Over the last 6 years or so, I have had the pleasure of passing on some of what I have learned about the guitar and the mandolin to children and adults, both privately, and through groups and organisations.
I initially gained experience in group teaching through Glasgow Folk Music Workshop, and Scots Music Group in Edinburgh. After building confidence in my teaching practice, I began taking on private students for one-to-one lessons.
I have worked as a guitar and mandolin tutor at various fèisean, including Fèis Bharraigh, Fèis Latharna, and Fèis Dhùn Èideann. I have also devised courses and delivered tuition for Fèisean nan Gàidheal's Oide and Treòir projects, and I have taught at a number of their online events.
One of the most rewarding aspects of my career has been in community music outreach. Through Live Music Now Scotland, I have delivered concerts and workshops to children with additional support needs (ASN), and adults affected by dementia; and I have worked in providing music workshops in prisons with Station House Media Unit (SHMU), after gaining initial experience while at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
Most recently, I have been working with Falkirk Traditional Music Project, teaching mandolin, and leading the Junior Trad Band with John Somerville (Senior tutor, and founding member of Treacherous Orchestra.)
I have always found it very rewarding to help students realise their goals, or to witness the sense of accomplishment when they master a new technique or finish adding a new tune to their repertoire. If you would like to take the next step in your guitar or mandolin playing, please get in touch on the contact page to discuss availability.