I am an enthusiastic and open-minded teacher with experience and interest in a wide variety of musical styles.I am happy to teach at my house or travel to yours. I graduated from Newcastle University in 2014 with a First Class Honours degree in Music. I am currently studying for a Master of Music at the Royal Northern College of Music having previously undertaken study at the Utrecht Academy of the Arts in the Netherlands.
I really enjoy engaging with lots of different kinds of music, whether touring the UK in an AfroBeat group, giving recitals of Renaissance music transcribed for Saxophone or writing original work for a rock jazz trio. Whether you are a keen jazzer or a budding classical Saxophonist, I am keen to engage with your interests and help you to become the musician that you want to be!
I also perform on Electric guitar and have enjoyed playing for BBC Introducing live sessions and recording materials for rock and Afrobeat groups.
I have experience working with young learners on both an individual basis and through running workshops. I have also been a private tutor for casual adult learners, from those who has just started to read music through to lifelong musical hobbyists!
I think that nurturing self-confidence and enjoyment are key to anyone learning an instrument. I tailor my teaching towards each individual student in order that they enjoy the progression they are making whilst playing pieces and styles that they want to play alongside improving their technique and musical understanding.
I encourage students to listen widely and try and find records or players that they really enjoy. That way we can talk about what it is that makes them go 'wow' and try to achieve that ourselves in lessons. It's great when a student points out a musician or piece I haven't heard before, too, because we can delve in to it together!
|Availability||Weekends, Weekdays (all times)|
|References Available||On File|
|University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne||2014||Bachelors||BMus (Hons) First Class|
|Hitchin Boys' School||2010||School||Music A Level - A|
|ABRSM||2008||Other||Grade 8 Saxophone (Distinction)|
|ABRSM (5 Grade Syllabus)||2007||Other||Grade 5 Jazz Piano (Merit)|