Can you tell us about yourself – what has been your relationship to music? What is your current job role/position?

I’ve just finished my BA Popular Music degree at UHI, after starting with Riverside doing the HNC course back in 2020. I’ve always enjoyed playing music and made the decision to study it full time after becoming unhappy in an office job I had. I played violin and piano since I was young and moved on to guitar and singing in more recent years. At the moment I teach piano / keyboard at the RMC Academy, which I’ve done for the last 2 years now.

You’ve recently been touring Europe with Maz and the Phantasms, how has the experience been?

The touring experience was really exciting and great fun. I got to travel to a lot of different cities around Germany and the Netherlands, and playing to live audiences every night really felt so rewarding after my years of learning and practising and studying. Touring of course has some challenges as well but I learned to stretch my comfort zone and be open to the adventure along the way! I am extremely grateful to the band for having me as part of their tour and sharing the experiences with me.

How does getting ready for tour as a session musician/learning other peoples songs, influence your lessons?

It’s made me think a lot more about context when performing a piece and how this would fit in with others in a band or with a drumbeat or rhythm. This along with chord theory and good theory knowledge of key signatures was really helpful to me when having to learn a lot in a short space of time and I want to incorporate a bit more of these features into my lessons where relevant.

What is your favourite part of working as a Piano Tutor?

It’s great getting to work with music but without the pressures and uncertainties that can come with the performing side of things. It’s rewarding to be able to give others the experience of learning and playing an instrument as well, and I also enjoy the challenges of thinking creatively and getting to do something different every day.

What advice would you give to other students looking to start performing?

Take as many opportunities as you can to get out there and play in front of others, it’s the best way to build confidence in yourself and to establish yourself as a performing musician. It can be very scary at first but even the tiniest start can build your confidence immensely. You never know what opportunities can come up for you when you put yourself out there, and you can surprise yourself by stepping out of your comfort zone and taking risks.

What’s next in store for you?

I will be continuing my tutoring work and enjoying some rest after my 4 years of studying! After that I will be working on some other group projects as a violinist, and spending more time on my solo work as a singer-songwriter, writing and performing my own songs.

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