I teach all ages and abilities who have a interest in jazz
I have a first class honours degree in Jazz from
Birmingham Conservatoire, I have a diploma in music
through the Open University, Grade 8 pianoforte and
Grade 5 theory ABRSM. I also have many years
of musical experience in education, performance
I have worked as performer with many jazz musicians across the u.k.
and performed in a variety of contexts.
I have a background in jazz education and have also worked with
special needs children and early years.
I am currently director of education on the board at Derby Jazz
and workshop leader for Play Jazz a monthly workshop
for adults provided by Derby Jazz.
I also teach one to one lessons both privately and as a visiting tutor for Nottingham University.
I have good links with Birmingham Conservatoire particularly through
the jazz course and have worked several times as accompanist for the jazz auditions week.
Personally, I’m interested in fostering the individual student’s response to playing jazz.
Improvisation is the key, I think, a way in which we can unlock some of the more fundamental
principles behind music making and use our minds, ears and feelings as well as our fingers.
Some of my students have gone on to study jazz piano at degree level at LCM,
Trinity and Birmingham Conservatoire.