Ivan Cunningham

Ivan Cunningham is a saxophonist and composer from the Twin Cities who has a strong desire to help make music more accessible and equitable across all populations. Ivan specializes primarily in jazz improvisation and composition. He has performed at local venues including Icehouse, Jazz Central, Studio Z, The Black Dog, and The Khyber Pass.

In 2021, Ivan graduated magna cum laude with his Bachelor of Arts in Music from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire. While in school, he received multiple awards and studied with saxophonists Micheal Shults, Alastair Wright, and Aaron Hedenstrom.

In his free time, Ivan enjoys reading, spending time with friends, fishing, and take part in all the outdoor activities Minnesota summers have to offer. Catch him sitting by Cedar Lake with a good book, or going out to hear exciting live music in the evenings!





Geographic areas served

Ivan is available for lessons in home within 9 miles of Minneapolis as well as at the Opus studios inSt Louis Park, Plymouth, Robbinsdale. 


  • $32 / per half hour lesson
  • $43 / 45-minute lesson
  • $50 / hour lesson
  • $5 more per in home lesson

Attendance policy

Cancelled lessons will still be paid 100% unless Ivan is notified within 24 hours of the lesson time. He is always happy to schedule make-up lessons.

Teaching Philosophy

I am of the belief that while music is worth taking seriously, what’s more important is that it is enjoyable and fun! I always teach with the goal of meeting the student where they are at by first finding out what music they are most attracted to, and then shaping the educational process to each student’s individual goals and interests. Everyone is entitled to their own personal taste no matter how long they have been playing, even beginners often have specific areas of interest that may have drawn them to a particular instrument or to music as a whole! After each lesson I give students a small practice assignment and encourage the use of a practice planner.