Neil has been teaching instrumental music for more than twenty years alongside being a gigging musician. Neil teaches clarinet and all saxes, and can teach in all styles including classical and jazz. he teaches people to read music, play by ear and improvise. Neil tailors his teaching to the needs of the individual whilst keeping an eye on good educational practices, appropriate development on an instrument and music in general and having enjoyment and fun at the same time. Neil is currently based in Ashburton, Devon.
Instruments Neil teaches
Neil teaches saxophone and clarinet. Neil also teaches improvisation on any instrument, music theory and musicianship and has occasionally taught jazz piano in the past.
Due to COVID-19 Neil is now able to teach all styles including improvisation online via ZOOM.
Standards, styles and ages of students
Neil teaches all standards from beginners to advanced in all styles and all ages from eight to eighty (or thereabouts).
Neil can prepare students for instrumental music exams should that be something a student wishes. He has lots of experience of putting students through exams including ABRSM gr 1 to 8 on both clarinet and saxophone and also ABRSM gr 1 to 5 jazz saxophone and clarinet (that’s as high as it goes!) Also Gr 5 Theory and Grade 5 musicianship (to allow students to progress to Gr 6 practical ABRSM exams. He also works with students on Trinity Guildhall Jazz Gr 5 to 8.
Jazz and Improvisational Coaching (All Instruments)
Neil is very experienced at working with conventional requests for teaching such as improving reading, working for grades etc, classical pieces etc but over the years has also established a specialism in jazz education. Neil has lots of experience in working with students from beginners to advanced to develop their jazz and improvisational skills. Neil can develop your improvisational skills regardless of what.
Neil’s Qualifications and experience
Neil has an LRSM teaching and CTABRSM (Licentiate of the Royal Schools of Music and Certificate of Teaching at the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music). He is CRB checked and also has a Civil Engineering Degree. Neil has been teaching clarinet and sax for over 25 years. As well as sax and clarinet Neil also plays piano and regularly accompanies in his lessons.
Trial Lessons, Lesson Prices and Frequency of Lessons
If you are interested in having lessons with Neil you can book up a one off trial lesson to see how you get on. (full payment is required). If you are considering taking up the sax or clarinet but don’t currently own an instrument you are welcome to use Neil’s clarinet or sax for a lesson or two to see whether it is for you.
Neil’s current fees are £16.50 for a half hour lesson, £25 for a 45 min lesson and £33 for an hour. Regular lessons are usually beneficial for those starting up or starting again or wishing to progress at a solid rate. For U18s generally weekly lesson is ideal for adults either weekly or a longer lesson fortnightly tends to work well. Neil can give lessons on a more irregular basis too.
For more information please email Neil at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01364 653782 and 07951 335078.