Hi! My name is Iain and I'm a Guitar addict...
I’ve been learning since I was 10 years old and have fallen in love with playing Guitar over and over again over the last 30 (or more) years.
I started teaching Music in 2003. At the time I was doing a World Music degree at SOAS, studying everything from West African Blues to Indian Raga. My first teaching gig was at an after school club and I immediately loved teaching Music. After graduating I got a job as Music teacher at Carlton Primary School and over the next several years I taught Music and Guitar for Hackney and Camden Music services. This gave me the opportunity to work in many different schools, teaching whole classes, small groups and one to one lessons. Working in such a wide variety of settings was the best experience any young teacher could hope for.
In 2012 I got my teaching qualification form the University of East London and went to work for Beal High School in Ilford. I started as a Guitar/Music teacher and then moved into their Autistic provision as a class teacher. This really made me aware of the importance of teaching in a way that suits the individual’s needs and avoiding a ‘one size fits all’ approach to education.
In 2015 I started work as a Music teacher for Harmeny Education Trust in Edinburgh. Harmey provides for children who have experienced significant trauma in their early lives and takes a therapeutic approach to education. It’s a great place to work and we’re now working on expanding from just Music lessons to doing media projects as well – making Youtube videos and podcasts and exploring all sorts of ways to record and express ourselves.
I have always done small bits of private teaching alongside school work and in January 2020 I decided to start a proper Guitar teaching business. And then 2 months later the pandemic hit and lockdowns started! But, as they say, necessity is the mother of invention and I’ve been lucky to find some wonderful students online who are learning via Zoom and also expand my Youtube channel along the way.
As well as teaching I have always played in various projects too – from heavy metal bands in High School, to folk projects at university (Amira Kheir, Robin Grey), to Hip Hop and Psychedelic bands in more recent times. I also love recording and Music production and have a cosy home studio in the attic. I’ve travelled to Tanzania to study traditional Music and record musicians there on 2 occasions. I’ve self released 2 solo records, “Phone Recordings’ and “Kicked Out Of Class”, and will probably get round to doing another one sooner or later.