I love, love, love to work with a small room of eager music students. Sharing the results of reflecting on 20+ years of practicing and performing is one of my favorite things to do. Give me 90 minutes with your students and I’ll shave years of frustration off their musical development. Guaranteed.
Over the last 6 years I’ve:
- Coached over 1,000 students through my online saxophone lessons.
- Given master classes at dozens of schools and universities, such as Berklee College of Music, The University of North Texas, Loyola University New Orleans, USC,ArtEz (The Netherlands), Douglas Anderson School of the Arts, and more.
- Developed The 7-T Practice Pyramid™, Think it. Say It. Play it.™, The 3S Approach to Practicing, and other successful teaching methods.
Here are a few responses from some of my master classes:
Bob Reynolds’ workshop sparked a flame for all of us: students, teachers, and visitors. Bob has the amazing gift of being both a great sax player and teacher.** He’s able to switch between playing some mind-blowing a cappella stuff on the sax to explaining how to get there in small steps. All very clear and accessible for every level of playing. In my opinion, he’s the best you can get, around the world!
—Tibor Elferink, ArtEz School, The Netherlands
“Having Bob at UNT was an absolute delight. He was equally inspiring, educational, and entertaining in all aspects of his master class. All of the students walked away with a smile on their face and were clearly inspired by Bob’s musicianship, personality, and teaching.”
—Aaron Hedenstrom, UNT Saxophone Teaching Assistant
“Bob Reynolds is genuine and sincere, in addition to being a monster player. I really enjoyed the advice he had regarding the saxophone, music, and life. My lesson with Bob has left a lasting impression on me, and I now strive to demonstrate the technical prowess, raw emotion, and positive energy through my music like Bob showed in everything he played.”
—Emilio Mesa, UNT student
“Mr. Reynolds’s concise and relatable approach to my lesson was extremely effective, not only was it valuable knowledge, Bob was eager to have a discussion about the music that was more valuable than anything else.”
—Kurtiss Schaffer, UNT student
“Playing empathetic music” hit me like a brick. The way he mentioned “using powers (talents) for good (selflessly) or evil (selfishly)” was a very funny way to shed a light on a pressing issue. Also just seeing how absolutely infatuated he was with pocket and adding drama to his music was great. And the fact he could quote choruses of Stitt, Brecker, Ahmad Jamal and Erykah Badu was very inspiring.”
—Daniel Porter, UNT student
“I love how he was all about playing with the listener in mind. Changed my perspective on improvisation.”
—Benjamin Kean, UNT student
“Our time with Bob was beyond description. His ability to connect with kids is second to none, and his wisdom about music and playing is spot on. Humble, funny, and engaging – he has inspired my kids to be better and better yet, he gave them practical, concrete steps on how to get there. I can’t decide which is better – his teaching or his playing that is exquisite, inventive, and filled with groove. He is without a doubt one of the best guest artist/clinicians I have worked with in my 15 years in the classroom. When you have someone who can talk as fluently about the music of Katy Perry as Michael Brecker, and back it up with their horn, students will listen. Satisfaction guaranteed – and then some!”
—Samuel C. Ormson, Band and Orchestra Director, Mountain View High School, Portland, OR
A very heartfelt thank you to Bob Reynolds for sharing his time and talents with us this afternoon. We had an amazing time learning about our Snarky Puppy charts, and how to approach music in general. He shared tips for individual technique, broke down some great soloing strategies, advice about navigating music colleges, careers and more. Seriously, I hope the kids remember 1/10 of what he told them today, it was phenomenal!
—Amy Villanova, Coordinator, Envision Instrumental Music, Canyon Crest Academy
We had an absolute blast having Bob out to work with our students at the 2016 South Dakota All-State Jazz Band festival. Bob connected with the kids immediately right from the first rehearsal. He had such a sincere and inspiring approach with our students. He left a lasting impact with all of the directors and students in attendance. What a perfect mix of a world-class performer and knowledgeable educator! Can’t say enough about how much we enjoyed him coming out to SD!
—Ryan Stahle, Director of MHS Bands/South Dakota All State Jazz Band