I have been playing the accordion for over 25 years and have been teaching accordion for over 10 years. Originally from the highlands I now live in Edinburgh as a full time musician.
I teach accordion for Scots Music Group, https://www.scotsmusic.org/, as an occasional teacher at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotlands music works scheme and with private pupils at home. Some of my pupils have gone through the National exams at Secondary School and also through the Traditional Grades run by the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
If you are interested in learning 2nd accordion for Scottish Dance Bands then I can help you or if you would like to learn to "Vamp" on piano then please get in touch. Since I was 12 I have been competing in Accordion Competitions and with nearly 20 years experience of competitions I can certainly help people who are willing to compete in both the junior and senior competitions.
In 2017 I was crowned All Scotland Accordion Champion at the Perth Accordion festival. As well as many other wins in competitions at the NAAFC Accordion Competitions and Oban Music and Dance Festival.
With many years of gigging and teaching experience I am sure that I can help you what ever level you are at.
I have a music degree in performance and composition from Edinburgh and over 15 years of experience of teaching accordion and piano. I studied accordion under the instruction of Ian Muir. I teach all levels of ability including complete beginners, restarts, intermediate and advanced. Currently I teach online and once the lesson is finished I send a short video of key points we have covered as well as and sheet music or PDFs.
I offer a free initial consultation to discuss your goals and what you like to achieve. Other highlights are I create backing tracks so you can play with other musicians I am in the final process of setting up weekly videos as a monthly membership. You will receive a video lesson from myself every week with sheet music, exercises and lots more. Please get in touch to find out more. I can also offer students different exam paths and theory exams.
I have been teaching accordion full time for my local authority in Shetland Schools for over fifteen years, for the last two years this has also included remote, online teaching.
My specialty is tutoring in the traditional genre; Scottish, Shetland and Irish, etc. I also teach Scandinavian and Continental music as well as light classical.
I offer a good grounding in theory, harmony and chords if you wish. Lessons can be done by music or by ear, whatever platform suits to create the most enjoyment for yourself.
Claire is a music educator and musician based in Glasgow and is currently involved in a number of community music projects across Scotland, including the Hands Up For Trad Virtual Strathspey & Reel, The Cowal Fiddle Workshop and The Lochgoilhead Fiddle Workshop. Other projects include one to one tuition in fiddle and violin and ABRSM grade 5 theory.
At present, lessons take place in an online environment due to current Government Covid guidance, therefore students are welcomed from anywhere in the world!
Claire is currently studying for a Masters in Education - Teaching & Learing in the Performing Arts at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and enjoys presenting and producing RADIO: Claire’s Ceilidh, a music podcast recorded live!
BEN DE SOUZA
Ben de Souza is one of a growing number of young British accordionists at the forefront of promoting the instrument in this country. He holds a BMus in Classical Accordion Performance from the Royal Academy of Music, studying with Owen Murray. He also completed an MMus in Choral Studies from the University of Cambridge.
Ben currently works as a freelance accordionist and choral conductor in England. He is a regular recitalist and chamber musician and has performed in venues such as the Royal Festival Hall, St David’s Hall, Hampton Court Palace and the Stoller Hall, and has appeared in concert with the Philharmonia Orchestra.
Ben is also an experienced traditional musician, leading the Cumberland Ceilidh Band and playing with several other ceilidh and Scottish dance bands across the South of England. Ben has a wealth of private teaching experience in Reading and London, working with pupils of all ages and abilities, and was previously visiting accordion teacher at Peter Symonds College, Winchester. He teaches a number of systems of accordion including chromatic button, piano keyboard, standard bass and free bass, and is comfortable teaching various styles including classical, folk/traditional, tango and European folk music.
Ben is also a music theory teacher and is employed as Musician Tutor at Finchley Children’s Music Group, London. Ben teaches accordion from his home in Reading where possible, but can also teach accordion and music theory online via Zoom to meet current distancing guidelines.
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