A brief summary of Ian's musical background, education and teaching experience...
A little background...
Ian experienced a wide and varied education and read music both at undergraduate and postgraduate level. He auditioned for the London College of Music and spent a short time there on the BMus (Musicology) programme before deciding to specialise in performance at Bath Spa University. In his final year, he gave a 45-minute public recital of works by Beethoven, Debussy, Liszt, and Henry Cowell for which he was awarded a First.
He later continued his studies as a postgraduate at the University of Reading and completed research in Historical Performance Practice and Music Analysis under the supervision of Christopher Wilson and Jonathan Dunsby, resulting in an award of Master of Arts in Music Theory and Analysis.
At the start of his career, he worked as a peripatetic teacher for the local Music Service and gained experience in providing instrumental tuition in schools, both at primary and secondary level. As his client base grew, with an influx of enquiries from more students wanting lessons during the day, Ian decided to concentrate on developing his music career as an independent professional. From his busy practice in Shaw, Swindon, Ian provides tuition from complete beginners to those working towards professional diplomas in performance and/or teaching.
Alongside his teaching activities, Ian is a busy accompanist working with candidates for exams at grade and diploma level, and as an Area Representative for London College of Music Examinations. He is also a Fellow of the Incorporated Society of Musicians. His other qualifications include a diploma in Piano Accompaniment, a higher diploma in Performance, and Grade 8 in Music Theory.