I am a professional guitarist delivering fun, engaging music lessons within primary and secondary schools across Bristol and Wiltshire.
I work within individual, small group and ensemble based settings. My qualifications include a Grade 8 certificate (RGT), Diploma in Modern Music alongside a BA Honours Degree in Contemporary Music from Sussex University.
I hold an enhanced DBS certificate and have also undertaken Safeguarding training.
My teaching approach is friendly, relaxed and welcoming. I am an experienced practitioner in several styles ranging from Blues to Classical, and specialise in modern Pop and Rock. I also have vast experience in preparing students for graded exams.
My passion for the guitar is coupled with a sincere desire to guide my students in realising their musical potential.
What I / we help young people achieve
I aim to help all students in attaining a sense of ownership over their learning. My approach offers students an opportunity to direct their studies into areas of music that naturally motivate and inspire them.
Through incorporating theoretical studies, I am also able to help with numeracy and literacy skills. The wider impact of musical involvement goes further to encourage developments in self confidence and improves team work through ensemble performance.
Opportunities for children & young people
- To learn to play an instrument and / or develop skills on an instrument
- To create / write music and / or lyrics
- To play, perform music with others
- To learn things about oneself , other subjects or life-skills through musical activity
- To work with and support other young musicians
Also Works With
BPM – Bristol Plays Music
- Term Time
- After School
- School Holidays
Working with special needs
I work with learners in various special needs schools across Bristol and Wiltshire. I tend to place a stronger emphasis upon performance based activities, and focus less on theoretical development within these settings. Although these areas are covered where appropriate.
I also have vast personal experience in caring for a younger brother with down syndrome. This has given me an intimate understanding of the issues involved in the learning and personal development of my students.
- Guitar & Bass
- Curriculum Music (Primary)
- Curriculum Music (Secondary)
Qualifications, Grades & Certificates Taught
- Instrument grades
- Duke of Edinburgh Award
Musical Clusters Covered
- Calne & Melksham
- Trowbridge (CSL)
- Salisbury / Wilton
- Malmesbury / WB / Purton
“Iain was an excellent student during his time at BIMM, he was always personable and motivated and performed at the top of his class during the duration of his studies. He is an excellent guitarist and communicator with a proven passion for the instrument and a deep knowledge of its workings, a knowledge and enthusiasm that will make him an invaluable asset to any music department.”
Stuart Ryan – Head of Guitar – Bristol Institute of Modern Music
My Training & Development
ISafeguarding Course – Bristol Plays Music (BPM)
Ensemble tuition Workshop (BPM)
Lesson Planning and Preparation Workshop (BPM)