I am an experienced musician, not only as a teacher but also as a performer, composer, score engraver, and producer.
It is my desire to inspire people of all ages that an interest for music, and it is my wish to nurture that interest into passion.
- Which subject(s) do you teach?
Trumpet and Cornet from absolute beginner up to and beyond Grade 8 and Performance Diploma standard.
Tenor Horn, French Horn, Flugelhorn, and Trombone from beginner to Grade 8.
Piano and related Keyboard instruments from beginner to Grade 8.
Music Theory to Grade 5
Score Engraving with Sibelius Score Writing software informed by my experience as a professional Score Engraver.
Electronic Music Production and Music Technology - as these are such broad subjects, please contact me with your specific needs.
Coaching for educational music exams or other assessed musical projects on a project by project basis, again please get in touch for more information.
- Tell me about your qualifications.
I am highly qualified as a trumpeter having gained a Distinction in dipABRSM.
I have a First Class Honours Bachelor of Music Degree from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, and a Masters in Music Performance from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
I have also been very successful in several prestigious competitions including being a Concerto Finalist in the BBC Young Musician of the Year in 2004, winning the Texaco Young Musician of Wales in 2003, and winning the Masters Classical Concerto Prize while studying at the RCS.
- How much do you charge?
I charge £15 for half an hour or £25 for an hour of individual instrumental lessons and composition.
Lessons via Skype or FaceTime (videoconference) or other online video communication sources for are charged at £10 per half hour and £15 per hour.
A reduction in prices is available for group lessons or block bookings of one-to-one lessons.
I am willing to travel within a reasonable distance of Lincoln Centre, however I may require basic expenses for money/time spent travelling beyond this.
I am also able to give coaching/guidance via email correspondence for either theoretical or practical musical. My pricing for this would be depend on what advice/coaching is required and how much time it may take.
- Where do you teach?
I teach primarily in Skellingthorpe which is close to the City Centre of Lincoln.
As mentioned in an earlier section, I am willing to travel further afield if basic travelling expenses can be met.
If the tuition required is within about 4 miles of where I live, I would be willing to travel to your house for free.
You can also come and learn at my dedicated home studio if that is more convenient for you, so please get in touch to discuss specific arrangements.
- When are you available?
I am completely flexible with teaching time available every day of the week. Please get in touch with me to discuss specific arrangements.
- Which ages and levels do you teach?
I am open to teaching people of all ages, I hear far to often that people wish they could learn but consider themselves "too old." Nonsense! No one is ever to old to enjoy making music and it can be a very rewarding hobby and a useful skill.
- Describe your arrangements for online tutoring.
As mentioned previously, I conduct online tutoring either via video conference (e.g. Skype or FaceTime) or via email correspondence.
This is much more practical than it may initially sounds as all you need to make this work is a webcam and a broadband internet connection. I would be unable to tutor the piano over video conference however as I need to be able to see the entire instrument (which is bit difficult to do with a piano!) to assess technique and posture etc.
I am also able to coach for specific musical projects (exams, competitions etc.) as well as theoretical or practical musical matters via email correspondence. As mentioned previously please get in touch to discuss precise details.
- What kind of experience do you have?
I have more than 10 years of private teaching experience in and around South Wales and Glasgow.
I have extensive solo and ensemble performing experiencing having done recitals in The Royal Albert Hall, The St. David's Hall, The Wigmore Hall, St. George's Bristol, Birmingham Symphony Hall.
I have performed live on Radio 3, and appeared on BBC Songs of Praise, and I have also performed recital tours abroad in the Middle East and the Channel Islands.
- Do you have an up-to-date DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service, formerly CRB) Certificate?
I currently have and up-to-date DBS Certificate
- Where and with whom did you train?
I have studied in London at the Royal College of Music, in Scotland at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, and in Wales at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, and have trained and worked with many highly respected people in the professional music arena including:
James Watson (Former Head of Brass, Royal Academy of Music)
John Wallace (Former Principal Trumpet of the Philharmonia)
Mark O'Keefe (Principal Trumpet of the Scottish Symphony Orchestra)
Paul Archibald (Former Co-Principal Trumpet of the Royal Opera House)
Nigel Boddice (Former Principal Trumpet of the Scottish Symphony Orchestra)
Philippe Schartz (Principal Trumpet of the National Orchestra of Wales)
Dean Wright (Principal Trumpet of the Welsh National Opera)
- Do you belong to any professional organisations?
I belong to the Musicians' Union.
• First Class Honours Bachelor of Music Performance Degree from RSAMD. Masters in Music Performance from the RCS
• Distinction in Diploma of Trumpet Performance from ABRSM
• I currently hold an up-to-date DBS Certificate
• Musicians Union
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