Amanda Garland is our woodwind and brass teacher for the academic year 23/24.
Amanda offers lessons up to diploma level in: saxophone and clarinet.
Lessons up to grade 7 in the flute.
Lessons up to grade 5 in brass instruments.
My name is Amanda Garland and I started my musical journey in primary school learning the family of recorders. This inspired me to take up the saxophone at the age of 11 when I joined secondary school. My first teachers for the clarinet and saxophone were Helen and Richard Habershon followed by Richard Crozier, Ian Green and Will Gregory. My passion for music continued where expanded my instruments to include the clarinet. I quickly worked through my grades whilst studying GCSE and A level music. I then pursued music and education at Bath Spa University, whilst studying I started to teach privately to earn some money for my studies. I soon learnt that this was where my heart was and it inspired me to share my love of the saxophone and clarinet. In 2004 I started to work as a peripatetic music teacher for The Music for Schools Foundation where I have taught up-to 90 students a week with either one to one lessons or as groups using band method scheme and as a multi instrument tutor and this now included the Flute, Trumpet and Horn. In 2009 I became a Senior Tutor where I recruit and assess new and existing teachers. This has then lead me into secondary schools in 2011 to teach clarinet and saxophone. I am proud to be able to say I have put over 300 pupils in for ABRSM and Trinity exams from grade 1 to 8 including the trinity jazz syllabus with a 100% success rate. Whilst at secondary school I assisted in taking 45 pupils to Holland and Barcelona on band tours. I have played in the Terry Hill Big Band for 30 years and have ran my own clarinet and saxophone choirs. I currently play in a few groups for pleasure, from Dixie Bands to saxophone groups. I also co run a community concert band where we have over 30 members aged 10 to 78 years playing a variety of music giving concerts throughout the year.