I specialise in Jazz and improvisation, but am equally at home teaching classical and popular/commercial styles. Lessons are tailored to the individual and your goals - I like to keep things fun and productive.
I greatly enjoy helping pupils pursue their musical interests, helping them develop a personal voice on their instrument and build good instrumental technique.
I'm experienced at taking pupils through the ABRSM grade system, and have a full enhanced DBS certificate. My pupils' ages range from children to adults, and all levels.
Lesson lengths can be flexible, and typically sit between 30-90 mins.
I started piano at the age of 5 and saxophone at 9, taking up flute and clarinet a little later on. I graduated from Birmingham Conservatoire's prestigious jazz course with a BMus (hons), 1st class in 2012, and was awarded the Yamaha Prize for outstanding jazz musicians in the same year. I also won the BBC big band/Mike Gibbs competition for Jazz orchestra composing in 2010, and was a finalist in the Worshipful company of musicians Young Jazz Musician of the year competition in 2015.
As a professional musician, I have recorded and toured with a variety of artists in the UK jazz and international music scenes, as well as performing with my own projects throughout the UK. I regularly work as a session musician for recordings, TV and also write/arrange music commercially.
Chris is a great teacher who has not only taught, inspired and encouraged my son to improve as a player but he’s really engaged him in general musicianship and a love of music - especially jazz. He’s a fantastic musician and I would highly recommend him to both beginners and experienced students.
I'm having piano lessons with Chris for almost 2 years now and I really enjoy it.
Initially, I knew nothing about playing piano or music theory.
I knew though I don't wanna be a party pianist who knows just 2 melodies and that's it. And I didn't want to study classical tunes for years because there is not enough fun.
Luckily, Chris is very flexible in the areas we cover in our lessons and the themes we discuss. So we built up an entertaining, interesting and educative course of blues and jazz stuff, including improvisation and theory.
5 stars, highly recommend
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