My name is Kevin Grainger. I teach piano, saxophone, clarinet and music theory. I have over 40 years' experience teaching all levels from beginners to Grade 8 and beyond. I am based in Windlesham, Surrey and teach students in the Surrey, Berkshire and Hampshire areas.
I received a degree in music from London University in 1975 followed by a PGCE in 1976. In 1980 I gained an LTCL from Trinity College in Clarinet Teaching. I was appointed Director of Music at Holme Grange School, Wokingham in 1976 and later became Director of Music at Chinthurst School, Tadworth in 1987. In 1991 I left full time teaching in schools to give individual lessons in piano, saxophone and clarinet whilst still continuing as a peripatetic teacher in a number of local schools including Upton Court Grammar School and Woodcote House School.
I teach instruments and theory from absolute beginner level to Grade 8 and sometimes beyond.
Most pupils continue for some time with a view to achieve as high a standard as possible but a one off lesson, or a few lessons to learn a specific piece or prepare for a concert is available.
I teach all levels, including adults, from 6 years onwards.
I am DBS checked.
Pupils can be prepared for exams or just learn for pleasure and personal fulfilment.
Lessons take place in my own home in Windlesham, Surrey with pupils travelling from surrounding areas including Ascot, Sunningdale, Virginia Water, Camberley, Woking and Guildford.
The lesson length varies according to the needs, level and age of the pupil. I teach mainly half hour or one hour lessons with an option for a forty five minute lesson, although this can be harder to schedule. A weekly lesson is the norm, although some adults are happiest with an hour a fortnight.
I have a relaxed and friendly manner and I try to put all pupils, particularly beginners, at their ease.
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It does not take long to get a note out of the saxophone but it takes time to learn how to play it well. I can help you reach a high standard.Find out more
Kevin makes his lessons really interesting. He is very relaxed and my playing has improved so muchPeter (Yateley)
I have been having Clarinet lessons with Kevin for over 10 years and I'm still learning and improvingAlison (Bagshot)
His vast experience and enthusiasm shine through in his teaching. I really look forward to his lessonsXavier (Ascot)
I went right from beginner to grade 8 with Kevin; something I never thought I could do!Heather (Windlesham)
He is a really excellent teacher, patient and knowledgeableEthan (Camberley)
My son got on really well with Kevin and achieved so much. Three grade eights, all with distinction, in piano, clarinet and saxophoneSara (Chobham)
Kevin was the only teacher in the area I could find able to teach piano improvisation and jazz styles. A talented man and a great teacherPiers (Horsell)
I teach all piano, saxophone and clarinet pupils some theory along with their practical skills.
I also offer stand alone theory tuition particularly for those who want to pass grade 5 theory.
Lessons are available in higher level theory including grade 8.
Help can be given with GCSE and A level Music. I particularly enjoy teaching compositional skills.
I also offer:
Piano accompaniment for exams and concerts (limited availability).
Aural training for all exams up to grade 8.
'Background' piano for social events - weddings etc.