Adrian Northover - Saxophone





Teaching Experience
I have a wealth of teaching experience that leaves me well-equipped and comfortable in providing engaging, stimulating and thorough lessons, each one suited and tailored to the needs of the individual student.
I am based in central London, and generally teach from my home.
I currently tutor students privately, covering jazz, improvisation skills, jazz theory, classical saxophone, and am comfortable entering students into graded exams (ABRSM and Trinity). I was the Saxophone Tutor at Hackney Community College for ten years from 1995-2005, where I taught jazz Saxophone to adults, covering basic to intermediate saxophone techniques and performance skills.
I have also taught extra-curricular music to children in Primary Schools (2005-2015 at Walnut Tree Walk Primary School) and Saturday morning music centres (2000-2006 at Borough Music School).
I am also an experienced music workshop facilitator, which means I am accustomed to making my lessons as fun and engaging as my workshops are. I hold a teaching certificate from Goldsmiths College in Music Workshop Skills. From 2000-2004 I ran music workshops with children and local community members for the Thames Festival Procession. I also run improvisation workshops in non-idiomatic improvised , and I have worked with students from Leeds and Middlesex University, engaging with degree based courses. From 2012 I ran workshops in community centres in and around London.

Approach to music tuition

A discussion with the student in the very first lesson allows me to understand the aims and goals of the individual; from there I create a learning plan that ensures these aims and goals can be met and achieved.
My lessons are tailored to each individual student’s needs and I always take their preferred learning styles into account. Creativity and enjoyment are central to my way of teaching, and I thus incorporate engaging activities into the lesson.


Adrian has been teaching me the saxophone for 5 years, and during that time I have found him to be a reliable, knowledgeable and inspiring saxophone teacher. I would thoroughly recommend him.

Dr Dina Glouberman

I have worked with Adrian as a teacher and performer for over twenty years. He is very able, knowledgeable and personable. He has much experience of a wide variety of music, especially jazz, but also world music, popular music and he is a proficient session musician/reader. I thoroughly recommend him as a tutor.

Dr Sarha Moore, lecturer at City Literary Institute, Holborn

Adrian’s approach to each lesson is exemplary. He adapts each session to your musical requirements while still providing invaluable advice on your playing.

Bill (student)