STUDENTS WILL LEARN:
A solid basic foundation of saxophone, flute, or clarinet technique including major and minor scales, arpeggios, intervals, and technical etudes.
Appropriate musical etudes. This includes everything from standard concert etudes to contemporary pop and traditional jazz repertoire.
Elementary to advanced music theory.
Elementary to advanced jazz improvisation techniques.
Music appreciation. This includes lessons on "active" music listening.
Insight into playing in the top school bands as well as local, statewide, and nationwide honor bands and orchestras.
How to be the BEST at what they do!
Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Ken Moran grew up in a very musical environment and studied with many renowned saxophonists in the area. Ken began playing saxophone in elementary school and soon discovered his love for Jazz and music around age 12. Ken was recognized for his musical talent at a young age, winning numerous awards in high school like the Woody Herman Jazz Award and Outstanding Musicianship at the Reno Jazz Festival every year from 1998-2002.
In 2007, Ken completed his Bachelor of Music degree from California State University, Northridge. He has performed numerous times internationally in France, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Monaco, and Japan. Performances have included acclaimed festivals like the Reno Jazz Festival, the Umbria Jazz Festival, the Montreux Jazz Festival, Jazz a Vienne, and venues like Jazz at Lincoln Center, Catalina’s Jazz Club, Yoshi’s Jazz Club. His saxophone teachers have included Dann Zinn, Dave Ellis, Rob Lockhart, Bob Sheppard, Walter Smith III, and Seamus Blake. Over the past 10 years, Ken has been heavily involved with the diverse music scene in Los Angeles, playing Saxophone, Clarinet, and Flute in all genres of music and teaching woodwinds privately. In 2007, he founded the At Home Music Academy, making quality in-home music education more accessible for students and families in the Los Angeles area. Recently, Ken has performed with world renown jazz pianist Chick Corea and the international Blues artist Roy Gaines, among many others. Ken has now returned to his long-time home of the San Francisco Bay Area to pursue new musical ventures and get involved with the abundant music education scene. He can can be seen performing with his own group, the Elliot Deutsch Big Band, and many other music groups throughout Northern and Southern California.