“This female sax player is all guts and no gimmick. She plays it like she means
�” Santa Barbara International Jazz Festival
“Sonya Jason has all the ingredients for success; a powerful and original
musical voice, charisma, dedication, ambition, and professionalism. Clearly
this is a woman on the move.”
�” Contemporary Jazz Review Magazine
“For those of you who appreciate people who play their butts off, Jason
smashes all hot-saxdiva stereotypes with her sophisticated repertoire and
�” BUZZ Magazine, the Talk of Los Angeles
“Tigress is the perfect title for her debut, as she alternates between the cool
sensuality of a cat and the fiery roar of its more ferocious counterpart.”
�” Jonathon Widran, JAZZIZ Magazine
“Sonya Jason is an explosive, technically flash alto/soprano saxophonist...
Willing to teachBeginners
Credentials/BackgroundWhat is Sonya Jason's educational background and teaching experience?
Sonya has studied privately with ten different music teachers, beginning with
nine years of classical piano lessons from the age of 4 and learning
saxophone from the age of 10. By the time she graduated from college
majoring in music performance and arranging, she had earned eighteen
separate awards for outstanding musicianship from such institutions as the
International Association for Jazz Education (IAJE). She won the Phil Woods
Scholarship to Berklee College of Music in Boston, the top musical university
in the country, and graduated summa cum laude in 1985 after passing tough
proficiency exams on saxophone, flute, and clarinet. Sonya began teaching
privately immediately upon graduation and was a staff instructor at Milano
Music in Scottsdale and Phoenix AZ, Killeen Music in Burbank CA, Santa
Monica Music in Santa Monica CA, and Manor Music in Pacifica CA. She has
taught in the San Francisco Bay Area since April 1999.
What is her teaching philosophy?
1) Most people are not studying to become professional musicians; the point
of lessons is to enjoy learning to play music and gain a sense of
2)Mistakes are not bad; they simply indicate something to be learned.
3)Consistency over time produces results.
How much does it cost?
Beginning and Intermediate students pay $35 for a 30-minute weekly lesson.
Advanced students pay $67 for a 60-minute weekly lesson. Payments are
made once every twelve weeks on a tuition basis. An additional Registration
and Materials Fee of $40-$60 is due once a year and covers all music books
and sheet music.
What days and times are available?
Lessons may be scheduled Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday afternoons
between 2pm and 8pm. You may choose the available time slot that is most
convenient for you.
Where do I go for lessons?
Sonya teaches at her music studio located in Moss Beach, California, halfway
between Pacifica and Half Moon Bay (approximately 6 miles from either city).
How do I sign up?
Call Sonya Jason at (650) 728-8002 today!
Yamaha Custom Z (82Z) with Claude Lakey 7*3 hard rubber mouthpiece, Bari
Hard plastic reeds and a Rovner Eddie Daniels II ligature.
Curved Unison S200 Series with Claude Lakey 7* hard rubber mouthpiece,
Bari Hard plastic reeds and a Rovner Dark ligature.
Yanigasawa with stock hard rubber mouthpiece and ligature and Bari Medium
plastic clarinet reeds trimmed to fit.
Armstrong 80E open-holed flute with gold lip plate.
Bundy with Buffet stock mouthpiece, Olegature ligature and Bari Medium
WX5 Yamaha Midi Wind Controller:
with Yamaha VL-50-m virtual acoustic tone generator and Yamaha MU100
Yamaha Corporation of America for alto saxophones and midi wind
controller, since 1973
Unison for curved soprano saxophones, since 1993
Telex Communications for wireless microphones, since 1994
Claude Lakey for saxophone mouthpieces, since 1987
BARI Woodwind Supplies for plastic reeds, since 1988