music education

Josh is an active jazz educator and composer and believes passionately in helping people to develop their musical ability and enjoyment through particpation in ensembles and individual tuition, whatever their standard and experience.

He is musical director of the Grafham Jazz Course and has a vast experience leading workshops and coaching ensembles around the UK, from the Guildhall School of Music to directing the Cambridge Youth Jazz Orchestra. Josh is an examiner for the classical and jazz panel at Trinity College London.

 

Josh's studies include Postgraduate Jazz at the Guildhall School of Music, (where he was a Ronnie Scott Scholar), an Archer Scholarship at Trinity College of Music, and a First in Philosophy from Oxford University. This combination has allowed Josh to find a unique and personal approach to music and jazz education.

A prolific composer, Josh has a large library of original music and arrangements for solo instruments and ensembles of all sizes. His writing has been featured on several Arts Council sponsored tours.

With the tenor sax being the mainstay of his gigging work, Josh also performs all saxophones,  Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Piano and also plays flute, drums and bass.

As well as teaching instrument specific skills, Josh has twenty years study of the Alexander technique and has published articles on the application of Alexander principles to breathing and posture when playing a musical instrument.

Whilst offering tuition which is detailed and analytic, Josh also believes in the central importance of working holistically, and nurturing an intuitive approach to music making especially with regard to developing expressive and communicative playing.

Having benefitted extensively from jazz education when he was young, winning prizes including the Daily Telegraph Young Jazz Competition, Josh is committed to helping musicians young and old to thrive and learn, to improve their playing, enjoyment and understanding of the music they love.

Josh Kemp