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James Brady MMus (Cantab.) MA PGCert (GSMD)


Music education has always been a cornerstone of James' musical life,  whether teaching composition, music theory and brass instruments in schools and privately, leading workshops and classes in composition, jazz and musicianship, or creating compositions and arrangements specially tailored to meet the needs of developing musicians of all ages. As well as 10 years experience as a teacher and educator, he has a PGCert in Performance Teaching from the Guildhall School of Music (with Distinction) and has received training from some of the UK's top workshop practitioners, including Paul Griffiths and Fraser Trainer.


Highly qualified across musical disciplines, James has a MMus is Jazz Trumpet Performance from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and an MA in Music from the University of Cambridge.

James is currently Director of Jazz at East London Community Band, where he runs three weekly jazz ensembles, teaches Brass, Jazz and Music Theory at Hockerill Anglo-European College and Jazz at Bedford Girls' School. James is also in demand from arts and music organisations around the UK to use his skills as a workshop leader, composer and arranger to provide top-quality musical learning experiences and has worked with organisations including the Sage Gateshead, Cambridge Jazz Co-operative and the Beat Orchestra.

James is based in London and Bishop's Stortford, and is currently available for the following:


  • Composition and Music Theory lessons (including via Skype).

  • Intensive ABRSM Grade 5 theory courses.

  • Jazz ensemble and individual coaching and teaching.

  • Jazz experience workshops.

  • Lectures on Jazz appreciation, history and related topics.

  • Consultation on teaching Jazz, Musicianship and Compositon.

Book a lesson

James offers 1-to-1 tuition in trumpet, trombone, jazz improvisation (most instruments) and music theory (all levels) from a dedicated teaching space in Walthamstow, East London, on a short- and long-term basis. For more information, or to make a booking, click the button below.

Watch highlights from a day of jazz workshops designed by James for Saffron Centre for Young Musicians in 2017.
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