I love teaching!!!  There are few things better for me in this world than to share my passion for music with other people’s passion to learn about music!  Since 1999 I have had the great privilege to work with wonderful students from elementary to advanced levels as a private saxophone teacher.  Since 2004  I have taught improvisation to players of various instruments and directed ensembles of various levels, from beginner bands to collegiate and professional ensembles.  As a clinician and adjudicator I have had the great fortune to be invited around the world to present workshops on performance, improvisation, and ensembles.

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Student, parent, & teacher comments:

It has been my pleasure to work with Hashem for these past five years. He has taught many of my students privately as well as working with my Jazz band and saxophone section. Hashem is a gifted musician and teacher. I am most impressed with Hashem’s dedication to excellence and his ability to bring out that excellence in his students with his teaching techniques, strategies, patience and rapport.  He  has the ability to develop a plan and motivate his students to work with him to successfully complete that plan.

Joe Ingram, Director of Bands, Shasta Middle School


Hashem Assadullahi has a rare talent for combining superb musicianship with insightful teaching.  He gets right to the point in providing very direct and focused diagnosis of problems in student performances, yet is able to deliver critical comments in a constructive, relaxed and friendly way.   During his visit to Capilano University my students really enjoyed having him coach their ensembles.  As a musician, Hashem effortlessly blends genres and ideas into a unique creative vision, combining a wide-open sense of musical adventure with consummate skill and craftsmanship as a player and composer.  His concert at the Jazz at Presentation House series was one of the best of the season.

Dr. Jared Burrows, Prof. of Jazz Studies, Capilano University.


I took several years of improv/saxophone lessons with Hashem, in addition to recent lessons focusing on jazz composition. He puts together teaching techniques and ideas from the multitude of outstanding musicians he has studied with, while adding his own exciting angles, endless enthusiasm, unique experience and expertise. Hashem is a great inspiration to me both as a musician and as a person and I would not have anything near the skill or confidence that I have today if not for my time studying with him.

Miriam Champer, undergraduate University of Washington


Hashem Assadullahi came to Whitman College with his quartet last year(2009).  I’ve seen Hashem teach in jazz camps at the University of Oregon so I knew he would be great but he exceeded even my expectations!  Hashem’s passion for music and enthusiasm for conveying that passion to the music students of Whitman set a positive tone for the entire year.  His compositions are inventive, accessible and well crafted and Hashem is an absolutely terrific sax player!  Check him out – you’ll be very glad you did!!

Dave Glenn, Director of Jazz Studies, Whitman College

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