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Music Theory

Hourly Fee
Beginner £20.00
Intermediate £20.00

Banjo (4 string)

Hourly Fee
Beginner £20.00
Intermediate £20.00

Mandolin

Hourly Fee
Beginner £20.00
Intermediate £25.00
Advanced £25.00
Expert £30.00
Casual £20.00

Personal Description:

I am an experienced mandolinist and multi-instrumentalist who has worked regularly in the UK and Sweden, with an eclectic musical background that includes a keen interest in the American traditions of old time and bluegrass music, as well as traditional folk from France and Sweden. He studied mandolin and tenor guitar for four years on the Newcastle based degree in Folk and Traditional music, with tutors including Chris Newman, Luke Plumb, Simon Mayor and Anna Massie, and performed on a number of occasions in The Sage Gateshead and in folk clubs across the North East region during his time there.

Nic currently performs professionally with melodeon player Nick Wiseman-Ellis, as a trio featuring Ida Meidell-Blylod as Triette, bluegrass duo Clark and , The Georgia Shackleton Trio and with Norwich based big band Addison's Uncle. He also regularly plays alongside Dan Walsh in the Dan Walsh Trio, as well as in duo performances for charity Live Music Now in and around London. In Sweden he has been a finalist in Bilda’s Årets Unga Folkmusikband (Young Folk Band Of The Year), as well as touring around the south of Sweden with Triette, with whom he has also performed in Slovenia and in collaboration with German based group Iontach. He has been a tutor at Elmfield School’s Folk Week in Stourbridge, adjudicated at the annual St Andrew's Music Festival, and teaches mandolin to individuals and in group workshops.

Tutoring Experience:

I have experience teaching students from a range of backgrounds, both individually and in group workshops. I have given mandolin lessons on numerous occasions to students at Newcastle University, as part of the Silvers music programme at the Sage Gateshead, at schools across the country, and privately.

Tutoring Approach:

I'm happy to teach players of any level from beginners to advanced. I can focus on tune playing, accompaniment and all aspects of technique. My emphasis in learning any instrument is listening to, understanding and enjoying the music made on the instrument. Training a students musical ear and ability to understand what they hear is a primary focus in my lessons, with limited aid of tablature and sheet music to start off with. Once this has been achieved I am happy to assist with reading music on the mandolin alongside the individual direction of any student's playing.

Native Language: English (British)
Availability: Weekends / Weekdays (all times)
References Available: Yes (✔ On File)

Qualifications:

  • Newcastle University (2010) - BMus First Class Honours (Bachelors) (✔ On File)

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