www.londonmusictuition.co.uk, gives further details of his teaching background, 'philosophies' and approach, and many unedited references from a variety of pianists, singers and others of his private students. Claude performs as a jazz pianist (see www.jazzatmosphere.co.uk), for which he is largely self-taught.  Aside from taking many practical and academic music courses at college early in his career, he studied for over a decade with one of jazz’s most renowned and sophisticated musicians, the US tenor saxophonist Warne Marsh, a peer and associate of the innovative (and blind) jazz pianist and teacher Lennie Tristano, and their contemporary Charlie Parker.  Composition was a notable feature and practice of their (and others') musicianship and Claude happily supports any student's interest in that skill. Currently, Claude has private students studying piano, saxophone, singing or flute, who are aged from eight to – uh, well, he shouldn’t say." />
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Claude Alexander

Claude has been teaching practical musicianship since January 2000 to all ages (8+) of pianists, singers and players of most other common instruments, at all levels (from beginner to advanced pro).  He teaches within most commercial music genres yet specialises in jazz, in practising routines that develop universal practical skills, in improvising, composing and advanced music theory, and in a unique approach for singers that builds stand-alone confidence.  While this can (but doesn’t have to) include vocal improvising (‘scat singing’) and vocalese (setting and singing words to notable improvisations), the approach is based on classic practical routines for developing vocal (and general) musicianship.  For any student, he uses largely his own evolving teaching and learning resources, yet they reflect classic (rather than esoteric) elements and concepts of musicianship.

Claude is DBS certified, has a degree in music education and qualified teacher status (QTS) and has completed further related training.  Along with teaching privately, including adults working towards popular music qualifications, Claude teaches in state and independent schools, such as Tonbridge School (Kent) in the Jazz Piano ‘chair’.  He also teaches in further education, such as Tower Hamlets’ “Idea Stores” (libraries and learning centres), where he designs and delivers the ten-week Ofsted-ed curricula for adult groups learning either piano or drumkit.  (He studied piano as a child, then drumming in his teens and twenties, yet has been a pianist exclusively since the early 1980s.)  His website, www.londonmusictuition.co.uk, gives further details of his teaching background, ‘philosophies’ and approach, and many unedited references from a variety of pianists, singers and others of his private students.

Claude performs as a jazz pianist (see www.jazzatmosphere.co.uk), for which he is largely self-taught.  Aside from taking many practical and academic music courses at college early in his career, he studied for over a decade with one of jazz’s most renowned and sophisticated musicians, the US tenor saxophonist Warne Marsh, a peer and associate of the innovative (and blind) jazz pianist and teacher Lennie Tristano, and their contemporary Charlie Parker.  Composition was a notable feature and practice of their (and others’) musicianship and Claude happily supports any student’s interest in that skill.

Currently, Claude has private students studying piano, saxophone, singing or flute, who are aged from eight to – uh, well, he shouldn’t say.

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