I'm a full-time professional musician and experienced instrumental teacher. I believe in patient, methodical and thorough learning and I like to instil a passion and enthusiasm for organised practise and engaging performance in my students.
- Which subject(s) do you teach?
Classical and Jazz Playing/Improvisation on Saxophone, Clarinet and Piano.
- Tell me about your qualifications.
I studied Saxophone at RNCM with Rob Buckland. I was a Joint Course student, so also gained a degree in academic music (with composition specialism) at University of Manchester. I then went on to Study Jazz as a Post graduate with Steve Berry and Tim Garland.
- How much do you charge?
£30 p/hour at my home, £35 to come to you. I do consultation lessons for Half price. Many of my students pay for lessons on a monthly basis in 4 lesson blocks, but I also see students on a pay per lesson basis. I am happy to see adult students on a fortnightly basis but I don't think this works well for the majority of child learners.
- Where do you teach?
I'm happy to teach students in the Greater Manchester area, as well as Stockport, High Peak and Wigan as I currently have students there. I can also see students in Liverpool if these lessons are during the day as I can co-ordinate this with my teaching at the University.
Otherwise, I have a fully equipped teaching space in my home, with recording facilities, acoustic piano and coffee machine!
- When are you available?
Weekdays and more flexible during School Holidays.
- Which ages and levels do you teach?
I've taught all ages from 5/6 years to Adult, to any level.
- Which qualifications do you prepare your students for?
ABRSM Practical Exams
ABRSM Jazz Exams
Higher Education Course Auditions
- Describe your arrangements for online tutoring.
I can give skype lessons by arrangement, providing a direct debit or BACS is set up and payment is recieved before the lesson commences.
- What kind of experience do you have?
I am an experienced teacher of both Classical and Jazz on all the above instruments. I have a 100% pass rate record for ABRSM exams, and my teaching CV includes teaching from beginner to University/Conservatoire level. I have extensive experience of preparing students for Conservatoire auditions, for both Classical and Jazz courses. I am Saxophone tutor at The University of Liverpool and Liverpool Hope University.
My professional work as a performer includes (Woodwinds and Piano) Pop/Jazz session work, theatre, Orchestral and Original recording/composing all over the world. This experience informs my teaching in a huge way. Its important to me to be able to relate everything I teach students to 'real world' skills needed for all musicians, whether aspiring to professional careers, or to a high level of playing/performing for pleasure alone.
- Do you have an up-to-date DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service, formerly CRB) Certificate?
- Where and with whom did you train?
RNCM. I studied with Rob Buckland, Carl Raven, Julian Arguelles, Steve Berry and Tim Garland. After leaving college I was mentored by Iain Dixon and Ben Wendel.
- Do you belong to any professional organisations?
- Tell me about some of your current students.
I have a varied collection of students of different levels and ages. I've had 4 students reach success in UK Conservatoire Under Graduate Auditions and 2 for Conservatoire Jazz Course auditions. I also have a big cohort of young students at the grade 4-6 levels on Sax, Piano, Flute and Clarinet.
• BMus(Hons), GRNCM(1st Class)
• Valid DBS.
• Musicians Union
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