My methodology is simple - music can give you whatever you want, and by getting to know you I can understand how best to guide you in your journey. Whether you are someone who wants to perform at the Royal Albert Hall, or someone who wants to play for themselves, or someone who wants to write a hit song, or someone who simply wants to express themselves creatively, I can help you get to where you want to be. No two students have ever needed the same teaching method, thus I tailor how and what I am teaching depending on the students. I have taught young children beginners all the way up to professional gigging musicians.
A key thing for me is having something to work toward. I like my students to be learning to perform. My first gig taught me more in three and half minutes of singing one song that three and a half years of practicing in my bedroom. This can be something as simple as bringing in family to listen, or an open mic night somewhere in the city. This isn't for everyone, but every student who has worked towards a performance has learned more quickly and gained a lot from doing so.
I have a B.Mus (hons) degree in Jazz, Popular, and Commercial Music from Newcastle College (University of Sunderland), UK. As well as Grade 8 Music Theory and Grade 7 Vocals from the London College of Music. I have worked with Sting as both a lead and backing vocalist. I have performed full time around the world for the last 15 years, working in the UK, Poland, Russia, New Zealand, and Canada. I have had an iTunes #1 single in New Zealand and won the Rocky Mountaineer Song Competition in Canada. I have co-written the debut single, Say You Love Me, for NZ X-Factor finalist Anna Wilson.
I am currently studying for my MA in Acting at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and have worked in Television, Film, and stage.
I have over 25 years performance experience, everything from weddings, background hotel music, up to large arena gigs.
I have taught privately since graduating university in 2005, and I worked for the New Zealand Modern School of Music while I lived there 2006-2012.
More than 48 hours from the lesson: no charge
24-48 hours before the lessons: 50% fee
Less than 24 hours before the lesson: full fee
Flexibility can be afforded under exceptional circumstances.
Subjects I teach:
Guitar (specializing in pop and jazz music but can help you with most genres)
Voice (every genre except opera)
MA Theatre Lab 2018-2019 Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, UK
B. Mus (hons) Jazz, Popular, and Commercial Music 2002-2005 University of Sunderland (Newcastle College), UK
Song writing Masterclass with Sting 2004 University of Sunderland (Newcastle College), UK
BTEC National Diploma Performing Arts and Music 2002 Teesside Tertiary College, UK
Grade 8 Music Theory 2001 London College of Music, UK
Grade 7 Vocals 2001 London College of Music, UK
Lead and backing vocalist for Sting (UK) in 2004 and 2006
o Newcastle College performance – lead vocals
o Variety Club performance at Newcastle Civic Centre – lead vocals
o Newcastle Arena – backing vocals
o Album Launch Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Newcastle – backing vocals
Primary performer for Duco Events (New Zealand) 2008-2012
o Sir Richard Branson in Auckland
o An Evening with Sugar Ray Leonard
o A Dinner with Robert F. Kennedy Jr.
o An Evening with Dan Carter and Ritchie McCaw (NZ All Blacks)
o Dinner with Lord Jeffrey Archer
o Fight of the Century David Tua vs. Shane Cameron
o David Tua vs. Friday “the 13th” Ahunanya
o International Rugby Legends Dinner
o A Tribute to Stephen Fleming
o A Tribute to Sean Fitzpatrick
o An Evening with America’s Cup Yachting Legends
Vocalist/Guitarist (Canada) for Music Agencies Siegel Entertainment, Musical Occasions, Musos Entertainment, Max Zipursky et al. 2012-present
I am a preferred supplier for the above agencies. Clients include, but not limited to –
o The Vancouver Club large scale member events– Il Paradiso Terestra / Money / Purple / New Year’s Eve 2013 and 2014 / Regular performer in the Captain’s Bar and the Grill restaurant
o BC Fairmont Hotels – Pacific Rim, Hotel Vancouver, Fairmont Waterfront, Fairmont YVR, Chateau Whistler.
o Vancouver Christmas Market
o Shangri-La Vancouver
o Wedgewood Hotel
o Four Seasons Whistler
o Sheraton Wall Centre
o Brix & Mortar
o Hard Rock Casino Vancouver
o River Rock Casino Vancouver
o Chances Casino Vancouver
o Opus Hotel
Vocalist/Guitarist (New Zealand) for One Entertainment, Music Works Entertainment, F&E Entertainment et al. 2007-2012.
Corporate clients including (but not limited to) Maersk, Vodafone NZ, Hilton Hotels, Stamford Plaza Hotels, Hamilton A&P Show, Westfield Malls, and Hoyts Cinema (Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part One Premiere).
Vocalist / Bass player Good Ole Boyz (UK) 2003-2005
Multiple national tours of the UK in a four piece country and western band.
Winner of 2013 Rocky Mountaineer Song Competition. My original composition “Next Train” is used in the worldwide promotional material for Rocky Mountaineer. Their online experience video has received almost 4 million views on YouTube.
Co-writer of “Say You Love Me”, the debut single of New Zealand X-Factor top 10 finalist Anna Wilson. Say That You Love Me reached #37 on the NZ Radioscope Airplay Charts and was a featured track on the iPhone game ‘Drift Legends’. (2011)
Debut single “She Waits” reached #1 on the iTunes New Zealand Singer/Songwriter chart. The song was in regular rotation on radio and TV music channels and has been performed live on New Zealand national television show Good Morning. The supporting music video was filmed in Moscow, Russia. (2010)
New Recording Artist grant from New Zealand On Air (2008).
Distribution Deal with Digital Rights Management in New Zealand (2008-ongoing)
Artist Development deal signed with Beaver Studios (2007-2012) in New Zealand.
EP “Your Reprieve” released featuring local press and BBC radio coverage in the North East of England (2005)
Private guitar and vocal lessons in New Zealand and Canada (2006-present)
Teaching staff at the New Zealand Modern School of Music (2006-2008)
English (native), German (basic), Polish (basic)
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