Masaru K. - Patient, Knowledgeable, and Fun Music lessons - 20+ years experience

Cal Tech Masaru K. Tutors California Institute of Technology Students in Pasadena, CA
$100 / hr
Brooklyn, NY
(120)
15 miles Travel Radius
In-person + Online
We all need music. Whether you're looking for an instructor for your child, or yourself, thank you for stopping by to read my profile!

I have been an active musician and a music educator for over 20 years providing private lessons on alto, soprano, tenor, and baritone saxophones, flute, and clarinet, as well as the Japanese shakuhachi. I teach all ages kids to adults, and all levels from absolute beginner to collegiate level and amateur musicians.

Aside from private lessons I've taught jaz...
Reviews
Masaru helped me to conceptualize a new way of playing the flute. He was very patient as I had a lot of questions. All in all a friendly fun lesson that was just what I needed at that time. I look forward to learning to play by ear with Masaru.
- James F. from Fairfax, VT
Masaru helped me with jazz improvisation and technique on playing my saxophone. I really feel like I am making progress and developing as a saxophone player. I also feel like I am achieving my goals on the sax with Masaru as my teacher.
- Darrell G. from Lakewood, OH
Mas is engaging, knowledgable, accommodating and patient. All elements that have made my finally learning how to play the tenor sax an enjoyable experience. Thanks
- Jason H. from New York, NY
My granddaughter was beginning to lose interest in flute. When she started with Masuru she was a bit reluctant, but his patient approach and willingness to find pieces that were new and interesting to her have revived her interest. He is quite adept at figuring out the needs and approach that will work for his students.
- Joan F. from Boston, MA
My son learns saxophone from Masaru. Masaru has been very helpful in making my son much better in playing the alto saxophone. Masaru takes his time to explain and make sure my son plays the notes correctly. He provides helpful feedback. He also allows the student decide what to work on which makes it fun! Overall, I highly recommend Masaru as an alto saxophone teacher!
- Shailja P. from Needham, MA
We went thru the basics of the saxophone. He helped my buy a saxphone, the necessary accessories. the classes have been very good and i am enjoying them. He is so good to work with!!
- Saileta P. from Cambridge, MA
My daughter's have several lessons with Masaru so far, and it's been working out well. We're really happy with our find after being unsure about online lessons. Masaru has provided good tips as well as suggestions related to her instrument. He is personable and responsive to communication. The Wyzant tool is easy to use as well.
- Jayne B. from Woodcliff Lake, NJ
I love that Masaru is well versed in multiple woodwind instruments and genres/styles. This helps greatly in providing me the well rounded lessons I was searching for.
- Brunette J. from Brooklyn, NY
Masaru is a perfect teacher for me. I played clarinet many years ago in high school (classical music) and have not really kept up for 3-4 decades. During COVID-19 pandemic, I?ve had more time and picked up my old clarinet and bought a saxophone to learn jazz. Masaru knows exactly what materials to practice (scales, chords, music theory, ad lib techniques, etc) as well as giving me freedom to choose songs that I enjoy to play. After about 3 months of online lessons, I am learning so many things and enjoy playing jazz and modern songs on both clarinet and saxophone. The Wyzant format is so good for both teacher and student in interacting with videos, sharing PDF files, messages, live sharing of written Information, etc. I give Masaru 5 stars, and would give more stars if more than 5 stars allowed. I am lucky to have him as my music teacher.
- Howard A. from Glenview, IL
Masaru was very quick to get to know me and figure out where I was and where I wanted to go with my flute playing. He was so kind and patient as well. Just in the first lesson, he taught me how to play my flute in ways that I didn't even know were possible! I'm so excited to continue taking lessons with him throguhout the summer.
- JOIE M. from Charlotte, NC
He gave individualized suggestions and shared techniques to help strengthen my daughter's playing where she needed it. Very personable and friendly. Looking forward to seeing how her playing progresses under his coaching.
- Megan A. from Escondido, CA
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