Nils Crusberg’s Approach to Teaching
Nils Crusberg's New Hampshire based woodwind lessons program takes a less conventional approach to teaching the saxophone and clarinet.  Some teachers follow a routine of assigning students reading exercises out of prosaic method books.  Each week, the student recites the written lesson from the book, and when the instructor agrees that the student has progressed enough, the student is assigned the next few pages out of the book.  Although method books can be helpful, this restrictive approach does not seem like the best routine for many students.  Nils has created hundreds of customized lesson plans that he gives to his students as they progress through his curriculum.  He finds that many younger students who participate in music programs at school have good reading skills but are not familiar with improvisation.  They may need help with their technical skills or intonation.  Nils tries to find the things his students can benefit from learning and he guides them accordingly.  What the student wants to learn is the most important thing a teacher can pay attention to.  If the student is not interested in the subject at hand he or she will never learn to play the instrument.  Nils has transcriptions outlining popular Rock, Reggae, Funk, Motown, Jazz, and Blues arrangements.  He also has a large supply of Classical arrangements on hand if a student should want to learn a more formal style of music.

Teaching Children
With younger students, Nils focuses more on creativity and songwriting. Students ages 6-9 can be discouraged by the difficulty of playing their instrument. Doing technique drills and forcing exercises on younger students can make a student lose his or her interest in music. Instead, Nils might use the saxophone/clarinet, keyboard, drums, and/or guitars to create original compositions and recordings.

Teaching Teenagers
With pre-teen and teenage students, Nils focuses more on the proper methods and techniques. He also explains why certain notes sound best together (music theory). He has a large selection of popular songs on file, to teach to his students. Their interest is maintained, because he teaches them songs they are familiar with.  He might also introduce them to saxophone players who perform on popular Hip-Hop, Reggae, Funk, and Rock recordings that they may otherwise not be familiar with.  

Teaching Adults
Adult students have a variety of musical goals. Some want to simply learn a few songs. Some want to brush up on their playing. Others want to play on a professional level or use Nils’ instruction as a supplement to college. Many adults don't have a lot of free time. He takes that into consideration when he provides them with lessons.

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135 Water St.
Exeter, NH 03833
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