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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
After first picking up a guitar at the age of 11, Drew has spent over 13 years honing his playing skills and is currently working towards a Postgraduate degree in Music Performance. Drew favours Blues-Rock music and enjoys the heavy riffing of Classic Rock bands such as Led Zeppelin and Guns ’n’ Roses as well as well as modern Blues players such as Jared James Nichols and Josh Smith.
Specialising in Rock and Pop guitar styles, Drew has been teaching guitar for several years to pupils of various ages and abilities ranging from complete beginners to advanced students and is at home on either an electric or acoustic instrument.
Zosia studied piano and violin at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama before going on to gain an Honours degree in music at the University of Edinburgh. She has taught piano and violin for a number of years in independent schools and private practice. She enjoys teaching a wide range of styles from pop to classical, and has experience in entering pupils successfully for SQA, ABRSM, Trinity and Rock School exams
Stephen Wilkinson has been performing on drums for over 16 years and has been playing Classical Guitar for 18 years. In this time, he has acquired vast gigging and recording experience both in formal Classical settings and much louder live band settings. He is currently performing and recording with an international touring band and performed at festivals including Damnation Festival (UK), Netherlands Death fest (NL) and Brutal Assault (CZ).
Stephen’s qualifications include ATCL Diplomas on Classical Guitar and Recorders, Grade 8 Alto Saxophone, Grade 7 on drums and Grade 5 Music Theory. Along with this, he has vast experience of performing in multiple orchestras and ensembles including the National Youth Guitar Ensemble, the Corinium Players Guitar Ensemble and the Swindon Jazz Orchestra.
We have recently moved to new offices at Brick Lane, Paisley
Our New Offices are situated inside Brick Lane Studios, Paisley.