Brief Music Bio:
My musical journey started when I was 6 learning to play the Piano. I didn't follow the traditional training route as I didn't take grades. The grades route, although very handy to have the piece of paper saying that you can play to a certain ability level, can quite easily drain the enthusiasm and passion from younger students who don't see the value. My piano teacher (Nigel Pearson) recognised this and taught me in a more non-traditional way; a method I agree with unless you are dedicated to getting that signed piece of paper! I have been playing piano now for almost 20 years and if anything, my love for it has only become stronger – developing my skills, techniques and repertoire along with exploring the world of composition and arrangement along my journey.
Here's a video of me playing one of my original compositions 'No Hesitations' from my piano solo suite 'Unspoken': https://youtu.be/rrki5yv4jJ8
Alongside the Piano, I am also a very competent Vocalist with a history of training in Musical Theatre, Popular Music and a love for expression through singing! I have fronted 3 rock bands; always with strong reviews and feedback on my vocals, my current band being 28 Double. Check out our latest music video! 'Risen': https://youtu.be/41-DFhVzHaw
Along with Piano and Vocals, I am also a competent Trombone player (Grade 6) and have also been known to pick up the Guitar and Bass; although my weakest instruments, a beginner would still find my knowledge more than sufficient to learn from!
At University I carried on with my passion for Music studying Creative Industries (Popular Music Technology) allowing me to further develop my musical skills and gain new skills in Music Technology e.g. Studio Recording, Mixing, Mastering, Sound for Film and Sound for Games etc.
I started training to be a music teacher straight after finishing university in 2013 via the School Direct route. This meant the main bulk of my training was done on the job in learning sessions at Landau Forte College (11-19 year olds) and then 1 day a week spent at Nottingham Trent University for lectures and workshops on pedagogy and coursework based activities. At Landau my mentor was Tony Coffey MBE who shares my passion for Music and the Performing Arts in young people's lives; believing it makes them a more rounded human being. Unfortunately, due to circumstances at the time I had to leave the course, but kept on developing my teaching skills at the college as an unqualified Instructor of Music and Performing Arts. Due to educational reforms, I then took up role as Technical Support Assistant to the department, looking after the more technical aspects - of the college theatre, instruments and studio facilities, but also allowed me to carry on supporting students in their music sessions and extra-curricular studies.
My 13 year old daughter has been having regular lessons with nick for approx 3 months and we’re very pleased that we chose him! In my daughters words, nick is really good at teaching and makes the music fun!
As far as I’m concerned, nick has always been punctual and polite and I’m particularly pleased that he asks what my daughter wants to play and finds the scores to suit her level. I think in one case he has even written a simple version of the music so that she could play what she wants.
Nick is a very bright musician and an excellent teacher, overall we’re very happy with the results. Thanks nick!
Nick is well prepared, enthusiastic, patient and encouraging. He takes time in explaining the techniques of singing, which is very helpful.
I’m 24 and I’ve wanted to learn the piano for a long time. I was really apprehensive about going for lessons at first but I absolutely loved Nicks style of teaching and now I am hooked and really look forward to my lesson every week!
I have had a couple of lessons with Nick now and looking forward to many more. Communications prior to the first lesson were good, he is punctual and well prepared for the lessons, pitching the music at just the right level to stretch me without being too scary! He is happy to adapt his teaching and individualise the music to suit the student to encourage practice. Very friendly and extremely talented, would recommend.
Great second lesson with nick,very intelligent guy knows exactly where your weakness is and how best to conquer it ,goes without saying would recommend this guy all day long ,don’t miss out guys !!
Booked in with Nick for my first singing lesson,I was a little bit apprehensive before the lesson as I had never taken lessons before,after about 5 minutes into the lesson I had completely forgotten about any nerves I had ,From walking through the front door Nick instantly makes you feel welcome ,I only booked an hour with Nick but by the end of the lesson i already felt I had learnt so much in developing my voice,this guy is well worth the money if you are looking at improving your ability to become a great singer !! 10/10
Nick is an enthusiastic piano teacher who worked really well with my 13 yr old daughter on her first lesson. He used the messaging service on Tutora to understand what stage she was at and came prepared to engage with her as soon as the lesson started - and had homework ready for her to continue learning.
Nick was polite, punctual and committed to the pupil. He is clearly very passionate about music, which is exactly what I wanted in a tutor.
I will increase my rating to 5 stars if the next few lessons are as positive as our first experience.