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Sax/ Clarinet/ Flute Teacher in SW Birmingham - Ian Smith

Ian Smith Saxophone Teacher (Birmingham)

Ian Smith

  • Bournville (B31)
  • Last Logged In: 21 Sep 2017
  • Sex: Male
  • Can Travel To: Bromsgrove, Redditch, Solihull, Stratford-on-Avon, Warwick & Leamington Spa
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Personal Message
I am a very experienced professional musician with over 30 years playing and teaching at the highest levels of the UK music industry.
Which subject(s) do you teach?
Saxophone (Jazz and Classical)
Tell me about your qualifications.
Berklee College of Music, Boston, USA (2013): Jazz Improvisation with Gary Burton (99%)
What kind of experience do you have?
Performing Experience Includes:-

Royal Shakespeare Company
RSC CD recording - John Woolf & Friends (2011)
Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra (RPCO)
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

UK / European No.1 Tours -
Barry Manilow (Lead Alto Saxophone UK Tours 2000 onwards)
Gladys Knight (Lead Alto Saxophone)
The Four Tops (Lead Alto Saxophone and Soloist)
The Temptations (Lead Alto Saxophone)
Sister Sledge
The Supremes
The Three Degrees
Frank Sinatra Jnr
Jack Jones
42nd Street
Joseph & HisTechnicolor Dreamcoat
Guys & Dolls
Hello Dolly
Me & My Girl
A Chorus Line
West Side Story
Phantom of the Opera
Singin’ In The Rain
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

London West End -
City of Angels (Prince of Wales Theatre)
West Side Story (Prince of Wales Theatre)
The Shaughraun - dep for Kenneth Edge, original ‘Riverdance’ saxophonist (Albery) Chicago (Adelphi Theatre & Cambridge Theatre)
The Pyjama Game (Shaftesbury Theatre)

Numerous BBC TV & Radio Sessions (including License Fee Advert Jingles)
Central TV (resident musician Central Weekend late 90’s - early 2000)
ITV X Factor Sessions
Numerous independent recording projects for a variety of independent producers (jingles, artist backing, etc).
A Garden Heritage - (Flute Soloist) a collection of BBC “Gardener’s World” programmes
Saxophone/Clarinet Soloist - Recorded Music - Theatre Royal, Bath (2016)
Clarinet Soloist - ZDF Television - “Tanz Mit Mir” - TV Film (2017)
Clarinet Soloist - Recorded Music - “Driving Miss Daisy”, composer Jon Nicholls (2017)

In addition to a high profile playing career as a “doubling” woodwind specialist, I am currently the saxophone tutor at King Edward VI High School for Girls (KEHS) in Birmingham and, on occasion, provide cover musical direction for the King Edward VI School Senior Swing Band. In September 2014, I took up a position as clarinet and saxophone teacher at The Priory School in Edgbaston, Birmingham. Additionally, I teach clarinet and saxophone at Tettenhall College in Wolverhampton.

I have worked extensively, as a sessional woodwind teacher for Staffordshire County Music (now Entrust), Warwickshire County Music Service and Birmingham Music Service (now Services 4 Eduction), teaching saxophone, clarinet, and flute from beginner to ABRSM/Trinity Guildhall Grade 8 standard.

The wide variety of teaching experience gained through work with music services and hubs has involved Junior, Senior and Sixth Form age groups teaching in both groups and individually.

As well as guiding pupils through both ABRSM and Trinity Guildhall external examinations. I am very enthusiastic to widen a pupil's musical experience by developing a sound technical facility upon their instrument and actively encouraging ensemble playing. With this in mind, I have been responsible for the setting up of many groups within educational environments to promote the skills necessary for playing with others (rhythmic accuracy, intonation, sight reading etc.) and to enable pupils to have an outlet for their hard work and diligence.

As a past member of the award winning Midland Youth Jazz Orchestra, I have had the honour of coaching associates of the organisation in not only sectional rehearsals but also as a full ensemble.

The academic year of 2010/2011 saw my active involvement in the Jazz Working Party within the Birmingham Music Service where the task was to accumulate knowledge within the woodwind department to enhance the pedagogy of jazz tuition within the department.
In addition to tuition within educational establishments, I teach, and hold consultations, with a variety of 'private' pupils of all abilities, including some overseas students using Skype and FaceTime technology.

In 2011, I was fortunate enough to collaborate with the world renowned American saxophone player, Eric Marienthal, on producing some apps for the Apple iPhone & iPad which educate pupils across the globe.The first app entitled Play Sax From Day One is aimed at the beginner and the second application entitled Tricks of the Trade focuses on jazz improvisation for advanced students.

The apps have proved immensely popular and this has led to me producing another series of iPhone/iPad apps providing a "playalong" practice facility for pupils learning ABRSM Grade Examination scales for saxophone. Again, these apps have proved popular and have received very positive reviews from users.
How much do you charge?
£33 per hour - £17 per 30 minutes
Where do you teach?
Tuition is held either at the pupil's house or can be arranged at the Midland Arts Centre opposite Edgbaston Cricket Ground. Alternatively, I can teach via Facetime or Skype.
I am willing to teach within a 30 mile radius of Birmingham, West Midlands (including Solihull, Redditch, Bromsgrove, Stratford upon Avon, Warwick and Leamington Spa areas)
When are you available?
Teaching can be anytime Tuesday to Saturdays
Which ages and levels do you teach?
Teach from age 9 - 90
Which qualifications do you prepare your students for?
I can help prepare students for ABRSM or Trinity Guildhall exams.
Do you have an up-to-date DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service, formerly CRB) Certificate?
I have an up to date DBS.
Describe your arrangements for online tutoring.
I can teach over Facetime or Skype. Mutually convenient times can be arranged. Fees will be paid through Paypal before the lesson.
Do you belong to any professional organisations?
I am a member of the Musicians' Union.