Megan B.

Megan B.

Engaging, enthusiastic and enjoyable! That's exactly how my lessons and I am!

Alto Saxophone Lessons

Levels Taught: Beginner, Intermediate

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 practise and develop their technique and ask to hear them 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.

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About

  • Female

  • Teaching since 2018

  • Teaches students aged 5+

Hi! My name is Megan and I am an experienced clarinet, bass clarinet, saxophone, voice, and music theory teacher located in Mackay.

Currently, I am working at Whitsunday Anglican School as an instrumental, classroom music, and choir teacher across both the Primary and Secondary Schools. This position came after five years of studying a Bachelor of Music (Honours) and Bachelor of Education (Secondary) at the University of Queensland and a teaching position at Downlands College in Toowoomba.

In my journey to achieving this, I have taken every opportunity to presented to me, and then searched for even more! T

Within my private music teaching services, I have experience teaching children all the way from kindergarten age through to primary school, secondary school, and well beyond with many of my students being adults who always wished they played an instrument, want to improve their singing skills, or simply want to find something fun to do!

With this wide array of age-range in my students, I am also able to cater my teaching to best fit my student’s learning style and what they hope to achieve out of lessons. I am then very comfortable teaching students wishing to purse music as a career, absolute beginners wanting some support in their band programs, students wanting to sit AMEB exams, students wishing to prepare for musical theatre, specialist music program, choral, band, and orchestral auditions, and of course, those students simply wanting to have fun!

I am able to do this through the many pedagogical skills and philosophies I have learnt in University, the teaching techniques I have observed through my colleagues, the extensive resource library I have created myself, and my constant aim to learn new techniques and create the best possible outcomes for my students. For example, I always find it an excellent goal to work towards playing or singing a student’s favourite song and building up their technique to get to this level!

Every student I’ve taught have enjoyed their lessons, their instrument and the ones that have sat exams, have found it incredibly rewarding and had excellent results. I am also very experienced in teaching student’s to prepare to audition either for their school’s specialist music program or for a music scholarship, and have had a 100% success rate with those students succeeding in these goals.

Before my commencement of this degree, however, I was a student at St Rita’s College Clayfield where I was a member of seven ensembles ranging from a clarinet quintet to a full symphony orchestra. During school, I also obtained my Grade 8 AMEB Certificate on clarinet, Grade 5 equivalent theory, Grade 5 Classical High Voice and Grade 5 level on the saxophone and was a member of the State Honours Ensembles Program, the Young Conservatorium and the Queensland Youth Orchestra Wind Symphony.

Furthermore, my love for music began in a way very similar to many many people’s experiences with music. I’ve been singing for as long as I can remember but my love for it was fostered through my primary school choir, music classes, and eventually joining the Australian Girls Choir. Additionally, I only began playing the clarinet in year five with the introduction of my primary school’s band program.

Due to this experience I am able to relate to many of my students at a personal level while also understanding the ins and outs of the systems they are going through themselves, I’ve found this creates for a seamless cohesion between what they learn in their schools ensemble program and their private lessons.

As I work in many child-care and education settings you can be sure your children are safe with me as I have a current Working With Children Blue Card, In Safe Hands – Child Protection Training, and possess my ALTAID004 First Aid Certificate – Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any queries!

Megan

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$30/30min