Javier Arau Javier Arau

Internationally acclaimed saxophonist and composer Javier Arau made his national debut at age 14, conducting the Florida State University Wind Ensemble in a Washington, D.C. performance of his symphonic composition, Second Wind. By age 15, he had opened his own private music studio in his hometown of Sacramento, California, teaching saxophone, clarinet, and piano to local musicians, and writing theme and incidental music for local and syndicated radio. By the time Javier had graduated high school, he had significant experience as a composer and jazz saxophonist, having toured the world with various ensembles, including the Monterey High School All- Star Jazz Band, traded fours with Dizzy Gillespie on the main stage of the Monterey Jazz Festival, appeared as a guest artist on the Disney Channel's Mickey Mouse Club, and more.

Javier enrolled at Lawrence University, in Appleton, Wisconsin, where he earned a Bachelor of Music degree in theory-composition and a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics. While at Lawrence, he intensively pursued four musical interests: classical composition (with Allen Gimbel), jazz composition (with Ken Schaphorst), jazz saxophone (with Tom Washatka and Woody Mankowski) and classical saxophone (with Steven Jordheim). As a member of the LU honors saxophone quartet, he won first place in the MTNA National Collegiate Chamber Music Competition. He also received Down Beat Student Music Awards in both jazz composition and jazz saxophone. At age 19, his transcription and analysis of Joe HendersonÕs Grammy award-winning solo on “Lush Life” was published in IAJE's Jazz Educators Journal.

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I have taught music for over 17 years and have published several articles and books on jazz, improvisation, fundamentals of music, and more. I have taught at the world's leading music institutions, but I still very much enjoy teaching beginners and more experienced players. Please call 718-426-0633 for hours and rates. Thank you! Let's make some music!


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