I am an experienced professional bassist, teaching both classical and beginner jazz and my core belief is that learning should always be fun!
- Which subject(s) do you teach?
I teach the double bass from beginners up to Grade 8 and Diploma Level.
- Tell me about your qualifications.
My qualifications are AGSM, BA (Hons) and I am a fully qualified teacher. I also have a Diploma in Primary School Music from Coventry Centre for Performing Arts.
- How much do you charge?
I charge £30 an hour for Double Bass lessons (£25 for an initial introductory lesson) at my home and a travel fee if it is more than 24 miles round trip to a students home.
- Where do you teach?
I teach Double Bass from my home in HALESWORTH Suffolk, but if that is not possible I can sometimes travel to teach in a student's home. I am prepared to travel up to 24 miles round trip from my home in Halesworth and would charge a amall extra fee depending on the distance.
- When are you available?
I am available daytimes, evenings and weekends.
- Which ages and levels do you teach?
I teach all ages from 8 to 108! (It's never too late to start..!)
- Which qualifications do you prepare your students for?
I prepare students for all Associated Board Grade Exams up to Grade 8 and Diploma level.
- Do you have a personal message for students?
Hi! I have been playing and teaching the Double Bass for a great number of years, regularly playing with some of the top London Orchestras and teaching at establishments like the Purcell School and the Guildhall Junior Department as well as being coach to the bass sections of the National Children's Orchestra for more than ten years. When teaching I like to encourage a full understanding of the instrument and the playing of it, (see my article 'Playing a Stringed Instrument') so I always welcome questions from my pupils, which I believe greatly enhances their awareness and musical progress. The Double Bass is a very satisfying and rewarding instrument to play with a rich and mellow tone and the versatility to play anything from classical to jazz, folk to pop. If you think you might like to learn this instrument (see my article on 'Why Learn the Double Bass?) or would just like an initial lesson to experience the Double Bass for yourself, please contact me - I welcome all ages and all ablilities!One of the principal things I have learnt during my years of teaching Double Bass is the importance of students feeling at ease and relaxed with their tutor, rather than nervous, as if they are about to take a driving test!! Remember: you are the customer and your tutor is there to help and guide you. The feedback I have always received is that pupils find me friendly, patient and 'tuned-in' to where they are at.
Also, remember that learning 'classically', i.e. learning to read music and the classical technique, is the foundation for playing every type of music – from jazz to pop to folk. As an example, the great jazz pianist Oscar Peterson, is reputed to have warmed up before gigs by playing Mozart! In fact, nearly all the great jazz bass players in the past have had a classical technique even though they may not have played classical music.
- What kind of experience do you have?
I have taught at the Guildhall Junior Exhibition Department, at the Purcell school, and for various London Borough Music Centres. I have been Head of Music at an Inner London Independent school as well as teaching many private pupils, some of whom have gone on to become professional musicians. I have coached the National Children's Orchestra double bass section for over ten years and several County Youth Orchestras.
As a performer I have played regularly with many of the London Orchestras on Double Bass (including the LSO, RPO and Philharmonia), various chamber orchestras (including the London Bach Orchestra and the Mozart Players) and several of the provincial orchestras too.
- Do you have an up-to-date DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service, formerly CRB) Certificate?
Yes - obtained by the National Children's Orchestra. Parents may also sit in on lessons if they wish.
- Where and with whom did you train?
I learnt Double Bass at Guildhall School of Music with James Merrit (at the time, the principal bass with the Philharmonia Orchestra.) I subsequently studied with Tom Martin (previously principal bassist with the London Symphony Orchestra and the London Chamber Orchestra)
- Do you belong to any professional organisations?
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