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I am looking for a teacher. I am not a beginner and though there are probably many leaks in my playing I can play. What I need is a guide to make my playing going further and more focused.

Now I have a problem : I suck at reading music. To me music sheet are just like notepad. It helps me to figure out melodic/rythmic pattern or chords. Don't get me wrong. I don't want to put down sight reading but in my situation - I am 38 and a limited scedule to practice - I think I have to set some priority and I do not want to spend extra time in decoding music paper sheet.

Now my question is - what is the minimum of sight reading required for valuable sax course ? What do I have to consider for choosing a teacher ?
 

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Think about your goals or write them down until you're clear about them. Then call some possible teachers, tell them about your goals and background, and see what they say. My own teacher has a masters degree from North Texas and has been making his living as a full-time, professional jazz saxophonist for about 15 years. Yet I was surprised at how long we went without doing any significant reading (and I do read). Eventually, you are likely to start working through method and theory books, and I would imagine that a good teacher will take your reading difficulties into consideration.
 
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