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BM, Berklee College of Music, Professional Music
2016 - Berklee College of Music Professional Music Academic Excellence Award
2013 - European Tour Scholarship to Berklee College of Music
2012 - Young Scottish Jazz Musician of the Year
I'm a driven instructor who absolutely loves working with new students and sharing my passion of music. In May 2017 I graduated from Berklee College of Music with a Bachelor of Music degree in Professional Music (Drum Set Performance & Music Production). Since relocating to Boston from Scotland I have been given the opportunity to perform and tour all of across Europe and Northern America with some talented up & coming artists, ranging from touring the West Coast with alt/rock artist Chloe Jane to touring the United Kingdom with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra of Scotland.
My teaching experience dates back to high school when I began teaching privately. One of my main focuses is the idea of making music. Not just playing drums and making noise, but making beautiful music. Drums is one of the most versatile instruments and I think its very important to explore and learn about its history in terms of all genres. There is so much to learn from exploring new genres we may not typically be attracted to, and I emphasize that to my students as I truly believe being a well-rounded musician is one of the most important skills we can have. I also take into account what the student is listening to and genres they are interested in and I incorporate this with exercises on groove, feel, technique & reading.
For beginner students I usually begin with listening exercises. We will listen to music and talk about what the drummer is doing, and how we can de-construct that. From there we talk about how that looks written down on paper and explore the basics of drum notation. Within this we will also talk about proper technique. For adults, or students with more experience, i will try to find out where their skills are and what they are interested in learning from me. Most importantly for all students is to find out what their goals are and what music they like, and relate the lessons to that.
Nothing is more rewarding than sharing my passion for music with my students. I love to watch them grow and I am always conscious of setting realistic goals for each student every lesson. I make sure the homework is clear and attainable by the student. I want each student to feel good about their progress and to fuel their passions for drums. By acknowledging accomplishments students become more eager to learn more, and therefor progress at a much faster pace. By finding out about each students background and musical interests, I can successfully keep their interest whilst fueling their growth.
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