Hi, I’m Rania. I play and teach the saxophone to students of all levels. I have been taught by many different teachers in England and in France and it has been very beneficial in constructing my own teaching methodology. Playing an instrument is not an easy task. It takes time and hard work but my role as a teacher is to make this enjoyable and rewarding. It is not because you have been playing the saxophone for just a month that you cannot make something beautiful and creative. Even with simple tunes there is a lot you can do with it to make it more interesting to the ear.
However, there is nothing more frustrating when it is the basic techniques of the instrument that stop you from progressing and achieving what you have in mind. The most delicate part of the saxophone is breath control. Blowing in a saxophone is similar in many ways to singing, especially in the use of the abdominals. Once you understand how breathing works, you will progress enormously. I have many exercises that you can practice at home that will help you work on these particular issues of breathing and blowing.
I love playing classical music and I have always loved discovering and rediscovering pieces from the classical repertoire. Although classical music has the reputation to be very serious and not a lot of fun, I have always taken a lot of pleasure in finding ways to interpret the piece and give it my own touch. I believe it is a musical genre in which you can fully express yourself as an individual. If classical music isn’t really your thing, I have also followed a jazz course so I can also give you improvisation techniques. Saxophone is a hugely versatile instrument with which you can play pretty much anything from classical to funk, to pop, to jazz, to film music. I will help you find the sound you want for different genres of music.
I find it essential to play music with other people even if you are a begginer. During the lessons we will be playing saxophone duets. If you have friends you would like to play music pieces with, then bring them to the lessons and I will guide you in band practice.
I have been playing the saxophone since the age of 7 in a music school in Paris. Throughout my time there, I was supported and taught by experienced and professional saxophonists. In addition to one-to-one lessons, emphasis was put on music theory, playing in music ensembles as well as performing in public. Accordingly, I participated in a wind orchestra, a big band, a saxophone quartet, as well as a piano-saxophone duo. In addition to that, I have also participated in numerous concerts given in local French churches to raise funds for the restauration of the town’s heritage, in the Wolverhampton Grammar School in order to raise funds for the Alzheimer’s Society, and in a couple of museums, libraries, and old people’s homes in Paris. This experience has made me feel more at ease whilst playing in front of a public and these concerts also served as a motivation, as I was working towards a project.
I have been turoring 3 students in saxophone for more than a year.
2015: French music diploma in Music
aug 2019: 1st Prize at Flaine Music compeition in France
Jan 2019: Special mention at the music competition “Musicales du Centre”
Oct 2018: Dr John Birch Music scholarship: University of Sussex
June 2015: Award “Rolande Boucher”: Award for the best investment in musical activities at school
MUSICAL ACTIVITIES AND PERFORMANCES
Sept 2018-: Saxophone lessons with saxophonist Manu Brazo
Sept 2018-: Saxophone Player: Big Band, University of Sussex
Sept 2018-: Saxophone player: Sussex Musical Theatre Society (SMuTS)
2007-2018: Music studies, Music school Darius Milhaud, Paris
• Part of numerous bands (saxophone quartet, orchestra, big band, chamber music)
• Music theory: grade of 80%
• Individual lessons and masterclasses
Rania is punctual, patient and talented. Rania is an outstanding saxophonist and ensures learning is fun and enjoyable
Super reliable, really friendly and picks up where your difficulties lie and will keep returning to them to ensure you improve. Great tutor really knows her stuff, would definitely recommend!
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