These are mouthpieces I’ve seen work well for students.
A step-up mouthpiece is the best investment a clarinet or saxophone player can make! For roughly $100.00 or so, your students will sound better and play easier than they would if they spent $1000.00 on a new instrument with the same beginner mouthpiece still attached.
It doesn’t have to be too expensive, either. There are plenty of used mouthpieces available on eBay, and you can usually get stuff for ½ the price.
There are many brands out there, but I almost always prefer Vandoren:
- they are VERY consistent (if you break one, you can replace it easily), quality control is great
A great classical mouthpiece, but a little too closed off if your student is playing for marching band or jazz band.
Vandoren Optimum AL4
A little bigger than the AL3, this works well for concert band but plays well enough for most students in a jazz band as well.
Vandoren V16 A5 (medium chamber) This is Vandoren’s version of the classic Meyer mouthpiece that guys like Cannonball Adderley and Phil Woods played, but a more way more consistent.
Tenor Saxophone Vandoren Optimum TL3
This closely resembles the Selmer C* but much more consistent.
Vandoren Optimum TL4
This is a bit more open and plays a little bigger, if you actually need more volume from your tenor saxophones!
Baritone Saxophone Yamaha 5C
Honestly, this plays great, and you can’t beat the price at $40.00! The Vandoren equivalent is $220.00 and your bari players are always the first to break their mouthpieces anyway, right?