About

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 Guildhall 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.

Lessons

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 CRB 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- pupils travel from 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.

Instruments

I have a relaxed and friendly manner and I try to put all pupils, particularly beginners, at their ease.

Clarinet

Clarinet

As a clarinetist you can join all kinds of ensembles and play many different styles of music: classical, modern, jazz and more.

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Piano

Piano

With the largest repertoire and the biggest variety of musical styles, the piano is the most complete instrument.

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Saxophone

Saxophone

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.

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Theory

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.

Extras

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.

Contact Me

If you'd like to find out more, please get in touch.