Teaching

teachingAlex has a parallel passion as a music educator both as a saxophone teacher at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and as a private saxophone teacher in London and Cambridge.

Alex gets a lot of fulfilment from his teaching endeavours;­ he is fascinated with how different people learn and progress and consequently seeks to adapt his teaching approach to that most fitting for each individual student. For Alex’s private teaching profile, see The Tutor Pages.

Many of Alex’s private students have gone on to great things.­ He has four students currently studying at music college and two that play with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra. Read his teaching testimonials below.

Alex is available for private lessons in London and Cambridge. Feel free to get in touch for more information and to arrange a free consultation lesson.

Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama

Alex has been given a great opportunity to build on his prior teaching experience now that he is a visiting Saxophone teacher at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. Teaching undergraduates is a chance to impart more specialist, high level musical knowledge and Alex encourages students to explore the natural overlaps with areas of psychology, philosophy and spirituality as well as mathematics and scientific thinking that will frequently present themselves as students delve more deeply into music.

Alex is excited to see his students grow within music and to see the musical life at RWCMD and in Cardiff continue to flourish as a result of their dedicated work and input.

Testimonials

Rob Griffin 3rd year Trinity saxophonist

I have been having lessons regularly with Alex for about a year now, he is a real teacher. His lessons are always different and he tailors them to the specific individual. We find something that I want to improve on and we will go step by step on how to practice it. If you go to a lesson with Alex with nothing in mind it is also not a problem as he will pull something out of the bag which will blow your mind! Improvisation, technique, sound, composition, harmony, rhythm, repertoire, anything you want to work on he can help. A teacher that I would recommend to everyone and will continue to have lessons with!

Matthew Grenz 1st year Guildhall saxophonist

When I first met Alex, my knowledge of jazz was very limited. I was very keen but was not that confident as an improviser. In two years of lessons Alex has managed to improve my work rate, my confidence as a soloist and has inspired me to pursue playing jazz as a career. I am about to start studying jazz saxophone at a conservatoire, a situation I would never have found myself in without Alex’s dedicated, enthusiastic and personal tutoring.

Adam Glinsman age 48, Jazz grade 3 alto saxophonist

What I love about Alex’s tuition is that aside from a rigorous approach to the grading syllabus, we get plenty of opportunity to just play great melodies. Oh, and the ability to chat about jazz until the proverbial cows come home!

Beni Bienz 3rd year mechanical engineering student, Imperial college

Alex is unlike any music teacher I’ve had before. While many others stick to the tedium of soulless study pieces and the arduous climb up the music grade ladder, Alex offers an evolving and adaptable teaching scheme that focuses more accurately on what the pupil wants to learn. While of course teaching essential playing technique and theory, he encourages his students to guide the learning to cater to pieces or styles they are especially interested in.

Our lessons often touched on complex music theory, saxophone-­related physiology, novel scale exercises, jazz history, musical philosophy and about a million ways of hitting a ii-­V-­I progression in the space of an hour. However, he was also more than willing to slow down the pace anytime I had initial difficulty in a concept, ensuring I was understanding him at all times.To anyone serious about developing their jazz improvisational skills I recommend Alex above any other teacher I know.

Nadey Hakim

I have enjoyed my Jazz lessons with Alex. His patience and support have allowed me to progress fairly quickly into the world of Jazz which always felt remote. His insistence on always using the metronome has been very helpful. I am very grateful to him.