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I have passion for education, a passion which has driven my activity as a musician over the last twenty years. I feel most 'alive' whilst working with others to explore ideas, concepts, techniques and philosophies, always aiming to catalyse personal transformations for my students. Learning is important!​


I started teaching as a teenager, helping my friends to learn the piano and drums. Since those beginnings I have taught continuously, influencing thousands of young musicians. The range of institutions at which I have taught is exhaustive, including Community Projects, elite Conservatoires, SEN schools, Universities and Primary/Secondary Education including comprehensive, grammar and independent schools. I have provided percussion workshops for festivals, schools and arts organisations.

In addition to my work within institutions I have gathered wide experience as an examiner and adjudicator. I have been an examiner for Rockschool RSL since 2005, conducting exams for thousands of students across the world. As an adjudicator I have been a panelist for a range of competitions ranging from school music prizes to national events including BBC Young Musician of the Year Percussion heats.

As a teacher, I now work primarily within the UK Higher Education sector, drawing on my experience presenting workshops and masterclasses at over sixty Universities/Conservatoires around the world. My activity within Higher Education has been recognised through Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA). Find further details of my experience as HE professional below.

If you are in need of a University speaker, percussion workshop facilitator, competition adjudicator, Conservatoire masterclass leader or personal coach please do get in contact.

Higher education roles

Leeds Arts University (09/2018 - Present)
Senior Lecturer: Popular Music Performance (0.6FTE)
PMP501/502 Module Leader, Level 5 Curriculum Planning,  Stage Performance Workshop, Popular Music Theory, Drum Kit 1:1, Percussion Group, Research, Pastoral Tutor,  Auditions, Outreach, Assessment, HE Teaching and Learning Committee.
BCU Royal Birmingham Conservatoire (09/2006 - Present)
Visiting Lecturer: Percussion and Pedagogy (PT)
1:1 Solo Percussion, Percussion Ensemble, Drums/Percussion Pedagogy, Community Music, Sight Reading Workshop, Musicianship, Research Active, Assessment
University of Leeds (02/2012 - Present)
Visiting Tutor: Drums and Percussion (PT)
1:1 Drums and Percussion, Percussion Ensemble
University of Oxford (10/2020 - Present)
Visiting Tutor: Percussion (PT)
Percussion Lessons
Newcastle University (01/2022 - Present)
Visiting Tutor: Drums and Percussion (PT)
Drums and Percussion Lessons
Leeds College of Music (10/2014 - 06/2019)
Senior Lecturer: Music Performance (0.2FTE)
1:1 Percussion, Group Study Performance, Performance in Context, Drum-Line Ensemble, FHEA Working Group, Assessment, Auditions, Staff Interviews
University of Chichester (09/2017 - 05/2019)
Associate Lecturer: Music (PT)
1:1 Percussion, Percussion Ensemble, Rock Band Workshop, Performance Masterclass
Coventry University (11/2005 - 06/2013)
Visiting Tutor: Drum Kit
1:1 Drum Kit
For details of my experience as an educator within primary and secondary settings, please visit here
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Masterclasses Worldwide

Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester

Royal College of Music, London

Royal Academy of Music, London

Conservatorio Superior de Musica de Canaries

Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts 

Escola Superior de Musica Espactaculo, Oporto

Fundacian Cultural Patagonia, Argentina

Tunghai University, Taichung, Taiwan

University of Aberdeen

University of York

Durham University

Conservatorio de Musica de Cartegena

Escola Superior de Musica de Lisboa, Lisbon

Conservatorio Profesional de Musica, Madrid

University of Nevada Las Vegas

Southern Utah University

Brigham Young University, Provo

California Institute of the Arts

Kansas State University

Bishop Grosseteste University

University of Central Missouri 

Missouri State University

University of Missouri

University of Northern Iowa  

University of Iowa

University of Memphis

University of Middle Tennessee

Lee University TN

McMurray University TX

Texas A&M University

Delta State University MS

Bethel University  

University of Tennessee at Martin

University of North Texas

Abilene Christian University

University of Texas at Brownsville

University of Louisiana, Lafayette

University of Texas in San Antonio

University of Southern Mississippi

Southern Illinois University 

Michigan State University

Eastern Illinois University

Concordia College - Minnesota

Truman State University 

University of Minnesota in Moorhead

University of North Dakota, Minot

Lethbridge University, Alberta, Canada

Morehead State University, Kentucky

Leeds College of Music

College of Southern Nevada, Las Vegas

Northern Arizona University

Tarletan State University

Colorado Mesa University, Grand Junction

Denison University, Ohio

Ohio University

University of Birmingham

Newcastle University

Warwick University

Birmingham City University

Middlesex University

Leeds Beckett University

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