Teaching

I am currently back in my studio in Pokesdown, Bournemouth teaching face to face saxophone, flute, clarinet and music theory lessons as well as zoom lessons for those who prefer. Please feel free to contact me to arrange a saxophone, clarinet, flute or music theory lesson either in Bournemouth or online with zoom.

I am enthusiastic to teach beginners as well as advanced players and find both rewarding. My pupils range in age from 6 to 80, you’re never too old to start learning! Many of my pupils enjoy working towards ABRSM or Trinity examinations and this is useful for those pupils looking to gain a music scholarship or entry to music college or university. However I am happy to create a custom learning experience for pupils not following the conventional route. I regularly enter pupils for ABRSM Classical exams as well as ABRSM and Trinity Jazz Grades. For those who have passed Grade 8, the diplomas offered by the ABRSM, Trinity and LCM are a great challenge and professional qualification. I also specialise in jazz & contemporary improvisation and can help you one to one or in a workshop environment.  Please feel free to get in touch and discuss your requirements.

I also organise workshops and courses in the Dorset & Hampshire areas for my students and other musicians as part of JazzSmart which I started in 2010. More details of these courses and opportunities will be on the website as and when I run them.

James is a great teacher - very encouraging. He is observant and gives helpful feedback and guidance on progress. His Lesson planning is tailored appropriately for learning needs. Also - lessons are fun! Can fully recommend to woodwind students at all stages.
Zoë P
Flute Pupil
After researching the web I chose James and have been pleased ever since. He is a pleasant, patient and encouraging teacher, and I readily engaged with him from the outset. James has an extensive wealth of knowledge and experience in many genres of music. He is adaptable and flexible to the needs of the student and will change midway if requested. He regularly provides relevant resources (pdfs, backing tracks) to assist learning. I enjoy each lesson, find them motivating each time, and without hesitation recommend James as your teacher.
Jeremy G
Online Sax Pupil