Rita Thies is an active musician with 30 years of teaching and performing experience on all saxophones and flutes. She received her degree in Flute performance at SSU. Her versatility has allowed her to perform and record with a wide range of artists in Jazz and Blues and RnB, including John Lee Hooker, Carlos Santana, Pete Escovedo and family and Zigaboo Modeliste (The Meters). She is currently playing in The Soul Section and freelances with various other bands including Jazz Mafia.
Rita is now accepting students at her San Rafael studio/home. She has taught at Mt Tam School in Mill Valley for 25 years, and has been on the teaching staff of Dominican University, Davidson Middle School and New Village School. Her students consistently receive outstanding musicianship awards and scholarships to leading music schools and Jazz programs in the Bay Area.
Styles include Classical, Jazz, R&B, Funk, Latin and Irish.
Studies include the fundamentals of good tone production breathing, posture, reading, playing by ear, soloing (improvising), music theory, keyboard skills, and performance.
In her teaching, Rita focuses on a strong musical foundation but also creates a relaxed and supportive environment where students are encouraged to develop and grow as well as play music for fun and enjoyment.