Ivan Baryshnikov teaches privately and during workshops. Main subjects are: Artist Development, Saxophone, Improvisation, Composition.

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Philosophy of Education

"I believe that every person has a unique musical voice and should have an educational environment where he or she can discover and develop it. My desire is to create this type of atmosphere where students can explore their music talent.
I am acting more as a mentor, showing students all the possibilities and providing all the necessary music tools, so they are able to see different choices and let their curiosity direct the studying.

I create a safe environment where students are invited to share their ideas, take risks and are not afraid to make mistakes. I let students make a progress in their own tempo and manner.

Lear more about my method of education, based on self-reflection and self-evaluation - the key point in designing a routine, maintaining positive attitude and motivation. It is described in this article on Academia.

​Students are the best source of knowledge, inspiration and growth. I say “one is teaching, two are learning”.

Ivan Baryshnikov


Timo Besamusca, saxophone player (The Netherlands):

"On every aspect where I wanted to improve my skills as a saxophone player, Ivan gave me the exact knowledge and techniques that I needed for that! Ivan is not only a brilliant saxophonist, he is a very knowledgeable teacher, I highly recommend him to intermediate to advanced players who are really serious about improving their skills as a saxophonist!"

Nina Chatsisvili, composer (The Netherlands):
"I contacted Ivan for music composition lessons. Soon I realized that he does not only teach music composition; instead he takes a holistic approach in music teaching, an approach that encompasses the development of an artist both in terms of the creative/technical aspect (songwriting, composition, music theory, etc) as well as the business aspect (image and branding, marketing, social media etc). This approach makes Ivan unique. Furthermore, he is a nice guy with good sense of humour and a supportive teacher, which makes the lessons always enjoyable. I would highly recommend Ivan to anyone who is interested in building a professional career in the music industry. He is more than a teacher. He will be your mentor and your coach!"

Ras Eddy Rashid, trumpet player (Bali):
"I had a lesson with Ivan Baryshnikov and was humbled by the experience. As soon as the session began with Ivan I was calmed and my attention was sharp with his presence. Ivan is a wonderful teacher who closely listens to the studens. Ivan puts the wonder back into music and that is something that is needed in this world. He set an objective calming tone of the session that gave me the confidence to practice hard again. Plus he's just a good bro who kills the sax. I hope to have another lesson soon once I've mastered the essentials. Thanks, Ivan."
Valery Mukaev, saxophone player (Russia):
“I was taking lessons with Ivan for three months by Skype. I was interested in improving my composing skills, working on new rhythms and organizing my practice routine in a right way. I have only positive impressions: the material was structured, examples he gave were from both reputable sources and his personal experience. New information was explained in a very accessible way and without useless talks. He helped me to track my progress by analyzing the results. In terms of scheduling a lesson Ivan was very organized, responsible and flexible.
It is great that he loves what he does and shares his experience and knowledge about music. I recommend him to everybody!”

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