Ian has over twenty-five years' teaching experience and has helped realise the musical aspirations of hundreds of students across the town 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.
Swindon-born pianist and teacher
Ian experienced a wide and varied education and read music both at undergraduate and postgraduate level. He auditioned for the London College of Music in 1995, and spent a short time on the BMus (Musicology) programme, before deciding 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.
Ian later embarked on postgraduate studies at the University of Reading, specialising in historical performance practice and music analysis. Under the supervision of Christopher Wilson and Jonathan Dunsby, his research resulted in the award of Master of Arts in Music Theory and Analysis.
Ian also holds the Diploma of London College of Music in Piano Accompaniment, a higher diploma in piano performance, and Grade 8 in Music Theory with the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music.
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 now 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.
1995 Grade 8 Music Theory (Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music)
1999 Bachelor of Arts in Music specialising in Performance (Bath Spa University)
2001 Master of Arts in Music Theory and Analysis (University of Reading)
2004 Licentiate in Piano Playing (National College of Music, London)
2006 Diploma in Piano Accompaniment (London College of Music)
2019 Fellow of the Incorporated Society of Musicians
'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' (Teoria), 2001