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About Ian

Lessons in Harrow only. Availability in weekday (Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays) daytimes only. Adult students welcome.
You must have your own instrument. Ian can advise where to buy or hire.

Ian has over 30 years of experience as teacher and professional performer. He has been busy combining instrumental teaching, professional performing and as a senior leader and teacher in schools, Further Education and Higher Education. He was Head of a National Skills Academy for the Creative and Cultural Sector.
Adults of varied experience and musical tastes are most welcome. Ian currently teaches some students who started playing during their school years to later return to the instrument they love. Those who already play develop their skills and learn more complex and varied music. All students receive personal guidance and feedback including the setting of personal short-term goals.
All students learn for pleasure, and some will aim to achieve an examination. Ian is very skilled at taking students with no or little knowledge of notation and finding ways to develop playing quickly. Styles covered can be jazz improvisation, rock and classical genres. All students are encouraged to try different musical styles.
Ian currently has students working towards ABRSM and Trinity exams in classical and jazz and they can be entered through the digital online format as this is so much easier for busy adults.
Your first lesson will involve a conversation around the purpose of the lessons and your aspirations. Beginners will leave the first lesson knowing how to produce sound plus other basic techniques. Those who already play, will need to bring some music to play, for feedback and diagnosis of technique. Conversations about musical styles and preferences will form part of the lesson. Ian will then have a clear picture so he can plan future lessons. Ian goes to sheet music shops most weeks and can explore and purchase music for you (reimbursed). Students will need to commit to regular time to practice at home for lessons to be of most value.
There is flexibility in how lessons are scheduled. Some attend every week and others every 2 weeks. Ian adapts to the working shift patterns of his adult students.
He is an expert on woodwind music and published his work for the Clarinet and Saxophone Society Magazine, in the USA and Japan.

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