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Lessons offered by Alan
  • Individual
The lessons will be held
  • at his home
  • at your home
Taught subjects
  • Saxophone
Levels
  • All Levels

Professional saxophonist with 40 years experience gives lessons at home in Ryde, Isle of Wight.

Methodology

Every student is an individual, with their own learning style and their own ambition. From young people with dreams of a stellar professional career, to those wishing to have an enjoyable pastime. I am used to working with a wide spectrum of students, and tailoring learning to suit their needs.

I am happy to take students through the grade system, as a way of measuring progress and having the qualifications to help further their education. I am also happy to teach people how to play without the need to take exams. I embed music theory into the sessions in small doses, so that it becomes a part of the learning process, rather than a separate subject that can become a scary barrier. And for those who want to learn more about theory or need to take an exam, I am able to teach the subject as stand alone sessions.

Great technique is at the heart of good playing, and forms a reliable basis from which to express your creativity. If you don’t have to think about technique, all of your thinking can be used to perform whatever you want, how you want.

Most of all, music is fun, and learning about music needs to be fun as well.

Experience

I feel very fortunate to have been able to have a professional career in the music industry for almost 40 years. During this time I have recorded and toured with well known artistes, as well as playing down the pub with local bands.

The artistes I have worked with include Cliff Richard (see the YouTube video with Cliff at Wembley Stadium when I had hair), Howard Jones, Dexys Midnight Runners, Shakin’ Stevens and many more. This has included many TV and video appearances. I am currently working with the legendary Geno Washington and the Ram Jam Band, as well as a great folk rock band called Feast of Fiddles, featuring six of the best folk fiddle players in the business, and a Pink Floyd tribute called Pulse.

Teaching is something I truly love doing. In fact I have taught throughout most of my career, including private instrumental tuition since 1987, as a woodwind peripatetic teacher for Oxfordshire County Music Service, and lecturing at Reading College in all areas of contemporary music, for nine years.

Rates

Rate for a 1-hour lesson. : £25/h

Details

The rates are the same for any level of student.
There will be a small charge for travel, variable according to distance travelled.
72 hours notice must be given for a cancellation.

Lessons offered by Alan
Individual
The lessons will be held
at his home
at your home
Taught subjects
  • Saxophone
Levels
  • All Levels

Alan's CV

Alan Whetton

A focused, professional and reliable individual, my achievements in my career so far are testament to both my commitment and ability. As a teacher I am able to motivate both groups and individuals, lead a staff team, manage cohorts well, work well under pressure, and have helped to considerably improve standards within the departments I have worked. As a musician my commitment to my profession is absolute.

Self-employed Freelance Musician: June 1979 to present day
Saxophonist and composer with the Ram Jam Band backing Geno Washington.
Tours and recording with Feast of Fiddles playing saxophone and keyboards. Annual two week
tour and summer festivals including Cropreddy Festival. Three albums recorded, including horn
arrangements and performance on “Walk Before You Fly”
Recorded and toured with many well known bands and artistes, including Dexys Midnight
Runners, Howard Jones, Cliff Richard (30th anniversary show at Wembley Stadium), Shakin’
Stevens, best selling French artist, Julien Clerc, as well as many other artistes from the UK, USA
and Europe.
Martin Rushent and Genetic Studios - learnt the art of sound engineering and production from
one of the masters, producer of the year for the Human League’s Dare album. Worked as part of
the production and writing team at Genetic, as well as recording for many artistes as a session
musician.
Session work - many recordings as a session musician for producers such as Pete Waterman, Tom
Dowd, Alan Winstanley, Roy Thomas Baker, Lamont Dozier, as well as TV themes for Big George
Webley (“Have I Got News For You”).
“Da Vinci Brothers” – Lead soloist and co-arranger, leading to several public performances. Co-
producer and lead soloist for recording of 5 track CD released in 2012.
In addition I am currently setting up a studio at home to continue my composing and recording.

Lecturer in Music: August 2010 to July 2016 at Reading College
Lead Music Theory, Performance and Composition Lecturer
Music Technology Lecturer
Design and implementation of the creative
 curriculum


Lecturer in Music: September 2007 to July 2010 at Thames Valley University
Music Theory and Performance Lecturer
Redesigned delivery of Music Theory for the department


Music Technology Consultant: January 2008 to July 2008 Highdown School, Reading
Design and installation of the school studio
Installation and set up of music software on the school music workstations
GCSE and A level curriculum design support
Music Technology teaching and teacher 
mentoring


Peripatetic Saxophone and Clarinet Tutor: September 2005 to April 2007 Barrows Hill School, Reading

One-to-one teaching of saxophone and clarinet, from beginner to high grade level
Preparation for grade exams at all appropriate levels

Peripatetic Saxophone, Clarinet and Flute Tutor: September 2003 to April 2005, Oxfordshire County Council
Small group teaching of saxophone, clarinet and flute from beginner to high grade level at several
schools in South Oxfordshire
 Preparation for grade exams at all appropriate levels

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