I have ten years experience of teaching, at all age ranges and ability levels, and both in private settings and at educational institutions. I strive to help all of my students achieve success in setting and meeting their own personal goals. Catering to individual techniques while maintaining a core understanding of the primary elements of music. I work knowledgeably and professionally with all students whether focusing on classical guitar or heavy metal. Whatever the style, I will guide you through important skill-sets such as: reading music notation, learning scales, improvising, fretboard harmony, soloing, music theory, performance skills, and much more.
I was born and raised in Glasgow, Scotland. Surrounded by music from infancy, I developed an appreciation for the art of classical and electric guitar, which has lead me to a successful academic career and an exciting career as both a performer and instructor.
I received my Bachelor of the Arts with honours from the University of Strathclyde here in Glasgow. From there, I travelled 4,000 miles to Colorado, USA, where I went on to achieve a Master of Music degree from the University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music, where I was invited to join the Colorado chapter of Pi Kappa Lamba, in recognition of his scholarly achievements in the musical field. I have studied under such names as: Dr. Peter Argondizza, Ricardo Iznaola, and Jonathan Leathwood.
As in international solo and ensemble performer, I have played concerts and major events throughout the United Kingdom, Mainland Europe and United States.
I currently perform with my friend and colleague in Derelict Hands — a guitar duo which focuses on music of the 20th and 21st century for guitar duo. We have taken first prize in competitions such as The Souther Guitar Festival and Competition in 2015, and recently self-published an album of new works for guitar duo.
Beyond the classical realm, I have deep roots in electric guitar, as well, playing and recording with various bands. Colleagues and I from the University of Strathclyde self-recorded and released an album under the name Sing-Kill-Worth, and my technical metal band, Zachariah, released multiple EPs.
I've had a few lessons with Calum now. I can only say that they've been excellent to date. He's very patient but encourages you at the same time.
I'm very happy with my progress because of Calums teaching.
Thanks to good communication skills and clear explanations you always get useful stuff from each lesson. The atmosphere is friendly and the tutor adjusts new knowledge accordingly to your level.