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Rowan Porteous - Trumpet Lessons in Gloucester, Stroud and Bristol

Rowan Porteous Jazz Trumpet Teacher (Gloucester)

Rowan Porteous

  • Central Gloucester (GL2)
  • Last Logged In: 09 Apr 2017
  • Sex: Male
  • Can Travel To: Bristol, Cheltenham, Stroud

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Personal Message
Mobile trumpet, cornet and flugelhorn tutor.
Which subject(s) do you teach?
Trumpet, cornet and flugelhorn. Jazz, improvisation, classical, or other styles. I specialize in Jazz improvisation.
Tell me about your qualifications.
BMus degree, 2.1, Grade 8 trumpet, grade 5 music theory
What kind of experience do you have?
I have been teaching the trumpet for many years, both privately and through agencies and schools. Whilst living in London, I taught through the Musico agency and at the North London Music Centre, which gave me the chance to teach students aged seven to sixty. I teach students with many different requirements, from complete beginners to experienced players looking to improve their technique, or to learn more about approaching jazz improvisation. I enjoy teaching children, and have a lot of experience working with children, both individually and in groups leading drum circles and various other musical ensembles.

Each student has different requirements and different interests, and I will tailor my teaching methods to you. I teach in a very participatory way, by example, focusing on playing together with the student. I like to put things in a wider musical context, focusing on how to approach playing different styles, with reference to their development and some theory, rather than learning by rote. Whilst I am classically trained, my speciality is jazz and improvisation, and I teach this through ear training methods like chord and scale recognition, combined with swapping phrases and riffs with the student, which can be inspiring for both participants. I am also a working musician, and I play in various jazz ensembles, function bands, and world music ensembles. I am always learning more about playing, and finding ways to pass this onto my students.
How much do you charge?
1 hour, £25 Half hour, £12.50
Where do you teach?
I am based in Gloucestershire, and will travel to Bristol, Gloucester, Stroud or surrounding area.
When are you available?
My teaching days are Saturday to Tuesday
Which ages and levels do you teach?
Young beginners, older beginners... to much more advanced players.
Which qualifications do you prepare your students for?
I often teach students working towards the ABRSM grades, and am familiar with the requirements for each grade up to grade 8.
Do you have an up-to-date DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service, formerly CRB) Certificate?
Do you belong to any professional organisations?
I am a member of the Musicians Union
Where and with whom did you train?
I studied the trumpet starting in primary school, and went on to play with the City of Hull Youth Jazz Orchestra under the direction of Alf Stephenson, as well as achieving grade 8. I then did a music technology degree, but kept up with playing and studied with Steve Waterman of Trinity College of Music. I have been a full time musician and teacher for the last 10 years, but have been playing professional gigs since I was 16, and all this experience has been an important part of my training.
Tell me about some of your current students.
One of my long time students is a 35 year old architect, who is learning jazz trumpet in his spare time. I have witnessed his pitch and rhythm perception improve dramatically through intensive duet practice and improvisation, and he now produces a great sound on the instrument, so he is shaping up to be a very nice player. Another is a ten year old girl, who also has grade 6 piano. She achieved a merit for grade two within three months of starting to play.

Here is a testimonial from the father of one of my students, who I taught when I lived in London:-

"Whilst being a professional musician, Rowan clearly has a gift for teaching and is able to adjust his method to the individual requirements of his pupil. In Matthew’s case he had played a couple of years, mostly through school, but wanted to broaden his repertoire to include jazz. Having previously played mostly classical pieces Matthew was initially quite uncomfortable with improvisation. Rowan worked thoroughly on basic technique and ear training and every lesson played along with Matthew swapping lines and gradually giving him confidence to explore new ground. After about 8 months something ‘clicked’ with Matthew and he began to feel comfortable to play his own simple improvisations to standards like ‘Work Song’ and ‘Summertime’ . This summer he passed ABRSM Jazz grade 3 at first attempt and with merit.
In the space of a year Rowan has done much to develop Matthew’s playing and overall musical understanding. If you are looking for a trumpet teacher I would have no hesitation to recommend him"

Andrew Giles