Sax & Clarinet Lessons with Michael Goldwater

Listing #: 1872861211
Business name: Michael Goldwater
Location: Ponsonby
Auckland City
About: Saxophone & Clarinet Lessons - beginners to highly advanced - 30 years experience. My aim is to develop great players & have lots of fun along the way
Services offered: Saxophone & Clarinet Lessons and I sell all things musical - instruments, accessories & music.
Areas serviced: I teach from the Ponsonby area, which is centrally located for all other Auckland areas
Availability: Please contact me to arrange a suitable time. 30 minutes for beginners and intermedia­te students 45 to 60 minutes for advanced students
From a parent of one of my students......

Michael Goldwater is my son’s fourth teacher. We travel from Torbay on the North Shore, the traffic is awful but it’s worth it!

Michael is an excellent teacher, here's why..

He is extremely experienced yet still has real passion and enthusiasm for what he does

He has meticulous attention to detail and is always able to provide ways to help students make improvements

His time keeping is immaculate, never a wasted minute. A very rare skill indeed amongst music tutors.

He has an intuitive sense for what a student needs, sometimes this is intense detailed hard work, other times it’s a relaxed playing session

He builds a rapport with students without losing sight of his role as teacher and sees students as whole people who have lives beyond the lesson

He does not always play along with students but is always ready to play in order to support and model. Some teachers always play and drown everything, while others never play

He gives great feedback and feed forward, you always know your next steps and praise is not lavish but spot on and well earned.

He actually asks students what they want to do and he listens and takes action

His preparation for exams is outstanding, including a concert which really helped. My son achieved a very high Distinction in his Grade 3, his first exam, after less than six months with Michael

He has very high standards of himself in a number of ways including communication, attendance, organisation, provision of music, equipment and instruments. A true professional.

At the end of the year he holds a concert for his students to perform for parents, the standard is excellent and many of those who take grades achieve distinctions and achievement is celebrated.

My son always feels enthused and energised after the lesson, he plays a lot more at home and practices for enjoyment. He has gone from being a frustrated, mediocre player to one who loves to play and is realising his potential.


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Attempting to learn the guitar and piano, my son thought he'd never play an instrument. The saxophone was his last chance, with very little confidence he went to his first lesson with Michael. Wow what a difference, from that first lesson, my son has just loved it, and it's all down to Michael's teaching.I never have to remind him to practice, he just does it! He loves the positive, fun and engaging style of Michael's lessons and is always beaming afterwards. He would go everyday if he could!
xander66 (34 34 positive feedback)  Tue 19 Sep
I have had 3 lessons with Michael so far, as an adult student. He immediately honed in on the areas I need to improve on and already I am seeing a big difference in the sound I am producing! Michael has got me sorted with a much better instrument, and I am excited to see where I can go from here :) Lessons are fun, and theres not a minute wasted. Highly recommend!
lorac77 (688 688 positive feedback)  Fri 19 May
Michael is a brilliant teacher. Encouraging, fun and engaging, he has brought music to our home and an awareness of what is possible. Thank you for all that you have done for our boy. Who knew he'd love music as much as rugby?
annabelle21 (140 140 positive feedback)  Wed 17 Dec
Michael is a fantastic teacher. Not only are the lessons great fun, but he is very skilled at improving and fine tuning technique and in doing so enhancing our skill and ability. I would highly recommend him.
lift4 (95 95 positive feedback)  Tue 16 Dec
Quirky, talented and completely committed to extracting the best from you or your child! What more could you ask?To go from standard stuff to playing Bach in just one year has to be commended. Yes, my son played the instrument but (quoting) talent is just 'silver in the mine' without education. Thanks Michael for everything.
coliemore (131 131 positive feedback) Address Verified Nov 2018  Sun 14 Dec
As an older person, learning the saxophone was on my bucket list and I have now had 2 years of tuition from Michael. His teaching process is well structured and he is a very experienced teacher looking for the best in each pupil. I would recommend him as a teacher
mjsa (219 219 positive feedback) Address Verified Jul 2017  Fri 12 Dec
Greta guy. Highly recommended. (415 415 positive feedback) Address Verified Feb 2019  Thu 09 Aug
My daughter first met Michael as a clarinet teacher through her school in yr 10, after 3 previous years of lessons and a mixed bag of teachers. She immediately appreciated and responded to his professional approach and the higher standard he expected. When he finished giving lessons through the school we sought him out as a private teacher, and she is still playing 1.5 years later. What greater recommendation is that; for an adolescent to want to keep playing their instrument & take lessons!
melicope (21 21 positive feedback)  Tue 05 Jul
Michael has taught our daughter the saxophone for a number of years now bringing her to a level she can now improvise. His lessons provide the 'just right' level of challenge and his belief in her ability shines through. As a teacher he is engaging, fun and inspires. If you want to and can commit to lessons. Go for it! You will not be disappointed. Top notch!
wheeler12 (72 72 positive feedback)  Thu 30 Jun
I've been taking saxophone lessons with Michael for seven years and have loved every lesson. I highly recommend becoming a student.
joeblogman (26 26 positive feedback)  Wed 29 Jun
My son learns the clarinet from Michael and really enjoys Michael's sense of humour. The lessons whizz by as the fun and encouraging approach Michael has helps him to cope with beginner's lip pain!
supersonic6 (16 16 positive feedback)  Sun 05 Jun
I am a 'senior' who loves music and came to the sax pretty late in life. Michael has made learning a pleasure and I never leave a session without a) learning something new and important and b) knowing exactly what to do next. There is a positive sense of constant progress and advancement in both technique and knowledge and yet Michael is always pleasant and relaxed. I am happy to recommend him to anyone.
niland (47 47 positive feedback) Address Verified Jan 2018  Wed 01 Jun
Michael has been teaching my eldest daughter the clarinet for 5 years and our youngest began the sax this year. I have found Michael to be a truly holistic teacher who understands children and works with their moods within the boundaries of a structered lesson. He likes to achieve the most possible out of the half hour lesson. My daughters have fun whilst been encouraged to develope their musical talents and feel pride in their achievements. Highly recommended.
honeylovebottom (27 27 positive feedback)  Mon 23 May
Michael taught clarinet to our daughter for no less than 5 years. Michael pitches the lesson at the appropriate level and more importantly has the ability to make the time spent with his student interesting.This in itself gives a sense of worth and the student is keen to return each week for another lesson. In point of fact there simply isn't we believe a better Tutor who is as highly skilled in clarinet than Michael.We are also convinced that this would also apply to saxophone tutoring also.
wellaipilai (17 17 positive feedback)  Fri 20 May
I first started learning clarinet from Michael whilst at high school and continued as an adult. It's a great test to Michael's gifts as a teacher that my originally awful technique was transformed. I now live overseas and my current teacher (a professional musician in London) has been impressed at the way I play - all thanks to Michael. With his broad range of musical and other interests there are always great and worthwhile tangents to lessons which add value to time spent with Michael.
ktkins (0 0 positive feedback)  Fri 20 May
Great teacher. Flexible, knowledgeable. Not a frustrated soloist that has to teach to make ends meet but someone who genuinely wants to share his love of music and the instruments. Michael is also very good at tailoring his teaching to a wide spectrum of students.
doctorjohn (49 49 positive feedback)  Thu 19 May
I cannot imagine a better teacher than Michael Goldwater. His unique 'holistic' approach to teaching, his personally-tailored lessons, and his willingness to try out what the student really wants to do all puts him far above other saxophone teachers I've had experience with. I've been learning from him for 6 years, and there is absolutely nothing I would change. He's the best!
djhm (20 20 positive feedback)  Wed 18 May
As an adult student I have learned the clarinet with Michael for over 11 years and have enjoyed every moment. His very clear teaching methods and consistent good humour have allowed me to reach a standard of playing and level of understanding I would have thought impossible at the beginning.
jelliott1 (9 9 positive feedback)  Wed 18 May
I decided to take up the clarinet in my mid 60s having previously learnt other instruments. I was lucky to find Michael who really inspired and encouraged me. I always enjoyed my lessons which were stimulating and varied. Now, almost 10 years later, I play in a concert band (which I have done for several years) thanks to Michael's encouragement and teaching.
dmevans (53 53 positive feedback)  Wed 18 May
My daughter has been learning clarinet with Michael for almost a year now, we switched from another teacher, and we are really pleased we did! He is incredibly patient and has a great sense of humour which my daughter really enjoys. He is also really thorough, making sure she is up to date with theory, note reading and knowledge about her instrument. A fabulous teacher!
spalt (197 197 positive feedback)  Wed 18 May
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