Musician & Music Teacher
These pages offer news and information regarding my work as Music Teacher and Professional Musician. I do hope that you will find this site useful and helpful. For those looking for Music Tuition I would invite you to explore the Tuition Pages and also Testimonials of Pupils & Parents of Pupils (below & on the Testimonials Page).
Saxophones & Flutes
These pages offer news and information regarding my work as Music Teacher and Professional Musician. I do hope that you will find this site useful and helpful. For those looking for Music Tuition I would invite you to explore the Tuition Pages and also Testimonials of Pupils & Parents of Pupils (below & on the Testimonials Page). You will discover that my tuition practice comes out of years of professional work & experience within International Music Performance & Recording.
Regarding my tuition work there are pages of information regarding my private teaching practice & work within Schools here in Norfolk. I am a registered and full member of the ISM (Incorporated Society of Musicians) and the Musicians Union. I am fully registered with the DBS (Update Service) & through the Schools that I work for.
Having been tutored and inspired by such wonderful, skilled teachers (themselves world class performers) and many professional colleagues over the years I regard it a privilege and a joy to now pass on to a new generation the skills & experience that I have accumulated during a lifetime of study & application. I offer tuition on Saxophone (from beginner to Diploma standard), Flute, Clarinet, Piano & Music Theory (from beginner to Grade 8 standard).
A good number of my pupils have reached advanced levels of playing and have been awarded top prizes in local, regional and national music festivals & competitions. These include the Norfolk County Music Festival, Norfolk Young Musician of the Year and the BBC Young Musician competition, where one of my pupils reached the woodwind semi-finals in Cardiff in 2014.
In addition to these achievements my pupils have also been awarded places within various prestigious Music Academies & Conservatoires such as: Guildhall School of Music & Drama, Royal Academy of Music, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, RNCM & Trinity Laban (for Classical as well as Jazz Programmes of Study) as well as Youth Programmes within the National Youth Jazz Collective and Aldeburgh Young Musicians.
I am pleased to be part of the excellent Music Teaching team here in Norfolk - at Norwich School, NCYM (Norfolk Centre for Young Musicians) and the Norfolk Music Service. NCYM is a Saturday Music School here in the City of Norwich (one of of only five CYM Music Academies here in the UK directed by the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, one of the world`s leading Conservatoires).
In addition to individual lessons I also direct where I also direct Jazz & Saxophone Ensembles at Norwich School & NCYM.
My own journey in music started with piano lessons (at the age of seven with Evelyn Norman in my home town of Bishop`s Stortford) and then on (at the age of 15) to board and to study for 3 years (Flute & Saxophone) at HM Royal Marines School of Music in Deal, Kent. After playing, recording and travelling across the world with this most prestigious military band I then went on to work and to explore new and diverse musical traditions before returning to another three years of study at University in order for me to leave the world of touring and international music performance and to focus my attention on teaching music (more of this on my Biography page).
Music for me is a passion, a God given gift. Over the years I have been privileged to work with so many fine musicians & song writers. In 1989, following visits to the Islands of Lindisfarne & Iona (where I discovered something of our Celtic Christian Heritage), I formed (with my good friend & fellow collaborator Dave Bainbridge) the Celtic fusion band IONA. This was a highly creative period; years that I treasure to this day.
I invite you to explore this website to discover more of my story, my work and of my passion for music and creativity. The song on the video (below) is called Chi-Rho and the film was a record company promotional for the second project that I recorded with IONA (entitled `The Book Of Kells` and was initially inspired by that great Celtic Illuminated Manuscript).
Thanks for visiting, David
What people say
A Great Find As A Music Teacher. As a mother of 2 pupils with David Fitzgerald we have been extremely pleased with the teaching they have received. David has inspired and encouraged in equal measure, finding ways to keep them engaged when they have found other pursuits more pressing. The ability to get them through Grade 5 music theory as well has been an added bonus in keeping them on track.
- Clare Elkins
A Wonderful Teacher. My daughter had music lessons with David Fitzgerald from the age of 11 to 18. Charlotte gained grade 8 in music and now attends a London college studying for a degree in actor/musicianship. David is a wonderful teacher always making lessons enjoyable. I would not have any hesitation in recommending him.
- Jaki Ware
Outstanding Teacher. David taught me alto saxophone for more than 8 years. He saw me though my grades but best of all introduced me to Jazz which became all we played. He creates a very relaxed atmosphere but also is willing to challenge and work you hard to progress your playing. Many of the saxophonists I have played with in various jazz bands with have been taught by him. A true legendary teacher!
- Philip Grant
An Outstanding Teacher. My son has had lessons with David for over five years and he is now at a Conservatoire. His tuition has been outstanding and his attention to detail is excellent. He has taken my son through to Grade 8 and a Diploma and given fantastic career advice. He has gone out of his way to introduce my son to different challenges including Young Norfolk Musician of the Year. A fantastic teacher who I cannot rate highly enough.
- Joy Anning
Patient & Encouraging. I can recommend David without reservation. He took me through from Grade 6 to Diploma level and really challenged me. The lessons were really enjoyable and he was always patient and encouraging. My sight reading really improved as did my tone. I am now at a Conservatoire and David continues to be a great support to my musical development.
- Michael Anning