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Announcing “The Next” Ensemble at Music Works NW

Starting this Fall, Rulon Brown will lead “The Next” contemporary music group at Music Works NW.
This new honors ensemble is open to performers, composers, and digital creators of all genres and explores the tools and trends of modern music making. The intensive course includes collaborative workshops, individual work, and work in class and on-line to create new music and study the artist-to-audience relationship of the 21st Century.

“The Next is for dare-devils who hunger to make new music, explore uncharted territory, and grow their artistic voice,” says Rulon. “Having met some of the great students at Music Works, I’m super excited to hear what we create together!”

Time: 6:00 – 7:20 pm, Tuesdays
Dates: (12 classes) October 8 – December 17
Ages: 14+
Tuition: $252 (tuition assistance is available. Call 425-644-0988 for info)

Level: This ensemble assumes you understand the fundamentals of your instrument or voice. Audition using any form of communication you prefer (music, letter, video, etc) to describe yourself, your music, and why you want to be part of The Next. Send it to Rulon [at]

Rulon is also teaching Composing for Digital Musicians.
See all Fall course descriptions at

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Sax / Flute Lessons

Rulon working with faculty of Casa de los Tres Mundos in Granada, Nicaragua.I love teaching and help students with technique, healthy use of breath and body, improvising, sight reading, theory, composing, and more. The U.S. State Department recently invited me to teach at the Nicaragua International Jazz Festival and the Tres Mundos institute.

I teach students of all ages and ability at studios located in Issaquah and Redmond, Washington. You can also join me at Music Works NW for The Next and Composing for Digital Musicians.

Rulon leading the band at Casa de los Tres Mundos in Granada, Nicaragua
Music Lessons in Redmond$45/hr, $30/30 min
Music Lessons in Issaquah: $50/hr, $30/30 min
Music Lessons Online$45/hr, $30/30 min
Lessons in your home$60/hr,  $45/30 min
Signup by e-mailing  Rulon [at] rulonbrown [dot] com


“Rulon has helped me establish personal musical goals and then made attaining them fun. I learn a lot every time I have a lesson and have made great progress. It is now a joy to create music and realize that I can improve while still having fun. I highly recommend him as a teacher.”
– Adult Flute Student

“Rulon Brown has helped me learn so much with my saxophone. I came to him as a beginner and now I am in the jazz band at school! He is fun and he teaches me in stages. If I’m struggling in one area we work on it during my lesson until I get it down. He likes to see me progress and is very encouraging, supportive, and fun. He pushes me to work hard during my lessons and I have really improved because of that. I would totally recommend Rulon as a music teacher and for anyone wanting to learn to play the saxophone!
– 8th Grader from Cedar Park Middle School

A note from the parent of teenage student“[My daughter] really enjoys having you as her teacher. I like the way you are encouraging her and trying to pull her out of her comfort zone and helping her to be more self confident in who she is as a musician. She is one that needs to be encouraged to go to the next level with playing her saxophone and you have great way of doing that during her lessons.”

“You’re not just teaching her notes on the instrument or just songs out if a book; your teaching her how to work with the saxophone to get the feel of it, to get the right fingering and the right sound to come out. I like that your helping her realize she doesn’t have to be perfect but that she just needs to keep practicing and every time she practices she gets better! Thank you for helping her, she has really improved a lot since she has been taking lessons from you.”