Here are some of the most frequently asked questions (FAQ) I get asked at Cambridge Saxophone.com. Please click on the question to reveal the answer.
So what makes Cambridge Saxophone unique?
Well, the clue is in the name! I teach saxophone! Some clarinet, flute, piano or bagpipes teachers dabble in a bit of sax because they once played it for a week in college! Saxophone is my thing – I specialise in four main saxophones invented by a Belgian instrument maker in 1846! The other difference is that I am primarily interested in teaching you the instrument and not making money. I only want students who have a deep desire to learn – I would rather give you your money back than waste your time.
Do you offer face-to-face lessons in addition to Skype lessons?
A resounding YES! In fact currently I have a 60/40 split in favour of ‘in person’ or ‘face-to-face’ lessons. My teaching studio is just six minutes from Cambridge city centre! It’s also just an hour’s train ride from London, so if you fancy learning saxophone in an environment away from the noise of the big city, please drop me a line now!
Do you enter people for grade exams?
Yes. I use the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM). I have a 100% pass rate for ABRSM exams, with an astonishing 100% distinction rate for Grade 8 saxophone!
What about jazz exams?
Certainly! In fact I have some of the best results in the UK when it comes to the ABRSM jazz syllabus. It helps that I have studied with the likes of Branford Marsalis, Eric Alexander, Tony Woods and Frank Griffith, but my skill is in distilling that information down and passing it on to students of whatever level.
I’m not sure about Skype or video chat lessons. How do they work?
Well, firstly, check out the student comments on my Skype lesson page. Some of those students were initially sceptical about video lessons, but now they love the convenience of being able to study with me wherever they are in the world! All you need is a broadband internet connection and a computer usually no more than five years oldk, and you’ll be well on the way!
How often do you practise?
Well, the truth is … not as much as I would like, but I do maintain an active and busy performing schedule that keeps me on my toes. You can find out more about my performing career via my website (click here).
You haven’t answered my question here …
PLEASE contact me either by phone (07968 528929) or via email by clicking this link. Alternatively if I am ‘online’ I’ll be available via the chat button on the home page – I look forward to hearing from you.