I have been providing instrumental and theory lessons since 1989 and currently teach at Yateley Manor school and the City of London Freemen’s school. The instruments that I teach are; recorder, flute, oboe, clarinet, saxophone and jazz piano. Lessons are also given in improvisation, theory and aural.
There is now a new performance exam which was introduced by the ABRSM due to the COVID19 pandemic and the recent lockdowns. The exam has proved very popular with students and instead of sight-reading, scales and aural have an extra piece to perform. The performance exam is exactly that and 30 points are awarded for each of the pieces and and also to how the performance is delivered. The exam is recorded and then uploaded to be assessed. Some pupils have flourished with this new format however, it is not suitable for everyone. Very nice to have the choice post lockdown.
Besides the teaching, I run various ensembles including the wind band at Yateley Manor. At the Freemen’s school, I rehearse the junior wind band, a clarinet choir, a mini jazz ensemble and the senior school jazz band.
Performances for these ensembles include assemblies, concerts and other school events. The jazz band have had the honour to perform in the Lord Mayor’s parade in London a few times and also for the Lord Mayor’s Red Cross Christmas charity event in London.
I write musical arrangements for the wind bands which are performed for the various school commitments each year.
Below are links for exam help including dealing with nerves, the recent exam results and the Hall of Fame.