About Me

About

Rafael is a professional jazz & classical saxophonist, composer, and arranger doubling on the clarinet and flute. With a musical career of over 15 years, he has performed both solo and in collaboration with various musical groups. These include his own bands, esteemed musical artists, cover bands, tribute bands and jazz/swing big bands. His performances have taken him to national and international music venues, festivals, and tours ranging on different styles of music. Having graduated from the Birmingham Conservatoire (BMus Hons Jazz Studies) and also completing the 8th Grade (ABRSM) on Classical Saxophone Rafael has long been enthusiastic about studying jazz and classical music on the saxophone. During all his formative years and most of his career he has enjoyed every opportunity to share his passion through music by being an inspiring, supportive and encouraging woodwind teacher.

 

Over the last 8 years of private instruction experience Rafael has been working as a Woodwind Teacher (saxophone, flute, and clarinet) on both classical and jazz music. He believes in creating a friendly and professional atmosphere making sure that students feel supported on their individual musical journey, by giving them the knowledge necessary for reaching their personal aspirations. Rafael has helped many students of all levels and ages to make fast improvement. Over the years he has shown high levels of knowledge having taught music theory (classical & Jazz), Jazz improvisation, composition (classical & Jazz) as well as has successfully preparing students for all the different types of exams such as GCSE, A-Level exams, and ABRSM, LCM, LSM, Trinity College London (TCL), RSM, Rock School. Furthermore, Rafael has conducted few practical 15min seminars on “How to play the saxophone” and also 30min workshop on “Jazz Improvisation” for a community jazz big band (Note Benders)

 

 

Genre

 

Rafael is experienced teaching nearly all musical genres but is specialized in jazz and classical music.

 

 

First Lesson

 

Typically, the first lesson begins with an introduction and informal chat where Rafael and his students get to know each other and discuss the student’s musical interests and aspirations. Rafael offers a wide range of experiences and is interested in focusing on ways to help each student achieve their maximum potential. Whatever your background, age group or level, whether you coming to instruction for the first time, returning after many years, continuing study after conservatory, preparing for exams or even on a professional path Rafael has enough knowledge. He’s able to adapt his instruction according to individual needs and preferences of each student by providing books, exercises and/or repertoire. In-person lessons usually take place at Rafael’s teaching studio or alternatively on student’s chosen location.

 

 

Beginners

 

Rafael understands that starting your journey on learning a new musical instrument can be difficult which is why he’s always a supportive and encouraging teacher towards new students. Beginner students don’t need to have any prior experience whatsoever when it comes to either playing or being able to read music. On the 1st lesson usually there’s no need to own an instrument as Rafael will provide everything necessary and guide each student on the basics of how to play the instrument they’re learning. By the end of the 1st lesson students are usually able to play a few notes on the instrument and have all the basic knowledge needed to start learning and begin their musical journey. To benefit from Rafael’s teaching, it’s recommended that student have their own instrument (Saxophone, Clarinet or Flute) although, Rafael has knowledge on available and affordable instrument hire services as well as provides guidance to all students on purchasing their first instrument.

Location

Cinder Rd, Brierley Hill DY3, UK

Geolocation

52.5128199,-2.1349404

Instrument(s) Taught

Clarinet, Flute, Saxophone

Where do lessons take place?

Teacher's Location, Student's House

Instrument

Clarinet, Flute, Saxophone

Lesson Type

In-Person, In-Person

Lesson Prices

60 mins

£30

45 mins

£25

30 mins

£15

Payment Plans

Pay-As-You-Go, Block Bookings, Monthly

Payment Options

Cash, Online Bank Transfer

Contact Me

Get in Touch

Levels & Ages

Skill Levels Taught

Beginner (up to Grade 5), Intermediate (Grades 5-8), Advanced (Grade 8 and above), Professional Musicians/Teachers

Ages Taught

Rafael has helped many students of all ages and levels

Lesson Sizes

One-to-One, Group Lessons

Graded Exam Preparation

ABRSM (Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music), AMEB (Australian Music Examinations Board), Music Teachers’ Board (MTB Exams), RCM (Royal College of Music), Rockschool, Trinity College London

Professional Affiliations

Musician’s Union

Performance Opportunities, Performance Coaching & Accompaniment Services

Over the years he has shown high levels of knowledge having taught music theory (classical & Jazz), Jazz improvisation, composition (classical & Jazz) as well as has successfully preparing students for all the different types of exams such as GCSE, A-Level exams, and ABRSM, LCM, LSM, Trinity College London (TCL), RSM, Rock School. Furthermore, Rafael has conducted few practical 15min seminars on “How to play the saxophone” and also 30min workshop on “Jazz Improvisation” for a community jazz big band (Note Benders)

Genres Taught

Genres Taught

Blues, Classical Music, Funk, Jazz, Music for Children, Pop, Rock, Soul music, Traditional Music

Sub-Genres Taught

Big Band, Bossa Nova, Gypsy Jazz, Salsa, Swing

Languages

Languages Spoken

English, Portuguese, Spanish

Reviews

Reviews

August 11, 2023

Rafael is a very knowledgable tutor and has a great, friendly approach to teaching. His approach to breaking down material for students of all ages and abilities is outstanding and all of his students enjoy the material presented during lessons

Stephen S.
Verified
August 11, 2023

Was great lesson with Rafael, I really enjoyed the session and I learnt a lot from the first lesson, we spent the first lesson o learn new things I never know and I feel I’m confident to learn more. I recommend him a lot! Best

Anwar A.
Verified
August 11, 2023

When Rafael my teacher I was buzzzing all the time, I was coming home with loads off ideas and looking forward to next lesson. On every session it was great how you kept me inspired and to be honest I was lucky to have met you and work with you. Me and my wife also enjoyed coming to your gigs very much

Lloyd Stephenson
Verified
May 25, 2021

Hi Rafael, when you were my teacher I was buzzing all the time, I was coming home with loads of ideas and a buzz after every lesson, great session every time. You inspired me. I was lucky to have met you and work with you. We also enjoyed coming to your gigs very much. Thanks!

Lloyd Stephenson
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Last Name

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