I have 25 years teaching experience in various settings, and since 2006 have been mostly teaching at the Guildhall School. In 2016 I became a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, on the back of my work building two new new degree programmes at Guildhall. Here's a bit more about my teaching work:
I'm the Programme Leader of the 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 launched the BA (Hons) in Performance and Creative Enterprise (PACE), and acted as Programme Leader up until 2017. This is run by the Guildhall School in association with the Barbican Centre and is a hugely exciting venture. 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.
I've been a jazz professor at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama since I first started there in 2006. As a core member of the jazz department I specialise in contemporary jazz, particularly advanced rhythmic skills and harmonic approaches that exploit chromaticism (building on my pedagogical debt to my mentor Dave Liebman). I also 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 under-graduates and post-graduates, and am 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've published several compositions aimed at the educational market, most recently 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'm still planning to release a book about learning jazz improvisation through transcription, collating much of my teaching materials from the past 10 years - this could take a while!
Listen to a podcast interview with me about Mandorla, the new music, teaching and other things...