Thank you for visiting the ‘teaching’ section of my website. Here you can read some background on my experience as a teacher, and what I could potentially help you with if you were interested in studying with me. If there is anything else you would like to know that is not listed here, please send me a message through the contact page, and I’ll be happy to help!
I have over 12 years of teaching experience, both as a private tutor, and in schools and colleges. I have also run workshops and Saturday morning jazz sessions for NYJO London, and have delivered masterclasses at Leeds Conservatoire with various ensembles that I am a part of.
Since 2020, I have been on the teaching faculty at Leeds Conservatoire (formerly Leeds College of Music) as Senior Lecturer on the Jazz and Popular Music pathways of the degree course. My role involves one-to-one guitar tuition and group guitar classes, as well as the running of some small jazz ensembles. I also teach Electric and Acoustic Guitar at Dame Alice Owen’s School in Potter’s Bar, which was recently named the Sunday Times Southeast State Secondary School of the Decade.
In 2014, I completed a Masters in Jazz Performance and Composition at the Royal Academy of Music (attaining Distinction), where I was also awarded the DipRAM for an ‘Outstanding Final Recital’. Before that, I was studying at Leeds Conservatoire, where I completed a BA in Jazz (attaining 1st class hons), and was also awarded the ‘Eric Kershaw Guitar Prize’ upon graduation in 2012.
I am currently offering Skype/Zoom lessons (at a rate of £40 per hour) to intermediate and advanced students, who are serious about taking their playing and musicianship to the next level. Some of the things I could help you with include:
- Improvisation within Jazz and related genres.
- Playing over chord changes, and progressions that change key.
- Learning the notes on the fretboard, and eventually, fretboard mastery.
- Developing your vocabulary of chord voicings.
- Scales, arpeggios, patterns and how to use them musically.
- Transcription of solos, and how to get the most out of the process.
- Technique in general, and the assimilation of new techniques.
- Composition – feedback; ideas to try out; in-depth analysis of the music you like.
- Jazz theory; harmony; rhythm; understanding what you hear.
- Training your ear; recognising intervals; playing what you hear.
- Sight-Reading for non-classical guitarists.
- Preparing for auditions to music colleges, particularly Jazz degree courses.
Please do not hesitate to get in touch through the contact page if you are interested in booking a lesson. There is no minimum sign-up required, so you can book lessons as and when you need them, subject to my availability.
For those who are considering lessons for someone under 18 years, I have a valid enhanced DBS check, and have also completed all the required safeguarding courses for teaching in secondary schools and higher education.
Click here for a list of resources that I have found very useful in my own practise over the years.