Information About John - York teacher
John began his musical studies at school in his hometown of York studying the violin at primary school. In his teenage years he moved onto both the Viola and the bass guitar participating in a wide variety of ensembles in many different musical situations. While at Canon Lee Secondary school John played in both of the school’s big bands, various string ensembles, the musical productions of The Wiz and Little Shop of Horrors and various rock and pop ensembles. The Canon Lee School big band also played across Europe during John’s time there which took him to Belgium, Spain, Holland and Germany. While studying at the school John was also awarded musician of the year on two separate occasions. During this period he also played in a band which won the best live act at the best of the bands competition at the York Barbican Centre. This is an award which he would win again while studying at York College.
Upon leaving Canon Lee School John went on to study music, music technology and media studies A-levels at York College. Here he furthered his studies on both the viola and bass guitar again participating in numerous ensembles such as big bands and orchestras. As extra-curricular musical activities, John took part in the York music centre for several years throughout secondary school and Sixth Form College where he played bass in the big band and first first-viola in the symphony orchestra. Upon leaving sixth-form College in 2003, John took a gap year from education in order to further his musical career. During this year, he played in many musicals around the York area including shows at the York Grand Opera House. He frequently gigged around the country with rock bands as well as playing sousaphone in a traditional jazz outfit under the leadership of Andrew Hillier. John then returned to education at Leeds College of Music where he began studying towards a BTECH National Diploma in Popular Music feeling that he would like to increase his knowledge of the style before studying for his degree in Jazz. While doing this course he received bass guitar tuition from Gary Jackson deciding to concentrate solely on this instrument for the time being. During this time John participated in a two week tour of the UK with his rock band Red Mosquito as tour support to American Grunge rockers Bloodroot.
On completion of the BTECH National Diploma John went on to study for his BA (HONS) in Jazz Studies at Leeds College of music which he has recently completed. While doing the course, John received excellent tuition on both bass guitar and double bass from Zoltan Dekany as well as studying other subjects under Jamil Sheriff, Joel Purnell, Russ Pearson, Omar Puente, Ev Marcus, Kathy Dyson, and Mark Donlon amongst others. John has been actively gigging throughout his time on the degree in big bands, small jazz ensembles, rock bands, Latin bands and drum and bass bands. John has also participated in numerous recording sessions while at the college and has become an in demand and adaptable session musician recording in various styles. The jazz trio, The Hitmen, which John is a member of were nominated for the MBF Peter Whittingham Award and played at The Vortex in London as part of the competition. The trio also features Yamaha Jazz Award winner Alex Munk on guitar and drummer Eddie Hick. Other musicians whom John has recently performed with include Chris Moore, Rob Lavers, Pete Lee, Joost Hendricks, Carl Mullen, Paul Smith, John Kelly and Tom Lumley.
I have been a private tutor for several years and have a great deal of experience teaching a wide range of ages and abilities. While studying for my degree in Jazz , I studied in great depth the skills needed to teach on a one to one level.
I am a very friendly and sociable person and like to make the student feel as comfortable as possible. I like to focus on the qualities that make a great bass player such as good time keeping, good groove and a nice sound. Once these important aspects of bass playing have been achieved I like to focus on the style(s) of music that interests the student. My areas of expertise are Jazz, Latin, Rock and music reading.
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- BA (Hons) Degree in Jazz Studies
- BTECH National Diploma in Popular Music
- A Level Music