Teaching

James Mainwaring saxophone teacher‘James is a great, inspirational teacher, who has vast experience in many styles of music. With a specialism in improvisation he passes his knowledge on in a way that’s easy to understand and which encourages creativity.’ Joe Williamson (Royal Conservatoire of Scotland graduate and winner of Peter Whittingham Jazz Award 2015)

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Alongside my performance and composition career, I enjoy teaching. I’m available to teach one-to-one saxophone, theory and improvisation (on any instrument) at all abilities and ages. We can arrange lessons where I am based in Leeds, at the University of York or at the students house. I also teach in Wetherby during term times on Saturday mornings. Skype lessons are becoming increasingly popular with students from all over the world or if I’m on tour and coming to your town, we can organise a lesson during the day.

Here are some examples of what my students have been interested in learning

  • ABRSM Jazz grades
  • ABRSM Classical grades
  • Favourite tunes or songs/transcription/aural skills
  • Tone and extended technique – how to growl, bend, circular breathe, harmonics, multiphonics, double tongue, slap tongue etc
  • Harmony and soloing over chord changes
  • Theory and composition
  • Improvisation methods
  • Preperation for exams and auditions

I also conduct workshops and masterclasses for all abilities with HE experience at Leeds College of Music and the University of York and with young people at NYMAZ and Richmond Jam.

In workshops I offer my knowledge and experience of Improvisation (jazz, experimental, games and Indian classical), ensemble interaction, repertoire, composition, instrumental technique and practice, musicianship, preparing for a concert, production and the industry.

For more information email me at jamesmainwaringsax@gmail.com