Are you thinking of taking up an instrument but not sure which one or where to start, or do you want to re-learn an instrument that has fallen by the wayside?
Have you lost your passion for playing or suffer from performance anxiety / stage fright?
Are you interested in playing music but are worried that you are 'not talented' or that you are 'unmusical'?
I would be delighted to help you discover the joy of learning and playing, by yourself or in a band or ensemble. I will now be taking a limited number of weekend students to teach from a beautiful residential teaching space in Stockwell, just a few minutes walk from Stockwell Tube.
Any age, any genre, any instrument, all are welcome.
I believe in inclusive musical education and will not turn away anybody with the desire to learn because of financial means. My guide fee is £50 / hour, but this is negotiable based on means and there are a variety of options for reducing the amount you will have to pay, including
- group lessons
- live-streaming lessons to an online audience
I graduated from the LSE with a 2.1 in LLB Law and Anthropology in 2010, specialising in human rights and economic anthropology, then studied undergraduate Music Performance and Production at the London Centre of Contemporary Music, receiving a 2.1 BMus (hons) specialising in jazz performance and music education.
I have been working as a performer, educator and educator of educators in and around London and the Home Counties for nearly a decade with hundreds of gigs and thousands of lessons delivered for all age groups, including in Primary and Secondary schools around London for Newham and Wandsworth music services. I have also worked professionally as a live sound engineer, band director and workshop designer and leader.
I am a pan-instrumentalist with tens of thousands of hours of practice and performance experience on all of the main instrument groups, with my primary instrument being tenor saxophone. I have gigged at a professional level on tenor, alto and soprano saxophones, flute and flutebox, trombone, electric and acoustic guitar, electric and upright bass, latin percussion, voice, melodica, and very occasionally on the violin.
My speciality and the area that interests me most is theory of learning and cognitive neuroscience as applied to learning music – particularly instruments and performance, and I spend my days (and nights) live-streaming interactive music education and designing/testing music learning games and approaches.
I am happy to provide examples of the games I design, these include games designed to assist in the reading, writing and understanding of rhythms, games to learn key signatures, games to write melodies, and many more.
Learner Feedback :
“Thanks for the lesson, O did a couple of beautiful long notes this morning. It’s a wonderful gift to pass on, thank you.” ¬– Mum of O, 6 yrs old, Trumpet
“It was the first thing F told me about when I got home, he really enjoyed it. You are very creative, thanks for all the thought you have put into the lessons.” – Dad of F, 9 yrs, Piano / Trombone
“A bit like Dr. Who, but with more instruments.” – C, 17 yrs, Guitar / Voice
“ED!!! I PLAYED TRUMPET ALL DAY YESTERDAY, IT WAS SO MUCH FUN!!” – T, 23 years old, Trumpet / Guitar
“Thank you for [the lesson] yesterday, I’ve been playing [violin] with a tuning drone and I’m enjoying it again for the first time in 12 years. I’ve even started singing and writing music again!” – I, [age withheld], Violin / Voice / Theory
“AH! IT JUST CLICKED! I UNDERSTAND MODES NOW!” – A, unknown age, viewer on stream
Please feel free email or text to arrange a conversation or an in-person meet, or to discuss your aspirations or requirements. You are also welcome and encouraged to visit my livestream on Twitch.tv at edplaysjazz where I deliver free and interactive music education, tutorials on request, and compose and arrange original afrobeat, a form of Nigerian jazz-funk pioneered by Fela Kuti and Tony Allen. I have also been known to play computer games and talk at length about the brain.