How Long have you worked at DEROSA?
It is my first term back at DEROSA after a 2 year break of touring. Previous to that I started working at DEROSA when it was called Playsomething in 2008.
Please give a brief summary of your musical background and experience.
I have been playing guitar for 16 years and working as a full time musician for the last 10… I have toured the world during that time, playing shows across the USA, throughout Europe, Asia and Australia. I mostly played in other peoples bands and as a session musician up until 2013 when I released my first solo EP and have been touring on my own to support it for the last 2 years.
Please Describe what you do at DEROSA
I will be teaching one on one guitar & ukulele lessons and group guitar lessons.
How do you inspire your students to become musicians?
The most important thing which I try to get across in my lessons is enjoyment. I absolutely love to play music, it is my life and passion and the most rewarding part of teaching for me is helping other people find this love & passion for themselves! Over the years I have taught a number of students who have gone on/are going on to make music their career and I will do everything I can to make that happen for people, through sharing my knowledge and experience, but most importantly giving them a platform and the opportunity to build up their own knowledge and experience!
Why do you think students should choose to come to DEROSA?
DEROSA is a fantastic place for people of all ages and abilities to come to learn! It is a friendly, warm, safe and welcoming environment that will bring the best out of every single student. All of the staff are incredible and inspirational musicians/teachers and as an academy it has years and years of experience of the best methods to practice, whether it be for a live performance or studying for Grade Exams. There is a great social side of it all too and I couldn’t recommend coming to join the DEROSA “family” any more highly.
Any interesting facts about yourself.
I have spent time working as a “troubadour” on cruise ships and can sing songs in Spanish,Portuguese, Finnish and Danish!
I love sharks and Marmite.
I have a nickname of “The Human Jukebox” and on new years day this year I went on BBC radio and played random song requests from the public via the phone and twitter for a 4 hour show.
DEROSA, based in Bishop’s Stortford, is a leading institute in contemporary music. At DEROSA we offer lessons in drums, piano, guitar, bass, vocals, ukulele, band and now saxophone, clarinet and flute. We also offer services to Primary education.