Nico Steffens

(303) 956-5013  -  [email protected]

Instruments & Instruction Offered
  • Saxophone - emphasis on Alto, Tenor, Bari, but teach all (all ages, skill level: beginning, intermediate, prep for College)
  • Jazz Theory and improvisation (any age, any instrument, beginning level)


Lesson Rates

  • $25.00 per half hour
  • $40.00 per hour

Please always bring your instrument ready to play, a pencil, music you are working on, and a notebook to keep track of lesson goals and plans.

Education & Experience

Degree In Process

Education

Casper College                 August 2016 to April 2017

  • Studied jazz saxophone performance through College
  • Played bari sax in Wind Ensemble
  • Played bari and moved to lead alto in the Casper College jazz band
  • Arranged music and played for the Casper College Jazz Combo
  • Intensely studied music theory and music technology

Denver School of the Arts             August 2012 to May 2016

  • Majored in Instrumental Performance
  • Mastered grasp on classical and jazz saxophone pedagogy
  • Four time member of national award winning jazz band (Downbeat Magazine)
  • Member of Jazz Workshop Orchestra that competed in the Swing Central national Jazz competition 3 times
  • Studied with nationally-acclaimed teachers of all different styles and instruments.


Leadership and Teaching

Lead Alto Saxophone in Jazz Big Band at Casper College     

  • Coached saxophone section in jazz and saxophone criteria
  • Was in a position to lead the section to sound the very best they could as a group
  • Specific attention paid to tone and balance of the section, focusing on what individuals could work on

Skills for Lessons

  • Fast learner and enjoys helping others as well as being a motivated self-starter
  • Excel at organization and leadership in a demanding environment
  • Excellent communicator with engaging personality and superior work ethic
  • Good with people of all ages
  • Shows importance to keeping students motivated and happy to play, determined to find the perfect balance of pushing to get better and having fun with music


Nico has also performed and competed in many different groups of all different styles, including garage bands, jazz combos, jazz big bands, and classical wind ensembles.



Biography:

Nico is a Saxophonist who believes in music being exciting and fun. He has played in many different jazz and classical groups. For high school, he auditioned and got into Denver School of the Arts for musical performance. While attending at DSA, he had a wide variety of important experiences. These experiences include; artists visiting around the world to teach, learning from many different private instructors, and playing in high pressure/important concerts all around the country. The jazz band he was a member in, won “Best High School Jazz Band’ from Downbeat Magazine, all 4 years of his high school career. That same jazz band was also accepted to compete in the national jazz competition, Swing Central, for three years in a row and performed head to head with the other top jazz bands in the country  in Savannah, Georgia. He also taught students who were just starting saxophone all throughout high school. Nico then attended Casper College. He studied jazz saxophone and performed with many different musical groups. He was the leader of the saxophone section and would run sectionals every Friday. Nico then moved to Fort Collins and is looking forward to continuing his education and getting his degree in Saxophone Performance. He is always excited to teach and loves working with people to make them the best they can be, and at the same time will help them continue to have fun and stay excited!