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Sax/ Clarinet Teacher in Walthamstow -Tom Barford

Tom Barford Saxophone Teacher (East London)

Tom Barford

  • Walthamstow (E17) View on map
  • Last Logged In: 13 Sep 2017
  • Sex: Male
  • Can Travel To: City of London
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I am a First Class Hons graduate of the Royal Academy of Music. I am looking for some London based students of any age and standard that have a desire to learn in an enjoyable, tailored and inspired way.
Which subject(s) do you teach?
I teach the Saxophone, Clarinet, Improvisation on any instrument and Jazz Composition.
Tell me about your qualifications.
I have a First Class Hons Degree in Jazz Performance from the Royal Academy of Music.
I have nearly completed the Licentiate of the Royal Academy of Music which is a separate teaching qualification through the Royal Academy that focuses on 1-1 and group teaching.
I achieved a distinction in my grade 8 back in 2010.
What kind of experience do you have?
- I am a member of the tutor panel at Enfield Music Service for Saxophone and Clarinet.
- I currently assist with weekly whole class clarinet lessons a London primary school.
- I have taken Jazz ensembles on 3 placements at the St Marylebone C of E School, and on the Royal Academy of Music’s Junior Department.
- I completed the Creative Music Leadership course at the Royal Academy of Music which involved assisting with leading an all-day workshop to year threes with Jackie Walduck, in collaboration with London Music Masters. It also involved attending weekly lectures at the Royal Academy of Music on leading group musicianship workshops.
- I attended weekly lectures by Paul Harris for a Degree module entitled ‘Principals of Teaching’.
- I also visited 15 schools and youth clubs across Northamptonshire working for the charity ‘Notivate’. Each visit included a performance by a jazz band, an improvisation workshop and a Q&A session
How much do you charge?
My rates are...
£25 for 30 mins
£30 for 45 mins
£35 for 1 hour
Where do you teach?
I live in Walthamstow but tend to travel to my students for the lesson if they live in London.
When are you available?
I am available on Mondays, Tuesday evenings, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
Which ages and levels do you teach?
I teach students of all ages and all standards.
Which qualifications do you prepare your students for?
This really depends on the student but ABRSM graded exams can work well to motivate a younger pupil to want to play their instrument. I am able to prepare a young adult for their Conservatoire audition. I am also open to preparing students for any other music related quilifications that they wish to partake in.
Do you have an up-to-date DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service, formerly CRB) Certificate?
Yes I have a recent DBS certificate.
Do you belong to any professional organisations?
I am a member of staff on the tutor panel for Enfield Music Service for Saxophone and Clarinet. I also hold the Tenor saxophone chair for the acclaimed National Youth Jazz Orchestra.
Where and with whom did you train?
I spent my childhood under the guidence of the great saxophone player Will Osborn. I was regularly taught yearly on the National Youth Jazz Collective summer schools. At the age of 16 I gained a place on the juniour jazz course at the Royal Academy of Music which involved weekly teaching from the incredible Gareth Lockrane. I then went on to recieve a place and a scholarship on the undergraduate course at the Royal Academy in 2013 where I have studied with many world class musicians- Will Vinson, Ben Wendel, Iain Ballamy, Stan Sulzmann, Julian Seigal, James Allsopp, Tim Garland. I have also had private tution with Chris Potter, Semuas Blake, Melissa Aldana, and Chris Cheek.
Tell me about some of your current students.
I have a regular adult saxophone student with an interest in Jazz.
I am weekly teaching a class of year 4's to play the clarinet.
Do you have a personal message for students?
Please don't hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions! I am reliable and determined to get the best of out my students whilst attempting to inspire them in a comfortable, fun environment.