Education and experience
With over twenty-five years' teaching experience, Ian has helped realise the musical aspirations of hundreds of students across Swindon and beyond, some of whom are now practising teachers. An experienced and friendly music professional, Ian greatly enjoys the challenges and rewards that teaching brings, as well as a supportive piano accompanist who takes pride in encouraging and supporting soloists in grade and diploma examinations.
Learn more about Ian's education and teaching experience below, along with details about his writing and research.
Ian read music at undergraduate and postgraduate level and experienced a wide and varied music training. He auditioned and accepted a place on the BMus Musicology programme at the London College of Music, but later changed institution to specialise in performance at Bath Spa University. Under the direction of John Parry, Ian gave a 45-minute public recital in his final year of works by Beethoven, Debussy, Liszt, and Henry Cowell, and was awarded a First.
Postgraduate studies followed at the University of Reading where Ian explored disciplines in historical performance practice and music analysis. His research, supervised by Christopher Wilson and Jonathan Dunsby, resulted in the award of Master of Arts in Music Theory and Analysis.
Ian also holds an Associate Diploma in Piano Performance with Distinction (Trinity College, London); a Licentiate Diploma in Piano Performance (National College of Music, London); and a DipLCM in Piano Accompaniment (London College of Music), as well as Grade 8 in Music Theory.
Ian worked as a peripatetic teacher for the Swindon Music Service soon after graduation and gained valued experience working with pupils at primary and secondary level. As his client base grew with an increasing number of enquiries for lessons during the day, Ian decided to concentrate on developing his teaching business, and IMJMusic was conceived in 2000.
From his busy, dedicated teaching practice in Shaw, Ian provides tuition to over 45 pupils a week, from complete beginners to those working towards professional diplomas in performance and 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.
“Ian is quite simply an outstanding teacher who teaches in a beautiful studio and we consider ourselves very fortunate to have found him. Our daughter loves her lessons and always comes out of the studio happy and full of enthusiasm. Thanks to Ian's excellent teaching she has made astonishing progress and her self confidence has increased too. ”
Grade 8 in Music Theory (Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music), 1995
Bachelor of Arts in Music specialising in performance (Bath Spa University), 1999
Master of Arts in Music Theory and Analysis (University of Reading), 2001
Licentiate in Piano Playing (National College of Music, London), 2004
Diploma in Piano Accompaniment (London College of Music), 2010
Fellow of the Independent Society of Musicians, 2019
Associate of Trinity College London with Distinction (Trinity College, London), 2022
Research and publications
'Motivational Aspects and The Beginner Mindset', Forte (London College of Music Examinations), 2010
'Casting your net', Music Teacher (Rhinegold Publishing), 2004
'The Latest Theory', Music Teacher (Rhinegold Publshing), 2002
'A Set-Theoretical Analysis of Scena III by Richard Rodney Bennett' (Teoria), 2001