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Lessons offered by Alex
  • Individual
  • In group
The lessons will be held
  • At the tutor's house
  • at your home
Taught subjects
  • Drum
  • Percussion
  • Jazz Drumming
  • Conga
  • Marimba
  • Xylophone
Levels
  • All Levels

Royal College of Music graduate percussionist teaching Drums and Percussion around London.

Methodology

With a first class honors degree from the Royal College of Music, I have been lucky enough to learn from some of the UK's top musicians and practitioners, both in performance and education. I aim to provide a well rounded experience for my students across all musical styles, tailoring the lessons to their own particular interests and aspirations.

Background

I am a drummer, percussionist and educator working freelance around London. I teach privately 1 to 1 drum kit lessons, alongside lots of outreach education work and workshops with local youth music organisations. As the percussionist for the National Youth Jazz Orchestra of Great Britain, I have lots of experience both in performing and educating around the UK, inspiring the next generation of our country's top musicians.

Rates

Rate for 5 hours of lessons : £110
Rate for 10 hours of lessons : £210
Lessons offered by Alex
Individual
In group
The lessons will be held
At the tutor's house
at your home
Taught subjects
  • Drum
  • Percussion
  • Jazz Drumming
  • Conga
  • Marimba
  • Xylophone
Levels
  • All Levels

Alex's CV

Alex Taylor

Drummer, Vibraphonist, Percussionist and Educator.

Summary.
Jazz vibraphonist, drummer and percussionist recently graduated from the Royal College of Music (RCM). Excellent communicator and creative individual. Broad and varied industry experience from teaching, administration, stewarding, orchestral assistance and particularly in performance.



Experience:

Education.
-Private drum kit and percussion tuition for students of all standards, including 1 to 1 and group teaching.
-Workshop and outreach work with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra.
-Workshop leading and assisting, both freelance and through RCM Sparks. Involvement in a variety of workshops and outreach projects to young people in schools, nurseries, local communities and on youth music courses.
-Workshop assisting and accompanying as a Tutor with the Tri-Borough Music Hub.
-Running of the Malcolm Arnold Academy Junior Percussion Ensemble. Organizing, leading and rehearsing groups of students aged 11-13.

Performance.
-Percussionist with the RCM Symphony Orchestra and Philharmonic Orchestra with world renowned conductors including Rafael Payare, Bernard Haitink and Vladamir Ashkenazy.
-Percussion and Vibraphone chair with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra and RCM Bigband, alongside world renowned Band Leaders such as Mark Armstrong, Mark Nightingale, Pete Long, Winston Rollins and Guy Barker. Performances at Royal Albert Hall, Vortex Jazz club, Ronnie Scott’s, and tours of the UK, Germany and Holland.
-Drummer and Vibraphonist for the Featherlight jazz quintet, formed through the RCM Student Union Jazz society and hosting their events. Frequent freelance performances for private and corporate events and weddings, alongside hosting gigs and jam sessions.
-Alumni Percussionist and Vibraphonist with the Northamptonshire Music and Performing Arts Trust County Youth Bigband and Brassband, alongside frequent performances with the Youth Orchestra and Youth Concert Band. Performances at venues including the Royal Albert Hall, Birmingham Town Hall and Symphony Hall, Perth Concert Hall and Slovak Radio Concert Hall.
-Freelance musical theatre performances with LMAT musical theatre company and Imperial College MTSoc.
-Drummer for Groundfloor, a Northampton based ‘Indie-Ska’ band. Performances include headlining the Northampton Beer Festival and the Umbrella Fair.

Other.
-RCM Junior Department Orchestral Assistant, ensuring that the rehearsal spaces are prepared for the students and that they are looked after during their musical studies, often performing with the students and assisting.
-BBC Proms Extra series Steward.
-Northampton Rock-school Drum technician. Ensuring the maintenance of drum kits for students.
-Working with RCM Studios digitising archive recordings as part of a research data management project, funded by JISC.



Education
2019: BMus Hons (1st Class) – Royal College of Music, London

A-Levels 2015 Northampton School for Girls, Northampton, Northamptonshire.
AS levels in: Music, Mathematics, Further Mathematics and Physics.
A levels in: Music, Mathematics and Further Mathematics - Grades: ABC.

GCSE 2013 Malcolm Arnold Academy, Northampton, Northamptonshire.
English Language, English Literature, Mathematics, Additional Mathematics, Core Science, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Music, Drama and ICT.



Interests
-Performing modern contemporary solo and ensemble percussion repertoire.
-Regular visits to jazz music venues around London, most commonly of which the Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club. -Frequent performances at the ‘Ronnie’s Late Late Show’ as a vibraphonist.
-Keen part time Jazz Trombonist.
-Hosting jazz jams at RCM and Imperial College London.
-Playing drums, vibraphone and trombone with the Imperial College Bigband.
-Composition and arranging for solo percussion, small jazz ensemble and bigband.
-Percussion instrument and mallet manufacturing and repairs.



Skills
-Excellent written and verbal communication
-Imaginative and creative with strong problem solving abilities
-Organized, task orientated and good time management
-Self-motivated, strong leadership and teamwork
-IT Literate
-Experienced and understanding when working with young people (coming from a background with many younger siblings)



Additional Information
• RCM Scholar supported by a Douglas and Hilda Simmons award.

• Keen aural skills as a musician. Constantly working on new transcriptions.

• Part time trombonist, with basic brass instrument knowledge and beginner teaching abilities.

• Continuously execute self-promotion via profiles on Encore and social media sites as a solo artist, and for various ongoing ensembles.

• DBS checked.

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