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Is the teacher a great player?

A good teacher is not necessarily a great player, and conversely a great player could be a lousy teacher. The important thing is not just that the teacher can communicate, but that they communicate with you. Some teachers may be good with children, others with adults. First impressions are often very important – hopefully you will know quickly if you get on with the teacher as a person.

This is an even more important consideration if you are looking for a teacher for your child as you may need to make the decision on behalf of your son or daughter.

Are they reliable?

Many teachers are also working professional musicians. That is obviously not a bad thing, but it does mean they may need to reschedule at short notice. If this is likely to happen, make sure the teacher has a reasonable attitude and also allows you some flexibility, and that you both know the ground rules for postponements.

Does the teacher encourage  you to learn to teach yourself?

When I worked as a teacher, this was always one of my pet topics. I believe a good teacher will show you how to work things out for yourself, and teach you to become independent so that eventually they become redundant. Many teachers may find this a bit odd, that they are working at becoming obsolete, however this is  far better for you than the teacher who just sees you as a source of income rather than a person with a talent to be nurtured.

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  • Saxophone
    Hi I have just started out and am looking to meet others to practice with , if there any others who meet up on a regular basis I would like to hear from you , I live within the South East London
  • Saxophone & flute lessons, London (North and Central)
    Hi! I have been a professional musician for over 40 years, and teaching saxophone and flute for the last 20 years. I have worked all over the world, doing sessions and with bands in many styles and genres. My lessons are tailor-made for each individual student, with an emphasis on jazz improvisation and having fun. […]
  • Alison Diamond Saxophone Lessons in Manchester
    I teach Tenor, Alto and Soprano Saxophone from beginner through to advanced level and specialise in Jazz improvisation. My students range in age from youngsters to retired people and can also offer online options for students outside my area. If people wish to take exams I can tutor for ABRSM grades. I am an experienced […]
  • Teacher, specialist in rock & pop techniques Hertfordshire
    I am a session, recording musician teacher who specialises in rock and pop sound techniques and soloing but I cover all genres and styles. 07913 661051
  • Teacher in East London
    A lifetime passion for music to be transmitted to my students "Like a child with a pencil can make a drawing, it is my opinion that few notes are enough to start making music" More info on my website
  • Teacher in Barnsley
    I give lessons in the barnsley, can travel further afiled by arrangement
  • Teacher in Greenock / Port Glasgow / Paisley areas?
    Please can anyone recommend a teacher in the scenic but saxophonic wasteland 'doon the watter' to the west of Glasgow. The local music shop tells me the one and only sax teacher in the area died a few years ago. (Bands also appear thin on the ground. I blame the bagpipes)
  • London, Carshalton area - Any local tutor?
    Hi, I am just starting on the alto and I was looking for a few lessons with a tutor to set me on the right path with the embochure and the basics. Unfortunately I cannot afford regular lessons, as I already spend a lot on lessons for my child, but I guess a few lessons, […]
  • Teacher in the vicinity of Canterbury, UK
    Hello, guys. I am a beginner and I would really use a couple of lessons to put me on the right track. I have an alto sax and I feel like I've reached a dead end. I think I sounded better at the beginner and now is just getting worse I live in Canterbury, but […]
  • Seeking a teacher for Alto
    Hi all, Following a successful panto season (backstage, I hasten to add!) I have been given some Royal reeds as a gift, as opposed to the standard Ricos I have been buying one at a time since I bought my alto a year ago ... Playing has been haphazard though I have got back into […]
  • Teacher: North Shropshire / Cheshire / N. Staffs / N Wales ish
    I'm feeling the need for more sax lessons. The teacher I had was a woodwind tech and he lost access to the facilitiy he used for teaching. For once, I would like a musical activity to not be an hour's drive away... If I draw a 25 mile radius circle around me it would cover […]
  • Recommended teacher Wigan area
    Any recommendations for a good alto sax teacher North West England. I live in Wigan but willing to travel for the right teacher to set me on the right path
  • Teacher.. jazz..Manchester/High Peak area?
    Just wondered if anyone knew of a good Jazz Tenor Sax teacher in the Manchester or High Peak area? Could be either as i live in the High Peak and work in Salford Quays. I do have a local teacher at the moment but ts becoming very hard to get regular lessons with her due […]
  • Teacher wanted wolverhampton area
    Hi anyone know of a sax tacher Wolverhampton surrounding area,willing to travel 20 mile plus,i lready have a excellent teacher,who plays pro,but I think through my part have become stale to the point of giving up,have been playing now for about 10 years,taken grades but done nothing else,Just think if saw different teacher may give […]
  • Can anyone suggest a tutor in the Leeds area?
    Hi, Can anyone suggest a sax tutor in the Leeds area (W. Yorks)? I'm an adult beginner on alto sax but played clarinet to grade 5 many moons ago. I seem fine on the fingerings (also play recorder which is a big help for sax fingerings) and my music reading and theory are ok, its […]
  • Teachers in the Portsmouth Area
    I am moving from Warwickshire to Emsworth,Hampshire very shortly and will be looking for a new teacher. Someone who has the patience to persevere with a 65+year old(somehow it doesn't sound as bad as 66) plodder on Alto. Grateful for any recommendations for teachers in the Emsworth,Havant, Portsmouth area Thanks David
  • Sax teacher in Northamptonshire
    Hi Folks I am looking for a good sax teacher in the Northamptonshire area. It's for an old student of mine who lives over that way. The student is 15 and just passed his ABRSM grade 8, loves to improvise and wants to continue making progress. Does anyone know of any suitable teachers please. I […]
  • Teacher - South Manchester, England?
    I've had my alto for 6 weeks now and have put off getting a teacher, for fear of getting the wrong one, I guess. I live just South West of Manchester in Urmston, handy for the M60, so can get to many places quite quickly outside of rush hours. 1) I've found a teacher called […]
  • Sax teacher need in Southsea/Portsmouth
    Hi I'm looking for some one to one sax tuition in Southsea/Portmouth. I am a beginer and would like an half hour or even an hour depending on price, every week. I usually have plenty of time for practice being semi retired. Ian
  • Sax Teacher
    Hi,anyone know of a sax teacher 15-20 mile of wolverhampton area,someone who can teach grades and preferably teach alto,tenor,sop.Looking for someone reliable and,not hit and miss.Be good if someone was actually playing in a band at moment. Looking for fortnightly or monthly meets,depending on work.My music pref is soul,motown,jazz,swing.Thanks Bumnote.
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