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Josh Wakeham - Sax Teacher in Southampton

Josh Wakeham Saxophone Teacher (Southampton)

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  • Central Southampton (SO14) View on map
  • Last Logged In: 03 May 2018
  • Sex: Male
  • Can Travel To: Eastleigh
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  • Professional Qualification BA (Hons) Music
  • Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS, formerly CRB) Check Up-to-date Enhanced DBS Certificate
  • Professional Membership Member of the Musicians' Union
  • References References are available upon request
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Personal Message
Are you a beginner looking to pick up the saxophone for the first time? Are you coming back to the saxophone after years without playing? Are you an experienced player looking to explore improvisation? If so, I can help.
Which subject(s) do you teach?
I teach both jazz and classical saxophone alongside music theory. I also offer lessons in improvisation to students of any instrument, including singers.
Tell me about your qualifications.
I graduated from the University of Southampton with a BA (Hons) in Music in 2015, having achieved a First in performance and for my dissertation.
What kind of experience do you have?
My teaching experience began in my teens. As a member of the Devon Jazz Ambassadors, I ran workshops on improvisation in primary schools, giving young musicians the chance to express themselves in a creative way that they had not encountered before. I built on this experience at university, teaching the saxophone to people of a variety of ages and abilities, from the absolute beginner to more advanced players. Currently, I teach saxophone and improvisation privately and in schools around Southampton, always adapting my approach to the goals and needs of each individual student.

As a performer I have played across the country and in mainland Europe in a variety of contexts, from big bands to small pop outfits to performing alongside nightclub DJs. Recently I returned from playing at the Montreux Jazz Festival with the Southampton University Jazz Orchestra. This was my third time at the festival, having also performed there in 2010 and 2012. As a bandleader I have played at events such as the Cadet Class World Sailing Championships, Share the Sound Festival, the EARLI Conference, and I recently held an 8-week residency at the Lamb Inn, Hindon. The performance opportunities that I have been lucky enough to receive have let me share a stage with the likes of Greg Abate, Bruce Adams, Gordon Campbell and John Etheridge.
How much do you charge?
Your first lesson is absolutely free! After that, all lessons cost £25 for an hour or £15 for 30 minutes.
Where do you teach?
I mainly teach from my home in Southampton. However, for no additional charge, I can travel anywhere in Southampton or Eastleigh so that lessons can be taught in the comfort of your own home. For journeys further afield, travel expenses may be required.
When are you available?
My timings are flexible so lessons can fit around your schedule. I am happy to teach during both term-time and the school holidays.
Which ages and levels do you teach?
I welcome students from all walks of life. Whatever your age and ability, I can adapt my approach and the workload to suit your situation. Whether you have never had a lesson in your life, or if you are a more experienced musician, I can offer you lessons that you will benefit immensely from.
Which qualifications do you prepare your students for?
If the student wishes to, I can take them through the graded examination route, with either the ABRSM or Trinity exam boards. Some students prefer not to follow this path, so I leave the decision up to each individual.
Do you have an up-to-date DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service, formerly CRB) Certificate?
Yes, I have an up-to-date Enhanced DBS Certificate.
Do you belong to any professional organisations?
I have been a member of the Musicians' Union since June 2014.
Tell me about some of your current students.
My students cover all ages and abilities, from school children to the retired, from absolute beginners to professionals wanting to develop even further.
Do you have a personal message for students?
Learning an instrument should be a fun, rewarding experience. The positive, encouraging atmosphere in all of my lessons, combined with putting your music tastes first when it comes to choosing pieces to learn, ensures that this is the case. There is nothing more important in the learning process than enjoyment!