Hi, I'm Joe!
I'm a dedicated, passionate and empathetic musician with experience in many musical disciplines. While following careers in music performance and production, I enjoy teaching in various disciplines. I have attained Grade 8 in guitar, drums and piano and acquired a BA(Hons) degree in Classical Composition from the Royal College of Music. I, therefore, can teach guitar at any level, piano and drums at a beginner to intermediate level as well as composition or music theory to a high level.
I have been teaching for over two years and pride myself on listening to what the student themselves want to learn. While many teachers will enforce a particular path of learning to their students, I will spend the first lesson assessing and noting down exactly what the student wants to get out of their time learning with me. I then plan my lessons according to their needs and desires. If this involves studying towards a musical grade or if, instead, it involves them learning for enjoyment, I will help them achieve either goal.
From the age of 10 I performed internationally with the band ‘The Theory of 6 Degrees’, playing venues such as the Indigo O2 and festivals including Glastonbury. During this period, I discovered a passion for engineering and composition, culminating in receiving a place to study Classical Composition at the Royal College of Music. Now, I write and perform in an alternative folk group called Lyre.
After graduating I have been teaching privately and engineering and recording drums for Owen Paul’s new album. Critically, I have also been working as an assistant to composer Ilan Eshkeri and producer/engineer Steve McLaughlin. This has given me invaluable experience in many studios as a runner/assistant including Abbey Road, North Pole and RAK.
I have written music for a number of documentaries, including a National Geographic funded documentary on the Kaikoura earthquake in New Zealand with a variety of ensembles.