I have been teaching clarinet and saxophone to a wide variety of ages and standards in a wide range of styles, especially classical and jazz styles, for over fifteen years and finding it a very rewarding experience.
I learnt to play clarinet and saxophone (and piano) at the Royal College of Music Junior Department until the age of 18 and went on to take my CTABRSM (certificate of teaching from the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music) and LRSM (instrumental teaching diploma) about 10 years later. Since moving to Devon in 2001 I have also been pursuing a career in performance alongside my teaching. I run my own jazz quartet the Neil Maya Quartet and am involved in lots of other bands as well. I also run larger groups at Ivybridge Community College and Workshops for Teignmouth Jazz.
Although my passion for live performance is probably jazz based I am equally at home and experienced in numerous styles having originally trained as a classical musician and having worked with many different styles as well. I also teach improvisation for practically all instruments.
My approach to teaching is one of encouragement through enjoyment of the instrument and music, tailoring the teaching to ability and desires of the student whilst always making sure the student develops musical skills such as rhythm and beat work, learning to reading music, playing by ear and developing improvisation if desired. I can accompany on piano and can prepare students for exams if desired.