I am a professional songwriter, composer, and film composer, completing regular commissions and constantly building on my research and knowledge into the field. I have developed these skills with university training in the art of songwriting, composition, media composition, studio engineering, technology & production, sonic art, and music business.
My lessons are for anyone who wants to learn the art of songwriting or of composition. For songwriting, we can look at everything from the basic components of a song and how they fit together, to the analysis of existing songs, understanding a wide range of literary devices and how they are used in lyric writing, song forms and structures, music theory, composing music for songs, idea generation, how to express yourself creatively, development of your own musical identity, and, of course, learning how to write great songs!
For composition lessons, the focus will be on the analysis of existing works, understanding the components of a work, instrumentation, texture, timbre, tonality, harmony, tempo, rhythm and structure, and, similarly to songwriting, how to express yourself creatively and the development of your own musical identity.
For film music lessons, the focus is inclusive of elements from both composition and songwriting but will also include the learning and use of film scoring technology (DAW's) and production techniques as well as the ins and outs of film scoring techniques which do differ from those in regular songwriting and composition.
More advanced sessions in all of these areas can also include teaching in recording and production with access to music studios and professional recording facilities included, as well as, if wanted, industry guidance and support. Sessions will be presented in a supportive way through constructive discussion, practical tasks, worksheets, and writing sessions.
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I am passionate about music with degree-level expertise in songwriting & composition, recording, mixing & production, film scoring, and folk/pop violin. I possess significant practical and theoretical knowledge of these areas, and a deep understanding of how music works, curated through 15 years of musical endeavors, culminating in a 1st Class Hons BMus Music degree from Goldsmiths, UoL.
I am happy to combine these areas as relevant to student interest. I absolutely love teaching and look forward to taking on more students. I am very enthusiastic and work hard to ensure the best tuition experience including a personalized lesson plan for every session and taking on feedback.
MUSIC ARTIST EXPERIENCE, 2019-PRESENT
My artist alias ‘INCONNIA’ was set up to release my DIY alt-pop music. In addition to writing, recording, producing, and mixing the music, INCONNIA involves detailed business and marketing planning and execution, budgeting, understanding niches and researching the wider music industry, digital branding and marketing, press photo and music video planning and capture, and creating social media content and running social media profiles.
COMPOSITION/SONGWRITING/FILM SCORING WORK, 2019-PRESENT
Songwriting, DIY recording, production, and mixing of ‘Acknowledgments’ album for alt-pop artist INCONNIA, my alias.
Creation of over 500 song ideas on my SoundCloud account "Iona's Daily's".
Creation of multiple degree-level classical and experimental compositions using standard notation as well as graphic score notation and study of composition at degree level.
Creation of soundtrack for postgraduate comedy film short ‘Go for Alayna’, nominated for Royal Television Society ‘Postgraduate Comedy and Entertainment’ award 2020
Creation of soundtrack and foley for undergraduate animation short ‘Amputee Undefined’ by Sophie Kamlish, nominated for London International Animation Festival ‘Animated Documentaries’ award 2019
Sonic Art composition ‘Rebellion’ which documents ambient street sounds and interviews from an Extinction Rebellion protest in October 2019 captured using binaural and zoom microphones, featured on Framework Radio.
Sonic Art composition ‘Amazing Grace’ which merges renditions of the sung hymn with recordings of water and the sea captured by hydrophone and zoom microphones, featured on Resonance FM
Cinematic composition ‘Midnight Lullaby’ featured on NX Records 2018 mixtape
Nando’s Music Exchange x Roundhouse 2019: I was selected for NMX 2019 hosted by Roundhouse as a producer, songwriter, and violinist in collaboration with 4 other artists, our track ‘Yello’ was played on BBC Radio 1 Xtra and Reprezent Radio (on which I was interviewed about the project) and commended by Nadia Rose, Kwame, and Nonku Phiri.
TUITION EXPERIENCE 2019-PRESENT:
Private tutoring, detailed tailored lesson plans, and striving for a professional but friendly approach that truly benefits student’s needs.
At present, I have taught 10+ students in a variety of musical areas.
Goldsmiths, University of London, London:
BMus Music,1st Class Honours
HEAR Studio Engineering
Exeter College, Exeter, Devon:
Level 3 Diploma in Music, D*D*D*
Extended Project Qualification on the Ethics of Fast Fashion, A
A level Music, B
AS level Business, B
Grade 8 Scottish Folk Violin, Distinction, Trinity College Grade 7 Classical Violin, Pass, Trinity College
Grade 5 Music Theory, Merit, ABRSM
Stover School, Newton Abbot, Devon:
10 GCSE’s grades A*-B (including Maths and English)
RSPH Level 1 Award in Food Hygiene Awareness
Duke of Edinburgh, Bronze
Perfect! Iona is an extremely talented young woman -don't be deceived by her age, she knows what she's talking about! Her songwriting analysis session inspired me to get writing straight away and then we moved onto Logic, which she was very patiently teaching me. I never felt like the lessons were rushed, they were nicely personal and I felt like I was getting to know her. I'll be back when time allows!
Iona is a fantastic and insightful tutor - she's hugely knowledgeable about music production and is really fun to work with.
Iona is a talented exciting new artist. Reducing her audience to tears with her haunting and moving work. Uplifting her audience with beautiful and exciting sound. A multi talented musician.
Iona is a great tutor! She taught me songwriting and production. Super supportive, organised and fun! I learnt a lot and definitely got out of the lessons what I wanted. She’s got loads of experiences and resources that make up the high quality education she delivers and she teaches however you want her to and to whatever style suits you!
Very encouraging and friendly! Certainly knows her stuff! I’ve come away from her lessons with solid practical knowledge and skills that I feel confident in putting in place academically, personally and professionally!
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