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Teaching Philosophy


I have been an educator and performer for 30 years. In that time I’ve had the privilege of teaching beginners through advanced students. I appreciate that everyone learns at their own pace and has strategies for internalizing techniques and concepts. One of the joys of teaching is adapting to how each student learns and varying my approach so as to get the information across. I’m always thrilled when I can effectively communicate with the student and help them achieve their goal(s). For me teaching is about listening to the desires of the student then doing all I can to get the pertinent information across to them in the most effective way.

I primarily teach private lessons on saxophone and clarinet and all levels are welcome. Though many teachers avoid them, I particularly enjoy beginning students. In addition to the basics of playing woodwinds, I devote additional time to theory, harmony, and improvisation. I've developed an effective method with a syllabus and exercises that will help students of every level improve while enjoying practicing and studying. Music should be fun. Contact me to see how I can help you on your musical journey.

Ted Hogarth CV


Performer, Educator, Composer, and Arranger

Saxophones, clarinets, and flutes.

Advisory Committee member, Gerry & Franca Mulligan Foundation



DePaul University, Chicago, IL

Master of Music with Distinction in Jazz Composition (2005)

Received Performance Award and Graduate Assistantship in Jazz Composition. Recorded with the DePaul Jazz Ensemble with special guest Phil Woods as well as Slide Hampton at the Jazz Showcase, May 2004 and May 2005.


Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, IL
Bachelor of Arts with academic honors (1999)

Received full music scholarship. Recorded with the Northeastern Illinois University Jazz Ensemble in 1997 and 1998


Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ  1989-1993

Received four-year scholarship with an emphasis on saxophone in jazz studies and performance.  Participated in a variety of performing ensembles including big band, saxophone quartet, Latin jazz ensemble plus numerous jazz combos. No degree received


Interlochen Arts Academy

High School Diploma (1989)




Private lesson instructor of clarinet, saxophone at Plainwell and Otsego Middle Schools 2016 - 2018


Private lesson instructor of clarinet, saxophone, jazz improvisation, composition and arranging at home-based teaching studio 2001 - 2018


Master-classes and guest instructor at Columbia College Chicago 2005 - 2011


Private lesson instructor of applied clarinet and saxophone at Columbia College Chicago 1999-2003


Jazz Combo Coach Columbia College Chicago 1999-2003

Jazz Ensemble Co-Director Columbia College Chicago 1999-2000


Community Jazz Ensemble Director, Columbia College Chicago, 2001-2003


Chicago Youth Jazz Ensemble Director Columbia College Chicago 2003-2004


Lead Artist Gallery 37 Latin Big Band 2000-2001


Assistant Lead Artist Gallery 37 Latin Big Band 1997-1999


Conductor, Latin Jazz Ensemble, Sherwood Conservatory of Music 1998-2000


Saxophone instructor and Wind, Brass, Percussion Department Chair, Sherwood Conservatory of Music 1998-2000


Private saxophone and clarinet instructor Sears Middle School, Kenilworth, IL 1997-2001


Private saxophone instructor Maine South High School, 1997-2001


Judge for numerous Illinois Music Educators Association events 1997-Present




Transcription and Analysis of Harry Carney baritone saxophone solo in Down Beat Magazine (June 2001)


Interview included in “Jeru’s Journey” by Sanford Josephson published by Hal Leonard, 2015.



Named a Rising Star on baritone saxophone by DownBeat Magazine in its 60th, 61st, 65th, 66th and 67th Annual Critics Poll. Also named a Rising Star on clarinet in the 66th and 67th Annual Critics Poll.




Asked to write original arrangement of Benny Carter’s composition “When Lights Are Low” as a tenor saxophone feature by Chicago saxophonist and DePaul University School of Music Jazz Saxophone Instructor Mark Colby


Commissioned by David Wuersig of Roosevelt Middle School in Rover Forest Illinois to compose and arrange two pieces for the Jazz Ensemble.




A Bronx Tale First National Tour 10/10/18 — 8/4/19

Reed 2; alto flute, clarinet, bass clarinet, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone


Jersey Boys Second National Tour 10/31/11 — 6/5/16


Jersey Boys Chicago Company, Reed 2 10/2007 — 01/2010


Ted Hogarth’s The Mulligan Mosaics Big Band

Leader and Founder 2006 — Present


Live recording at Joe & Wayne Segal’s Jazz Showcase 2009

Chicago Jazz Festival 2007

With special guest Judi Silvano McAninch Arts Center 6/4/12

Morseland Supper Club, Chicago, IL

FitzGerald’s, Berwyn, IL

Millennium Park, Chicago, IL “Great Performers of Illinois” 9/10/06


Ted Hogarth Quintet


Bussinjazz Festival, Bussi sul Torino, Italy


Chicago Jazz Ensemble


Symphony Center, Chicago, IL


Chicago Jazz Festival


Joe & Wayne Segal’s Jazz Showcase, Chicago, IL


Birdland, New York, NY


Teatro Manzoni, Milan, Italy


DePaul University Jazz Ensemble


Various locations in the Abruzzo Region of Italy


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