Learning music should be an enjoyable and rewarding experience.
- Which subject(s) do you teach?
I teach all genre (jazz, classical and popular) and am comfortable working with all ages and abilities from beginner through to advanced.
My primary instrument is the saxophone but I regularly teach clarinet and flute up to post-graduate level alongside music theory, composition and improvisation.
- Tell me about your qualifications.
Mmus - Jazz Performance from Trinity College of Music (London) on the prestigious 'Arches' Scholarship'
BA (Hons) Jazz Degree from Leeds College of Music
Grade 8 Classical Saxophone with Distinction (ABRSM)
2017 - B Jazz International Contest (Finalist)
2015 - Parliamentary Jazz Ensemble of the Year Award
2015 - London Music Award Rising Star for Jazz
2014 - Parliamentary Jazz Newcomer of the Year Award
2013 - Peter Whittingham Jazz Award
2010 - European Keep An Eye Competition (Finalist)
2010 - George Murphy Prize for Saxophone
- How much do you charge?
I charge £40 per hour and recommend a trial lesson to start. It's important that the student feels comfortable and that we have a good rapport!
- Where do you teach?
I teach from my home in W4 on weekdays/evenings. There is plenty of free parking available nearby.
- When are you available?
My teaching hours are quite flexible so it is best to ask and we can work something out together!
- Which ages and levels do you teach?
I am happy to teach all ages and abilities and tailor my lessons to suit the pupils needs.
- Which qualifications do you prepare your students for?
I am happy to prepare students for ABRSM and Trinity/Guildhall examinations.
I also help students prepare for both auditions and competitions as well as offering extra tuition for academic qualifications.
- Describe your arrangements for online tutoring.
I can arrange appointments to tutor via skype. Contact for more details.
- Do you have a personal message for students?
Learning music is one of the most enjoyable and rewarding processes. No matter what age, ability or specific goals you have I am an experienced and enthusiastic teacher who can help you succeed whilst having fun throughout!
- What kind of experience do you have?
With over 10 years experience performing and teaching across all genres I believe that learning an instrument is one of the most enjoyable things out there! Whatever your age or experience I know that I can help you on your journey to becoming a better musician.
I am currently a lecturer at the University of Kent alongside my role as a musical director for the National Youth Jazz Orchestra's Academy programme. I also have several years experience in both primary and secondary education and a valid CRB certificate alongside up-to-date safeguarding training. I am comfortable teaching jazz, classical and popular music and happy to teach ABRSM/Trinity or prepare you for auditions/exams if you wish. I am equally happy working freely for fun and to grow without the added pressure.
My youngest student is 10 with my oldest at 65 and I pride myself on delivering fun, engaging and inspiring lessons based on thorough, well-researched methodology!
- Do you have an up-to-date DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service, formerly CRB) Certificate?
I have an up to date CRB and safeguarding training.
- Where and with whom did you train?
I have had the privalege to study at three of the UK's finest institutions with some of Europe's top Jazz and Classical musicians:
Trinity College of Music: Martin Speake, Julian Siegel, Jean Toussaint.
Leeds College of Music: Joel Purnell, Tori Freestone, Simon Kaylor.
Chethams School of Music: Iain Dixon, Jim Muirhead, Andrew Wilson.
- Do you belong to any professional organisations?
I am a member of the Musicians Union, therefore I encourage a professional approach and reasonable rates.
- Tell me about some of your current students.
Student One: A 15 year-old female saxophonist and clarinet who has recently achieved grade 8 distinction on both instruments with scores of 140/150 or above. She also successfully auditioned for the prolific Aldeburgh Young Musicians Programm which she has undertaken for the past two years.
Student Two: Now a young man of 19 years who is on the autistic spectrum he came to me for two years with a view to achieving a place at his first choice music conservatoire. He achieved this last year and heads into his second year with a first for year one.
Student Three: A man in his 60's with a passion for jazz music who started 6 months ago with a view to going on a jazz summer school in August. His background in jazz helped here and we successfully got him up to standard in time to enjoy a week in the sunshine playing in a band and jamming on stage in the evenings!
• Mmus (Merit) - Jazz Performance
• BA (Hons) Jazz - First Class Honours
• Up to date CRB & safeguarding training
• Musicians Union
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