I am a keen and passionate performer and instrumental teacher. I take great pride in imparting knowledge and skills in a logical, concise and digestible fashion.
- Which subject(s) do you teach?
I mostly teach saxophone and flute. I am happy to teach a range of genres and idioms - mostly Jazz or Classical, but also Rock, Pop and Blues. I also teach Piano, Oboe, Clarinet and Jazz Theory/Composition to all ages and ability levels.
- Tell me about your qualifications.
I have a Masters degree in Jazz Performance (MMus) which I received from Trinity College of Music in Greenwich. Before that I read Jazz Studies at Leeds College of Music for my undergraduate degree, earning a 1st class honours degree. I majored in both performance and composition and alongside saxophone, studied flute and clarinet.. As a music professional, I have received numerous awards from organisations including EMI, Arts Council England, The Leverhulme Trust and Jazz Services; In 2011 I was shortlisted for both the Peter Whittingham Award for Innovation in Jazz, and a London Jazz Award.
- How much do you charge?
I currently charge a rate of £40 per hour for all enquiries made through The Tutor Pages. I charge the same fee for all instrument/lesson types. This fee includes reasonable travel expenses, which can be discussed or clarified after further enquiries have been made.
- Where do you teach?
I am based in South-West London, including Kensington, Putney, Richmond, Wimbledon and Westminster, but am willing to travel to most locations in Greater London. I am equally willing to teach from my own home, or travel to students houses to teach. Please do get in touch to discuss this further.
- When are you available?
I am available throughout the year, including school holidays. I am flexible throughout the working week and weekends, and am happy to commit to regular lesson times, or flexible hours. Please don't hesitate to contact me to discuss specifics.
- Which ages and levels do you teach?
I have experience of teaching all ages and ability levels. I have a great deal of professional experience teaching Primary School age children, but equally have led workshops aimed at tutoring undergraduate level music students and adult learners. I design fluid lesson plans, and tailor my lessons to suit the individual needs of each student. Enthusiastic students are always welcome, no matter what their age or ability.
- Which qualifications do you prepare your students for?
I quite happy to prepare students for any type of qualification, be it ABRSM/Trinity Guildhall graded exams, GCSE or A-Level performances or auditions for music colleges.
I believe that students of music should never feel pressured into taking graded exams, as it is not the right solution for everybody. I fully endorse the exam system; for some students it provides an excellent yardstick to measure their progress, however for others it can be a hindrance. Music lessons should always build confidence, develop musicality, and ultimately result in the creation of beautiful music.
- Describe your arrangements for online tutoring.
I have experience teaching instruments on Skype, and can be contacted on here.
- Do you have a personal message for students?
Music should always be fun, whether you are auditioning for a place at a music college, or just playing in your living room! Relax, perform and enjoy yourself!
- What kind of experience do you have?
I currently hold two professional posts at educational institutions. I am Head of Woodwind at a prep school in Wimbledon, as well as a tutor of woodwind at a large public school. I have worked for the council and borough run music services, and have led a huge range of courses including Wider Opportunities programmes, orchestras and jazz clubs at school and in the community. I have led workshops in improvisation as part of national touring projects, and have successfully applied for Arts Council Funding to support my projects.
As a performer I started as a child. I initially started playing piano at the age of 5, followed soon after by the oboe at 7. At 8, I joined the Cathedral Choir in my city, and was later made Head Chorister. I was also principal oboe in the city's Youth Orchestra. At 18, I started my study of the saxophone, which quickly became my principal instrument before applying to study jazz at music college. I also play flute, clarinet and guitar. Since graduating I have given performances in a huge range of festivals, venues and concert halls across the country, including broadcasts for both national television and radio.
I have taught privately for a number of years, teaching both individuals and groups, including as part of the Wider Opportunities programme in Central Manchester. I have prepared students for entry to music college, ABRSM exams, GCSE assessments, various auditions and public performances.
- Do you have an up-to-date DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service, formerly CRB) Certificate?
- Where and with whom did you train?
I trained at Trinity College of Music for my Masters Degree (MMus) and at Leeds College of Music for my undergraduate qualifications. I have studied with a great number of today's leading performance artists and jazz musicians. These include;
Dave O' Higgins
• MMus Performance (Jazz Saxophone)
• BA(Hons) Jazz Studies
• CRB Fully Checked
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