Teaching

Sam is a keen educator, and is in his eleventh academic year as a peripatetic brass and music teacher, as well as being the Federation Music Teacher (Brass Specialist) for The Beacon Federation (Ermington & Ugborough Primary Schools).

During this time he has taught brass and music regularly at a number of schools and music education centres throughout the South West, including:

  • South Dartmoor Community College
  • SaMMS Saturday Morning Music (specialist music school in Totnes)
  • University of Plymouth (Jazz Trumpet)
  • King Edward VI Community College (KEVICC) in Totnes
  • Totnes Progressive School (Independent)
  • Torquay Girls Grammar School

He believes in teaching in a fun and encouraging environment whilst maintaining a structured approach.

He is experienced in preparing students for ABRSM, Trinity College/Trinity Guildhall Graded examinations (Classical & Jazz disciplines) and in individual GCSE and A-Level music tuition, as well as auditions for further musical study.

A number of former students have gone on to study at specialist music institutions such as Wells Cathedral School, Royal College of Music and Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

Specialising in trumpet, flugelhorn and jazz/improvisation, he offers individual tuition in the following instruments and topics:

  • Trumpet, Cornet and Flugelhorn
  • All lower brass valved instruments (e.g. Tenor Horn, Euphonium)
  • Trombone
  • Jazz and Improvisation
  • Music Theory/Aural
  • GCSE and A-Level Music Tutoring

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Lessons can be arranged at SaMMS Saturday Morning Music in Totnes during term time, or privately by arrangement. He is enhanced DBS-checked, has full Public Liability Insurance through the Musicians Union and has attended a Level 2 Safeguarding Course.

If you would like to enquire about lessons, please use the Contact page to contact Sam for more information or to obtain references.


Ensemble Direction

Sam has been directing Brass, Wind, Jazz and Concert Band ensembles at SaMMS Saturday Music School for the past ten years, and now directs ensembles at South Dartmoor Community College, KEVICC and many other primary and secondary schools throughout the South West.

He has built the groups up to a high standard of performance, some of which can be heard on the Media page of this site.

He has also been involved as a tutor in regular and weekend Jazz Workshops for adults and students.

Sam is always keen to get the best out of the ensembles, and will help the less experienced students by tailoring the ensemble parts to suit their abilities and composing and arranging pieces especially for the band.

If you would like to talk to Sam about directing your ensemble, please use the details on the Contact page.


South Devon Youth Jazz

South Devon Youth Jazz offer fortnightly jazz workshops and special termly masterclasses with some of Britain’s top jazz musicians based in Totnes.

All instruments welcome – please visit

http://www.sdyj.co.uk

for more information!