I passionately believe that music has extensive capabilities to encourage creativity, to positively affect the whole school curriculum for children and to lead to lifelong loving of music with a great increase in intelligence and wellbeing. I believe that music can be accessed by everyone and should be available as an opportunity for everyone, regardless of age, ability or background.
I tend to travel to pupil's homes to teach and can either bring resources or use material which students already own, as well as recommending new books/apps/websites etc. I have a modern, friendly and flexible approach to teaching but built upon experience and good technique. I am willing to adapt to the needs and aims of the students whatever their previous experience.
Please get in touch if you have any questions as I'd love to start teaching lessons tailed for you.
I am a versatile, friendly and down-to-earth musician with a passion for music education. I have been teaching privately since I was 17 and have enjoyed working with a wide range of ages and abilities ever since. I graduated with a masters degree in music from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama with distinction and, previously, a 1st class music degree from the University of Birmingham in 2015. I now work as a professional music teacher, alongside conducting, orchestrating, performing and other freelance music roles.
I am experienced and confident teaching children and adults of all ages on a 1-1 basis, or in small groups, classes, and workshops. The areas I specialise in are piano, keyboard, trumpet, cornet, music theory, composition, conducting, GCSE and A-level music and music technology.
I have worked with Southend Music Service and Severn Arts (formerly Worcester Youth Music) as a conductor and teacher and where I completed safeguarding training and a DBS certificate. My further experience includes leading groups of children, and setting up my own classes on how to read music for adults, creating my own new resources. I have also worked for 2 weeks in a rural orphanage in South Africa working with groups of children aged from 0-18. In my private 1-1 teaching I have taught students from 4 years-old to 80 years-old and from complete beginner to advanced lessons.
Other organisations I've worked with include Music For Youth, Town Hall Symphony Hall, the Aldeburgh Festival, and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. As a practising musician, I have performed in bands, orchestras, jazz ensembles, chamber groups, early music consorts, accompanied soloists, and in recording sessions. I currently conduct CoMA Bristol (an amateur music group) and Worcester Intermediate Youth Orchestra, as well as guest-conducting other orchestras. Further work includes composing and orchestrating. My teaching is enhanced and informed by my wide range of experience and I can pass on to my students a real understanding of the music world.
30 minutes - £20
60 minutes - £30
Other times available if required
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2017 – 2019 RWCMD: MMus: Masters in orchestral conducting – Distinction
2012 – 2015 University of Birmingham: BMus – 1st class with honours
Music – A
Music Technology – A
Mathematics – B
Film Studies B
English – B
Applied Science – B
Grade 8 Piano with Distinction (ABRSM)
Grade 8 Trumpet with Merit (ABRSM)
Grade 8 Music Theory (ABRSM)
The Jack Petchey Award
The Duke of Edinburgh Silver Award
The Queen Scout Diamond Award
2010 – Present: Self employed private music teacher
Piano, composition, trumpet, A-level music, conducting and music theory privately to adults and children 1-1 and in larger workshops.
2015 – Present: Worcestershire Youth Music – Conductor, piano teacher, brass teacher
Including safeguarding training, DBS check, 1-1 lessons, small groups, workshops, further training
2017 – Present: CoMA Bristol Conductor (Contemporary Music for All)
Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama – Post-Graduate Conducting Student
Conducting experiences include: conducting college orchestras in rehearsals and concerts, over a dozen new student compositions including recordings and concerts with orchestras and other ensembles, assistant conducting La Cenerentola, The Magic Flute and Albert Herring, my own concerts featuring a string orchestra, mixed ensembles, a Bach Cantata, Brandenburg Concerto no. 1 directed from the harpsichord, Stravinsky Pulcinella Suite, several premieres, and numerous other pieces. I have also conducted my own compositions and an public educational orchestral tour with presenter Tom Redmond and thousands of children.
Advanced Conducting Workshops with BBC NOW and Martyn Brabbins
2017 – Present: Principal Conductor of the Worcestershire Intermediate County Youth Orchestra
2016: Music Director of the South Birmingham Sinfonia
2015-2016: Northfield Notes Community Choir, and Shirley Gospel Choir Musical Director
I organised and conducted weekly rehearsals, inspiring and teaching members of the community with enjoyable and accessible music-making. The choirs grew significantly in size and ability.
Guest Conductor with amateur ensembles
I have guest conducted the People's Orchestra, the Abergavenny Symphony Orchestra, the Voice of the Town gospel choir, the the Chandos Orchestra, the Birmingham Philharmonic Orchestra, Magic Voices, Worcestershire County Youth Orchestra, Harmonie Concert Band, and the Sheffield Symphony Orchestra amongst others.
Children's Chorus Conductor and Assistant Conductor in Mahler's Symphony no. 8
With the Birmingham Philharmonic Orchestra, I assisted the principal conductor and conducted the children's chorus, in rehearsals and on-stage in Symphony Hall.
London Conducting Workshop
I joined several international participants conducting an orchestra of professional musicians for a week in Westminster
Conducting Student at the University of Birmingham
I majored in orchestral conducting at the University of Birmingham with Dan Rossina, with further choral training with Simon Halsey and Julian Wilkins. I conducted the university Philharmonic Orchestra including Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto no 1 with soloist and, a premiere with the Symphony Orchestra. In contrast, after a research period, I conducted a Bach Cantata, with soloists, choir and period instruments. I also conducted student composition workshops for their formal exams after my graduation.
UoB New Music Ensemble Conductor
Working with the composers and world-premieres
Volunteer in the Aldeburgh Festival 2015 (including conducting my own orchestration)
June 2012 Volunteer for “Reach Out To The Child - South Africa”
Games, maintenance, workshops, music, in rural orphanage with children aged 0-18.
Music, maths and English tutor at Shoeburyness High School
Teaching 1-1, small groups of 3 - 4 students and assisting in classroom teaching
Teaching Assistant at South Essex College
Work experience teaching music and music technology in this sixth form college.
Guest Conductor/Tutor - South Essex Youth Symphony Orchestra
Conducting and teaching the youth orchestra, and tutoring older students in conducting and assisted with the younger training orchestra as required.
George Hurst Conducting Course participant (Sherborne Summer School 2015)
June – July 2013: Sound Engineer for ‘Pinpoint Create’ Theatre Company
October 2015 – March 2016: Intern at the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
May 2016: Composer for CBSO “Notelets” children's concert
July 2014/2015: Stage Crew for Music For Youth National Festival
Fast paced work with 100s of children in performances and workshops.
March - September 2012: Co-organiser of GM2012 Music Festival
Performer and artist in a wider context
I also have a wide range of professional experience playing piano, electric piano, harpsichord, trumpet, and clarinet in large symphony orchestras, chamber orchestras, wind bands, early music groups, big bands, funk bands, chamber groups, brass bands, contemporary music ensembles, solo performance and accompanying soloists and choirs.
I have gained a wide understanding of many areas of the music industry through private and employed teaching, composition, orchestration, stage management, lighting, sound engineering, arts management and publicity which all enhances my flexibility as a well-rounded musician and teacher.
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