Saxophonist/vocalist Kendra Emery recently moved to Las Vegas, NV from Hartford, CT. Having grown up in Tucson, AZ she is happy to return to her southwestern roots. Her two main passions are teaching and performing.
Kendra teaches private woodwind lessons at Nevada Music Academy ; saxophone, clarinet, and flute. She is a part time faculty member at the College of Southern Nevada teaching History of Rock and Music Appreciation. Back in CT she maintained a private saxophone and clarinet studio at Middlesex Music Academy in Middletown and had a private studio in Hartford. She founded and lead an adult student chamber music group, The Just For Fun Ensemble. She arranged the groups music and lead from within playing the baritone sax. She has students audition into regional bands every year at the middle and high school level. Her students often audition into, or are selected, for top ensembles at their schools as well. Although she teaches a strong emphasis on music fundamentals she also believes in music being fun and tries to find what sparks each individual student. Student sample audio below!
As a performer, Kendra's current big project/obsession is playing and singing with her Boss RC-300 loop station, Akai sampler, and other electronic gadgets. She recently released her first album "Beautiful Mess" which includes works by 9 composers. She also dabbles in composing for herself, some is completely original, some borrows from others. Kendra was a fellow at the Bang on a can summer music festival in 2013. She loves planning concerts, playing chamber music, and coffee.
Her debut album "Beautiful Mess" can be purchased here in hardcopy or here for digital download.
Kendra earned a BM in saxophone performance with a minor in French from the University of Arizona. Her MM and GPD in saxophone performance were earned at the University of Hartford.
Feel free to contact Kendra at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 520-471-4416.
"Kendra is an outstanding teacher. Her patience, performance excellence, and individualized approach toward instruction made a huge difference in my child’s music education. "
– Dana B. (parent)
"Kendra is a fabulous teacher. Both my children went to her one of which she taught the alto sax from Day 1. She cares about the children as students and personally. Taking an interest in who they are to make a well rounded experience for the children. She is the best."
-Deborah S. (parent)
“I would recommend Kendra as a teacher for all levels. Her knowledge, talent, energy, and dedication would be a wonderful addition to any musical program.”
-Liz S. (band director)
"I had a great experience taking lessons with Kendra. As an older adult taking up the saxophone for the first time she showed extreme patience. She is extremely talented and takes the relationship with her students very seriously. She is willing to work with her students wherever they are and the goals they have. I recommend her very highly."-Nancy S. (student)
“I have seen first-hand the joy and discovery that Ms. Emery brings to students. She takes the time to find out how a student learns and custom tailors a lesson plan to both inspire and educate that student the best way possible.”
-Matt L. (store owner)