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Marvin F. Cockrell


Teaches Piano, Saxophone

Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy.


-Ludwig van Beethoven

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Teaches at:
Areas of Instruction

Piano, Saxophone

Current Band(s)/Gig(s)

Marvin F. Cockrell & Focus

Current Projects

Red Hot Smooth Jazz (2016), An Inspirational Journey (2011), I'm Cool (2008), Heat (2004), Stepping Stones (2002)


M.A. in Music Education - Western Illinois University

Favorite Bands

Herbie Hancock

Favorite Instruments

Piano, Saxophone, Keytar, Keyboards and Synthesizers

Levels Taught

Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Musical Interests

Jazz, Contemporary, R&B, Soul, Funk, Spiritual

Specialties / Genres Taught

Jazz, R&B, Contemporary, Soul

Teaching Experience

30 years of private teaching and performing experience

About Marvin F. Cockrell

Marvin F. Cockrell has been teaching privatly for over thirty years. During that time, he has cultivated a reputation as one of the best private instructors in the St. Louis Metro area. Marvin's teaching style varies based on the skill level of his students, and he focuses on finding ways to energize his students and keep them passionate about music and their instrument.

Along with a lifetime of teaching experience, Marvin has thirty plus years of performance experience. From playing background instruments with local artists to forming his own ensemble, Marvin has proven performance is second nature to him time and time again. Along with his numerous performance experiences, Marvin has shown he is a force to be reckoned with in the studio. As of 2016, Marvin has composed five studio albums: Stepping Stones (2002), Heat (2004), I'm Cool (2008), An Inspirational Journey (2011), and Red Hot Smooth Jazz (2016). His 2016 song "St. Louis Bounce" has been very well received in the St. Louis area, and Explore St. Louis, a local travel information site, used the track and video on their website to promote activities and points of interest in the St. Louis Metropolitan area. Marvin's music can be found on Spotify and Apple Music.

Marvin is always eager to meet new students, and loves getting the chance to harness students talents, and help them grow their passion for music. Marvin does instruction for both piano and saxophone, and can teach all levels of experience in both.

Give us a call or stop by the store to set up a lesson with Marvin!  

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