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Mr Bradley Johnston B.Mus. (Hons.), PGCE
Mr Bradley Johnston B.Mus. (Hons.), PGCE

B.Mus. (Hons): Jazz, Popular and Commercial Music (First Class Honours)

PGCE: Young People and Adults Specialist

Grade 8 (Distinction) Trinity Guildhall Jazz Guitar

ABRSM Grade 5 Theory.
Instruments: Jazz Guitar
Rock Guitar
Acoustic Guitar
Music Theory & Aural

Taught by Dr. James Birkett
Genre/Style(s): Jazz
Ability Levels: Beginners to Advanced


If you have any questions, please do get in touch.

Bio: From 2009 - 2011 I studied jazz guitar with Dr. James Birkett at Sage Gateshead from the age of 14, and graduated from the B.Mus. degree programme in 2016 at Sage Gateshead with a First Class Honours classification. Furthermore, in 2017 I completed a PGCE at Newcastle College.

Over the years I’ve been involved with and played in a number of workshops, masterclasses and performances with world-class musicians from the UK, USA, Cuba and Brazil (including Dave Holland, Andy Sheppard, Martin Taylor, Mike Stern, Roberto Fonseca, The Jazz Passengers, Cecil Bridgewater, Mike Walker, Robert Glasper, Iain Ballamy, Rick Taylor, Nikki Iles, Stan Stuzmann, Tim Garland, Kathryn Tickell and Ricardo Appezzato).

I have performed at major jazz festivals in the UK, including: Gateshead International Jazz Festival; Manchester Jazz Festival; Isle of Skye Swing Jazz Festival; Callander Jazz Festival. I have also performed at the Parliamentary Jazz Awards, Portcullis House, London.

For several years I have been presenting duo concerts with James, and our first CD (entitled Together) presents a variety of jazz repertoire for two guitars. Another project I am involved in named Hand To Mouth, presents repertoire sung and performed by Ella Fitzgerald and Joe Pass. I continue to work regularly as a sideman and session musician throughout the region.

As a professional educator, I am currently a ‘First Study’ guitar tutor on the Young Musicians Programme (YMP) based at Sage Gateshead, ‘Centre for Advanced Training’ (CAT).

Over the last three to four years, I have taught in a wide variety of settings from 1:1 teaching to large groups working with ages 10 to 70. These lessons have included topics such as: Harmony; Sight-Reading; Improvisation and Ensemble Performance Practice.

For the past three years I have been part of the tutor team on the ‘Rick Taylor Ensemble Week’ based on the Isle Of Skye, which takes place every year during the Easter period. The course content covers a variety of styles from Classical, Folk, Blues, to Jazz / Improvisation.

My PGCE teaching placement took place on the B.Mus. degree programme at Sage Gateshead, under the guidance of Dr. Paul Edis - here I taught Advanced Jazz Theory and Practical Skills (including Improvisation and the Guitar Ensemble).

An Individual Development Programme can be developed at a personal level to help and enhance the student’s musicianship skills in areas such as: Sight-Reading; Aural Skills; Technique; Improvisation; Repertoire; Performance; Enhancement of Personal Performance (i.e., Effortless Mastery).

At this years (2017) Gateshead International Jazz Festival, I delivered an improvisation workshop with world leading tutors of jazz, Nikki Iles and Stan Sulzmann, as part of The Globe's Jazz Coorperative Play Jazz sessions based at Sage Gateshead. I have also led Jazz Coorperative Play Jazz workshops on topics such as: ‘Rhythm Changes' and 'Easing The Flow Of Improvisation' - developing learners' improvisation skills and enhancing their musicianship skills.

With carefully structured lessons I can provide fun and friendly teaching in a relaxed environment. I can also help prepare students for graded exams, or entry into Further and Higher Education.

I hope to hear from you soon,

Happy Playing!


Contact Bradley

Address: Sunderland
Tyne and Wear
Mobile: 07340 680722
Fee (60 minutes): £25.00
Fee (30 minutes): £15.00

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