Alongside my private tuition, I teach jazz saxophone and A level and BTEC music and music technology at two schools in the Banbury area. I hold a Certificate of Teaching from the ABRSM, and I have full, up-to-date Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance. I have also been an Edexcel examiner for A level Music Technology.
I specialise in the broad field of popular music, (jazz, rock, blues & pop), and as a practitioner, I can guide your progress through improvisation, soloing and horn section work from earliest steps to full-on pro solos.
For those wishing to achieve grade qualifications, I have 100% pass rate for students entering ABRSM & Trinity jazz exams.
I am also very happy to tutor students through their preparations for GCSE or A level music performances.
My private students benefit from the resources of my studio – where lessons are held – including regular recording of ‘works in progress’. These snapshot recordings allow students to reflect on their development as players away from the playing / learning environment. Students also pick up a great deal along the way about contemporary studio and recording practises!
For me, the key to successful learning is for students to enjoy lessons, and leave the studio with both a real sense of achievement and a firm grasp of what they need to do next to take their playing forward.
As well as teaching, I play variously soprano, tenor and baritone saxes, bass clarinet, flute, bass guitar, keyboards, percussion and electronics with a variety of groups and ensembles currently including Comus, Current 93 (above – at the Primavera Festival, Barcelona), Red Square & Circuit. I also work as a session player, recording engineer and producer.
In one or another of the above guises, I’ve toured, recorded and performed in Britain, Europe and the Far East.
You can find out more about this part of my life at: www.jonseagroatt.com.