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Sam - Prof music theory - Cambridge
£50/h
1st lesson free!
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Lessons offered by Sam
  • Individual
The lessons will be held
Taught subjects
  • Music Theory
  • Composition
  • Songwriting
Levels
  • All Levels

Do you want to write better songs? Mine have been streamed millions of times. I can teach you how.

Methodology

I can cover:

- How to tell an emotionally compelling story with just a few words.
- How to handle rhyme.
- How to marry words and music effectively.
- The secret to memorable melodies.
- Beginner to advanced harmonic theory.

I can help you to dramatically improve your songwriting!

Experience

I have been a professional songwriter for well over a decade. My songs have been released on major record labels, they have had millions of streams, and have been played thousands of times on radio stations across the world. I can teach you how to improve your lyric writing, compose catchy melodies, and come up with strong chord sequences.

Rates

Rate for online lessons : £50/h
Lessons offered by Sam
Individual
The lessons will be held
at his home
at your home
Taught subjects
  • Music Theory
  • Composition
  • Songwriting
Levels
  • All Levels

Sam's CV

Education

University of York (2000-2003) – BA (Hons) Music - first class, top of the year.

Long Road Sixth Form College (1996-1998) - Music (A), Psychology (A).

Parkside Community College (1993-1996) – Music (A*), English Language (A*), Art (A), Classics (A), Design Technology (A), English Literature (A), French (A), Mathematics (A), Science Double Award (A, A).

Awards

• Daily Telegraph Young Jazz Musician of the Year (1996) - Soloist
• Wavendon Jazz School – Full Scholarship (1996)
• Endellion String Quartet Composition Prize (1998)

Career

Freelance Musician (2003 – present) – I have worked at the highest level as a session musician, having performed live with Tom Jones, Ed Sheeran, Jessie J, Jack Bruce and Peter Gabriel, amongst others. As a songwriter, I have been playlisted on BBC Radio 2, and had my original songs played thousands of times on major radio stations across the world.

Songwriter’s Consultation – Keynote Speaker (2016) – I gave a 90-minute conference speech about the relationship between music and economics. I sought to persuade the audience that the disruption of the music industry held clues about the future of the global economy.

BBC Radio 4 – Presenter and Producer (2015) – I produced and presented a full-length radio documentary for BBC Radio 4 about the theories of French intellectual Jacques Attali. The programme explored the intersection between music, economics and technology. I interviewed Attali, along with leading tech entrepreneurs, academics and musicians. It was selected as BBC Radio 4 Documentary of the Week.

British Academy of Songwriters, Authors and Composers – Master Class Host (2014-2015) – I hosted a series of songwriting master classes in conjunction with BASCA. For each event I interviewed three songwriters for two and a half hours in front of a live audience.

Sir Tom Jones – Guitar, Keyboards and Vocals (2011-2014) – I completed several world tours, performing in over 30 countries. This included performing with Ed Sheeran at the AFL finals in Melbourne (broadcast live to over 3 million); with Jessie J in Hyde Park, and at The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee (broadcast to over 15 million).

Ronnie Scotts Jazz Club – Guitar, Piano and Vocals (2009-2011) – I held two long running residencies at Ronnie Scott’s on guitar and piano. I was the Musical Director for Ronnie Scott’s 50th Anniversary Concert, with Jack Bruce of Cream.

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