I am an experienced music teacher having qualified with a BMus (Hons) in 1996 from Birmingham Conservatoire and a PGCE in 1998 from the University of Central England.
I offer the following learning opportunities:
- Brass Instrument tuition from beginner to experienced
- Jazz Improvisation for brass and wind players
- Composition for GCSE and A Level
- GCSE and A Level Music tuition support
- Specialist lessons for Tenor and Bass Trombone
- Music Theory grades 1-8
Face-to-face and Skype lessons are both available.
Please use the CONTACT page to request information on how to start learning with me, current fees and to arrange a consultation.
“Andy has done a really excellent job in teaching our son the trumpet. He’s been incredibly flexible and professional in adjusting to online lessons during the pandemic. He comes to lessons with a clear plan for what he wants to cover each week and also follows up afterwards with an email summary of what to work on during the week, which is a big help. Our son had braces fitted a few months ago and he has been very thoughtful about how to approach rebuilding his technique after fitting. Most importantly, our son really enjoys his lessons with Andy and that means that he looks forward to the lessons and practises often between them!”
– parents of grade 7 trumpet pupil
“Our son has always wanted to play the tuba but due to his cerebral palsy French horn was the only option when he was smaller. He’s now big enough to reach around the tuba with his left arm and is really enjoying playing – he actually wants to practise the tuba! He started lessons in January on Skype with Andy as we live about 100 miles away and from the very beginning Andy has shown an extraordinary level of kindness and compassion. He asks questions, observes and listens to make sure all lessons are tailored to the needs of our son. There is a good line of communication with Andy – he replies to emails promptly, never keeps us waiting for the lesson to start, and always follows up lessons with an email summing up the learning points for next time and useful links to add interest and wider learning. When we have asked to change lesson times he has been very accommodating.
Each lesson with Andy has been prepared with thought for what he wants our son to focus on, they don’t follow the same pattern week after week which is refreshing. Much of the lesson may focus on one technical aspect of playing which then improves pieces overall. Many teachers have set repertoire they use for each stage but we feel Andy is very much tailoring his choices to fit our sons interests and style of playing while also broadening his experiences and knowledge.
We are really pleased with the level our son has reached in just 5 months – he’s now preparing to take his grade 4 (he already had his grade 6 French horn so he had a head start) and is keen to start sharing his new playing skills with the school and county ensembles once rehearsals begin again.”
– parents of a Grade 4 tuba pupil