Thursday, 17 January 2058

Robin's Experience and Style




Robin Thornton - Teacher


At a young age, I decided that I wanted to be a Musician. I did not believe that I could support myself with one instrument, so I set about training as a multi-instrumentalist. To this end, I have specialist knowledge of all styles of Singing, Guitar, Piano, Bass Guitar and Drum Kit. 

I began teaching in 1993 and progressed to owning my own studio with a staff, assisting me. I found the demand for my teaching grew and decided to reduce my shop and employment duties, to focus publishing Teaching materials. I now teach from my home in Banchory (Aberdeenshire, Scotland), providing individual, person centred, lessons both in my studio and online. I also provide elocution lessons to foreign business-people seeking to speak with British accents.

My Educational path has taken me through a Teaching Diploma, an Undergraduate, which included components in Kodaly and Classroom Teaching, and a Masters Degree.




I describe my teaching as, “Teaching classically, although not necessarily Classic”. Lessons are taught from a classical foundation - not limiting the growth of the student - exploring the music which currently interests the student.

Robin Thornton - Composer

I came to Composition later in life, having established my Teaching Practice, in the
North East of Scotland, in 1993.  To begin with, my Performance Career, showed most
success with Bands culminating in 144 concerts in 2007.  I then went on to study my
Undergraduate Degree - where I had works performed at workshops by The Edinburgh
Quartet and the Auriga Quintet  Both ensembles commented on the intricacy of the inner
parts which I wrote.

I went on to study under Phillip Cooke for my Masters Degree where I had works by Paul
Mead and Sir Michael Berkley.  I established my voice as a Reductionist Composer.
 Reductionism is a branch of Post Minimalism.  Reductionism develops in a direction
opposed to the Post Minimalist style of Adams and Nyeman.  Post Minimalism uses
techniques derived from Minimalism, in a broader lyrical style.  Reductionism is austere.
 One motif is composed and all other material in the piece is derived from that material.  
Nothing is added. My interest lies in how the smallest material can be re-imagined to
make large scale works.

Robin's Experience and Style

Robin Thornton - Teacher At a young age, I decided that I wanted to be a Musician. I did not believe that I could support...