Information About Michael - Edinburgh teacher
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Michael BMus (Hons) is a professional musician based in Edinburgh, Scotland. He began his studies at the junior Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, then London's Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and has since enjoyed a richly varied freelance career as a performer and educator. Mike is a Henri Selmer Paris Performing Artist, and D'Addario Woodwinds Performing Artist.
Upon graduation, Mike was appointed Chairman and Principal Baritone of the National Saxophone Choir of Great Britain. and led their tours of China, Holland, Thailand, and their appearance at the Prague Fringe Festival. Other events during this time included workshops across the UK for the Live Music Now scheme, producing Soprillogy (the world’s first soprillo saxophone album), and a performance with the London Saxophonic at Etnafest, Sicily.
As Assistant Director of the 16th World Saxophone Congress in St Andrews, Scotland, Mike was responsible for the curation of more than 250 performances featuring musicians from over 50 countries. As a chamber musician, he has also performed several world premieres at WSCs in Thailand, Slovenia, and France.
Mike is a member of the Scottish Saxophone Ensemble and the Apollo Saxophone Orchestra, whose recent ‘Perpetual Motion’ album featured new works by Barbara Thompson. Notable performances include sell-out appearances at multiple Edinburgh Fringe and Jazz Festivals, at the Enterprise Music Scotland Chamber Music Festival, SOUND Festival, Prague Fringe Festival, RNCM Saxophone Days, and broadcasts for BBC1, ITV, BBC Radio Scotland, BBC Radio 3, and BBC Radio 6 Music.
Mike is saxophone tutor for Napier University and Edinburgh University, and enjoys a busy private teaching practice. As a Director of the Scottish Saxophone Academy he leads saxophone courses and events throughout the year, and further work with Creative Scotland’s Youth Music Initiative has seen Mike visit schools across Scotland as a tutor on the award-winning Jazz Programme.
Mike is co-Director of Transgressive North, a music and film collective which has worked with artists including Jarvis Cocker, Four Tet, Son Lux, Irvine Welsh, Owen Pallett, Deerhoof, Sheila Stewart, and Alexander McCall Smith. Alongside the release of their multi award-winning films Blackbird (Scottish BAFTA nominated) and When the Song Dies, Transgressive North are proud to curate the annual Folk Film Gathering. As a member of Marram, Transgressive North’s in-house band, Mike and his colleagues released their debut album Sun Choir to critical acclaim:
9/10 "Gorgeous, adventurous, and downright pleasurable" Exclaim!
8/10 "Brilliant - a real achievement" Clash
8/10 "Stellar guests… highly ambitious and original stuff" NME
7/10 "Modernistic, grand, complex, theatrical, colourful and symphonic" The 405
I'm an experienced, professional musician and teacher based in central Edinburgh. Whether you wish to pass grade exams or simply learn some good tunes, I'm more than happy to help you achieve your goal! All ages and abilities are more than welcome.
I have an excellent record of entering pupils for the ABRSM exam syllabus, with 100% merit and distinction level passes. I can also prepare pupils for all levels of the current SQA requirements.
I'm a member of the PVG Scheme/Disclosure Scotland, and am covered by Public Liability Insurance.
Relevant experience includes:
- Professional musician with BMus (Hons) degree from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
- Assistant Director and principal organiser of the 2012 World Saxophone Congress, St Andrews.
- Member of the Apollo Saxophone Orchestra, and the Scottish Saxophone Ensemble.
- Member of the Clarinet and Saxophone Society of Great Britain.
- Saxophone Tutor at St Andrews University
- Tutor for the Youth Music Initiative’s award-winning Jazz Programme in Aberdeenshire, and previously at St. Mary's Music School, Napier University, George Heriots School, and dozens of primary schools across the UK.
I strongly believe that students should enjoy music making first and foremost, and I take a fun, though systematic, approach towards helping them achieve their goals. If you'd like to do grade exams - great! If not, no problem!
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References Available: Yes (✔ On File)
- Guildhall School of Music and Drama (2007) - BMus (Hons) (Bachelors) (✔ On File)