John Spillett


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John Spillett has developed a reputable saxophone studio with a long history of successful private teaching. John has extensive teaching and performing experience in classical, jazz, and contemporary saxophone styles. John’s private saxophone students have consistently achieved gold ratings for outstanding solo performance from the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) as well as acceptance to county and state honors ensembles including NYSSMA Conference All State ensembles. John’s private students have been accepted as saxophone music majors at the University of Michigan, Ithaca College, Syracuse University, SUNY Potsdam, University of Maryland, University of Cincinnati, SUNY Geneseo, The College of Saint Rose (Albany), Nazareth College (Rochester), Onondaga Community College, and the U.S. Armed Forces School of Music. Many of his former private students attended college on full and partial music scholarships, and most are successfully pursuing part-time and full-time careers in music.

Saxophone Students

Mr. Spillett has taught students from the following Central New York school districts: Fayetteville-Manlius, Jamesville-Dewitt, Liverpool, Marcellus, Onondaga Central, Solvay, and West Genesee. He has also instructed students from Onondaga Community College and SUNY Potsdam as well as home-schooled and adult students. Students or parents interested in lessons should contact Mr. Spillett at or call (315) 488-8899.

Private Lessons

Mr. Spillett‘s private saxophone studio is located in Camillus, New York. Lessons are offered at all proficiency levels, beginning through advanced. Instruction is custom tailored to the age, skill level, needs, and goals of each individual student. Students take a weekly, private lesson lasting forty-five minutes or one hour in length. Lessons are normally scheduled on Thursdays between 3 p.m. and 9 p.m. Lesson cancellations require at least 24 hours notice. Lessons are taught in the classical and/or jazz style, focusing on the fundamentals of playing the saxophone (such as tone, breathing, articulation, vibrato, and fingerings), scale materials (major, minor, and chromatic scales; modes, triads; seventh chords; and major scales in thirds), etudes, as well as solo and duet repertoire. (Click here for more information on Topics Of Study, Student Expectations, and Recommended Equipment)