Current employment Song-writing workshop provider for beginners
and experienced writers Freelance guitar tutor working from home studio
with 20 students currently studying with an age range from 8 – 64 years.
Student ability ranges from beginners through to experienced performers. Professional singer/guitarist and also as an
accompanying guitarist. (Clubs, Theatres and Festivals throughout UK) Freelance songwriter Acoustic music/rock band performer in theatres
and festivals. Organiser of open mic events.
Masters Degree in Song-writing at Bath Spa
University, UK (2010) Rockschool RSL Level 3 Diploma for Music
Educators (2008) – Distinction at Access to Music College, Birmingham UK City and Guilds teaching certificate 7407,
Tamworth and Lichfield College, UK (2003)
Member of Musicians Union Member of PRS for Music Fully CRB checked Public liability insurance (£10 million)
Visiting guitar/songwriting tutor in several
midlands UK schools (2008 onwards) Visiting songwriting workshop provider Matthew
Boulton College UK (now called Birmingham Metropolitan College) (2009) Running freelance guitar school since 2005 5 years part-time teaching in further education
(Rodbaston Colllege) UK (2000 -2005) Ability to record and produce studio quality
music (Using Logic pro on Mac) Vast knowledge of performance techniques, stage
and sound setup Ability to demonstrate and teach most genres of
modern music on guitar. 38 years experience of playing guitar and
performing in public Production of 3 albums of own songs (1997, 1999
and 2010) New CD of original songs recorded in own home
studio (Sept 2010) Attended a Musician's Union course in Child Protection Awareness Training (2008) Currently using ipad technology for teaching
and writing/creating music (2011)
Attended the Musician's Union Music Teacher's Conference (2012)
Good state of health,
Driving licence: Full licence since 1973
music; walking; reading; theatre; travel and horticulture.
As part of completing my
final assignment of my Masters degree, I wrote, performed, recorded and
produced my own CD album of 12 new songs in my home studio (Sept. 2010). During
this time, I wrote songs in collaboration with several eminent songwriters
including Ian Archer who co-wrote many of Snow Patrol’s early hits. I also
worked with London-based music industry professional producers, publishers and
recording company A&R executives.
In January 2010 and 2011, I
ran a successful Song-writing workshop for Musical educators at Access To Music
College (ATM) in Birmingham to help them with their workshop delivery skills.
In August 2007 and 2008, I
attended Bath Spa University UK Song-writing Festival as a participant. In 2009
and 2010, I was employed as a musical support worker in providing assistance
and guidance with writing, performing and recording techniques.
As part of 2007 Birmingham
Artsfest, I provided a song-writing workshop at the BBC Open Space in the
Mailbox in Birmingham. In Autumn 2007, I organised and ran song-writing
workshops at the Mac arts centre in Birmingham.
Additional supporting information:
My previous working
experience, prior to becoming a professional guitar teacher, is of a commercial
and business management nature. I have run and owned two successful businesses
where my involvement was both strategic and hands-on. I am equally at ease and
enthusiastic when my role varies from the van driver to the managing director.
This experience enables me
to be a valued part of a team and to also lead the team when required, but
maintaining a holistic understanding of the importance of ‘getting the job
I am fully conversant with
modern technology and the use of computers in making music and I also design
and produce my own artwork and marketing materials. Social media networking, as
an important part of music industry, makes a significant contribution to my
presence online using facebook, twitter, linkedin, reverbnation, soundcloud and
my own website to advertise my musical services.
I also enjoy exploring the
manifold methods of online learning in music education and encourage my
students to do likewise.
Over a long career spanning
several decades, I feel I am suitably equipped to educate the musicians of
tomorrow, by passing on to them the information I have accumulated, and to
enable them to have an insight into how music has developed to the point it