of varying ability through from primary school as a beginner and now as a University student, I have experienced what your child is learning and can relate to them fully which I believe will help them greatly.
Overall, I am a hardworking, passionate musician who absolutely loves what she does and could not be more excited to potentially share the magic of music with as many people as possible.