TEACHING

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"Music is a more potent instrument than any other for education because rhythm & harmony find their way into the inward places of the soul" - Plato


Neil has over eighteen years experience teaching clarinet, saxophone and theory, coaching chamber music and working as an orchestral wind section tutor.   His teaching practice has covered a wide range of abilities from beginner through to university and music college level, and he has held a number of school/college appointments over the years including positions at the Royal College of Music and the University of Surrey.  Since 2003 he has been the clarinet & saxophone tutor at Farnborough Sixth Form College in Hampshire - one of the country's finest education establishments.  A number of his pupils have gone on to study music at universities and conservatoires throughout the country.  

 

 

halfKEY SKILLS, EXPERIENCE and INTERESTS


  • thorough understanding of single-reed technique, established through study with some of the profession's leading exponents and many years of professional playing experience
  • Detailed knowledge of the clarinet and saxophone repertoire & associated performance practice issues
  • keen interest in and knowledge of a variety of Jazz idioms 
  • practical experience entering pupils for ABRSM, TCL and LCM instrumental examinations including Jazz grades
  • Diploma teaching experience [classical clarinet and jazz saxophone]
  • Experience working with a past finalist of the BBC  Young Musician of the Year competition and members of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain.  
  • Knowledge of the principles of Zoltan Kodaly and an interest in the application of his methods to the instrumental lesson.
CURRENT TEACHING APPOINTMENTS

  • The Sixth Form College, Farnborough, Hampshire
  • All Hallows Catholic School, Farnham, Surrey
  • Tormead Independent School for Girls, Guildford, Surrey
  • Surrey Arts
  • Royal College of Music, London (junior dept deputy)
 Private tuition and consultation/audition preparation sessions are available at the following rates:

30 minutes  @ £19

45 minutes  @ £28.50

1 hour          @ £38






"Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel" - Socrates