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Tony
« Having taken up the trombone rather late in life, I turned to James... More »
T
Tony
« Having taken up the trombone rather late in life, I turned to James for help over a year ago. To my delight, he fell, almost immediately into "tutor mode", and began to offer good advice about my handling of the instrument, posture, breathing etc. It was not long before I invited him to become my tutor, and I have not been disappointed. »
£50/h
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Lessons offered by James
  • Individual
  • In group
The lessons will be held
  • at his home
  • at your home
  • By webcam
Taught subjects
  • Music Theory
  • Composition
Levels
  • All Levels

James - King's Cross - Music Theory

Methodology

Lessons should be fun and rewarding! I'm a professional musician with a decades teaching experience, and tailor my lessons to the individual.

- Which subject(s) do you teach?

I teach Trombone, as well as Bass Trombone, Jazz Trombone, Trumpet, Cornet, Euphonium, and Tuba, from complete beginner level to an advanced level. I also offer tuition in Musicianship, Classical Theory, and GCSE and A level Music. In addition I offer services in proof reading and tuition in essay writing.

- Tell me about your qualifications.

I posses both specialist Bachelor (1st Class) and Masters (Distinction) degrees in music performance, specialising in the trombone from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, where I was a postgraduate Goldsmiths scholar. I also hold a Diploma of the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music in Instrumental Teaching, specializing in the trombone, as well as Grade 8(dist) Trombone.

- How much do you charge?

I generally charge £45 per hour, £30 per half hour, and am happy to teach group lessons for the same price split between two. I teach students in their own homes.

- Where do you teach?

I teach at the students own home, and am happy to travel to the areas listed. Lessons usually take place during the late afternoon or evening, or at weekends.

- When are you available?

Afternoons, evenings or weekends. I am generally quite flexible.

- Which ages and levels do you teach?

I teach from age 8 upwards. I teach all levels.

- Which qualifications do you prepare your students for?

I prepare my instrumental students for ABRSM graded exams, however if exams are not for you, I am happy to take a more relaxed approach in a style more suited to the individual. With my academic students, we usually work towards either theory of music exams (ABRSM), or GCSE or A level Music.

- Describe your arrangements for online tutoring.

I shall tutor online via a skype or FaceTime connection.

Experience

- What kind of experience do you have?

I have been teaching one to one for the past ten years. My pupils have ranged from primary school pupils right through to retired adults, both of whom I have successfully prepared for ABRSM exams, and ensemble playing of all styles.

Between September 2016 and December 2017 I was a resident brass teacher and trombone specialist at the Knights Templar School in Baldock Hertfordshire. I also directed the schools Junior Orchestra for two years.

In July 2013, I undertook and was awarded a Diploma in Instrumental Teaching by the ABRSM.

Since November 2012, I have worked with the Education department of the London Symphony Orchestra on a freelance basis. I have worked on a number of projects with the orchestra, including their 'LSO On Track' scheme, and 'Not(e) Perfect Orchestra'. I have tutored both children from East London, and out of practice adults who wanted to return to playing for fun!

With regard to my own personal background, I have been playing brass instruments since the age of 8. I have studied at top institutions including both the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and the Amsterdam Conservatory, with some of the worlds leading players and teachers including; Mark Bassey, Eric Crees, Peter Gane, Chris Houlding, John Kenny, Bart van Lier, Jörgen van Rijen, Mike Svoboda, Pierre Volders, Jamie Williams and Simon Wills. I have played alongside leading ensembles including the London Symphony Orchestra and the BBC Symphony Orchestra, and have performed with the National Youth Orchestra of the Netherlands, National Youth Jazz Orchestra of Great Britain, Young Musicians Symphony Orchestra as well as many others.

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

A number of DBS checks have been done by the institutions I have taught at in recent years. I would be more than happy to provide a copy.

- Where and with whom did you train?

Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London - Eric Crees, Chris Houlding, John Kenny, Emily White & Simon Wills.

Conservatorium van Amsterdam - Jörgen van Rijen, Bart van Lier and Pierre Volders

Deutsche Oper Berlin - Jamie Williams

Hochschule fur Musik Basel - Mike Svoboda

Utrecht Conservatory - Adam Woolf

- Do you belong to any professional organisations?

I am a member of the Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM), and the British Trombone Society.

Rates

Rate for online lessons : £50/h
Lessons offered by James
Individual
In group
The lessons will be held
at his home
at your home
webcam
Taught subjects
  • Music Theory
  • Composition
Levels
  • All Levels

James's CV

• BMus(hons) MMus(Dist)
• DipABRSM (Teaching)
• DBS checked
• Incorporated Society of Musicians

4 reviews on James
  • 5/5

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4 recommendations

T
Tony

Having taken up the trombone rather late in life, I turned to James for help over a year ago. To my delight, he fell, almost immediately into "tutor mode", and began to offer good advice about my handling of the instrument, posture, breathing etc. It was not long before I invited him to become my tutor, and I have not been disappointed.

T
Tony

James has a natural tallent for teaching. He is closely observant of both the physical aspects of playing, and the musical content of the lesson. His criticism is always useful, constructive, and tactfully delivered. He has great patience, and recognises that it is sometimes better to leave a subject and return to it later. However, he also good at making a point without giving offence, and his remarking that "I may have mentioned this before", is a clear indication that his expectation has not been met.

T
Tony

Now a student at the Guildhall, I am pleased that James has agreed to continue our sessions during his vacations. Taught by some of the best, he bring relevant aspects of their teaching to our sessions. Before he left, he provided four handwritten pages of practice routines to ensure I kept at it!

T
Tony

The improvement of my playing and sight-reading has been a source of great satisfaction this year, and I am sure that anyone who is taught by James will similarly enjoy and greatly value the experience.

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