Hey, I'm James, I offer students a friendly and relaxed teaching experience tailored specifically to their musical goals, covering anything from more conventional classical compositional theory such as the ABRSM grade theory 1-8, counterpoint, harmony, orchestration and arranging, to more contemporary skills like song writing, Logic Pro X and Ableton, and writing for film and video games. Once we have had an initial FREE consultation lesson in which we will discuss your specific goals, I will create a unique course with exercises, both academic and practical, that we can work through together in our lessons. Ultimately, I believe the joy of music should stay at the centre of all musical education and in my lessons I will always aim to maintain your love of your music whilst providing you with the knowledge to progress your musicianship.
I am a musician, specifically a composer working mainly on music for the theatre. Currently I am based in London while studying at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in my final year. I have taught composition, music theory and drums for over 6 years, offering tuition up to Grade 8 ABRSM level as well as guiding students through compositional techniques to help them attain their personal musical goals. As a composer my credits include.
National Theatre 'Connections' Winner 2017 - Composer
Illuminated River Foundation - Millennium Bridge Commission - Composer
Beasts of London exhibition (Museum of London) - Composer/Conductor
Orchestra In Motion (London's first Indie Video Game Orchestra) - Lead Conductor
BBC 4 'Singing Our Lives' commission - 2017 - Composer
Tower Bridge Bascule Chamber commission - 2019/Current - Composer
Waddeson Manor Winter Wonderland commission 2017 & 2018 - Composer/Conductor
'Signals' - Footprint Theatre - 18/19 - Composer/Sound Designer
'Myles Moffat's Marvellous Mess' (Musical) - 2018 - Composer/Writer
'Voluntold' - Switch Theatre - Royal Exchange Theatres Program 18/19 - Composer/Sound Designer
'The House' - Switch Theatre - Royal Exchange Theatres Program 18/19 - Composer/Sound Designer
Royal Opera House Community Chorus - 2018 - Composer
'Phantom of the Opera' - Barbican Silent Film Festival 2018 - Composer/Conductor
'Japanese Early Animation' - Barbican Silent Film Festival 2019 - Composer
'Musicity: Music for Architecture' commission - 2019 - Composer
'Anti Agency' commission for fashion agency advert - 2018 - Composer
'When I Fly' children animation festival commission - 2017- Composer
'In Silence and Snow' immersive video game and theatre interactive experience - 2017 - Composer
'Small Steps' Landscape for 8 Voices (Coleridge setting) - 2018 - Composer
'En Temps De Temps' - 2017 - Short film commission - Composer
'To Bathe' - Art exhibition film commission - Composer
Details of the projects listed above can be found on my CV.
If there is less than 24 hours cancellation notice, students will be charged. As a musician time is precious, if we turn down a project due to teaching hours and a lesson is cancelled and the slot unpaid, it is very frustrating.
Lymm High School 2009-2016
ABRSM - Grade 8 Music Theory
Rock School - Grade 8 Drums
A Levels: Music: A Theatre Studies: A History: A English Language: B
I am currently studying at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, For my postgraduate study, I aim to read Music and Philosophy at Cambridge or the Royal
Collage of Music.
James is an understanding and enthusiastic tutor who allowed me to learn at my own pace. Really pleased with my progression !!
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