I teach piano (classical, jazz and many popular styles), as well as composition, theory and musicianship. I have much experience teaching in both an institutional setting (school and university) and privately, have been working in both for over four years. I have previously taught students with no musical experience, or experience of a particular genre, and helped guide them through to advanced levels. I have much experience of teaching school and degree-level students up to mature adults, and have worked in a pastoral capacity at Chetham's School of Music for three years. I am fully CRB-checked.
I currently lecture in composition, piano performance, musicianship and theory at the University of Huddersfield and Leeds College of Music, and am completing a PhD in Composition due to finish in January 2011. I am an active composer and performer working in classical, jazz and pop environments, and enjoy letting my experiences of all these inform my teaching.
Music tuition first and foremost must be an enjoyable and interactive experience, where the student is given the tools to work out solutions or techniques for themselves, thereby giving them satisfaction and the motivation to continue to want to learn. Piano is taught by the tutor playing along with the student wherever possible, and composition and theory students are encouraged to play at the piano to bring musical concepts to life and enrich the student's learning experience.