Lessons for students
composition – playing by ear – improvisation – popular styles e.g. ragtime and boogie woogie – jazz – music theory
I specialise in those areas which many teachers find challenging so I see students as required on an occasional basis, seeking to enrich their musical experience as a complement to studies with the current teacher.
Workshop for music teachers
‘Add Composition to your Teaching’
I run one day events on composition for Music Teachers to encourage them to
widen their teaching into this fascinating area. It is designed for all, especially those involved with GCSE Music, ABRSM Theory and Trinity Guildhall practical examinations.
It starts from basics and assumes no previous experience in composition.
The programme begins by considering what music is, then its role adding atmosphere to film, theatre, drama, radio and television. This leads to an exploration of rhythm, melody and dynamics, concluding with a brief look at musical form. Solo, group and plenary sessions encourage each participant to create music from the outset; an invigorating, exhilarating day!
Please contact me for more information or if you would like me to host a workshop in your area.
At the Battersea Piano Festival on 12 March 2016, I am adjudicating the duet class which features ‘Crazy Crotchets & Quirky Quavers’. For more information please see www.batterseapianofestival.co.
songwriter – record producer – musician – arranger – conductor – performer – teacher
I cut my musical teeth as a Staff Producer in Europe with EMI Records, Polygram and others working as a session musician, songwriter, arranger and conductor on pop recordings. For more background information, please press here. For television (Channel 4 and HTV) and BBC Radio, as well as professional theatre I have written, arranged, performed and directed music. Over forty of my songs have been published commercially and recorded, many are still on catalogue some forty years or so after they were written!
In recent years I was a mentor for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) for whom I worked as a trainer in their Professional Development division. This involved delivering seminars and a residential programme for Music Teachers on playing by ear. I also worked on their ground-breaking Certificate in Teaching programme.
I have contributed to several ABRSM publications including Practical Musicianship in the areas playing by ear and transposition.