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Mr Tom Barford (1st Class Hons Degree)
Mr Tom Barford (1st Class Hons Degree)

First Class Hons BMus Degree in Jazz performance- Saxophone- Royal Academy of Music

Licentiate of the Royal Academy of Music teaching qualification.

Grade 8 Saxophone- Distinction

2017 winner of the Kenny Wheeler Jazz Prize in association with the the Royal Academy of Music and the Edition Records Label.
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Instruments: .Saxophone
.Music theory
.General improvisation skills
.Jazz Composition
Genre/Style(s): Jazz
Jazz composition
Jazz Theory
Ability Levels: Beginners to Advanced



I am a First Class BMus Degree graduate of the Royal Academy of Music. I am currently looking for students of any age and standard that have a desire to learn in an enjoyable, tailored and inspired way! I am currently doing most of my teaching online but I am open to travelling as things open up.

- Which subject(s) do you teach?

I teach the Saxophone, Clarinet, Improvisation and jazz composition on any instrument.

- Tell me about your qualifications.

I have a First Class Hons Degree in Jazz Performance from the Royal Academy of Music.

I have a Licentiate of the Royal Academy of Music qualification which is a separate teaching qualification through the Royal Academy which focuses on 1-1 and group teaching.

I am the winner of the 2017 Kenny Wheeler Prize in association with Edition Records.

I am also a free-lance jazz and session musician. Previous work includes the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall, Buckingham Palace, Live television broadcasts such as Blue Peter (Tom Fletcher appearance), Ronnie Scott's, The soundtrack to Lego Marvel Superheroes 2 and DC Villains console games.

I achieved my grade 8 distinction in Saxophone back in 2010.

- How much do you charge?

My rates are...
£20 for 30 mins
£40 for 1 hour.

- Where do you teach?

I currently do all my teaching from home over Skype or Zoom but as things start opening up I'd be happy to travel to your home for the added cost of travel (usually £5)

- When are you available?

I am currently available on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursday's and Friday's.

- Which ages and levels do you teach?

I teach students of all ages and standards on the Clarinet and Saxophone.

- Which qualifications do you prepare your students for?

This really depends on the student but ABRSM graded exams can work well to motivate a younger pupil to want to play their instrument. I have also prepared young adults for their Conservatoire audition. I am also open to preparing students for any other music related qualifications that they wish to partake in.

- Do you have a personal message for students?

Please don't hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions! I am reliable and determined to get the best of out my students whilst attempting to inspire them in a comfortable, fun environment :)


"“Tom has been tutoring my daughter Emma (8) on saxophone for about 6 months and the progress Emma has made is unbelievable. Tom is very friendly, plays the saxophone exceptionally and his lessons are always fun. It is hard to find the right tutor, especially when it comes to music, but Tom is amazing at what he does and Emma always looks forward to her saxophone lessons. I would recommend Tom to anyone who wishes to learn to play the saxophone in a fun and engaging way.” - Eva

"“My lessons with Tom have been a fantastic propellant for developments in terms of my technical facility, musicianship and developing a unique voice. Having the privilege of guidance from a master musician like Tom has allowed me to develop further and accomplish more than I could've hoped. Tom listens and clearly explains every concept and exercise with clarity, he cares about getting the most out of the lesson time which means you come away with plenty of material to work on. And as an extra bonus it's always a pleasure to hear him play his saxophone.” - Marko (22 years old)

“Tom is a wonderful clarinet teacher, and instilled a love for the instrument in my 8 year old daughter. Patient and kind, we would recommend him as a tutor in a heartbeat.”- Farah

"I’ve been having Skype lessons with Tom on jazz harmony and improvisation for about 2 months – I was only planning on having a couple of lessons at first but quickly became hooked! Tom’s mastery of the saxophone, passion for teaching, and his ability to express even complex ideas in an accessible way make him a brilliant teacher. Our lessons have done wonders for not just my playing but also my confidence as Tom is always so friendly and encouraging, and he will definitely inspire you to put more time into your music!" - Eddie (22 years old)

Thanks! Tom

Contact Tom

Address: Palmerston Road, London
Greater London
Phone: Show Number
Mobile: Show Number
Fee (30 minutes): £20.00
Fee (60 minutes): £40.00

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