I am a very adaptable and experienced saxophone teacher. I teach all ages and levels of student from beginner to professional. I can take students through all levels of jazz and classical exams as well as preparing for music college auditions.
- Which subject(s) do you teach?
Jazz Saxophone/ Clarinet/ Piano/ Theory/ Composition
- Tell me about your qualifications.
1st class honours degree from Birmingham Conservatoire
Distinction at Grade 8 Tenor Sax A at music A- Level A* at music GCSE
- How much do you charge?
Saxophone- £30/hr. (please see my profile for more information) I do offer discounts for group sessions i.e. £40 for two sax students at once.
- Where do you teach?
I teach from my teaching space in Camberwell or i can come to you if you are based in Camberwell, Peckham, Brockley, Lewisham, Deptford, New Cross, Herne Hill, Brixton, Dulwich however I will charge 5 pounds expenses if my travel is over 30 minutes.
I also offer lessons in North London on Saturday afternoons and Mondays and Tuesdays in Tufnell Park and am currently taking students in a Kentish Town also.
- When are you available?
Daytimes and evenings wed-sunday (Camberwell and south London lessons)
Saturday afternoons and Mondays and Tuesdays in Tufnell Park and Kentish Town.
- Which ages and levels do you teach?
All ages. Saxophone- all levels, absolute beginner to professional. Jazz Clarinet- beginner to intermediate.Jazz piano- beginner to intermediate. Theory and composition- all levels.
- Which qualifications do you prepare your students for?
I can prepare students for ABRSM grade exams; either classical grades 1-8 or jazz exams. I have a 100 percent pass rate with students wishing to take exams.
Not everyone wishes to follow this course however, in this instance i can also plan tailor a more personal plan of learning for students not wishing to sit exams. I train all of my students in general musicianship skills: ear training, theory, sight- reading and improvisation (if they wish). For those students not sitting exams we will select some repertoire relevant to their taste and level. This is likely to be in line with an approximate level of the grade syllabus- i.e. a student can work towards a grade and know where they stand without actually sitting the exam!
- Describe your arrangements for online tutoring.
Possible skype lessons!
- Do you have a personal message for students?
I love music and this comes across in my teaching style- enthusiastic, passionate, patient, personal. I recognise that everyone has their own unique learning style and cater for this as much as possible. I am sure you will enjoy studying with me as i will enjoy teaching you!
- What kind of experience do you have?
I am a visiting Jazz saxophone tutor at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and have also I have also taught at the Junior Royal Academy of Music.
In these roles i teach my more high level jazz improvisation and composition skills, however i am not limited to teaching at such a high level- i frequently teach all standards of student, including total beginners.
Since graduating 6 years ago i have been regularly teaching private students of all ages and levels and in a variety of styles. I have a 100 percent pass rate for ABRSM exams grade 1-8 and jazz exams. Other students not wishing to take exams have forged a more personal course of learning for example being prepared for music college auditions, which i also have lots of experience of.
I was recently a featured tutor on the ACE foundation jazz day with Alan Barnes in Cambridge and am involved in many similar educational projects, including working for the Triborough Music Hub.
I have worked as a peripatetic teacher in St Pauls Primary in cambridge and Normanhurst middle school in Chingford.
I have also worked with larger ensembles: i have led workshops for and coached and directed the Hills Road Jazz Orchestra in Cambridge.
- Do you have an up-to-date DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service, formerly CRB) Certificate?
I have an up to date DBS
- Where and with whom did you train?
Birmingham Conservatoire: Saxophone/ theory with Mike Williams, Julian Seigel, Jean Toussaint. Composition with Mike Gibbs, Hans Koller, Liam Noble. Jazz piano with Mike Williams and Hans Koller.
- Do you belong to any professional organisations?
I belong to the Musicians Union.
- Tell me about some of your current students.
I have one student who when he came to me was primarily a clarinetist and had not played tenor sax before. After 4 months of jazz sax lessons he is now commiting John Coltrane and Warne Marsh solos to memory and improvising using the ideas of the solos we have studied together in the lessons!
Another one of my students came to me with a general interest in jazz; after 2 years of lessons he is now a student at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama on the jazz performance course.
I have other examples of students like this (see testemonials) who have come to me with an interest and passion for jazz but without much experience and have applied themselves, worked diligently, and are now achieving great things and having fun with music at a high level!
• 1st Class Honours degree from Birmingham Conservatoire
• Visiting Saxophone teacher at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama
• I have a current enhanced CRB/DBS
• The Musicians Union
I have been having lessons regularly with Alex for about a year now, he is a real teacher. His lessons are always different and he tailors them to the specific individual. If you go to a lesson with Alex with nothing in mind it is also not a problem as he will pull something out of the bag which will blow your mind! A teacher that I would recommend to everyone and will continue to have lessons with!
When I first met Alex, my knowledge of jazz was very limited. I was very keen but was not that confident as an improviser. In two years of lessons Alex has managed to improve my work rate, my confidence as a soloist and has inspired me to pursue playing jazz as a career. I am about to start studying jazz saxophone at a conservatoire, a situation I would never have found myself in without Alex's dedicated, enthusiastic and personal tutoring.
Alex is unlike any teacher I've had before. While many stick to soulless study pieces Alex offers an evolving and adaptable teaching scheme that focuses on what the pupil wants to learn. Our lessons touched on theory, jazz history and about a million ways of hitting a ii-ÂV-ÂI progression in 60mins! He was also more than willing to slow down the pace anytime I had difficulty with a concept.To anyone serious about developing their jazz improvisational skills I recommend Alex above any other.
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