I have been teaching since 1993. I that time, I have been providing lessons in singing, piano, guitar, bass, drums, theory and composition to students of all ages and abilities.
As a professional musician, I have extensive experience in performance in a variety of contexts such as solo, ensemble, ceilidh and rock concerts.
Lessons are available online or at my Teaching Studio in Banchory, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. Location based lessons have drawn students from Aberdeen, Banchory, Aboyne, Stonehaven, Strathdon and Portlethan. Via online lessons, I have taught students from north Scotland to the south of England, France, the middle east, Russia and Australia.
I am a music teacher who focuses on meeting the learning needs of the individual while developing the student in music theory and/or practice.While studying for my Teaching Diploma, I developed an interest in the Psychology of Learning and this informs my teaching practice. After graduating, with Distinction, I undertook an undergraduate degree in Music (BMus) at the University of Aberdeen. On graduating with a 2:1, I progressed to Masters level by studying for an MMus in Composition under Dr. Phillip Cooke.
My academic interest in the education field is in the student-teacher interaction and my teaching approach is designed around student-centred learning. This means that the student benefits from lessons that are tailored according to their preferred learning styles.
With a breadth of knowledge and experience ranging from Classical (Reading) through to Jazz (Improvisation) and Composition, I will develop your skills, in a way that suits your learning preference. I teach in a classical style but this does not mean that you have to study classical music!