The way I plan lessons for each student is different and based on what their individual needs and goals are. For a large part of my musical education I was taught by following the graded syllabuses, which I feel covers many essential aspects of playing the drums and provides a good sense of direction for learning to be a rounded and confident player. I normally recommend having a look at the graded syllabuses but there are some who prefer a less technical and more casual approach to learning the drums.
I am a 23 year old Leeds College of Music Graduate. Having lived abroad for much of my life, I am naturally adaptable to new situations, cultures, environments and people; I have lived in France, Hong Kong and Belgium as well as the UK.
I've been taught how to play the drums by at least ten different professionals who have all had a significant impact on my outlook to playing the drums. Because of this I also have a lot of first hand experience with different teaching styles and so I know what kind of lesson keeps people interested and engaged.
I have experience with both the Trinity Guildhall and the Rock School syllabuses and passed my Grade 8 exam with distinction at the age of 16. In addition to this I studied both Music and Music Technology at GCSE and A levels, therefore I have a good knowledge of music theory.
I currently play with a number of bands in Leeds, one of which is a professional function/wedding band which I am the manager of. I also have a lot of performance experience having played with many ensembles in the past such as wedding bands, dance bands, jazz band, big band, worship group and choirs to name a few.
Music-Related Employment Experience
2014 - July Internship
Wisseloord Studios - Hilversum, Holland (concealed information) Setting up studio equipment for use by industry professionals Assisting with maintenance of building and vintage recording equipment Reception & kitchen duties My time here made me aware of the importance of offering a high level of customer service to meet the customer’s expectations
2013 - July Volunteer
St Wilfrid’s Centre - Sheffield (concealed information) Caring for the disabled, homeless and socially isolated or vulnerable. Working in the cafeteria taking orders, serving and preparing food for clients. Leading activity sessions including music therapy, IT skills and letter writing. Worked in the main kitchen preparing food, serving and cleaning
Education & Qualifications
2002 - 2007 British School of Paris
2007 - 2010 Hong Kong Academy
2010 - 2014 Taunton School - Somerset, UK
11 GCSEs including 2 English grade A*’s, Maths grade A and French grade A
AS Level: English Literature grade B and Maths grade E
A Level: Music grade C and Music Technology grade B
2014 - 2017
Leeds College of Music
Bachelor of Music - Popular and Jazz Music Performance (Achieved 2:1)
French: Second language English: First Language
Time keeping - I always go out of my way to be punctual and efficient as my reputation and meeting the expectations of others are important to me.
Adaptability - I have learned to get used to constant new environments after spending so much time moving around the world and leaving what I am used to behind. My time at Wisseloord Studios showed me how to work under pressure and I am certain that I am capable of managing under such conditions.
Communication - As a musician this is one of the most important skills for me to have. Through working with many bands and different people, both my communication and my team working skills have developed immensely over the past few years. The volunteering work at St Wilfrid’s Centre taught me a lot about forming good relationships with different types of people.
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