Saxophone Lessons in London
The thrill of teaching is something I discovered many years ago and the joy I experience through it has never left me. I have had some amazing tutors throughout my musical career and being able to repay their faith and ability is something I have always wanted to do. I am lucky enough to have become one of the leading saxophonists in Kent and I’m often approached for bespoke musical tuition. I currently have around 30 students across the capital, I am a fully registered ABRSM Teacher and I have 100% pass track record. Along with saxophone tuition, I am also a trained pianist and have helped many students discover or re-discover their keyboard skills.
For more than 10 years I’ve been delivering personalised, bespoke saxophone lessons to adults in London, Kent, Maidstone and the South East. None of my students have ever failed their gradings and it’s not uncommon for me to bump into ex-students on the saxophone circuit, now playing for huge crowds and recognisable names.
Nothing gives me greater pleasure than watching my students achieve their dreams, whether that’s mastering a difficult song or performing at their first event. Watching them work hard during their lessons and hearing them practicing as I leave is an incredible feeling, and one that keeps me working as hard as they do to help them become better saxophonists.
I work closely and flexibly with my students during saxophone lessons, teaching and guiding them in whatever direction they want to move. Of course, there are principles that I stick to in order to ensure the tenets of saxophone playing are fully mastered, but beyond that I adapt to the student’s individual tastes. Do you want to be a classical saxophonist, able to impress at dinner parties? Great, I can help. Would you like to mix your saxophone with live music or DJs, and get dance floors jumping? I can help with that too.
As a saxophone teacher I have worked with hundreds of adults to master the saxophone. From early learners to late bloomers, if you can get your fingers on the keys then I can help you improve with the most romantic instrument in the world. My experience of playing at hundreds or thousands of events and weddings over the years has given me a great appreciation of every style of saxophone playing. I will work with you on a one-to-one basis, as frequently as you like, to develop the basic skills and slowly master the soft, brass keys of a saxophone.
Whether you’re a brand new saxophone player or an experienced musician looking to pick up an old hobby, I can work with you to help you master this beautiful instrument. I can speak from experience when I say that playing the saxophone successfully is one of the greatest feelings in the world, whether it’s for friends and families or for a crowd of thousands. It should come with a warning though, playing the saxophone is extremely addictive and may take over your life!
If that doesn’t scare you away, I would love to talk to you about saxophone lessons in London, Kent, Maidstone and the South East. Let’s have an informal discussion about your playing ability and what you want to achieve, and then we can go from there. Drop me a line and let’s get started.
Along with saxophone tuition, I also teach music as a subject and improvisation on a wider basis. Generally speaking, I teach in Maidstone during the week and in Bromley on the weekend. I can also travel further afield for the enthusiastic student, but this will require additional travelling costs. See my pricing model and more information on my very old (retro!) website here.
Here is what some of my most dedicated students have to say about their time with me:
Miles CowleySatisfied Student
Brendan has an in depth knowledge and great enthusiasm for the saxophone. He brings these qualities to every lesson.
Sally LawsonSatisfied Student
Brendan has been teaching me for nearly two years now and every lesson has been a pleasure. Not only is Brendan a gifted musician, he is a brilliant teacher and achieves the perfect balance between encouraging and challenging. After my first month of lessons Brendan told me that I would do my first 'gig' 5 months later. I thought he was joking. As that 6 month marker approached I realised he was serious and we prepared to play a piece in an open mic jazz session with Dave Silk's brilliant band.
The fact I did it is a testament to Brendan's ability to build confidence and skill from scratch. I was 51 when I started learning and sometimes have periods when I can’t practice. When this happens we just enjoy playing duets, learn some theory or work out new pieces by ear so the lesson is never wasted. It is great to have a teacher who is fun, flexible, does not mess about when it comes to getting it right and is an inspirational performer. He gets my 5 star rating!
Rob CooperSatisfied Student
Until 18 months ago I had never picked up any musical instrument and could not read one note of music. Thanks to Brendan I gave a performance on the sax recently to over 400 (at a prize giving evening) and received a standing ovation!
As a Headteacher in an Inner London school I work with a lot of teachers and have got to know what makes a good teacher. Brendan is not good ... he is outstanding.
The ingredients of an outstanding teacher are: subject knowledge, enthusiasm and high expectations. Brendan has all of these and more. Each lesson is well-structured and I make a lot of progress. They are also a great deal of fun.
I have chosen to learn to read music and we switch between classical, jazz, pop and other forms that I’d never heard of.
I fully recommend Brendan as a great teacher and a great talent.
I've been so impressed with Brendan, both as a talented musician and as a teacher. Brendan has tailored his friendly approach to my needs and skill level (and musical taste!). More than anything else he has given me the inspiration to keep going. I would highly recommend Brendan as a music teacher to anybody.
Andy MaySatisfied Student
Searching for the right Saxophone teacher is far from easy; many teachers get bogged down in the theory of music early on, stifling enthusiasm and making the learning process dull. It is perhaps unsurprising that so many give up in these early stages; frustrated by slow progress and disillusioned that the dream was unattainable. After I experienced this approach first hand, I sought out Brendan; determined that there must be a better way.
Brendan’s approach to teaching the Saxophone is a breath of fresh air; he strikes a superb balance between teaching the technical playing skills and theory necessary to master the Saxophone; ensuring the learning process progresses fast, with precision, but is first and foremost “Fun”. His passion and enthusiasm for the instrument is infectious, and one leaves after his lessons eager to get home and practice the skills just learned. I find myself appropriately challenged, highly motivated and confident to practice what I have learned during the class on my own. Under his skilful guidance and encouragement, I have progressed quickly from being a complete beginner, to playing sections of Pop, Jazz and Blues that would have seemed far out of reach only a few weeks ago. I eagerly look forward to each new lesson, assured in the knowledge that I will come away with a step-change in playing skills and the excitement of something new to master before the next lesson. For these reasons I would not hesitate to recommend Brendan to anyone wanting to learn the Saxophone, or who is dissatisfied with their current progress. One lesson is all you will need to appreciate what learning the Saxophone should feel like!
Clive LeeSatisfied Student
I have found Brendan to be an excellent, positive and patient non clock-watching tutor, with a good eye for detail; he is very adaptable with lessons and has kept my interest and enjoyment in playing very high. I feel I am progressing further and faster than I had with other tutors. It’s nice to have a tutor who can do gigs in known establishments, I feel it adds credibility to what he is teaching. I would have no hesitation in recommending Brendan to my associates & friends.
Rachel RedmanSatisfied Student
Brendan is passionate about the saxophone and this comes across brilliantly in his teaching. His enthusiasm for his pupil to get the best out of the instrument and the lesson is unbounded and his enthusiasm infectious. But whilst always encouraging and positive, he teaches to a high technical standard, which must be the building block for good sax playing.
I am a beginner, but feel that I have fallen on my feet with such an outstanding teacher.
Ian MackSatisfied Student
Brendan Mills - WOW what a teacher!! He makes learning an instrument fun and easy to understand. I am 48 years old and have always wanted to learn to play saxophone. I thought I would finally give it a try but was expecting a music teacher to be a bit harsh and stuffy, but Brendan was excellent.
He is to be able to give real confidence and motivation to learn. Thanks to Brendan I am really enjoying my lessons and I am improving really quickly.
Simon BlaxillFather of Satisfied Student
Brendan has been teaching our son Philippe for about 2 ½ years now. During that time Phil has improved his playing to a large degree, passing his grade 2 exam about a year ago and recently being invited to join his school band.
Phil always looks forward to his lessons and Brendan, whilst always maintaining firm in his direction (often necessary with our Phil), never forgets that playing music should be above all, an entertaining past-time.
Dave EganSatisfied Student
He’s Mr Consistent! From the outset he has always been welcoming, friendly, positive and patient. I always look forward to every lesson. Always challenging, but Brendan’s methods always include humour and enthusiasm. Even my neighbours have commented on my progress! I always leave each lesson feeling a sense of accomplishment!
Brett LonsdaleSatisfied Student
Brendan brings a wealth of professional experience to his teaching, being at home with everything from Bach to Charlie Parker to hip-hop. He structured a programme for me after a careful assessment, and has provided masses of advice on style and technique that has helped to improve my playing beyond measure, from near-beginner to almost-grade 6 candidate.
And I have really appreciated Brendan's flexible approach. He provides direction, close tuition and guidance when required, but is no tram-line teacher: he listens and leaves space for your own ideas and will encourage you to think for yourself and to take the lead when you're ready - and is not above throwing in the odd unexpected challenge ot two! At the same
time, he is always unfailingly supportive, and his enthusiasm is a fantastic spur to progress.
Starting regular saxophone tuition with Brendan back in December 2009 turned out to be a very good move indeed, and I haven't regretted it for a minute.
Ian MackSatisfied Student
Brendan Mills - WOW what a teacher!! He is to be able to give real confidence and motivation to learn.
Sally LawsonSatisfied Student
Not only is Brendan a gifted musician, he is a brilliant teacher and achieves the perfect balance between encouraging and challenging.