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Private Teaching

'Music is a moral law.  It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything.'  Plato

John is available for private and group teaching both classical and jazz on the saxophone and clarinet starting from beginners to grade eight.  For all his practical teaching he follows the Paul Harris's method of exploring and focusing on posture, pulse, phonology, and personality within the music.  This approach gives all students a core foundation if they are playing for fun or wish to follow a graded system.   

He also teaches classical and jazz theory and can assist with GCSE and A level music.  He explores the understanding of musical concepts such as figured bass to secondary dominant chords in an easy and enjoyable manner.

John uses a method of teaching called simultaneous learning.  Instead of the traditional method of teaching by learning scales and playing through classical pieces, this approach extracts the ingredients of a piece.  This is then worked through by using musical connections in rhythm, sound, writing, and then placed back into context.  This allows the student a full understanding of a piece using a creative right-brain process. 

If you are a beginner player or do not have access to a saxophone, John can provide an alto saxophone for the duration of your lesson.


Grade 8 Associated Board of Music

BA Dartington College of Arts

MA Middlesex University

ISM Virtuoso Teacher Qualification

ISM Private Teacher

 For more information on availability and prices

please email or call 07492666612

Music Theory - Online Zoom Lessons

Music theory lessons are available on a one to one basis through Zoom.  The aim of these lessons is to allow the student to study from the comfort of their own home without the need to travel.


A subject will be discussed before the lesson, and a time set for the online session once payment has been secured.  PDF documents will be sent before the lesson for the student to follow during the lesson.

John teaches music theory including GCSE up to MA level, jazz and classical theory or just general music theory for beginners who would like to learn to read and understand music.  He also teaches Grades 1 - 8 of the ABRSM (Associated Board) and Trinity syllabuses.

For more information please email or call 07492666612

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