Tutors at the Diane Mitchell Music School

Diane has built up her tuition practice by engaging excellent musicians who share similar approaches to her own.

Offering tuition in guitar, drums, singing, piano, keyboards, trumpet, flute, violin , fiddle, Saxophone, clarinet, ukulele and theory and providing opportunities for singing in a choir or participating in a musicianship class or group, the Diane Mitchell Music School offers an excellent range of music tuition and participation for children and adults. Tuition takes place mainly at the premises in Brick Lane Studios, plus other locations, including nurseries and schools.

All tutors hold enhanced disclosure or PVG.

Diane Mitchell

Diane Mitchell

Owner

A Primary Teacher with over 25 years experience, Diane is qualified to Grade 8 standard in Associated Board Music Exams and Grade 6 Associated Board Theory. She has an M.A. Honours degree in History and Politics, with music. She has over the years played a major role in schools, teaching music and training school choirs. She also teaches music in Primary schools in East Dunbartonshire.
In 2010, she started Music4Kidz, teaching piano to children of all ages from home. She is a great believer in teaching music to children as young as possible and introduces the basic concepts of beat, rhythm and pitch to children at as early an age as possible, following the approach recommended by Kodaly. Kodaly believed that all children can be trained to be musical if exposed to music from birth. Consequently, Diane runs Toddler/PreSchool classes to teach basic musical concepts in a fun way using percussion instruments, puppets and singing games.

"I firmly believe that all children should have the opportunity to sing and enjoy music. That’s why I set up Music4Kidz. Music can be fun and promotes confidence, self-esteem, language development and social skills”

In 2011, Diane’s business had grown from one exclusively for children, to one, which offered tuition to all ages, including adults. Therefore the Diane Mitchell Music School was formed and other teachers were taken on to meet demand. The move to the premises here in Brick Lane in January 2015 was a fulfillment of Diane’s ambition to further expand the business. Diane’s love of music is the driving force behind her desire to open a Music School, which offers a complete music service to all ages, from babies to pensioners.

Tutor Opportunity
Due to expansion, we are looking to supplement our existing team of experienced freelance Kodaly instructors for our Saturday classes. Age groups will consist of 1-4 year olds, 3-5 year olds, 5-9 year olds and 8-11 year olds. Classes run during school term times, but there may be more opportunities for work as part of our Summer programme. If you would like to apply, please contact us using the link provided.

Graeme Proctor

Graeme Proctor

Drummer

My name is Graeme Proctor I’m a professional drummer. My music career began in 1987 when i started learning to play the drums & trumpet. I went on to pass standard & higher grade music and was awarded the schools prize for musicianship. During my time at school i participated in many varied musical activities including the school concert band, soloist competitions, brass bands, drama groups and more.

I studied music at college gaining NC - HNC - HND in music performance and promotion. During my time at college I gained valuable experience in playing live and recording as well as gaining a useful insight into the music industry.

I have worked with many bands over the years some of which have charted in the Scottish top 40 and made it onto national radio playlists also gaining coverage in other national media and also supporting established acts. I’m a versatile player and I enjoy playing most genres of music ranging from rock, pop, jazz & blues through to classical, traditional & military. I’ve worked with orchestras, show bands, cover bands, original bands, ceilidh bands and various other projects and groups.

Over the years I have developed a program that gives my pupils the rudiments & co-ordination exercises they need to become good players. I encourage music appreciation through listening to music and suggested YouTube videos for inspiration. I’m competent at teaching the current SQA curriculum as well as other materials used by schools i.e. Rockschool, Drums Live, Dave Hassel’s graded course for drums and more.

Olivia Singleton

Olivia Singleton

Theory, Musicianship and Singing

Our Theory and Musicianship teacher, Olivia Singleton ia also available for singing lessons.
Olivia is Currently studying BMus Vocal Studies at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Olivia has a passion for performance and has a list of accolades that support this. Her most recent award was the title of Best Female Vocalist in the Molly Rob competition adjudicated by world renowned opera singer, Karen Cargill.
During her time at the conservatoire, Olivia has been studying languages Italian, French and German and continues to sing regularly in these languages. Olivia takes classes in Musicianship, Music History and is a member of various choirs.
“Giving back to young musicians is something I have a passion for. I have gained so much from my musical journey so far and helping young artists develop is something that is extremely important to me. Having been through the process myself, I feel I can start young musicians on a musical path that I know they will love as much as I have.”

 Rebekah Mitchell

Rebekah Mitchell

Piano and Musicianship

My name is Rebekah Mitchell and I am currently studying music at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in the BEd. (Hons) Music course. My specialism at university is Traditional Accordion, however I have previously had 10 years training in Classical Accordion.

I have also achieved ABRSM Grade 8 in piano and Grade 5 in Theory. I have had several years experience at teaching piano to students of different ages. I am enthusiastic in my approach and keen to pass my skills on to my pupils.

I have performed regularly since the age of 7 years, competing in local and national competitions., and eventually winning the U.K. 17 years and under Solo Accordion Championship.

I now regularly play in ceilidh bands, performing for various functions and events up and down Scotland. In addition, I have a wide experience of piano accompaniment, having accompanied school choirs at various competitions.

Finally, I have been involved in helping to teach various PreSchool Music Classes. and I am a great believer in teaching music to children at an early age.

Martha Holly

Martha Holly

Musicianship and Performance

Martha teaches our 10am Musicianship class.
Martha Holly is an actor, singer, and writer with experience of teaching fast-paced drama classes for children and young people between 4-12 years old. She is graduate of York St John University where she studied Music.
Martha has recently moved to Paisley from Bristol where she was a member of Kelvin Players Theatre Company and has performed at a range of theatres across Bristol and South West England. Martha was also a member of several other theatre companies and the Joyful Spirit Gospel Choir.
She specialises in musical theatre and performance and enjoyed playing classic roles such as Rizzo in Grease and The Witch in Hansel and Gretel. In 2017 Martha was nominated for Best Supporting Actress at the Rose Bowl Awards for her performance as Jacob Marley, Young Scrooge and Mrs Cratchit in A Christmas Carol.
Martha is excited to begin teaching in Paisley and passionate about learning through fun, playful, and practical teaching sessions.

Robert Lang

Robert Lang

Drums

Robert has been a gigging drummer for multiple years, gaining a wealth of experience in the modern music scene, mostly with his band Dogtooth. This has allowed him to gig or headline a host of iconic venues across the UK such as The Barrowland Ballroom, The Cavern Club, The Hydro, The 02 just to name a few. He loves many genres of music but his style mostly resembles rock. He is keen to share his knowledge and experience to anyone interested in playing drums, no matter what age or skill level but also give them the tools they need to be a successful drummer in the modern music industry.

Valerie Barr

Piano, singing and ukulele
Isaac Savage

Isaac Savage

Piano, Trumpet, Saxophone and Drums

Originally from Mansfield, Nottinghamshire Isaac moved to Glasgow to study Musical Theatre at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland where he is now in his 2nd year. He has been playing various instruments including piano, drums, saxophone and trumpet for over 15 years and has had many students go on to study music at universities, conservatories and work professionally. Isaac is thrilled to be joining the team as a tutor at the Diane Mitchell Music School.

Becky Taylor

Becky Taylor

Piano, Musicianship

My name is Becky Taylor and I am a first study pianist currently undertaking the Bachelor of Education (hons) music course at The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

From an early age I have been drawn to the art form of music and have enjoyed diverse musical experiences throughout my life. I am a first study pianist and my passion is to teach music. My principal study is piano and I am of grade 8 standard. I have also achieved my ABRSM grade 5 theory.

When teaching piano I aim to make lessons fun and differentiate my approach to teaching based on age and experience. In addition to teaching practical skills I recognise the importance of music theory and aim to develop young people’s ability to sight read, play scales and audio skills through sight singing.

In addition to teaching I enjoy performing and have participated in various events and competitions.

I am also a keen vocalist and I am currently learning to play guitar.

Johnny Barr

Johnny Barr

Guitar and Songwriting

Johnny Barr is a Paisley based singer/songwriter. Frequently gigging with his own 6-piece band, Johnny’s unique combination of percussive guitar technique and intricate finger picking makes him an exciting act to watch, especially when this is paired with his effortlessly exhilarating stage presence.
Johnny was featured on Radio 1’s BBC Introducing Scotland with DJ Ally Mccrae, and has supported a number of upcoming acts such as The Staves, Lianne La Havas, Admiral Fallow, Sucioperro, Aerials up, Alan Mckim and Lynnie Carson. Futhermore, he has headlined Glasgow’s King Tuts Wah Wah Hut and has also been part of the venue’s New Year’s Revolution festival.

In addition, his most recent involvement in music has been with an exciting new 6 piece Folk/Pop Singer/Songwriter Collective known as Winter Springs! (www.facebook.com/winterspringsmusic) The band formed in Leeds, whilst all studying at Leeds College of music, and includes some of the most mind-blowing artists from all over the UK. After their first tour the band have already supported and shared festival line-ups with artists such as Hozier, Catfish and the bottlemen, James Bay, Orla Gartland, Josh Record and JP Cooper as part of, AIM’s 2014 Best Independent festival of the year, Barn on the Farm! The collective also plan on touring from Scotland to the Isle of Wight to promote the release of their first EP titled ‘Summer is Coming’.

Johnny aims to keep up momentum already generated through numerous well-received shows with Winter Springs and his solo career…... Watch this space!

Graeme Kerr

Graeme Kerr

Guitar and Ukulele Group

Graeme Kerr, a multi-instrumentalist has been performing music for over 15 years. He also plays guitar, drums, piano and harmonica. He regularly performs in and around Glasgow, Edinburgh and as far afield as Kos in Greece.

Kirsty Ward

Musicianship, Ukulele and Go Kids Group
Kieran Hunter

Kieran Hunter

Piano

After starting to study music relatively late at the age of 14, Kieran is now studying the BEd Music programme at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (formerly RSAMD).

Kieran’s main instrument is voice which he studies with Iain Paton working on a vast range of repertoire. He has experience of singing both as a soloist and in many different types of choir. In the past, Kieran has received masterclasses from many accomplished singers including soprano, Soraya Mafi and most recently, tenor, Nicky Spence.

Kieran also has a vast experience on piano, drawing from the input of many different teachers. Although playing as a soloist in small public recitals in his home county of Dumfriesshire, Kieran is more active as an accompanist and enjoys accompanying other people be it soloists, choirs or even school nativities. He has recently finished a year studying with Bingbing Li as part of the BEd Music course at the RCS.

Kieran is also qualified in Grade 5 Music Theory (ABRSM) and is a strong believer that music theory is an aspect of music education that should be incorporated into every musical activity to ensure a strong fundamental understanding of the theory principles.

In his spare time, Kieran enjoys playing the organ after receiving a scholarship to study with EdTaylor (Assistant Organist of Carlisle Cathedral), a scholarship he still holds. He regularly plays for services in the Glasgow area and back home in Dumfriesshire. Outside of music, Kieran enjoys spending time with his younger brother, Leighton, and has developed a fondness for Lego.

Natasha Hendrickse-Welsh

Natasha Hendrickse-Welsh

Piano, Singing & Violin

Natasha Hendrickse-Welsh is a musician and teacher, currently based in Glasgow.

Born and raised in Liverpool Natasha began playing violin at the age of seven, and by the age of eleven was also studying singing and piano.

In 2008, Natasha was offered a place to study at the prestigious Chetham’s School of Music as a vocalist, with secondary studies in violin and piano. She went on to receive her BMus(Hons) in Vocal Studies from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and in 2014 was offered a generous scholarship to continue her studies, gaining an MMus in Vocal Performance.

As a performer, Natasha has had some fantastic opportunities, including singing at the Bridgewater Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Usher Hall as part of the Edinburgh International Festival and the Royal Albert Hall as part of the BBC Proms series. Further afield, she toured the Czech Republic as a soloist with the RSNO Chorus. She is an experienced operatic soprano, performing various roles, as well as recitals around the UK. In 2012, Natasha was a member of Les Sirenes Female Chamber Choir when they were awarded the title of BBC Choir of the Year.

In addition to her classical specialisms, Natasha is a keen singer of jazz and popular music, regularly gigging around Glasgow. She loves playing traditional fiddle as well as classical violin.

Natasha is an experienced teacher with students of all ages on her books. She takes a friendly approach to lessons, incorporating theory and technique from the start in fun and accessible ways. She helps pupils to feel passionate about their chosen instrument, and aims to teach the skills needed to continue learning independently and effectively outside lessons as, ultimately, that half hour per week is only a small portion of musical education.

Using elements of Kodaly methodology and lessons entirely tailored to the individual, Natasha encourages overall musicianship and a sensitive ear. She is highly proficient in teaching students with additional learning needs, and has significant experience with autism of varying degrees.

Away from music, Natasha loves reading, photography and animals. She lives with her partner and three chatterbox parrots.

Kerry Lynch

Kerry Lynch

Flute, Guitar, Singing

Kerry Lynch is a classically trained flautist - who also has training in Vocal Studies, The Ukulele and Classical Guitar. Alongside her studies Kerry performs with various orchestral and chamber groups, including the Flute and Piano duo ‘Elegant Whispers’, and with her Classical Guitarist partner Jacopo Lazzaretti (specialising in South American music). Her musical education stems from such institutions as the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and the University of Glasgow. She currently teaches many pupils around the city, privately, within the Diane Mitchel Music School, and within Flute Ensembles (coaching their members for competitions/exams/pleasure).

Anna Burns

Anna Burns

Piano, Singing, Violin, Musical Tots and Musical Adventurers.

Anna graduated from Edinburgh University in 2015 with a degree in Music and teaches our musical tots class for 1-3 years , the Saturday Keyboard class and our popular ASN class, Musical Adventurers at 12 noon. She also teaches piano, singing and violin in both Barrhead and Paisley.

Iain McRury

Iain McRury

Drums

Performed playing Drum kit professionally from age 17 as a member of dance bands including Carousel Showband, Harvest and Essence from early seventies thro’ eighties playing clubs, weddings, private and corporate functions, including a regular spot as drummer with the resident band at Glasgow’s Dial Inn who ran regular talent competitions where Sheena Easton was discovered prior to her rise to Fame. Worked as a freelance drummer through an agency, performed with artistes including The Drifters, Christian, Comedians Andy Cameron, Mr Abie and Clem Dane

Performed and recorded Drum kit with various bands through the nineties including Inverness based Indie band Blind Groove album titled “Monkeys can sea nirvana” and the Moray firth compilation album “Northern exposure” , Blind Groove supported The Sensational Alex Harvey Band in the early nineties.

Performed with club, wedding, function and dance bands including Universal and FBI from the year two thousand for several years. Performed and recorded Drum kit with Ayrshire based indie band Decoy EP titled “Better Day”. Performed, toured and recorded with Dexys Bootleg Runners, throughout the UK, supported The Beat in Edinburgh.

Studied HNC Music Performance (Drum Kit) Perth College UHI 2002, HND Community Arts North Glasgow College 2004.

Currently touring and performing Drum Kit with:

Domino Gumbo a seven piece New Orleans party band, playing a unique mix of Rock ‘n’ Roll Cajun and Zydeco. ; The Dexys Tribute Band a tribute to Dexys Midnight Runners currently in rehearsals prior to touring and performing throughout the UK ; Gavin Paterson & the Clancy Sessions Band performing a core repertoire of Irish/Scots songs plus many others throughout Strathclyde; The Andy Gunn Band ( DEP Drummer ) performing original Rock and Blues material throughout Glasgow, Edinburgh and the central belt.

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