"Neil is a good person, a wonderful teacher and musician and I highly recommend him. He is a patient teacher who uses a variety of teaching techniques to help my rather shy daughter express herself in music."

-Jamie Zundel, parent of an 8th grade student

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Members of Neil's studio have reached many of their goals as musicians. Many of his younger students are able to make the transition from participating in concert band to an audition-only school jazz band, a major life moment for many young musicians. Still others have participated in festivals at the state level, including Honor Band, Solo and Ensemble, All-State and All-Northwest. More advanced students have earned awards at the Monterey Jazz Festival (CA), Heritage Music Festival (Louisiana), the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival (Idaho) and the famed Essentially Ellington Competition (New York). Once out of high school, some students have gone on to study music at colleges such as the UW, Berkeley College of Music, Penn State, Cornish College of the Arts, and more.

Private Lessons

"Neil provides the best mix of skills I’ve seen in a music teacher. he brings humor to the lessons but is also seriously passionate about music"

-Kristin Strout (Parent of a 7th grade student)

Whether you're a beginning student or a professional musician, there's a place for you here. Neil has over 12 years of experience as a private teacher, including classroom instruction and non-profit coaching work for many of the area's leading educational organizations. He believes strongly in the power of mentorship and that private lessons provide his students an opportunity to grow as musicians and people. Neil has a passion for teaching and community-building, and always works hard to create a fun, engaging environment for each and every member of his studio.



As one of Seattle's most respected saxophonists, Neil brings a high level of professional and artistic experience to his studio. He values joyful learning as the cornerstone of his life as a teacher, and lessons are tailored towards the ever evolving needs of each student. Most members of Neil's studio have have worked with him for years at a time, and in some cases from elementary through the end of high school. 

With an extensive background in education, including grade-school instruction as a current coach and former band teacher, Neil encounters diverse student populations every day. He holds a Bachelor of Music Performance from the University of Washington, and has participated in workshops profiling teaching strategies in the "Tween Brain" and youth Pedagogical Studies, and has also received training in the latest classroom curriculum, such as the Seattle Public School's RULER method.

“I highly recommend Neil as a music teacher. We have found him to be very knowledgeable and professional, communicating frequently and clearly with his students and the parents. My son always looks forward to his lesson. Thanks Neil!”

— Jenna Alexander (parent of a 9th grade student)



All student levels of ability are not only acceptable, but welcomed in Neil's studio. Lessons are given in many Seattle area schools, in student's private homes and via Skype. Neil works most often with students ranging in grade level from 4th-12th, and areas of focus can include jazz , classical saxophone, modern improvisation and composition, among many others. Neil works primarily with students on soprano, alto, tenor and baritone saxophones.  He also works with students on instruments outside of the saxophone family, in areas such as advanced improvisation, extended techniques, and composition on a case-by-case basis.

Lessons are generally given weekly in half hour or one hour increments, depending on student needs and scheduling availability. Contact Neil through the form below for more information about lesson costs and getting started!

Neil Welch teaching a workshop at Seattle’s Museum of Pop Culture (MoPop) for the TuneUp! education program in 2019.

Neil Welch teaching a workshop at Seattle’s Museum of Pop Culture (MoPop) for the TuneUp! education program in 2019.


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