My specialist skills are Mixing, Mastering, Sound Design, Synth Programmer. In the 00’s I produced some classic jungle and breakcore tracks and played frequently around the UK and Europe under the name MDS. I have worked with a wide range of students from young offenders institutes, the PRU (pupils referral unit), National Autistic Society, Crisis and with CCA.
I am a skilled and experienced Audio Engineer and Music Production/Recording Techniques Tutor, a Graduate of Anglia Ruskin University (1st Class Honours, BSc Audio and Music Technology with Electronics). I have been involved in recording and producing music for many years and has previously run a small Recording Studio in the centre of Cambridge. When I’m not teaching, I split my time between Audio Electronics Projects, Road Cycling and Whitewater Kayaking.
Moving overseas to live in Australia in 2008 had a massive creative impact for me. I joined an intuitively led abstract painting group which opened up a whole new painting experience rooted in spontaneity and the subconscious. Leading art sessions to encourage people to rediscover their creativity and confidence is a passion of mine and it is unsurprising to me that people who have no idea of their abilities become inspired to create when given the right conditions. I am very interested in the deeper effects of art from a mental wellbeing perspective, having used art as a mental health nurse, there is a strong potential for personal growth using art and reflection.
I am a London based artist with over 20 years experience in improving life skills through creative art practices. My students range in age, background, experience and ambition, and I am well versed in bringing the best out of both groups and individuals. I have worked with corporate clients from a variety of sectors including architecture, design, media and IT and am experienced at delivering inspiring and powerful projects in this context. I have worked with organisations as diverse as Channel 4, the Hayward Gallery, and the NHS, as well as architectural practices such as Hawkins\Brown and Dalziela and Pow.
A former professional music journalist, I made the switch to teaching guitar full time in 2013. I have taught guitar to adults at Cambridge-based charity Squeaky Gate and for CCA since 2014 whilst also working as a peripatetic guitar tutor at a number of schools. Available for private lessons. Qualifications: Grade 5 in Music Theory, Grade 8 in Electric Guitar from RGT. PTTLS Community Music Project Leader
I am really enthusiastic about two things: music and teaching. I was fortunate enough to have parents who valued the art of learning to play a musical instrument. I started learning the piano when I was four. It wasn’t until my late teens that I began to love playing and developed the passion for the piano that I have now. A lot of this had to do with my music teacher. I teach piano and keyboard, drums, djembe, guitar, ukelele and music theory.
I am an actress and social theatre practitioner, with over ten years’ experience of working around the world, using theatre as a tool for social transformation with people at risk of social exclusion. I have a wide range of experience developing performances within traveller communities, with adults with learning disabilities, people with mental health challenges, women, teenagers and refugees. I have an MA in Dramatherapy (Anglia Ruskin University) and a degree in Acting and Social Education (Barcelona). Theatre and movement are my passions and I love to use them to help participants believe in and express themselves.