Sam

Smethwick Tutor

I am a highly qualified and experienced musician working across a wide range of areas within music. Primarily a freelance bass guitarist, composer and sound recordist, I have performed and had my work played across the globe. Playing credits include working with Dave Stewart, Beverley Davidson and Niels-Ole Bo Johansen, as well as ensembles such as the CBSO, BCMG, English Symphony Orchestra and many others. My own compositions have been performed the BCMG and the Allegri Quartet amongst others across Europe and has also featured at festivals across the globe, including the Audiograft Festival in Oxford, the RAMA Festival in Aarhus, Denmark and at the Adelaide Festival in Adelaide, Australia.

I also work as a freelance music copyist and typesetter, working for several publishing houses worldwide including Boosey & Hawkes, Composers Edition, Woodbrass Music and Tanglewind Music. As such, I am highly capable of teaching skills in Sibelius, Finale and other notation software.

My other area of expertise is as a sound engineer, producer and field/location recordist. I have produced and engineered several records (most recently for artists Little Lapin and Renny Jackson) and I am very comfortable teaching music technology and this more technical side of recording, mixing and mastering.

Tutoring Experience

My main teaching experience comes from private tutoring of bass guitar/guitar, music theory, music exam coaching and music technology. I have taught many pupils over the past 10 years and have an excellent pass rate when it comes to exams such as ABRSM Grade 5 Theory.

I have also led many music workshops in universities and schools over the past few years and have experience teaching pupils of all ages.

Tutoring Approach

My approach to tutoring varies depending on the specific subject matter and the pupil in question. With regards to exams such as grade 5 music theory, I find that it is absolutely vital to reinforce fundamental knowledge of the subject whilst generating genuine inspiration and interesting in the subject from the pupil. Although it is always possible to coach someone through passing an exam, I find that it is much more rewarding and helpful to provide a real setting for the learning that takes place and to present materials in a way that offers context, as well as new ideas.

When it comes to instrumental lessons and music technology based subject matter, I find a more cerebral approach gets the best results with most pupils. A strong technical foundation is of great importance to any learning, but this must be paired with hands on experience and a desire to understand how and why certain things do or do not work. I aim to kindle real passion in pupils, as I feel this is most important when teaching anything to do with the arts, technical or creative.

LanguagesEnglish (British)
AvailabilityWeekdays (all times)
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Qualifications

Oxford Brookes University2014DoctoratePhD Musical Composition
Birmingham University2011MastersMPhil Musican Composition
Nottingham University2008BachelorsBA (hons) Music
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Secondary£25£20
GCSE£25£20
A-Level£25£20
University£30£24
Casual Learner£30£24