Dave offers individual tuition in piano, jazz piano, keyboards, music theory, composition, improvisation, music sequencing (using 'Logic'), and writing (about music), from a purpose-built studio. This tuition is also available via Skype where required.
"Dave Jones has helped and inspired my son Sacha to advance his jazz piano skills tremendously using Skype … I hope Sacha carries on learning with Dave when he starts university in October. To listen to Sacha's playing makes me very jealous and proud!"
(Stephan Grabner, Sept 2017)
Dave is a highly qualified and experienced teacher, having taught in College, University, and School contexts, and has an M.A. post-graduate degree in Music, together with a PGCE (PCET) teaching qualification.
All lessons are charged at £25 per hour (half-hour lessons are also available, charged at £12.50), and payment is required in cash at the time of each lesson, or in advance by bank transfer (please enquire using the contact page).
N.B. At least 24 hours notice of cancellation is required for any lessons missed, otherwise the full fee will be charged, as above.
With his substantial experience as a highly qualified lecturer, Dave is able to lead jazz workshops in a variety of settings.
He has worked on the famous Wavendon Jazz Course at Milton Keynes (as part of a backing trio for saxophonist Theo Travis), and has more recently led jazz workshops at several schools in Caerphilly, South Wales.
In April 2012, Dave taught on Neath Port Talbot College's first ever jazz weekend, alongside other tutors Lee Goodall, Dick Hamer, and Gethin Liddington, and in April 2013 he was involved in a workshop alongside fellow tutors Kevin Lawlor, Tomos Williams and Andrew Csibi, before their evening performance at Garter Lane Arts Centre in Waterford, Ireland.
In March 2014, Dave lectured at the Global Music Institute in New Delhi on the subject of 'Burum', Jazz, and Folk music, as part of the 'Burum' tour of India, and in May 2014 he gave a talk on his Classical Tinge Jazz Journal series of articles at the U3A Jazz Appreciation Society in Fleet, Hampshire.
Dave visited the Cambridge Jazz Co-op in October 2015, sharing a workshop on one of his own compositions Welsh Rarebit, which had recently won him a place in the semi-finals of the International Songwriting Competition. They posted, "Many thanks to Dave Jones for a session in which we covered one of his original compositions … in the style of Kenny Wheeler. Very nice".
In February 2017, Dave will be teaching on the ICS young jazz composers workshop at St. David's Hall in Cardiff.