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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: $25 / half hour.
  • Styles: All
  • Suitability: All


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

I graduated from Sydney Conservatorium of Music in 2012 with a Bachelor of Music. I have performed widely in Australia and have taught at many schools in Sydney. Recently I was working in the Queen Mary 2 theatre orchestra and have relocated back to Christchurch following the cruise industry shutdown.

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!

I can do lessons either at The Piano 156 Armagh St or my home in Hoon Hay.


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

NCEA Level 3 (Excellence Endorsement)

AMEB Grade 8 Flute


Work History

Queen Mary 2 – Saxophonist 2019-2020

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. I studied classical flute for one year with Alison Mitchell, principal flute of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. I studied composition and arranging with William Edward Motzing, Dave Panichi and Mike Nock.

My music has been featured on ABC radio shows Daily Planet, Jazztrack and Home Cooked as well as Fine Music FM and East Side Radio. I have received multiple reviews in The Sydney Morning Herald and The Australian newspapers.

I have performed at Manly Jazz Festival, Sydney Festival, Sydney Opera House, The Basement, SIMA, Jazzgroove, Foundry616, Venue 505, Tokyo Jazz Festival, Darling Harbour Jazz Festival, Melbourne Jazzlab, Uptown Jazz Cafe, Canberra Multicultural Festival, Peats Ridge Festival, Doo Bop Brisbane, Carnival Cruise Lines and many more.

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