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Teaches Jazz Improvisation, Clarinet, Flute, Saxophone

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Teaches at:
Levels Taught


Areas of Instruction

Jazz Improvisation, Clarinet, Flute, Saxophone

Favorite Instruments

Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet


Towson University

Musical Interests

Jazz, Classical

Teaching Experience

Has taught for over 25 years

Specialties / Genres Taught

Jazz, Classical


     Alvin, or Bruce, Coates, is a saxophone, clarinet, and flute teacher. He has over 25 years of teaching experience while working at Howard Community College. Alvin attended college at Towson State University and studied with many great teachers, including Hank Levy. Alvin performs regularly with saxophone chamber music ensembes as well as playing jazz.

     As an educator, Alvin has helped many students audition into Junior and Senior All State Bands in Maryland and Pennsylvania, as well as preparing students for success in solo and ensemble performances. Many of the students selected were ranked very highly in the state. He has helped his students pursue music into their college careers and they have recieved scholarships from many prestigious colleges such as, the Eastman School of Music, the Peabody Conservatory, the University of Maryland, and many more.


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