Beckenham Tutor

Pete Gavin is a Manchester born professional bass player, composer and educator based in London, In 2008 he graduated from Leeds College of Music with a BA (Hons) in Jazz Studies, majoring in performance and composition. Here he was privileged to study under Zoltan Dekany and Garry Jackson among others. Since completing his studies Pete has maintained an active role in the UK music scene and abroad.

Tutoring Experience

Pete has been teaching music privately for a wide range of ages and abilities since 2005. From 2008-2014 he worked as a peripatetic music teacher for Leeds City Council, providing widespread learning experiences for beginner to advanced level in bass guitar, acoustic guitar, latin music, rock/pop ensembles, improvisation and composition. Pete has completed several cruise ship contracts for P&O, working aboard the Ventura and Oceana. As a guest entertainer he was responsible for running their successful 'Rockschool' program tutoring groups of children in a rock band scenario, leading up to a final performance. Working as a creative practitioner for Live Music Now, Pete has been involved in the organising and running a number of community and educational music projects throughout Yorkshire and London.

Tutoring Approach

Pete's teaching style is relaxed and positive with a focus on the enjoyment of making music. With an understanding that everybody learns differently, Pete strives to find the best approach for the individual student. Although Pete has template lesson plans ready to go, he prefers to work with his students to develop their own personal long-term goals such as sight reading, developing stylistic awareness or technique. This approach brings focus to the lesson, concentrating on the key areas that will benefit the students' musical progression.

LanguagesEnglish (British)
AvailabilityWeekdays (all times)
References Available On File


Leeds College of Music2008BachelorsBA Jazz (Hons)
City College, Manchester2005CollegeBTEC Nation Diploma Popular Music Studies
City College, Manchester2005OtherGrade 8 Rockschool Bass Guitar
Thames Valley University2005OtherGrade 6 Popular Music Theory
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