Teaching in London
I'm extremely passionate about education work and I've been very fortunate to teach all over the world and work with brilliant students. I believe that music can be a powerful tool which can develop key skills such as team work, creative thinking, problem solving, discipline, confidence and most importantly immerses the student in a wonderful and endless world of musical enjoyment which they can share with others around them.
We are fortunate to live in an age where music (as well as almost all types of information) has never been more accessible - there is so much music to explore! My job as a teacher is to help develop and nurture this process of discovery, and it's something which I enjoy very much - I think it's very important to pass on the skills we acquire to a new generation.
In London, I teach at Francis Holland School, Regent's Park. I also teach privately via Skype or at my home in South East London, where I have a purpose built teaching studio. It has a drum kit, orchestral percussion, latin/world percussion and lots of other bits and pieces! Check out some pics of the studio below. If you are interested in beginning lessons with me, please get in touch here.
I often work on large scale education projects with orchestras and other organisations including The London Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Opera House, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Arensky Chamber Orchestra, Old Dirty Brasstards, Albany Theatre and TAK Theatre Liechtenstein.
I have given masterclasses for the University of Glasgow, University of Aberdeen, Tokushima Bunri University (Japan), City of Edinburgh Council, Katerina Gurska School of Music (Madrid) and Feldkirch Conservatoire in Austria. I've also given workshops at Bedford School, Lancing College and adjudicated competitions at the Perse School and for the Cherubim Music Trust
In 2015, I spent a very interesting year as Head of Percussion at the Qatar Music Academy in Doha. I had 23 students (ranging from 5 - 30 years old), 3 percussion ensembles and coached the youth orchestra and symphonic wind ensemble. It was a fascinating experience to live in the Middle East, and the Qatar Music Academy is a thriving institution with a excellent, motivated students. In the summer 2015 ABRSM exams, 6 of my students gained a Distinction and were all invited to participate in the ABRSM 'High Scorers' concert, which showcases the pupils who achieved the top 25 marks in the examination tour.