saxophoneHistory and Information about the Saxophone

Unlike many instruments, the history of the saxophone is well-known. It was invented in the 1840s by Belgian instrument maker Adolphe Sax. Because of its late introduction, there is not as much classical repertoire for the saxophone as there is for other instruments. However, the sax is featured heavily in military band and jazz music, and when you take sax lessons, you will also be able to learn blues, funk, and rock music.


When to Start on the Saxophone

You can start saxophone lessons as young as age 7 or 8. Most students begin on the alto sax and then switch to one of the other varieties of the instrument when they get a little older and are more physically capable of handling the larger size of the baritone or tenor, or the fine motor skills of the soprano sax. All members of the saxophone family have the same fingerings, so it is easy to switch back and forth between them.


Getting a Saxophone

Please call us so we can recommend a store from which you can purchase or rent a saxophone. For very young students, it is recommended to rent instruments for two reasons: 1) they will most likely grow out of instruments quickly and 2) they may lose interest (although we hope they don’t!). However, when you rent a saxophone or buy a used one, it is strongly advised that you buy a new mouthpiece. Most places that rent instruments will also provide repair services for their instruments.


Purchasing Books and Supplies for Your Saxophone

Most books and many supplies such as reeds are available online. Give us a call for local store recommendations. Your instructor can tell you which books and supplies are appropriate or needed.


**Feel free to call us at 631-476-8946 with any questions you may have. We can help provide you with additional resources.