I like to focus on core technique and developing musical expression and individuality whilst covering a wide range of historical repertoire up to present day compositions. Lessons are fun, engaging and varied, with the option of taking graded ABRSM exams or learning for your own personal goals.
I am a recorder player and teacher. I studied Baroque recorders at the Royal Academy of Music with Peter Holtslag and Daniel Bruggen, and previously with Pamela Thorby. I graduated in 2013 and have been teaching ever since I came to London to a variety of students in London and beyond, including privately, in schools, and at masterclasses in the south of France with Atarah Ben Tovim MBE. I teach all ages and abilities, from beginner to degree level students in solo and chamber classes. Currently I have been teaching online for a year which has been a challenge yet eye opening and rewarding through the pandemic.
30mins - £25
45mins - £30
60mins - £40
BMus Baroque Recorders (Royal Academy of Music)
Grade 8 Alto Recorder distinction
10+ years teaching experience
James is a brilliant teacher. He's kind, patient, extremely knowledgeable and pushes you to improve. I attempted to teach myself the tenor recorder and was lucky to find him as I needed some professional help to improve any further. I don't have a music background and I didn't really know what I was doing right or wrong. As an adult learner, I had some ideas as to what I wanted to achieve and he is helping me realise those goals, and also new ones. I'm now playing the alto, soprano and tenor all moderately well after what seems quite a short period of learning to get to this level. James has helped me understand both music and the instrument(s). I always learn something new from each lesson and feel encouraged to learn more. I would highly recommend him as a recorder teacher.
James is a such a talented musician with such a beautiful sound. He has a wonderful, calming energy and a thoughtful teacher, explaining things very clearly. James makes me feel relaxed and comfortable which is so important to fully enjoy learning!
Excellent teacher. James has been successful in getting his students great results in both music and theory examinations. James has changed to doing online lessons for students throughout the pandemic, with the same excellent results. Would highly recommend James, not only for the quality of his teaching, but also considering his educational background and extensive teaching experience.
James has taught Recorder and music theory to my daughter recorder for 4 years.
He had the most fantastic way of teaching that makes my daughter want to work really hard for him. She adores her lessons James and also gets consistently high grades in her exams - not sure she would have continued for so long with another teacher.
I highly recommend James. He’s a professional passionate Teacher. He’s also very polite and respectful when he comes into our home to teach. And since lockdown, Remote lessons work just as well with him too.
I highly recommend James as a tutor, he is a an amazing musician and fantastic teacher who is passionate about bringing his vast musical expertise and knowledge to all of his students.
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