Dr Alder has been an educator for over 20 years, teaching clarinet, bass clarinet, and saxophone one-to-one and group lessons to students of all ages and levels. He has taught privately, at music schools, as part of the primary school curriculum or after-school club, and has lectured and given masterclasses at the higher education level, including the Royal Northern College of Music, California State University Northridge, Michigan State University, Truman State University, Glendale Community College, Royal Conservatorium of Gent, and the Conservatorio di Musica Bologna. He has also mentored young musicians for the charity Future Talent.

Former students have ranged in age from 7-75, and from absolute beginners, advanced high school students, adults that just wanted to jam with friends, professionals of other instruments that wanted to learn to double, theatermakers that wanted to be able to add another element to their performances, and music conservatory and professional clarinetists with more traditional training that wanted to learn extended techniques and contemporary performance practice.

To schedule a lesson, please get in touch through one of the means on the CONTACT page.


Regularly recurring clarinet, bass clarinet, and saxophone lessons are available Online or Face-to-Face in the London, UK area

  • Traditional and contemporary repertoire

  • Jazz and improvisation

  • World and folk

  • Available for all ages and levels.

Lessons are tailored to the student's needs. The most important goal is the enjoyment of music and playing, whether that's through the ABRSM grading system or just learning to play for fun, and whether it's classical, jazz, pop, or folk music. 




For advanced players- Individual lessons, masterclasses, & workshops are also available in:

  • Contemporary Performance Practice :: Approaching and understanding contemporary music and its performance 

  • Extended clarinet & bass clarinet techniques :: multiphonics, slap tonguing, circular breathing, quarter tones, etc.

  • Creative Improvisation :: Individual lessons, or Sonido 13 is also available for school and university masterclasses on Non-Idiomatic Improvisation for Classical Players

  • Live Electronics :: getting started, using various software, hardware, MIDI, Max/MSP programming, etc.

  • Recording techniques :: mics, editing, mixing, DAWs 




This video discusses the use of applying Karnatic rhythmical techniques to Western music. To read this lesson instead, please go to: http://www.jasonalder.com/blog/2015/05/09/advanced-rhythm-through-karnatic-techniques-lesson-1-beat-subdivision-gatis/ Lesson 1- Beat subdivision (gatis) and odd-tuplet phrasing This lesson explains some of the fundamentals or Karnatic music- gatis, or beat subdivision, from duple (eighth notes) up to nonuplets (9-tuplet).

Jason has recently started a series of video lessons teaching: 

You can watch Lesson 1 here, and if you wish to have personal lessons or workshops for you or your own students, please CONTACT me.



(5/5): Jason is a very good Saxophone teacher. He teaches in a relaxed way which sets the right environment for learning and he has a keen eye for spotting exactly what I am doing wrong and then using examples and easy illustrations to help me to understand my mistakes and correct them with immediate improvements to my sound and feel ...he is there to help me to learn the things that I want to learn as well as the things he wants to teach me. I recommend Jason very highly to anyone who would like to learn the Saxophone with a friendly, relaxed but very highly qualified and knowledgeable teacher who is also an accomplished musician.
— Peter D
(5/5): I was a complete novice with the tenor sax and bass clarinet, Jason is an excellent teacher and I am progressing fairly quick, I very much look forward to each lesson, he is a true artist. I am now starting to learn the alto flute with Jason.
— Stuart P
(5/5): very patient and understanding … a great sax teacher who i’m very happy to recommend
— Rob R
(5/5): I enjoy my saxophone lessons with Jason. He gives me very useful focussed feedback on my playing and tips on how to practice more effectively. I have been having lessons with Jason for more than 5 years and we have covered reading music, rhythm, tone and improvisation.
— Esther T
(5/5): As well as being an expert performer, Jason has a very wide musical knowledge, and has constructive comments and suggestions not just in my lessons, but also in any other musical queries I bring, from Balkan music to early recorder music to dulcimer tuning. Above all, the lessons are most enjoyable.
— Wendy K