I am a saxophone and music theory teacher from Donegal, Ireland, currently studying at the University of Bristol. I have been playing the saxophone for 10+ years and completed my Performance Diploma in Classical Saxophone in 2016 (DipLCM).
I have extensive performance experience in orchestral, ensemble, concert band, popular music and jazz band playing. I teach all saxes; soprano, alto, tenor and baritone. I have been teaching for five years, both 1-1 and group lessons. During that time I have taught a range of ages, from 8 to 60+.
I have modelled my teaching methods around my own experience in performance, examinations and auditions, as well as masterclasses from various professionals, including Kenneth Edge.
My teaching focuses on a number of key factors which include:
1) Breathing and the control of performance anxiety – giving assistance to those students completing grades and/or performing publicly. I myself learned how to control and use anxiety to my advantage in preparation for performing the solo concerto at the Mid EUROPE festival with the Irish Youth Wind Ensemble.
2) Tone and musicality.
3) A deeper understanding of the music theory underpinning the instrument and the pieces being played.
While these techniques may vary depending on the genre, I believe they are the making of any good player and performer.
Music Qualifications / Achievements:
Grade 8 in classical saxophone with the Royal Irish Academy of Music
Performance Diploma in Classical Tenor Saxophone with the London College of Music
Grade 5 theory with the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music
Grade 8 in classical piano with the Royal Irish Academy of Music
Played the solo concerto at the Mid EUROPE festival with the Irish Youth Wind Ensemble (IYWE) in 2017. I have been a member of IYWE since 2015
Have performed with the Irish Symphonic Wind Orchestra, conducted by Johan de Meij on one particular occasion
I attained a place to study a Bachelors of Music at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, and Birmingham Conservatoire, receiving a scholarship from RWCMD if I took up my place
The highest possible grades ( A and H1) in my Junior Certificate ( GSCE equivalent) and Leaving Certificate (A level equivalent) music examination
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].