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Saul Lubaroff- Woodwinds

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Teaching Philosophy

"Learning music teaches valuable life lessons such as patience, focus, develops cognitive problem solving skills and working with others. Plus- It's fun! As a professional musician, I have had students come to see me perform. My teaching reflects my playing and my playing reflects my teaching."




Excelling as a saxophonist, clarinetist and flautist, Saul stands as a great cog in the Eastern Iowa music scene.


Saul has released four CD's as the leader of the Saul Lubaroff Quartet and performs at local jazz clubs with his group.


An accomplished free-lance woodwind artist, Saul has played with Orchestra Iowa, Theater Cedar Rapids, Revival Theater Company. Saul has shared the stage with NYC pianist and former Cannonball Adderley sideman Michael Wolff, Blues legend Rico McFarland, Austin Texas band Tomar and the FC's, Liquid Soul among others.


Saul has taught as an adjunct instructor in the Iowa City Community Schools, worked with area high school jazz bands as a clinician and an adjudicator for the SEIBA Jazz Band Festival every Spring at West High School in Iowa City, held Master classes on Jazz and Jazz Improvisation Saul has been a private music instructor and teaching woodwinds and jazz improvisation for 22 yrs and is also a music producer for KCCK Jazz Radio in Cedar Rapids, IA

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I have played the trombone for over forty years and, for the past few years, I have studied jazz improvisation with Saul Lubaroff. Now, you might be wondering: “Saul plays saxophone and clarinet. You play trombone. Those horns are pretty different. How does that work?” The answer is REALLY WELL!


Even though we play different instruments the tunes provide the common landscape. Saul has helped me to negotiate the landscape from traditional jazz (my favorite), to standards, to Latin, and even some bebop.


A typical lesson involves examining the melody and chord progressions. We will discuss the music theory behind the tune. We’ll look at the big picture of how the melody moves from beginning to end. Most of all, we play. With Saul you learn by doing in a very relaxed atmosphere. This allows you to take chances. It frees you up to make mistakes, which is good, because you will learn from them.


One of the most important items I have learned from Saul is to ask some basic questions, “What and who do you want to sound like? What do you want to say? How are you going to say it?” Over the years, Saul has helped me find my own sound and my own style.


I would recommend Saul to anyone wishing to study jazz improvisation – even if you play trombone!


-- W. Max Mons 

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