About Alan

Teaching Tailored to Each Student

I'm keen to work from a student's interests and strengths, and to approach music making in a way that suits each person. Some are keen to be pushed along strongly, developing their skills and wanting to progress swiftly; others like to just enjoy music making in the lessons, making progress but without getting too serious. I like to tailor my approach to each person, including any preferred musical style. Although I trained classically at the Royal College of Music, I now work with students in a wide range of styles and am passionate about opening doors for anyone who wants to make music, or create their own recordings, at whatever level.

Brief Biog

I was making music from a young age, singing in choirs, shows and in small groups, playing piano, bassoon, french horn and guitar, exploring classical, pop, folk and jazz repertoire. Later I graduated from the RCM, studying bassoon, piano and conducting, and singing with David Willcocks in the RCM Chorus. After a few pro classical bassoon gigs, I turned my attention to teaching. I enjoyed a few years as an instrumental teacher in Berkshire with primary and secondary students, and then trained as a primary teacher, with music, maths and technology specialisms, becoming a deputy head teacher in Devon, and then a head teacher in Somerset in 1999. After two good school OFSTED reports I decided to quit my headship, feeling the pull of the performing arts once again. In 2007 I returned to full time professional music.

I now work with all ages and stages, teaching singing, piano, bassoon, music theory, GCSE and music tech. I lead several choirs, perform in classical groups and a covers band, musically direct and produce shows, and write songs and shows with children in schools. I have two grown-up children who are both wonderfully musical. My mission is to work alongside folk of all ages to help them access music making in all its forms, reaching as high a standard as possible while performing passionately and truly enjoying themselves.


Contact: alan@ajbmusic.net   07980 981656

Musical director, composer and arranger, teacher of singing, piano,
bassoon, music tech, GCSE and music theory, vocal recording specialist

© Alan Boxer 2023