I am a highly experienced guitar tutor, and have been teaching and playing in bands in and around Aberdeen since around 1995, having turned professional and being a full time musician since 2005.
My aim is to enable my pupils to get enjoyment from playing guitar, whether they are complete beginners, budding rock stars, studying for exams, in further education or the more mature player who wishes they’d stuck in more at school.
Every pupil is different and I structure lessons to suit the needs and aspirations of each individual. Some learners respond to a structured academic approach while others thrive on a more informal approach, but both should be about enjoying and understanding music through playing guitar.
The majority of my teaching time is for the local authority working in various schools across Aberdeen, but I also teach on the Music Education and Music and Communities degree courses in Aberdeen University.
I am a qualified and registered guitar tutor holding a BA (Hons) in Performance Industries from the University of Wolverhampton, an FLCM (Fellowship Diploma, London College of Music in Jazz Guitar), ALCM (Associate Diploma, London College of Music), the Graduate Diploma in Jazz from St Andrews University and the Advanced Diploma from St Andrews University. I also have a certificate in Jazz Improvisation fom Berklee School of Music, USA.
I am registered with The Registry Of Guitar Tutors and have full enhanced disclosure, references are available on request.
In 2017 I qualified as a Google Certified Trainer, and also as a certified Apple Teacher, completing a course and assessment on the use of Apple equipment and all the associated software and apps.
My wide-ranging band experiences have included: The Aristocats, Los Acousticos Bandidos, The Aberdeen Jazz Orchestra, AKA SKA, The Stuntdogs, Something Borrowed, KGB, The Struttin’ Futrets and various other music acts, as well as performing solo in various venues and restaurants. Some of my recorded studio work can be heard on CDs by Mary May and Morag McCall. I also regularly perform in the band pit in local musical theatre productions.
Other notable performances and workshops have included performing at The Edinburgh Festival & Fringe, Aberdeen Jazz Festival, Garioch Jazz Festival, St Andrews Society of Beijing, as well as leading workshops in guitar at Harlaw Academy, Aberdeen, leading traditional music workshops for SCAT and hosting jazz workshops with trombonist Chris Greive.
In 2013 I was asked to play in the Jazz En Tete festival in Clermand Ferrand, France with my jazz quartet as part of an Aberdeen City Council twin city venture, and in 2016 I played in the Bayerisches Jazz festival at the invitation of the Musikacademie Alteglofsheim.