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About Simon P
Simon P is a passionate and educated teacher. He has over 10 years of teaching experience including guest lecturing at Birmingham Conservatoire, leading workshops, class teaching and one-to-one tuition on bass, guitar, piano, keyboard, violin and viola. He has guided many young musicians toward success in the form of both graded exams and giving them the confidence to perform onstage. This experience gives him a breadth of knowledge to draw on, and allows him to apply different approaches to teaching and to adapt lessons completely to each individual student. He is very supportive teacher and enjoys passing on his knowledge in order for his students to have access to a wealth of musical opportunities.
Simon is also a widely experienced musician and academic. He has a degree in electric bass and composition from the University of West London, and is currently studying for his PhD at Birmingham Conservatoire. He is also an active musician and has performed in many settings including playing in rock bands, jazz groups and classical ensembles. Simon’s academic work has seen him present research at conferences throughout Europe. He is also the curator of Thinking/Not Thinking Fest – an all-day event celebrating musical contrasts.
Lessons with Simon
Simon teaches from beginners to advanced students. Lesson plans put the student’s interests first and will give them a variety of approaches which will benefit their craft.
He looks at elements such as technique, sight reading, improvisation, interpretation and stage presence.
Lesson plans in bass playing look at playing music in different musical styles, walking bass, scales, soloing, sight reading, improvisation, learning pieces and ear training.
Lesson plans in composition and music theory look at harmony, counterpoint, songwriting, sight reading, graphic scores, orchestration and arranging.
Simon’s lessons are very adaptable depending on what goals the students have, which may include grades; preparing for performances; developing strong musicality; approaches to improvisation and contemporary performance; deeper understanding of music theory and composition.
Simon has experience teaching and performing jazz, pop, rock, classical and avant-garde music.
First lesson will vary depending on the student. Often Simon will start with a discussion about goals and finding out what the student is interested in focusing in.
Beginners need to have their own instrument, usually in the first lesson they learn how to read musical notation and introduce good technique on the instrument.