Meet The Teaching Team

All our staff have handfuls of musical experience, be it playing for professional artists, as backing musicians, creating and producing their own albums or even being a session musician in an orchestra pit. Our staff give their all to helping their students succeed with professional industry standard tuition.

Mark Harding - Level 3 Guitar Teacher and Music Tech Teacher

Mark

Mark Harding is an active recording and gigging guitarist based on the outskirts of London, England, having played for numerous artists from the UK, Spain and America, as well as performing on live TV. Mark has been a regular on the UK gigging circuit since 2006 when he toured, recorded and composed material for Christina Novelli as lead guitarist for her band, The Scenic Drive (Full Portion Management ltd – Aroon Maharajah & Robbie Rigwood). Mark also worked as the Musical Director for the band during this time.

After 2 years of performing with The Scenic Drive, Mark spent two years studying commercial music performance at Tech Music School (Guitar-X, Acton), performing as a session musician for many other students at the college as well as working with musicians such as Femi Temowo (Amy Winehouse) and Simon Carter (Jamiroquai). After completing a diploma and higher diploma, Mark was rewarded for his dedication and hard work with a performance at Shepherds Bush Empire as part of Tech Music Schools graduation ceremony.

Tom Tattersall - Level 3 Guitar Teacher

Tom

Tom has been playing guitar since he was fourteen and in the following fourteen years has gigged at countless venues, played on a large amount of recordings and played with hundreds of different musicians.

In addition to copious live, recording and rehearsal experience, Tom also has some impressive credentials. After achieving BTEC merits in both Popular Music Performance AND Popular Music Practice, Tom graduated from the London Guitar Institute with a 2:1 BMus in Popular Music Performance in 2007. A few years later, deciding he wanted to pursue teaching in earnest, Tom enrolled on a PGCert course at the British Institute of Modern Music in Brighton which he completed in 2011.

Tom’s passion for music encompasses not only playing in his various musical outfits ranging from technical, experimental metal to chilled out instrumental acoustic pieces but also his teaching. Teaching has become a huge part of Tom’s life over the past eight years and he now teaches private one-to-one guitar lessons and is one of the primary guitar teachers at The Academy of Music and Sound in Hitchin, Herts.

Neil Bullock – Level 3 Drum Teacher

Neil

Neil bullock turned professional at the age of seventeen, having started playing drums at the age of eight. Neil studied privately with the world renowned drummer Mal Garrett from Birmingham’s Conservatoire. Neil won a clutch of awards as a teenager, including two musicians’ union most promising young musician awards, three TV Times outstanding drummer, The BBC Big band best drummer prize and the Musicians’ union outstanding musician award. At this time Neil was a member of the Midland youth jazz orchestra, which he left at the age of twenty one after appearing at the Montreux jazz festival in Switzerland. After a meeting with Danny Gottlieb, (Pat Metheny), Neil went to New Jersey to study with Dave Brubeck’s world renowned drummer, Joe Morello and also studied privately with the greatest exponent of the Moeller technique, Jim Chapin. Neil joined The Red Lemon Electric Blues Band at a young age and went on to tour with Chuck Berry, played shows as support to Robert Plant and made a record number of appearances at Ronnie Scotts. He also appeared at numerous blues and soul festivals all over Britain and Europe. Alongside this, Neil was kept very busy as a freelance session player, performing on thousands of gigs and sessions with a vast array of artists. Today Neil is a freelance musician and teacher who operates within a wide sphere of musical styles.

 Adam Dunn – Level 2 and 3 LPW Tutor

Adam

I began playing at the age of 13 after my dad showed me a video of Jimi Hendrix. I pestered him relentlessly until he bought me a classical guitar which I strummed away on for a year until he finally agreed to buy me an electric. I really came into my own after receiving this instrument and took lessons from a teacher who showed me how to play chords, improvise and more importantly work things out by ear. From then on I began systematically wearing out my records and tapes, constantly rewinding and relistening in order to learn my favourite players lines and techniques.

I did my first degree at Wolverhampton University, I met a lot of good players and great people and studying here really broadened my musical horizons and gave me a single minded determination to make the guitar my career. I was consistently becoming disappointed with the lack of places to play in the midlands. I wasn’t happy unless I was doing at least one gig a week so I made the decision to move to somewhere with a more thriving music scene.

I have played in many bands on the function circuit including my own function band The Sinister Ministers, and am a first call dep for bands such as Azure, The Funkadelics, The Low Riders, Sneak, and Super Charger.

 

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