Dr. Justin Massey
Saxophone, clarinet, and flute are flexible instruments that can create visceral and emotional music. As an instructor, my main goal is to curate your artistry and spark curiosity by using the tools of technique, etudes, and repertoire that is challenging and fulling for every level of student, from beginner to pro.
Dr. Justin Massey has studied and performed across Canada, the United States, and Europe. He has degrees in music and saxophone performance from West Virginia University (Doctorate of Musical Arts), Conservatoire de Bordeaux (Performance Certificate), Bowling Green State University (Master of Music), and the University of Alberta (Bachelor of Music), and Grant MacEwan University (Jazz Performance Certificate). With over 12 years of teaching experience and advanced degrees in music pedagogy, Dr. Massey is able to teach all ages and experiences on saxophone, clarinet, and flute in both classical and jazz genres.
Lessons will be customized to every student, combining music theory and aural skills, instrumental technique, etudes, and repertoire. Every lesson will combine these elements, and lesson notes will be provided to help guide every student in their personal practice by having a reminder of the material and techniques covered in lessons, and clear expectations of what music and techniques they need to prepare for the following lesson. Dr. Massey will always create a lesson plan that begins at your current playing ability, and will be personalized by your own personal goals, the genres you wish to study, and by clear expectations of improvement on your instrument.
Dr. Massey has a considerable teaching record. His previous high school students have been accepted to post-secondary music programs on full scholarship at the University of Alberta and West Virginia University. His students and chamber ensembles have excelled in their performance and won awards at the Music Teachers National Association Chamber Music Competition and West Virginia University’s Concerto Competition.
Performance experience help to guide teaching pedagogy and vice-versa. By ensuring professional demonstrations for his students, Dr. Massey teaches by providing live examples. It is especially important for younger students to hear their music and instrument performed and demonstrated at a professional level to help guide their ears when they practice on their own and work on tone production and musical phrasing.