Frequently Asked Questions
When are you available?
I am very flexible as to when I am available and am more than happy to fit my schedule to my students.. Obviously nearer to the weekend my evenings are more likely to be taken up with gigs. But day time at weekends is fine also.
Which ages and levels do you teach?
I teach any age and any level on the saxophone and singing.
My guitar tuition is best suited I feel to 9 upwards.
For younger children, I would recommend piano/keys.
Which qualifications do you prepare your students for?
I don’t love the grade system, I worry that it is part of what turns children off learning music and really does very little to prepare anyone for the actuality of performing and playing as a creative musician. Having said that, I can teach grades to a high level if the student wishes..
Do you have a CRB Certificate?
Describe your arrangements for online tutoring.
I have skype. messenger etc and a good broadband connection and am very IT literate.
I do think however that face to face is better where possible..
Do you belong to any professional organisations?
PRS and the Institute for Learning (you must have a proven teaching experience of 10 years to be accepted).
Where and with whom did you train?
I trained in saxophone under a number of tutors, including Mick Green and Keith Tippet (at Dartington College of Arts) and Greg Heath and Nick Homes (in London). My main singing teacher was a lovely man called Graham Trew. I learnt guitar mainly from other professional musicians I was working with, including Craig Fortnam (North Sea Radio Orchestra) and Julian Burdock.
While I completely understand that ‘these things happen’ occasionally please be aware that I will lose out on other bookings if you cancel at short notice. This being the case, I ask for a cancellation fee of half the lesson price if you cancel within 24 hours of the booked lesson. If I have to cancel a lesson (which is very infrequent) within the same time frame, you will get your next lesson at half price.