I treat all of my pupils as individuals and the aim is always to help the student reach his / her full potential as a musician, on the chosen instrument. As well as work from a musical perspective, I also include technical work to ensure a student's physical method is as efficient as it can be, which will, in turn contribute to the musical elements in performance. We can work towards a specific goal (e.g., an exam, diploma or audition) or the lessons can just be fun. I also incorporate music theory work (related to the pieces being studied). I can offer lessons for all brass instruments (trumpet, cornet, flugelhorn, tenor horn, French horn, baritone, euphonium, trombone and tuba), as well as jazz improvisation and composition.
I studied trumpet and piano at the Royal College of Music Junior Department for two years, followed by three years at Trinity College of Music, London. After leaving music college I worked as a freelance trumpet player for eighteen years, with performance credits including Frank Sinatra, Shirley Bassey, Neil Diamond, Jamie Cullum, The Drifters and The Temptations, as well as in the orchestra pit of professional shows (both in the West End and touring) and appearances at the Albert Hall, the Festival Hall, and Glastonbury.
I have been teaching instrumental music lessons for over thirty years. During that time, I have taught across the primary and secondary school age, as well as adult pupils of all ages. I have successfully entered hundreds of pupils for exams, from grade 1 to diploma level (including the ABRSM, TCL and LCM exam boards). From 2014 I worked as a part-time brass teacher with Bradford Music and Arts Service for six years, including whole class teaching and working with pupils with special needs (learning difficulties and groups of hearing-impaired children).
After re-locating from Reading to West Yorkshire in 2006, I renewed my interest in composition and have composed and recorded the music for over 30 short films, animations & documentaries. I have around 200 tracks placed with library music companies, resulting in broadcast usage in the UK, USA, Canada, Norway, Portugal, Czech Republic, Finland, New Zealand & Singapore, including Sky 1, Sky 2, Discovery Channel, Lion TV, Living TV and Radio, including BBC 2 & BBC 1Xtra. In 2011 I successfully completed my ALCM in composition (as an external student with the London College of Music) and this was followed by an LLCM in 2012.
I have been an examiner for Pearson Education (formerly Edexcel) since 2002, initially marking GCSE Music, and then later AS and A2 Music Technology. In 2014 I was appointed to the examining panel for Trinity College London on the Rock and Pop syllabus.
Since 2011 I have been conducting choirs, including Chapel-en-le-Frith Ladies Choir (for seven years) and the Halifax Cube Choir (for two years). I am currently the musical director of Saddleworth Male Voice Choir, The Oldham Choir (SATB) and New Mill Male Voice Choir.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, from April 2020 I moved all three of my choirs and (apart form a brief spell in the autumn of that year when face-to-face teaching was possible) all my teaching online. I have also entered pupils for online / digital exams during this period. I am an experienced and reliable freelance teacher and can confirm that I subscribe to the DBS.
Current Employment (with job description):
07/2020: New Mill Male Voice Choir (TTBB) - Musical Director
09/2018: The Oldham Choir (SATB) - Musical Director
03/2014: Saddleworth Male Voice Choir (TTBB) - Musical Director
05/2013: Trinity College London - Examiner (Rock & Pop syllabus)
09/2008: HD9 Community Music - Brass Teacher (part-time / freelance)
03/2005: Composer / arranger - Over 30 short films, animations and documentaries. Production music published, resulting in usage in the UK, USA, Canada, Norway, Portugal, Czech Republic, Finland, New Zealand & Singapore, including Sky 1, Sky 2, Discovery Channel, Lion TV, Living TV and Radio (including BBC 2 & BBC 1Xtra).
09/2002: Pearson Education (formerly Edexcel) Examiner (GCSE Music / AS & A2 Music Tech)
Previous Employment (with job description):
2014 - 2020: Bradford Music & Arts Service Brass Teacher (part-time)
2019: The Recovery Choir Musical Director (for a five-week project)
2016 - 2018: Halifax Cube Choir - Musical Director
2011 - 2018: Chapel-en-le-Frith Ladies Choir - Musical Director
2010 - 2014: Ryburn Valley High School - Brass Teacher (part-time)
1988 - 2004: Professional trumpet player - Freelance work including performances with Frank Sinatra, Shirley Bassey, The Temptations, The Drifters, Neil Diamond & Jamie Cullum, at venues including the Albert Hall, the Festival Hall and Glastonbury.
1997 - 2004: Leighton Park School, Reading - Brass Teacher (part-time)
1998 - 2003: Danes Hill School, Oxshott - Brass Teacher (part-time)
1992 - 2004: Bearwood College, Wokingham - Brass Teacher (part-time)
ALCM (Composition) - London College of Music (University of West London / 2010)
LLCM (Composition) - London College of Music (University of West London / 2011)
Experienced choral & ensemble conductor
Experienced choral and ensemble composer and arranger
Experienced performer (including PA systems / Health & Safety etc)
Experienced user of Sibelius, Cubase and Dorico software
Experienced with audio / midi recording and editing
Original music composed & recorded to picture or brief
Experienced instrumental teacher
Jazz improvisation workshop leader
Testimonials from pupils and parents of pupils:
“ Dorian is a very professional, kind and understanding teacher who explains technique well. I feel lucky to have been taught by him from grade 4 to grade 7, and look forward to him taking me to grade 8.” J.H. / French Horn / Teenage pupil
“Dorian is one of those rare music tutors who are highly technically skilled, but can still impart musical knowledge and technique to all levels of students from beginners to grade 8 and beyond in a friendly and relaxed manner.” P & J. H. / Parents of teenage French Horn pupil
“What I gain from lessons – first of all the relaxed atmosphere makes learning easy, so what is taught stays in and this makes me feel I am getting value for my money and in turn brings on development” T.B. / Music theory & improvisation / Adult pupil
“My son really enjoys his lessons with Dorian who has encouraged a love of music and an interest in the versatility of the instrument.” I.P. / Parent of teenage jazz trumpet pupil
“The lessons I have with Dorian are fun because the exercises we do are enjoyable, which helps, because it makes you want to carry on.” H.H / Cornet / Teenage pupil
“Dorian has been a fantastic music teacher for over 5 years to my teenage son; the progression has been from beginner all the way to taking grade 7. This year lessons moved onto zoom which were also excellent and exceeded our expectations. There is formal feedback and constant encouragement and my son always looks forward to his lesson every week. I would totally recommend Dorian as a music tutor.” N.A. / Parent of teenage trombone pupil
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