Saxophone Teacher in Auckland

Ben McNicoll offers private saxophone lessons in Waterview, in Auckland, teaching adults and children, from beginners to advanced. 

You can learn alto, tenor, soprano or baritone saxophones, whether you're starting from scratch, or picking up the instrument again after a break.  

A working musician, performing professionally since 2000, Ben can teach across a wide variety of styles: Jazz, Funk, Soul, Afrobeat, Blues, Reggae, Pop, Hip Hop. 


Tailored to your musical goals, your saxophone lessons can cover:

✔ Saxophone sound & technique
✔ How to read music
✔ Memorising tunes

✔ Improvisation & Jazz
✔ Playing by ear
✔ Audition/exam preparation

✔ Modern music theory
✔ Playing with bands
✔ How to learn tunes from recordings

Contact Ben to discuss your goals

Adult beginners

Always wanted to learn the saxophone, or to pick it up as a second instrument?

A tailored approach lets you move more directly towards your goals, at your own pace.

Ben is a patient and respectful teacher who won't talk down to you. 

Intermediate and advanced

Already play and want to improve? Picking up the horn again after a break?

We can focus on technique, music theory, or learn to improvise and play by ear.

As a working musician, Ben will tailor your lessons to your needs, whether you want to perform, record, or just play for your enjoyment.


Children & young adults

Want to give your child the benefits that learning an instrument provides? 

Learn all aspects of playing and reading music. Integrate with performance requirements for school subjects and bands.


Saxophone Lesson Costs


Once a lesson is booked, 48 Hours notice of cancellation is required or the full lesson fee is payable. 

This may be waived in exceptional circumstances. 

Weekly / FortnightLy / Casual

Hour lesson: $50

Child beginners weekly (school terms)

Half hour: $25


Waterview location, between the City and West Auckland. 

Alverston Street,
New Zealand

Ben's teaching studio in Waterview is within a few minutes drive of Auckland CBD, Ponsonby, Mount Eden, Mt Albert, St Lukes, Western Springs, Point Chevalier, Avondale, New Lynn , and is close to the North-Western Motorway and Waterview Tunnel. 

Located just off Great North Rd, it is within an easy walk of a main bus route to and from many West Auckland locations. 

Frequently Asked Questions 

Do I need my own saxophone?

Yes. You will need a saxophone to practise with. 

If you're starting out, hiring a sax can be a good idea, or purchasing a new or secondhand instrument. It's best to get the advice of someone who knows before taking the plunge. Ben can help you select an appropriate instrument. 

Do I need to buy any particular book to work from? 

Not initially. Ben uses a range of materials for learners at different levels of ability and with different goals. We'll discuss what you might need in the course of your lessons.