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Michael Gordon

Michael Gordon


Saxophone Lessons | Clarinet Lessons, Flute Lessons | Composition Lessons, Jazz Improvisation Lessons

  • Qualifications: Bachelor of Music (Sydney Conservatorium of Music)
  • Pricing: $35 / half hour.
  • Styles: All
  • Suitability: All


Hi there! I am a professional saxophonist and woodwind doubler.

About me: I graduated from Sydney Conservatorium of Music in 2012 with a Bachelor of Music (Performance). I have performed widely in Australia and have taught at many schools in Sydney. Over the past few years I have been working as a showband musician for international cruise lines such as Cunard, Norwegian Cruise Line and Regent Seven Seas Cruises. In 2024 I will be attending NZ Graduate School of Education to study a Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching.

I teach saxophone at all levels, flute and clarinet to grade 4.

I enjoy teaching students of all ages and skill levels and have experience with exams such as Trinity, ABRSM, NCEA, AMEB etc. Lessons can be fun and relaxed or challenging and goal directed depending on the student and your musical goals.

My specialty areas are jazz improvisation and jazz arranging but I can accommodate a wide range of styles and musical interests!



Bachelor of Music (Jazz Performance) – Sydney Conservatorium of Music 2012

NCEA Level 3 (Excellence Endorsement)

AMEB Grade 8 Flute


Work History

Northbridge Public School – Sax, Clarinet and Flute Tutor 2018-2019

Willoughby Public School – Sax and Clarinet Tutor 2016-2019

North Strathfield Public School – Sax and Clarinet Tutor 2017


Performance Experience

Christchurch School of Music Big Band 2005-2008

Garden City Big Band 2007-2008

New Zealand High School’s Jazz Orchestra 2007-2008

Sydney Conservatorium Jazz Orchestra 2009-2012

CPIT Jazzquest 2008 Best Musician and Best Original Composition


At Sydney Conservatorium I studied primarily with Dale Barlow and David Theak as well as taking lessons from visiting artists such as Chris Potter and Bob Sheppard. I studied composition and arranging with William Edward Motzing, Dave Panichi and Mike Nock.

My music has been featured on ABC Radio Jazztrack, Radio New Zealand Concert, Fine Music FM, East Side Radio and has received multiple reviews in The Sydney Morning Herald and The Australian newspapers.

I have performed widely in Australia and Asia

Australia: Manly Jazz Festival, Sydney Festival, Sydney Opera House, The Basement, SIMA, Jazzgroove Association, Foundry616, Venue 505, Darling Harbour Jazz Festival, Melbourne Jazzlab, Uptown Jazz Cafe, Canberra Multicultural Festival, Jazz Music Institute Brisbane, Cronulla Jazz Festival.

New Zealand: Ara Music Arts Christchurch, Riverside Jazz Club, 03 Sessions, Dunedin Jazz Club

Japan: Tokyo Jazz Festival, Iwate Jazz Festival

Bangkok: AloneTogether, Smalls, FooJohn, Siwilai Sound Club

I have been hired by top Australian musicians such as Dave Panichi, John Harkins, Andrew Dickeson, Geoff Bull, Michael Griffin, Warwick Alder and Dereb the Ambassador

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