I am a friendly tutor offering a broad range of compositional, theory, and music technology tutoring lessons from song writing and dance music through to jazz theory and contemporary classical. My personal approach to apply elements of all of these to my tutoring, creating a unique blend to fit the goals of each pupil.
Contact for a FREE initial trial meeting and first lesson £10.
As a Bristol based composer/sonic artist, and Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama graduate, I produce works in a broad range of musical styles, electronic and acoustic.
Specialising in technology based forms of composition, I have been involved in a spectrum of collaborative projects as a composer and producer. Previous works include contemporary composition for concert, installation based works, recording and producing with several bands, while frequently composer for theatre and short films.
As a tutor, I look to capitalise on my broad past experiences to create an individually tailored approach to suite the needs of my pupils.
As a composer and producer with wide ranging skills, I balance tailoring my lessons to each individual pupil, while also looking to broaden their musical abilities with relatable knowledge. For example - teaching classical composers recording and mixing techniques to help them create recordings of their works, or teaching dance music producers jazz harmony to create interesting chord sequences.
I am also able to provide support for GCSE/BTec/A Level courses.
My approach to teaching:
Rather than simply helping to improve my student's compositions each week, I incorporate a broad set of skills to aid their musical development. I balance directly working on their music with activities such as critical listening and ear training exercises, exploring new genres and compositional styles, music history and philosophy, production and mixing techniques, and short compositional exercises - all of which is tailored to the individual pupil.
Have you previously been taught music theory as a set of rules that you have to follow? Do you find this hinders, rather than aids your music? Unfortunately, music theory is usually taught as set of "right and wrong" rules to accommodate tests. In practice, this approach is not only untrue (Bach, for example, famously broke all his own "rules") but often frustrating and counterproductive.
Music theory is simply analysing music that you love, and trying to understand what makes it work. This can be everything from how Debussy approaches harmony, through to how your favourite Techno producer creates a perfect drop. There is never a wrong answer in music, but everything can be explained!
My approach is to show pupils the theory to achieve a musical objective, for example learning chord voicings to create smoother progressions, or rhythmic devices to create a House beat. I then want my pupils to apply this knowledge where they choose, but to "break the rules" where they think it sounds better. Together, we can then look at these instances and analyse what makes them work, and what theory is behind it. This approach means pupils are learning both from the theory taught and the theory behind their "rule breaking", while avoiding hindering their creativity.
Aside from lessons, if pupils wish to occasionally use my equipment (for example to mix and master their music), they are more than welcome to do so for free! This can be informally arranged, and if my help is required (for example for a recording session), reduced rates can be negotiated.
|Availability||Weekends, Weekdays (all times)|
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|Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama||2016||Bachelors||Contemporary Classical Composition With Creative Music Technology BMus Hons|