In addition to touring and performing Jim has been heavily involved in Jazz and Music Education since 1998. He currently teaches Saxophone 1-1 and leads ensembles at Leeds College of Music (LCoM), one of the UK's leading conservatoires, and has been teaching at LCoM for 12 years on their BA Hons Music (Jazz ) degree courses as a Principal Lecturer.
He also teaches Saxophone for Leeds University and also for the Universities of York and Sheffield and has also taught at Bradfrod Girls Grammer school and Harrogate Grammer school.
He is available for private one to one tuition for intermediate through to advanced students seeking to enhance, explore and advance their jazz improvisation, performance skills, confidence, listening, jazz /chordscale theory, rhythmic concepts and repertoire development. Other common areas Jim also works on with students are technique (sound production, embouchure, mouthpiece/reeds choice and setup, fingering, altisimo and intonation). Prices per hour vary depending on students individual requirments and lessons can be delivered in half hour sessions ranging up to two hour lessons.
As a working saxophonist, composer and bandleader Jim also conducts dynamic workshops, master classes and clinics to students of all ages and levels and coaches various sized ensembles throughout the UK.
Jim was nominated and shortlisted for "Jazz Educator of the Year 2011" at the 2012 Jazz Yorkshire awards.
To enquire about prices and to arrange a lesson with Jim please get in touch via the contact page.
"Just want to say a huge thankyou for being both an inspirational player and teacher. I really feel confident with the new mouthpiece you gave me and because of your help I understand what I want to achieve as a saxophonist, hope to still keep in touch"
"I just want to say a massive thankyou for all that you have done for me throughout my degree. You have been the most inspirational teacher that I have ever met and I really hope that one day I'll be able to help students the way you have helped me. Despite having a mental schedule, you've always created so much time for us, you've continuously helped to boost my self confidence and I promise I'll get there one day! Thankyou for everything, I'll keep an eye out for you on TV, please stay in touch"
"I would like to say thankyou for the time and effort you have given me and for fitting me into your busy shedule, for giving me some of your arrangements for my recital and for generally being very helpful. Thanks"
"During my time at Leeds College of Music, I have been greatly inspired by your enthusiasm, desire and commitment to passing on your knowledge of your subject. Your clear, structured lessons and encouragement have given me confidence and belief in my ability and has inspired me to do the same for other people. Thankyou so much."
"Just wanted to say a big thank you for all your hard work in teaching me this year, I've learnt a lot and feel like a much better player than I was at the start of the year. I really appreciate you taking the time to listen and help me."
"I've really enjoyed having you as a teacher this year, some of the most beneficial lessons i've had in college, thanks".
"I've just had my last exam yesterday so I am all done for 2nd year now. Thank you so much for how much you've taught me this year, it's been amazing."
"Thank you so much for all your help and support over the past few years and especially on this my final year."
"Just wanted to say thank you for the workshops and all you taught us, I learnt a lot and I'm very grateful. Wishing you well and see you around:"
"Just to say a huge thank you for everything you've done over the last couple of years. I've learnt so much from you, not just about playing but about my approach to music itself and my mindset in relation to that and I can't thank you enough. You've been truely inspirational and have always gone above and beyond to help and encourage me and all of your students. I really appreciate all that you've done as I couldn't have got to this point without your guidance."
"Just wanted to let you know that Iam graduating with a first. I don't think I would have been able to achieve this without the help and guidance of your teachings. You've been a great inspiration to myself and a pleasure to learn from. I am sure many other students will agree. Thanks again Jim!"
"Hi Jim, I've really enjoyed my two years under your 1-1 teaching and honestly couldn't have picked a better tutor! I got 70 for my final recital and am pretty stoked tbh, drinks on me tonight! Thanks again Jim for all your help!"
"Hi Jim, just thought I'd let you know I've just had an offer for a teacher training course so begin on September 1st! Cheers for everything mate and thanks in particular for the last year and for all your help and music for my recital set! I got 70 for my major performance an 77 for my minor and am dead chuffed. Cheers mate, means alot and thanks for all your help, it's been great."
"Hi Jim, I got a 70 for my final performance. Very happy and it was great getting lessons with you. I am in Leeds for another year so it'd be cool to get a private lesson or two at some point. Cheers for everything!"
"Jim is a very passionate and driven teacher who never fails to deliver. A consummate professional whom it has been my privilege working and learning with during my time at Leeds College of Music."
"Thank you so much!!! You've been the best teacher and it's been a great year. You put so much time aside which you didn't need to, which didn't go un noticed. I am really happy with my final mark and definately wouldn't have been able to achieve it without you! Really enjoyed the year. Got a little something for you to say thanks as well"
"Hiya Jim, I had a great time playing today on my recital and it felt good and together with the band. Thanks for everything this year as well, the 1-1's have been wicked! Really appreciate you taking the time to listen"
"Hi Jim, my recital went really smooth and yeah had a lot of fun and really pleased. Thanks for everything you've taught me over these past years and for putting me onto some great players and music, really appreciate it!"
Nominated for 'Most Inspiring Teacher' at the Student Led Teaching Awards LCoM 2014 - "He is an extremely genuine teacher and person, able to connect and communicate with students on a very honest level".
Nominated for 'Most Inspiring Teacher' at the Student Led Teaching Awards LCoM 2016 - "He is always on time, gives great advice, walks the walk and often goes way beyond the duty of a standard teacher. Everything you need in an inspiring teacher. Best teacher I've had in 3 years by a country mile".
"Thanks Jim my recital went really well. Thank you so much for all your support this year. I can't thank you enough! I never thought in a million years I could get that mark - so thank you so much"
"Hi Jim, got my letter yesterday saying I got into LCoM! Just wanted to say thanks very much with all the audition prep, gave me a lot more confidence going into it, cheers.....Hi Jim, just letting you know I got an offer from Trinity this morning! Thanks again for all the help so far, made a big difference!"
"Hey Jim, Just wanted to say thanks so much for the lesson last week. Been properley inspired practicing the stuff and feel like it's refocused me in my practice. The Tone Tablet is definately making a difference to my sound too!"
"Thanks so much Jim for all your continued support over the years, you've been such an inspiration to me and I can't thank you enough for all the extra effort you've put in, it has made such a difference to me as a player, especially with my confidence. I can't wait to get playing my own stuff now!"