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Justin offers a discount of 50% on their first / introductory lesson!

Violin

Hourly Fee
Beginner £30.00
Intermediate £30.00
Advanced £30.00
Expert £35.00
Casual £30.00

Clarinet

Hourly Fee
Beginner £30.00
Intermediate £30.00

Saxophone

Hourly Fee
Beginner £30.00
Intermediate £30.00
Advanced £30.00
Expert £30.00
Casual £30.00

Recorder

Hourly Fee
Beginner £30.00
Intermediate £30.00
Advanced £30.00
Expert £30.00
Casual £30.00

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Personal Description:

Justin's musical training began soon after he arrived in the UK from his native South Africa at the age of 7. He joined Gloucester cathedral choir and went on to St Mary's Music School where he learnt violin, recorder and piano. On leaving school he quickly gained two professional qualifications - LLCM and LTCL in recorder and violin performance, both with distinction. His career began with 6 years in the Royal Marines Band Service as saxophone player and principal solo violinist. He played sax in the big band, led the string quartet and symphony orchestra and won the Cassel Prize from the Worshipful Company of Musicians. He appeared as soloist in concerts around the world, for Her Majesty the Queen in 2006 and 2010 and at the Edinburgh Military Tattoo in 2008. Pieces were specially commissioned for him to perform at the Mountbatten Festival of Music in the Royal Alert Hall three years in a row and he was featured on DECCA and NAXOS albums. His solo track is played on Classic FM. In July 2011 Justin joined Cirque du Soleil in Macau, playing recorder, violin and Irish whistle and flying on ropes above the audience. The following year he appeared as a multi-instrumentalist and actor in Midnight at the Boar’s Head (Fine Chisel Theatre), as a bluegrass fiddler at the 2012 Diamond Jubilee Pageant at Windsor Castle and a guest artist for Swan Hellenic cruises. 2013 saw Justin embark on a teaching project at the Qatar Military Music Academy. He really relished this opportunity to teach young people who previously had pretty much no exposure to western music before. The results were truly insiprational. There he also learnt the clarinet and developed a strong interest in world music and gypsy jazz. On leaving Doha he spent time in France collaborating on a score for the French television documentary The Dwarf in China. Since returning to the UK in 2014 Justin has worked as an actor/musician on a growing number of productions - Calamity Jane, The Kreutzer Sonata, The Depraved Appetite of Tarrare the Freak, The Witches (where he was also musical director), Craig Revel Horwood's Sister Act and the Leicester Curve production of George's Marvellous Medicine. Justin also appears with Worthing Symphony Orchestra and The London Musical Theatre Orchestra and helps out in various pit orchestras when needed.

Tutoring Experience:

Justin has had his main teaching experience whilst working in the Middle East. He was responsible for about 40 young people's musical tuition starting from the very beginning. They had never before had any exposure to western music of any kind. Justin was out there for a year and achieved amazing results teaching Violin and Saxophone. He has also had pupils in the past on a private basis teaching from home. The last 4 years or so has seen Justin move away from teaching because of the constant touring he has been doing as a professional musician.

Tutoring Approach:

Justin believes music tuition to be amoungst the most important and beneficial skills learn at any point in a persons life.

Justin runs lessons tailored to everyone's specific needs. Having been an 'unconventional' student when he was learning, he understands that everyone learns in different ways. Looking to establish a good solid technique first and then moving onto musicality, phrasing and the advanced reading of music later on, Justin also aims to get the best out of his students in a relaxed but focused environment. But most of all lets have fun and make music!

Justin also plays a lot of jazz and loves to teach it. Improvisation is a wonderful thing to be able to do, rather than to be glued to the music all the time. Justin plays in jazz, folk, rock and pop styles on all his instruments and believes that being able to express yourself through music and an instrument to be so relevant and important.

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Native Language: English (British)
Availability: Weekends / Weekdays (all times)
References Available: Yes (✔ On File)

Qualifications:

  • Trinity College London (2010) - Licentiate Diploma (Professional) (✔ On File)
  • London College of Music (2005) - LLCM (Professional) (✔ On File)
  • Eyemouth High School (2004) - Advanced Higher Music (School) (✘ Not On File)

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