James Fox's Music Tuition

Rotherham and Sheffield

James Fox


I have been a passionate musician since I was very young, starting by learning recorder at school. I have come a long way since then, being a professional full-time music tutor since 2003!

My musical experience spans over 20 years which includes music tuition, live performances, studio recording, composition, workshops and achieving the highest grades in academic study. A brief summary includes:

• working as a professional music tutor for over 14 years in Rotherham

• formal qualifications across several instruments and music theory which I continue to develop

• countless live gigs and performances in band, ensemble and solo formats

• composing music for internationally recognised professional musicians for performance in concerts, masterclasses and workshops

• recording, producing and supporting a commercial release with an independent record label

• confidence with both Mac- and Windows-based professional-grade recording software

• confidence with many different types of music-making in all popular music genres, classical guitar repertoire, contemporary, experimental music and free improvisation

• studying various styles and genres of music through teaching and personal development

• continued academic development through graded syllabi such as Rockschool, ABRSM, Trinity London and beyond

Degree in Music - BMus (Hons) - First Class

Studying for this qualification involved:

• composition over the full three years of study

• tradition theory of music: counterpoint, harmony, analysis and history

• popular music studies including theory and history

• composing music for the moving image

• improvisation

• continuing to develop performance skills

• improving music technology skills through computer composition

• music history - from the medieval, through the romantic era and to music of the 21st century

• examining art and music through the 20th and 21st centuries

• music in educational contexts which included a placement

• enhanced academic research and writing skills

• aural tests

Master of Arts (by Research) - Distinction

Studying for this advanced qualification involved:

• composing music for traditional instruments through a portfolio of pieces

• composing using video through a portfolio of pieces

• interdisciplinary research and practice

• original video content creation

• planning and post-production of video: camera, lighting and screening

• video editing across several suites

• planning and writing of a thesis (ca. 20,000 words)

• knowledge of research practices

• conducting original research

• web design

• database and data management

During my studies at University I continued to deliver music tuition at Get Sorted Academy of music. My part time tuition at Get Sorted allowed me to focus on a small number of students while also achieving the highest grades possible in my own studies.