With the finalists for the Carlaw Ogston Composition Competition, 2016.

With the finalists for the Carlaw Ogston Composition Competition, 2016.

Composition lessons

In addition to my activity as a composer, I am passionate about teaching composition. If you are interested in taking composition lessons or an exploratory session, I would love to hear from you! 

I have taught composition privately to young composers on an individual basis and through Sound Scotland's “Get Composing” program, as well as lecturing in second and third year composition at the University of Aberdeen. This included large group lectures and group activities on various musical topics and small group tutorials on assigned listening and works in progress, as well as extensive marking of assessments. I also developed and delivered my own original third-year course on the life and works of George Crumb.

Additionally, in my time as artistic director for Spectrum New Music Ensemble, I helped bring thirteen diverse world premieres by student composers to life. Throughout this process, I worked to ensure the composers were acquiring the professional skills they need in order to bring performances of their work to life themselves, including proper score preparation and working with instrumentalists.  

I currently have openings available for one-on-one composition lessons. This can take place via Skype, so tutorials can take place from the comfort of your own home, regardless of my location. Discussions can cover any range of topics, from developing ideas and compositional technique to professional issues - whatever skills you are interested in developing. I am by far the most experienced in acoustic concert works, but I have tutored students in a wide variety of styles and feel strongly about encouraging students’ stylistic comfort and freedom. I am also happy to set specific tasks to encourage creativity through parameters. Send me an email to enquire further about rates and scheduling.