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Annika
« My daughter has been having flute lessons with Grant for around... More »
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Annika
« My daughter has been having flute lessons with Grant for around 18months now. In this time, I’ve found him to be an excellent teacher. He has a relaxed style but remains very professional. My daughter says he can be quite funny sometimes too, which helps to make her feel more relaxed. He boosts her confidence and is very encouraging in his approach. I would have no hesitation whatsoever in highly recommending Grant (& actually I’ve done so already - and my friends son is very happy with him too!) »
£38/h
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Lessons offered by Grant
  • Individual
  • In group
The lessons will be held
  • at his home
  • at your home
Taught subjects
  • Composition
  • Jazz Improvisation
Levels
  • All Levels

Grant - Rickmansworth - Composition

Methodology

I am a friendly teacher with 10 years teaching experience; a father myself I teach students of all ages and abilities. Wether you are a hobbyists, looking to sit grades or keen to learn an instrument later on in life I'd be delighted to help!

- Which subject(s) do you teach?

• All saxophones (soprano, alto, tenor & baritone)

• Clarinet (including bass clarinet)

• Flute

• Proficient in both classical and jazz idioms

• ABRSM & Trinity Exams

• ABRSM Theory

- Tell me about your qualifications.

Bachelor of Music (Honours) Royal Academy of Music London
Licentiate of the Royal Academy of Music
Advanced Jazz Diploma, University of St Andrews
ABRSM Diploma

- How much do you charge?

I charge £38.00 when teaching from home (Croxley Green) or £40 when teaching at a students house.

I have rent instruments well below the shop rates; clarinets @ £10 pcm & saxophones @ £25.00 pcm (deposit required)

- Where do you teach?

I am happy to teach at your house, alternatively I teach from my own house in Croxley Green (Rickmansworth), Hertfordshire.

- When are you available?

I am flexible and will do my best to fit around your schedule.

- Which ages and levels do you teach?

All

- Which qualifications do you prepare your students for?

ABRSM instrumental and theory exams
ABRSM Diploma
GCSE, AS & A Level. I'm happy to help with course work as well.
Trinity Guildhall Exams

- Do you have a personal message for students?

My rates vary depending on the lesson time.

Background

- What kind of experience do you have?

As an educator, I have 10 years of experience teaching students with a broad range of abilities, ages, prior experience and musical interests. In addition to my Bachelor studies at the Royal Academy of Music, I studied for, and was awarded, a Licentiate of The Royal Academy of Music (LRAM) teaching diploma, which is a comprehensive and practical course based on the principles of teaching. As part of my degree I also wrote a 15,000 word research project on the history of the clarinet and saxophone since 1850 and how higher education, especially within a Conservatoire environment, reflects this historical narrative today. This research profoundly effects both what, and the way I teach clarinet, saxophone and flute students today.

I am an experienced orchestral and solo clarinettist recently working with Sir Colin Davis, Martyn Brabbins, David Zinman, Gary Walker, Colin Metters. In addition to orchestral, duo, chamber and orchestral music I have also worked extensively in theatre.

In 2006 I studied and was awarded an Advanced Jazz Diploma from the University of St Andrews, I subsequently joined, recorded and toured extensively with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra of Scotland for 4 years.

In addition to my degree in clarinet and classical saxophone from the Royal Academy of Music, where I studied Clarinet with Tim Lines (former Principal LSO) and classical saxophone with Richard Addison (former Eb/Bass & saxophone RPO), I have an ABRSM Diploma which I was awarded in 2007.

As a performer, I founded and play saxophone in The London Function Band ((concealed information) which performs Soul, Pop and Rock covers at private events throughout London. In 2009 I played in the support band for Elton John at the Royal Albert Hall, performing songs from his musicals. In the theatre world I depped on West End shows including Avenue Q and have worked extensively throughout the London fringe theatre scene.

- Do you have an up-to-date DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service, formerly CRB) Certificate?

Yes

- Where and with whom did you train?

I studied at the Royal Academy of Music. I studied Clarinet with Tim Lines (former Principal LSO) and classical saxophone with Richard Addison (former Eb/Bass & saxophone RPO).

Rates

Rate for a 1-hour lesson. : £38/h
Lessons offered by Grant
Individual
In group
The lessons will be held
at his home
at your home
Taught subjects
  • Composition
  • Jazz Improvisation
Levels
  • All Levels

Grant's CV

• BMus (Hon) Royal Academy of Music, London
• Licentiate of the Royal Academy of Music (teaching diploma)
• CRB Checked
• Musicians Union

5 reviews on Grant
  • 5/5

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5 recommendations

A
Annika

My daughter has been having flute lessons with Grant for around 18months now. In this time, I’ve found him to be an excellent teacher.
He has a relaxed style but remains very professional. My daughter says he can be quite funny sometimes too, which helps to make her feel more relaxed. He boosts her confidence and is very encouraging in his approach.
I would have no hesitation whatsoever in highly recommending Grant (& actually I’ve done so already - and my friends son is very happy with him too!)

Deborah

Grant has been teaching my son Saxophone for 3 years. He is patient, friendly, enthusiastic and keeps my 13 year old son engaged in the lessons. He has helped him achieve really good exam results and we are really grateful and lucky to have such a superb teacher. His style of teaching works really well and my son's technique has improved so much over the last few years.

E
Elizabeth

Grant teaches 2 of my daughters (aged 8 & 13) - he teaches 1 of them piano & the other piano & saxophone. I have noticed that he flexes his style between the 2 girls according to their ages. He is encouraging & patient yet also holds my daughters to account for their home practice. He tells them what he honestly thinks about their practice - so if he tells you that you've done well you know it's not just a platitude. I like that he's direct with them - they know where they are & it is very clear what they need to do in order to progress. Grant's passion & enthusiasm for music flows through his teaching & I think makes him a really super teacher. Grant is flexible in lessons, adapting to & flexing the lesson as needed. He keeps my daughter's engaged & both enjoy their lessons.

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