Teacher of piano, accordion, theory and composition
I currently have about 14 pupils, some come every week some only occasionally. They have produced some fabulous compositions and I am pleased with their instrumental progress too. I make a CDR of their compositions once or twice a year and everyone has a chance to perform/share in an informal friendly occasion to a small audience of other students and parents.
Learning theory is much easier to learn once you start writing your own compositions.
If people want to do the ABRSM Grades, I am happy to take them through what is required. I have taught up to Grade 8 in piano, up to Grade 6 in violin, and up to grade 8 in theory.
I do not insist on taking people through grades if they do not want to do it.
I teach both children (over 7) and adults.
I am a qualified teacher (Cert. Ed.) and have a Dartington Diploma in Music in Education, and a Licence de Composition Musicale de L'Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris.
External Examiner on the Music Production BA (Hons) one year top-up course at Northbrook College, Worthing, part of Brighton University. 2003-2007
Previous Moderator Examiner work has included 4 years at Bishop Otter College (West Sussex Institute of Higher Education) on the Related Arts component of a joint Arts degree BA (Hons). Around 1995
Prior to that I was External Examiner for Brighton University on the Music Option of the Visual and Performing Arts course BA (Hons) 1986-1990.
Work as a music teacher in Schools
I worked for 8 years as a music specialist teacher 1976-1984, at Franklin Delano Roosevelt School for children with physical disabilities. I did class teaching and some individual instrumental teaching. We put on a lot of exciting shows, and I also took some of the pupils through CSE music and A level music exams.
I have led workshops in Improvisation at Community Music and also led a number of workshops in making music, including a residency in Monkwearmouth College, for 10 days working with B-tech students to produce compositions in a PRS funded scheme. Also workshops with people with learning difficulties and workshops in making musical instruments to work with puppetry (DooCot)
Recent workshops in live soundscapes using lo-fi electronics at The North Wall Arts Centre in Oxford, and workshops with Jacky Lansley at Dance Research Studio, exploring object and their sounds.
I have given a lecture to the drama students of Brighton University on the subject of my own work and how I got to be doing what I am doing.