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BA(Hons) in Music Education (QTS)
Certificate in Teaching in Lifelong Learning
Instruments: Piano
'Scat' singing (improvising)
Double Bass / Upright Bass
Electric Bass
Genre/Style(s): Jazz and Improvising
'Scat' singing / 'vocalese'
Jazz Appreciation and History
Rock/Pop, R&B/Soul, etc
Classical (western)
Music Theory
Composing / Arranging
Lyric Writing
Song Writing
Audition Preparation (any genre)
Grade Exam Preparation (jazz, rock and classical, any board and instrument)
* Plus *
Help with Coursework, Revision, Writing (words), Composing and Performing for GCSE, BTEC, AS and A2 Music
Ability Levels: Beginners to Advanced


Hello there!

Thanks for your interest. I have a broad range of teaching experience that is likely to suit most learners. I teach within most western music genres, from pop/rock and R&B to western classical and musical theatre, yet I specialise in all areas of jazz musicianship. My other expertise includes music theory, improvising and composing, Ďreal-musicí practising routines that develop universal skills (irrespective of instrument type or music genre) and a particularly unique approach for singers that builds stand-alone confidence (e.g. no dependence on singing notes in tandem with a piano). While this can (but doesnít have to) include vocal improvising ('scat' singing), 'vocalese' and lyric writing, the approach is based on classic routines for developing vocal (and general) musicianship. For every student, the curriculum is tailored in discussion with them to meet the interests and needs they express, including Grade Exams (though typically I donít prescribe them).

Iíve been teaching music since January 2000 to all ages (8+) of singers, pianists and players of most other common instruments, at all levels of experience up to advanced pro. Iím DBS certified, have an honours degree in music education and qualified teacher status (QTS) and have completed additional related training. In addition to formal education, I studied for over a decade with one of jazzís most revered and sophisticated musicians, the tenor saxophonist Warne Marsh, a peer and associate of the innovative (and blind) jazz pianist and teacher Lennie Tristano and their renowned contemporary Charlie Parker. Composition was a notable feature and practice of their (and others') musicianship and I happily support any student's interest in that skill.

Along with private teaching, which includes students working towards music related qualifications, I teach in schools and further education. This includes teaching jazz piano at Tonbridge (senior independent) School, Kent, and for Tower Hamletsí Ofsted-ed Idea Stores Learning service, leading, designing and teaching ten-week programmes for adult groups learning either piano or drum kit. (I was a rock and then jazz drummer in my early career.)

My website...

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(best viewed on a large screen device) further details of my private teaching, including descriptions of my background, teaching 'philosophies' and approach, and many unedited testimonials from a variety of singers, pianists and other students.

Typically, it is most efficient and helpful to answer questions and discuss lessons on the phone, rather than via messaging. Certainly, Iíd very much enjoy hearing about your interests and goals and helping to advance your musical skills.

All the very best for now,

Contact CLAUDE

Address: 63A Browning Road, Leytonstone, London E11 3AR
This is an easy 5-minute walk from the Central line's Leytonstone station - or if you'd prefer to drive, parking is free on my street.
Greater London
E11 3AR
Phone: 020 8530 0710
Mobile: 07985 763072
Fee (60 minutes): £25.00
Fee (60 minutes): £-40.00

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