I am one of the few ukulele players to have an Honours Diploma (AVCM) on the ukulele from the Victoria College of Music. I scored 95% in my diploma performance exam – as you can imagine I am quite proud of my achievement.
I also have grade 8 with distinction on the classical guitar.
As an author I have a publishing deal with Kevin Mayhew/Hal Leonard Ltd and my first book 'Classical Uke' was published in December 2017. The book has been a great success and subsequently my publisher commissioned me to write a ukulele tutorial book. The result was 'Ukulele School' which was published in March 2019. My 3rd book was co written with Tony Mizen (author of From Lute to Uke) and is a book of ukulele duets called '2Kulele'.
In March 2019 I was the first ukulele player to ever be featured on the cover of the world famous BMG Magazine.
I am a regular columnist for several magazines including 'Ukulele Magazine', 'Ukulele Bonanza' and 'BMG Magazine.
I have taught numerous ukulele workshops at many festivals and have performed with some of the worlds best ukulele players including Sam Muir, Phil Doleman and Percy Copley. In 2020 I was chosen by Hal Leonard Publishers to present a Ukulele workshop at Olympia in London to a packed out audience. I have also taught ukulele teachers via Kent Music Ltd and given workshops for 'Lets Study Music'.
Several pieces from my new book 'Classical Uke' are featured in the VCM (Victoria College of Music) Ukulele exam syllabus. I am a proud member of The Registry of Guitar Teachers (RGT). I am an experienced vocalist, songwriter and music producer and have previously been signed to Firestation Records as a singer/songwriter. My songs have been played on Radio 1 and other local BBC stations and, as a songwriter, I have been interviewed by the BBC and featured in PRS magazine.
As a session musician I have played guitar for professional drummer Alex Biggs in his series of books 'Drums by Alex Biggs'. I also played ukulele on Niamh's album 'Flammable' by Ginger Dog Records.
I have gigged all over the UK including headlining Rock City in Covent Garden, London, as well as having supported bands such as Keane. I play at most of the top Ukulele festivals and often run workshops too.
I started teaching in 2010 and have loved every minute of it. I currently have young students studying for grade 1, right through to older students studying for diplomas.
For your peace of mind
I have a full DBS (CRB) check available on request and as a member of Soundsense I have signed up to the Code of Practice for music teachers which sets out the six key professional practice principles that all music teachers should abide by in order to deliver safe, responsible and quality work to their students.
Your first 30 minute lesson is absolutely FREE with no commitment at all.
30 minute lesson on guitar or ukulele - £17.50
30 minute Skype lesson on guitar or ukulele - £17.50
60 mins lesson on guitar or ukulele - £35
Vouchers available for 5 lessons are available at £87.50.
Classical guitar hire - £20 per month
Electric guitar hire - £25 per month (including practice amp and lead)
Ukulele hire - £10 per month
I teach the guitar and ukulele in my home studio in the village of Ecton in Northamptonshire, from Monday to Saturday, 9 AM to 9 PM. The studio is located in a conservation area in the beautiful village of Ecton. The studio is air conditioned and offers a light and roomy place to learn classical guitar and ukulele. There is a small seating area for parents to watch their children as I teach. I have a small recording set up in the studio and it is where I write all of my books and music..I teach both classical guitar and ukulele. I encourage my students to take the grade exams (Rockschool, Oxford, RGT, Trinity or VCM) as these can help to gain focus and give a great sense of achievement. The grades above grade 5 carry UCAS points so can help you get into University. Equally many students just want to play for fun.
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