A Practical Guide for Teaching the Saxophone to Beginners is a comprehensive method book well laid out with a curriculum for almost every conceivable problem a teacher will encounter. It does a particularity good job of addressing the common problems faced by beginning students while providing real-world solutions. Inclusion of the often neglected topic of adult students will be helpful to teachers and conductors working with community and adult bands. Lyle Rebbeck's book is a pedagogically sound teaching manual for the saxophone that will be extremely helpful to teachers of both young and adult saxophone students. I highly recommend this well-written and thoroughly developed method book!
James A. Bishop
Director of Instrumental Music
Eastern Florida State College
I would like to recommend without reservation, Lyle Rebbeck’s new book, A Practical Guide for Teaching the Saxophone to Beginners. This book provides a very useful guide to very specific concerns for teachers of young saxophone students. It has been very well thought out, organized around typical needs, and with Lyle’s vast experience as a teacher, it provides solutions to a wide array of common saxophone performance problems often encountered by students at various levels of study.
In many cases, teachers are expected to teach large groups of beginning band students and in mixed classes of woodwinds, brass and percussion instruments. Even in the best planned and well executed class, some students encounter difficulties. This Practical Guide is a very efficient way of addressing and solving saxophone student's problems that may arise.
University of Saskatchewan
Lyle provides a great resource for the saxophone enthusiast. The information contained here is pertinent and essential for learning the fundamentals of the instrument. The book is concise, easy to read, and comprehendible for both teacher and student of the saxophone. This is a practical teaching guide that all saxophonists should have in their personal library!
Dr. Glen Gillis
Professor of Music
University of Saskatchewan
A Practical Guide For Teaching The Saxophone To Beginners is an invaluable resource for anyone involved with saxophone teaching. It is a resource that would have been required reading for all students in my Woodwind Pedagogy classes. I would also have recommended it to my saxophone majors. Lyle Rebbeck has thoroughly and succinctly covered all aspects of saxophone instruction. I highly recommend this great addition to saxophone instruction methods.
Loran L Eckroth
University of Mary in Bismarck
Bismarck Mandan Symphony Orchestra
A great handbook for the music educator’s arsenal!
Practical steps for any practical application of the saxophone.
Lyle has done a great service to the instrument: a personal and reliable handbook for any saxophonist.
Prof. Jonathan Ragonese
Director of Jazz Studies | Instructor of Saxophone
Wells School of Music at West Chester University of Pennsylvania
I am proud to offer my endorsement of Lyle Rebbeck's A Practical Guide for Teaching the Saxophone to Beginners. His teaching has created the strong foundation upon which my playing is based and has allowed me to freely control the saxophone as I wish.
University of Alberta (B Bus) University of British Columbia (M Mus)
Médaille d'or CRR de Cergy Pontoise
Having studied the saxophone with Lyle Rebbeck for ten years since the age of seven, I can attest to the effectiveness and thoroughness of his teaching. Lyle will both push and inspire you to grow as a musician, and as you progress his teaching will grow with you as well. No matter your level of skill or musicianship, through his systematic approach to the saxophone you will learn to play with confidence while gaining competence as a performer and a musician.
University of Saskatchewan (B Mus), University of Florida (M Mus)
Lyle Rebbeck prepared me to join the ranks of professional musicians both as a saxophone performer and as a classroom music teacher. In particular, his method of teaching dynamics with good control, and of teaching full-range technique, prepared me to play with confidence from the first days of university and beyond.
Music and Band Teacher (K–8)
University of Saskatchewan (B Mus)