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Mr Dominic Lodge

BMus (Hons)
BMus Honours (Newcastle University)
BTEC Extended Diploma in Jazz studies (Leeds College of Music)
Grade 8 in percussion (ABRSM)
Child Protection Course:
Completed Educare child protection training course. (more)
Keeping Children Safe in Music is the latest in the EduCare's series of distance learning courses on child protection. The training programme uses short films to show a variety of good and bad practice examples, which will be available to watch online. It will help anyone teaching music to children gain a better understanding of their child protection responsibilities, and avoid situations that could lead to accusations of misconduct.

Instruments: Drum kit/percussion
Alto/tenor saxophones
Piano/keyboard up to intermediate level
Genre/Style(s): Jazz/Blues
Ability Levels: Beginners to Advanced


I will endeavour to find the balance between a teacher/student led approach. As the teacher, I will always keep in mind your musical interests and inspirations. Through my knowledge and experience I will then give you the tools and guidance to use to progress towards your goals.

The teacher/student relationship is the most important part of learning - if the teacher is not flexible in meeting the unique individual's needs then the student will be disinterested and disengaged. If the teacher lets the student stick within their comfort zone then the student will only learn so much. A balance somewhere between these two extremes allows the student to grow with a solid foundation of conventional musical skills (as well as the teacher's area of expertise), whilst still gaining inspiration from their own interests that they bring to the table.

The ability to play music by ear is arguably more important than learning to read sheet music and understand theory. Learning to improvise can progress a students' musical ability extremely efficiently. When relying on sheet music alone it is easy to concentrate on reading the notes on the page and not be aware of the sound being created on your instrument. Think of it as reading a passage in a book and not acknowledging what you have just read.
By taking away the book, the musician is directly connected with the music they create and will be fully conscious of how it sounds.
This can help with regard to scales as well as pieces - instead of visualising or thinking of a certain position/fingering for the note in a scale, the student will be able to hear the note in their head that they want to play and that alone will dictate where their finger/hand moves to to create the sound.

For drum lessons I would need to travel to you (until I buy a detached/soundproofed house!).

For saxophones I can teach either at my home or at yours.

For keyboard I can teach either at my home or at yours.

I will accommodate your needs wherever possible.
Any questions at all, feel free to call the number above to ask.


I gained experience from a young age, being taught classical percussion/drums, saxophone and piano from ages 6, 11 and 12 respectively. I played with a local school and music centre in wind bands, big bands and orchestras of different types which included percussion ensembles, Taiko drumming, youth orchestras, jazz combos and brass bands.
From there I went on to specialise in Jazz studies at Leeds College of Music, primarily playing the drum kit and vibraphone in small jazz groups alongside learning jazz saxophone.
At Newcastle University I studied a broad range of musics and topics, covering areas such as ethnomusicology, Schenkerian analysis, environmental-based sound installations and postmodern musics.

In a year abroad studying jazz in Montreal (Concordia University) I focused on improvisation on the alto saxophone. I also arranged pieces for jazz combos and big bands, two of which were recorded at university concerts. I played as 1st Alto saxophone in the University Big Band and played in Montreal's most renowned Jazz club 'Upstairs' with university professors/students. Alongside my studies I have played in cover bands, chamber orchestras and recorded with brass bands, rock/pop groups, jazz groups and hip hop artists.

I have mild tinnitus and sensitive hearing from playing lots of music when younger, and have learnt the hard way how important it is to protect your ears from permanent damage. I now play saxophone with headphones, ear defenders or earplugs (and would recommend that you do too when playing in confined spaces - the noise cancelling headphones I recently bought are great.). I play drums with both earplugs and ear defenders, and I haven't yet needed protection when playing the piano. The dangers of playing without hearing protection was not emphasised enough when I was taught (or maybe I didn't hear the warnings!). The sad irony is that the musicians who are most aware of hearing damage (having suffered from it) are not always able to teach others, so the message isn't passed on enough.

If you've read this far, well done. Get in touch, for a chat, for a lesson, for whatever you need help with.

Teaching fees are in line with the Musicians Union recommended rate.

Contact Dominic

Address: Leeds
Yorkshire (West)
Mobile: 07465440299
Fee (30 minutes): £18.00
Fee (60 minutes): £36.00

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