When teaching, I like to create a friendly yet productive atmosphere where the pupils can learn at their own rate but also be challenged in a suitable way. I encourage musicality and creativity in lessons, whatever genre, to build a love for playing.
- Which subject(s) do you teach?
I teach Classical Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet and Piano. Saxophone to Advanced. Flute, Clarinet and Piano - Beginner to intermediate. I also teach Jazz Saxophone, Flute and Piano to an Advanced Level.
- Tell me about your qualifications.
A couple of years ago I graduated from the Royal Academy of Music with a 1st class Bachelor of Music (Hons) where I studied woodwind. I also learn Piano and a secondary study at the Academy. I have completed all musical grades on the saxophone and have had a lot of experience playing and teaching woodwind and piano.
- How much do you charge?
I charge £36 an hour or £28 for 45minutes + transport if the lesson is a large distance away. Group lessons will vary from £20 depending on the amount of pupils. Can do 30 minutes if travel isn't too far.
- Where do you teach?
I am happy to teach in anywhere around the Cambridge area and will travel to student's home.
- When are you available?
I understand that with constantly changing school activities and extra curricular activities sticking to one time a week can be challenging. So I am happy to be very flexible with times for lessons. Also if you prefer a regular slot, that is also fine.
- Which ages and levels do you teach?
I am happy to teach any age. I teach pupils at the moment ranging from age 3 to 70.
- Which qualifications do you prepare your students for?
Classical Grades and Qualifications varying on the instrument. I also prepare students for Jazz grades through ABRSM and Trinity. I would gladly teach rock school as well.
- Describe your arrangements for online tutoring.
I can organize Skype lessons with a student if they're more advanced.
- Do you have a personal message for students?
I believe that students should alway find time to have fun and be creative on their instruments as well as doing their designated practice. I believe if you have fun with your instrument you are more likely to enjoy practice and feel more motivated to pick it up.
- What kind of experience do you have?
I have done many concerts in England and abroad using Sax, Flute and Piano. I have also taught pupils of many different ages for the last few years across England, Europe and Africa.
- Do you have an up-to-date DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service, formerly CRB) Certificate?
Yes, I have an up to date DBS certificate
- Where and with whom did you train?
I Recently graduated from the Royal Academy of Music with 1st Class Honours. I have also received lessons from Trinity College of Music (London). I studied with teachers such as Julian Siegel, Iain Ballamy, Stan Sulzman and Gareth Lockrane.
- Do you belong to any professional organisations?
I belong to Incorporated Society of Music as well as the Musicians Union
- Tell me about some of your current students.
My current students are a broad mix of ages and levels from beginning adults to highly skilled children. They are all very different people with different personalities so I try to change my teaching to suit their individual needs for example, if the pupil has had a particularly hard day then we can work in a different way so they don't become too tired.
• Bmus (Hons) Royal Academy of Music
I love my sax lessons with Sam. He's encouraging, inspiring and challenging all in perfect balance. I learn something new each week but most importantly I really enjoy playing. Sam is completely professional and warm and he teaches at my home which makes learning as an adult possible alongside juggling work and family.
Sam teaches our 11-year old daughter piano. She has 45 minutes which we thought might be too long but she is engrossed and without realising it is learning a mix of styles such as pop/blues/classical, playing by reading from music, without music and song writing. She is only a beginner but Sam is giving her so many ideas and tips in a fun environment. We're so pleased we found Sam and highly recommend him.
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