Simone is unquestionably the best teacher I have ever had in the 60+ years that I have been playing the clarinet. Although I had been away from playing for some time, Simone provided gentle advice and direction that has significantly improved my technique, tone, and musicianship as well as my confidence as a saxophonist . Simone is able to establish a great rapport with his students both mature and young. He understands their needs and goals and helps them achieve those goals. Thanks to Simone 's encouragement and help, I was recently accepted as a member of a fine regional symphonic band. Above all, a lesson with Simone is not only instructive.