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James Brady Trumpet Teacher (East London)

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  • Walthamstow (E17) View on map
  • Last Logged In: 30 Aug 2015
  • Sex: Male
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  • Can Travel To: City of London, Enfield, Epping Forest, Hackney, Haringey, Newham, Redbridge
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Hello and welcome to my tutor page.
Describe your arrangements for online tutoring.
I can teach via Skype, particularly for subjects such as composition, theory and Sibelius coaching, and can also provide support in these subjects via email.
Which subject(s) do you teach?
Trumpet - classical, jazz, funk, pop
Jazz Improvisation - most instruments
Music Theory, especially for ABRSM Grade 5 exam
Composition and Arranging
Sibelius Notation Software
Tell me about your qualifications.
In 2011 I completed a BA (Hons) in Music at the University of Cambridge, for which I received a 2:1, including first class papers in composition and music psychology.
What kind of experience do you have?
As a trumpeter, I've trained with some of the UK's top classical, jazz and pop players, whose credits include the Royal Opera House, BBC Big Band and Radiohead. I've performed across the UK, Europe and even as far as China and at prestigious festival, events and venues such as the Montreux Jazz Festival, the Casa del Jazz (Rome), the Budapest Jazz Club, the World University Games and London's Vortex Jazz Club. Although I specialize in small band and big band jazz playing, I also regularly work with funk, soul, pop and work music artists and am experienced in orchestral playing. I'm currently studying for a Masters in Jazz Trumpet from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, which awarded me an entrance scholarship.

As a composer and arranger I have written for orchestra, big band, chamber ensembles, soloists and show bands and am published by Kevin Bell Music/Big Jazz Face. I've worked with notable jazz artists such as Liane Carroll and Laurence Cottle and written several pieces for the award-winning Guildhall Jazz Band. Scott Stroman, director, described my latest arrangement as a "very inventive, original arrangement that is not afraid to take risks... very mature and professional."

With more than 12 years' experience with Sibelius, I am an expert in its use. As well as putting this to use with my own pieces, so far in 2015 I have provided music copyist/editing services for works which have been performed at the Royal Albert Hall, the Royal Opera House and Wigmore Hall.
How much do you charge?
My basic rate is £30/hr for local students, rising slightly with distance. Discounts can be available for students able/willing to have lessons during the day (9am-3pm, Mon-Fri). I am happy to travel across NE London and further by negotiation. I am regularly in the City of London as well and am happy to teach in that area and nearby. Skype lessons are particularly suitable for students wishing to study Sibelius skills, music theory and/or composition and can of course come from anywhere!

For younger students I often teach in 30 or 45 minute lessons. Typically, 30 minute lessons cost £20-23, and 45 minute lessons £25-28, depending on distance.

I am happy to teach small groups (typically 2-3) to split the cost, by negotiation.

For Sibelius skills, I charge a lower rate of £25/hr for Skype lessons only.
Where do you teach?
I usually teach at students' homes, but can in some cases teach from my home in Walthamstow, especially for students of composition/theory/Sibelius.
When are you available?
I have a flexible schedule, including most weekdays and evenings, and sometimes teach on weekends. I particularly welcome students who are free during the daytime in the week, but am happy to try and accommodate your schedule. Please get in touch to discuss.
Which ages and levels do you teach?
I teach from age 7 up, and have a number of adult students. For trumpet I can teach all levels, from absolute beginner to post-grade 8. I also teach jazz improvisation from absolute beginner to advanced level. For composition, I particularly welcome students who have a basic grasp of musical theory but can also help them acquire this. For theory I particularly specialize in ABRSM grade 5 but can also help students at a less advanced level. I am also experienced in helping students with GCSE and A-level composition and compositional techniques such as Bach Chorales.
Which qualifications do you prepare your students for?
Many of my students enjoy making music without the pressure of exams, although they may find the pieces and standards of grades a useful guide. For those who are interested in qualifications, I can teach the ABRSM classical and jazz syllabi. I also specialise in ABRSM grade 5 theory and supporting students taking GCSE and A-level music with their composition and techniques papers (e.g. Bach chorale harmonisations, string quartets etc.).
Do you have an up-to-date DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service, formerly CRB) Certificate?
Do you belong to any professional organisations?
Musicians' Union
Performing Rights Society (writer member)
Where and with whom did you train?
Guildhall School of Music and Drama - MMus, Jazz Trumpet (currently studying, completing 2016)
Trumpet: Robbie Robson, Noel Langley
Composition/Arranging: Scott Stroman, Ed Puddick

University of Cambridge - BA (Hons), Music
Tutors included Robin Holloway (composition), Ian Cross (music psychology)

Junior Royal Academy of Music
Trumpet: Tim Hawes
Composition: John Cooney
Conducting: Peter Stark

Other tutors have included:
Trumpet: Martin Shaw (BBC Big Band, Jamiroquai) David Carstairs (Royal Opera House), Mike Venn (Chicago), John Barclay (Casino Royale)
Composition: Tim Watts, Paul Whitmarsh
Conducting: Stephen Layton (consultation)
Workshop Leading: Paul Griffiths, Fraser Trainer, James Redwood
Tell me about some of your current students.
Garrett is a composition student currently in year 9. I teach him most weeks via Skype for 30 minutes, in which we look at his current work, discuss ways of developing it and work on new techniques.

George is a trumpet and theory student in year 10. I recently took him through ABRSM grade 5 theory via Skype and also teach him in person for 1 hour a week on trumpet, combining learning jazz improvisation techniques with preparing for ABRSM Grade 8 theory.

David is an enthusiastic adult amateur jazz saxophonist with over 20 years' experience. I see David at his home for occasional 1hr sessions in which we look at jazz repertoire, techniques and psychology.

Loba is a 7-year old beginner with whom I have been working since the beginning of 2015. I see him for 45 minutes a week at his home where we work on basic musical and trumpet skills, primarily using the John Miller trumpet basics method, supplemented by other pieces as appropriate.