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About the companyAlan Boxer
Musical Director; composer; teacher of singing, piano, bassoon, music tech and music theory
SAFE 1-1 learning arrangements in response to Covid 19
Lessons in Alan's Music Room include adherence to government regulations for private music tuition.
See my safe arrangements for lessons and risk assessment HERE
Tailored to Each Student
I'm keen to work from a student's interests and strengths, and to approach music making in a way that suits each person. Some are keen to be pushed along strongly, developing their skills and wanting to progress swiftly; others like to just enjoy music making in the lessons without getting too serious - both of these and a wide range of approaches in between are fine, along with any preferred musical style. Although I trained classically at the Royal College of Music, I now have students of all ages and stages and am passionate about opening doors for anyone who wants to make music, at whatever level.
I made music from a young age, singing in choirs and small groups, playing piano, bassoon, french horn and guitar, exploring classical, pop, folk and jazz repertoire. Later I graduated from the Royal College of Music in London, studying bassoon, piano and conducting, and singing with David Willcocks in the RCM Chorus. After a few pro classical bassoon gigs, I turned my attention to teaching. I enjoyed a few years as an instrumental teacher in Berkshire with all ages, and then trained as a primary teacher, with music, maths and technology specialisms, becoming a deputy head teacher in Devon, and then a head teacher in Somerset in 1999. After two good school OFSTED reports I decided to quit my headship, feeling the pull of the performing arts once again. In 2007 I returned to full time professional music.
I now work with all ages and stages, teaching singing, piano, bassoon, music theory, GCSE and music tech. I lead several choirs, perform in classical groups and a covers band, musically direct and produce shows, and write songs and shows with children in schools. I have two grown-up children who are both wonderfully musical. My mission is to work alongside folk of all ages to help them access music making in all its forms, reaching as high a standard as possible while performing passionately and truly enjoying themselves.
Main Qualifications and Training in Music, Education and Leadership
GRSM Hons (Graduate of the Royal Schools of Music)
ARCM (Associate of the Royal College of Music)
RCM Post Graduate Cert (conducting, piano, bassoon)
PGCE (Post Graduate Certificate in Education)
Post Graduate Diploma in Primary Maths (Maths Association)
NPQH (National Professional Qualification for Headship)
LPSH (Leadership Programme for Serving Headteachers)
MA in Vocal Pedagogy (currently in progress - 2020-2022)
Wassily Kandinsky "Small Dream in Red" 1925
"Colour is the keyboard, the eyes are the harmonies, the soul is the piano with many strings. The artist is the hand that plays, touching one key or another, to cause vibrations in the soul." Kandinsky
I love his enjoyment of colour, his sense of the spiritual and the connectionS this and otherS of his paintings have with music.
More Kandinsky paintings HERE
30 minute music lesson
A 30 minute lesson. Piano, Bassoon, Singing, Music Tech, Music Theory
60 minute music lesson
A 60 minute lesson. Piano, Bassoon, Singing, Music Tech, Music Theory
3 hour recording session, and post-recording editing
3 hour recording session and post recording production of quality recordings of your singing with backing tracks.