Telephone: 02380 658373
Sam’s enthusiasm for music is infectious and he is both experienced and skilled in playing many different styles. He is also an accomplished music teacher who continually focuses on developing the learning environment and learning opportunities of the students he teachers.
I’m going to start with a quote (and why not!):
'Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, and life to everything' - Plato
I totally agree with what Plato says here as he sums up what music is! Something that comes from very deep within us, is a vehicle for creativity, takes us to ‘different places’ and provides a soundtrack for our lives. For me my musical journey is simple. It is at the heart of all my learning and life experience. It is also about expression and joy and an opportunity to share this with others. Learning music also helps build confidence, can improve your behavior or outlook and builds social skills. However, for most people, playing and learning about music is just something fun that they do, and this is something I believe is fundamental to anyone from beginner to pro musician. However, music making is also something you take seriously and work really hard at.
Whether you are a beginner or someone with more playing experience, everyone has different ways of learning and this is something I understand completely. We all learn in different ways but we also have different goals. My aim is to help you achieve your goal.
Learning new songs (of your own choice)
Transcribing/writing out songs or solo’s
Starting to improvise over chords
Considering playing within a brass/horn section
Discovering new exciting music
Helping with aspects of theory and reading score/parts
Creating a set for a performance
Helping to develop your sound and advice on mouthpieces and reeds
- Over 6 years of professional teaching experience following a PGCE in Music (teaching students in secondary school and colleges as well as one to one)
- BA (Hons) Music (Jazz Studies) – practically focused.
- Current CRB (Criminal Records Bureau) background check ensuring suitability for working with under 18s.
- Accomplished and passionate player with extensive performance experience in venues and festivals such as the 100 Club and the Ealing Blues and Jazz Festival as well as continuing to play up & down the country and meeting professionals in the industry
- Excellent knowledge of music theory and notation.
- Very friendly, down to earth teaching and individualised learning, working with young people to develop their musicianship and performance skills.