Iain is active as a mentor and an educator sharing his musical, instrumental and compositional skills in a number of top music conservatoires. 

For the last two years Iain has been one of three panellists to choose the finalists for the BBC's Young Jazz Musician of the Year.  He has also been a member of NYJO's Music Steering Committee.

Ballamy was made an Honorary Associate of the Royal Academy of Music (Hon ARAM) in 2014.

Visiting professor:

Ballamy is a visiting professor teaching saxophone and ensemble at:

Iain has also visited a number of conservatoires including:

  • Leeds College of Music

  • Birmingham Conservatoire, Birminham University

  • School of Music, Cardiff University

  • Rhythmic Music Conservatory / Rytmisk Musikkonservatorium (RMC), København

  • Norwegian Academy of Music / Norges musikkhøgskole, Oslo

  • Tianjin Conservatory of Music, China

  • Royal College of Music

  • Trinity College of Music

  • York University

Individual tuition

  • Private student musicians looking for guidance with technique and performance skills

  • Consultation lessons for students preparing to audition for music college

  • Graduate and professional musicians/teachers seeking a single or series of advanced sessions


  • Iain has mentored several exceptional students who have gone on to become significant players on today’s stage

Summer Schools

  • Kristiansand, Norway

  • Villekilde, Denmark

  • Scottish National Youth Jazz Orchestra summer school, Skye

My teaching at the Royal Academy, the Guildhall and the Royal Welsh College has become very important to me - working with talented young musicians keeps me growing and learning myself and by giving back what I was taught by older musicians, I can repay by passing it on. The great altoist Bob Burns said to me ‘I like the way you put your fingers down, but I don’t like the way you lift them up.’ I still bear this in mind today....
— Iain Ballamy, saxophonist & composer

If you are interested to find out more  please contact Iain via  info@ballamy.com