Teaching Projects

I have 21 years teaching experience in various settings:

I'm Programme Leader on the new BA (Hons) in Performance and Creative Enterprise (PACE). This is run by the Guildhall School in association with the Barbican Centre and is a hugely exciting new venture (our first cohort started in Sept 2015). It's for a cross-arts cohort of musicians, composers, beatboxers, theatre makers and spoken word artists. Working in socially-engaged and participatory contexts, they will learn to collaborate and lead, devising new work together, and learn crucial enterprise and entrepreneurship skills. Do help spread the word to any young creatives you know!

I'm also the Programme Leader of the new post-graduate certificate in Performance Teaching at Guildhall. This part-time course is designed for those working as performer-teachers, who wish to study at Masters level to expand their skills in teaching and learning in diverse contexts. In particular, this course shares transformational practices that we have been pioneering at Guildhall including Liz Lerman's Critical Response Process, and a coaching-mentoring approach to facilitation.

I've been a professor at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama since 2006. As a core member of the jazz department I lead the Contemporary Jazz course, coach small ensembles, give one-to-one lessons in improvisation, harmony, rhythm and composition to a wide range of instrumentalists and singers, and sit on internal/external exam boards. I am also a mentor for first-years and post-graduates, and part of the Jazz Summer School team, co-leading the Advanced Jazz Summer School.

Aside from my work at Guildhall, I've been a visiting tutor at the Royal Academy of Music, the Royal College of Music and Leeds College of Music. I taught saxophone and composition at the Purcell School from 2002-2014, I've tutored on many jazz summer schools, and I run workshops for jazz clubs up and down the country, including a seven year residency at JAGZ in Ascot (1997-2004).

I recently composed a book of solo saxophone etudes, part of a Guildhall sax department project, which is published by Saxtet music. 'Dig It!', my series of play-along books, is published by Spartan Press, and I am currently working on a book about learning jazz improvisation through transcription.

 

Listen to a podcast interview with me about Mandorla, the new music, teaching and other things...