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Tom Harrison Saxophone Teacher (South West London)

Tom Harrison Gold Member

  • Oval (SW8) View on map
  • Last Logged In: 12 Jun 2014
  • Sex: Male
  • Web site: www.tomharrisonsax.com
  • Can Travel To: Bromley, Croydon, Merton, Southwark, Wandsworth, Westminster
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Personal Message
I am a keen and passionate performer and instrumental teacher. I take great pride in imparting knowledge and skills in a logical, concise and digestible fashion.
Describe your arrangements for online tutoring.
I have experience teaching instruments on Skype, and can be contacted on here.
Which subject(s) do you teach?
I mostly teach saxophone and flute. I am happy to teach a range of genres and idioms - mostly Jazz or Classical, but also Rock, Pop and Blues. I also teach Piano, Oboe, Clarinet and Jazz Theory/Composition to all ages and ability levels.
Tell me about your qualifications.
I have a Masters degree in Jazz Performance (MMus) which I received from Trinity College of Music in Greenwich. Before that I read Jazz Studies at Leeds College of Music for my undergraduate degree, earning a 1st class honours degree. I majored in both performance and composition and alongside saxophone, studied flute and clarinet.. As a music professional, I have received numerous awards from organisations including EMI, Arts Council England, The Leverhulme Trust and Jazz Services; In 2011 I was shortlisted for both the Peter Whittingham Award for Innovation in Jazz, and a London Jazz Award.
What kind of experience do you have?
I currently hold two professional posts at educational institutions. I am Head of Woodwind at a prep school in Wimbledon, as well as a tutor of woodwind at a large public school. I have worked for the council and borough run music services, and have led a huge range of courses including Wider Opportunities programmes, orchestras and jazz clubs at school and in the community. I have led workshops in improvisation as part of national touring projects, and have successfully applied for Arts Council Funding to support my projects.

As a performer I started as a child. I initially started playing piano at the age of 5, followed soon after by the oboe at 7. At 8, I joined the Cathedral Choir in my city, and was later made Head Chorister. I was also principal oboe in the city's Youth Orchestra. At 18, I started my study of the saxophone, which quickly became my principal instrument before applying to study jazz at music college. I also play flute, clarinet and guitar. Since graduating I have given performances in a huge range of festivals, venues and concert halls across the country, including broadcasts for both national television and radio.

I have taught privately for a number of years, teaching both individuals and groups, including as part of the Wider Opportunities programme in Central Manchester. I have prepared students for entry to music college, ABRSM exams, GCSE assessments, various auditions and public performances.
How much do you charge?
I currently charge a rate of £40 per hour for all enquiries made through The Tutor Pages. I charge the same fee for all instrument/lesson types. This fee includes reasonable travel expenses, which can be discussed or clarified after further enquiries have been made.
Where do you teach?
I am based in South-West London, including Kensington, Putney, Richmond, Wimbledon and Westminster, but am willing to travel to most locations in Greater London. I am equally willing to teach from my own home, or travel to students houses to teach. Please do get in touch to discuss this further.
When are you available?
I am available throughout the year, including school holidays. I am flexible throughout the working week and weekends, and am happy to commit to regular lesson times, or flexible hours. Please don't hesitate to contact me to discuss specifics.
Which ages and levels do you teach?
I have experience of teaching all ages and ability levels. I have a great deal of professional experience teaching Primary School age children, but equally have led workshops aimed at tutoring undergraduate level music students and adult learners. I design fluid lesson plans, and tailor my lessons to suit the individual needs of each student. Enthusiastic students are always welcome, no matter what their age or ability.
Which qualifications do you prepare your students for?
I quite happy to prepare students for any type of qualification, be it ABRSM/Trinity Guildhall graded exams, GCSE or A-Level performances or auditions for music colleges.

I believe that students of music should never feel pressured into taking graded exams, as it is not the right solution for everybody. I fully endorse the exam system; for some students it provides an excellent yardstick to measure their progress, however for others it can be a hindrance. Music lessons should always build confidence, develop musicality, and ultimately result in the creation of beautiful music.
Do you have an up-to-date DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service, formerly CRB) Certificate?
Yes.
Where and with whom did you train?
I trained at Trinity College of Music for my Masters Degree (MMus) and at Leeds College of Music for my undergraduate qualifications. I have studied with a great number of today's leading performance artists and jazz musicians. These include;

Martin Speake
Mornington Lockett
Julian Siegel
Mark Lockheart
Dave O' Higgins
Do you have a personal message for students?
Music should always be fun, whether you are auditioning for a place at a music college, or just playing in your living room! Relax, perform and enjoy yourself!