Ed Brown

  • Prices: £20 per half hour / £30 per hour
  • Location: Bristol BS7 8TL / BS39 4BZ
  • Instrument(s) Taught: Saxophone, Clarinet, Music Theory, Composition
  • Ages: Children (8+) & Adults
  • Genres Covered: Classical, Jazz, Contemporary, Rock, Ska, Improvisation, Blues
  • Contact: [email protected]

Teacher's Biography:

I am a Bristol-based Clarinet/Saxophone Player/Singer/Composer with 6 years of teaching experience to students between the ages of 10 to 80. I began playing at the age of 8 and have since gone on to perform as a soloist, and in various ensembles, in the Bristol/Lancaster/Huddersfield areas.

Having been taught by a number of tutors over the years: Ben Waghorn, Paul Stinchcombe, Quita Colston, John Woodhouse, Sarah Markham, and most recently Joel Purnell, I am able to incorporate elements of the way they teach with the way I found comfortable learning.

Whether going through the grading system or just playing for fun, I structure lessons around the students' own abilities and what they want to achieve. I encourage learning to play in various genres, improvisation, and working with theory too should the student wish to.

Music is such a creative and therapeutic skill to have; I believe it is a shared learning experience that everyone should have the chance to develop, in a fun and supportive environment, where the student has just as much said as the tutor.

Music Qualifications / Achievements:


  • Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) - Clarinet Grade 8 Distinction – April 2010
  • Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) - Saxophone Grade 8 Merit – September 2010
  • University of Huddersfield - Bachelor of Music (BMus Hons) 2:1 – August 2014
  • University of Bristol - Masters (MA) in Composition for Film and Television – February 2017


  • University of Huddersfield 2014 Woodwood Prize


To book your first lesson with me, or to find out more about my lessons, don't hesitate to get in touch by emailing me on [email protected].

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13 reviews for Ed Brown


Ed manages to easily target small areas for improvement each week and helps me to work out practice schedules. He can pinpoint even minor mistakes in technique, allowing me to correct them and fully enjoy playing. His teaching style is incredibly friendly and encouraging and I always look forward to my next lesson.


Ed has been an excellent teacher. He is patient and always supportive, and gives good advice and tips on how to overcome difficulties in practice. He is knowledgeable and integrates theory into lessons in a way that makes sense. He is able to cater to interests in classical, jazz and other styles, and he makes an effort to keep the experience of learning an instrument enjoyable.


Ed is a fantastic teacher. He teaches my 17-year-old son Saxophone, who has no music experience up until now. My son loves Ed’s lessons. I have found Ed to be reliable and very quick to get in touch with any information regarding times and any other relevant information.


Ed is a wonderful tutor, very patient, knowledgeable and calm. I am enjoying learning to play the saxophone and am glad I found one locally who happened to be Ed.


Ed is a great teacher. Patient and supportive, his teaching style is both accessible and enjoyable. His knowledge and passion for the saxophone are evident and transfers over easily, leaving you with the confidence and desire to keep learning.


Ed really understood what I wanted to get out of the lesson and therefore tailored it especially for me.


I noticed my improvisation skills have greatly improved since I started taking lessons with Ed. Sometimes I bring up some points to improve, and he can find material and tracks on the spot. He gives me instant spot-on feedback after every improvisation, and I redo it to address these points. I also receive lots of encouragement which reassures my progress. I always look forward to going to the next lesson because I know it’s going to be fun and helpful.


I learned so much in the first lesson. Ed was very easy to get on with and I could ask questions and understood what Ed was explaining to me.


Ed is an excellent teacher who balances the flexibility of learning with the technicalities of the instrument. For example, on expressing an interest in clarinet improvisation, we have been doing some form of improvisation every lesson but at the same time developing the skills of writing music and learning to be expressive with the instrument.


Our daughter wanted to learn Sax outside of formal lessons and grades and Ed has been spot on, working with her on both technique and theory in a way she has enjoyed. This has included improvisation and playing along to backing tracks to build up confidence. All in all, it has and continues to be a good experience. With GCSE’s looming she still wanted to continue as quote “he is the only sax teacher I have actually liked”.


Ed Understood my musical level straight away. He is very patient with my progression with the saxophone. He gives plenty of positive feedback and always gives me plenty to work after each session.


Ed is a very enthusiastic and encouraging teacher.


Ed is a great teacher, very approachable, happy to listen and tailors lessons to suit me. I would definitely recommend Ed.

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