Very carefully selected – our music tutors must be professional, qualified, contemporary and enthusiastic – we want to ensure that our pupils have fun whilst soaking up information.
We have an excellent team of tutors who work out of Lamp House Music, who are featured below.
Lamp House Music offers a fun, safe and creative environment for pupils of all ages in which to develop their understanding and appreciation for music.
For more information or to organise a first lesson, please contact us with your availability and we can talk you through the options.
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Lamp House Music Tutors
Chris Aien – Guitar / Ukulele / Bass Guitar / Bandjam
Chris is a professional musician and tutor, who has had experience of teaching students with a wide range of ages, abilities and social backgrounds. He has taught one-to-one lessons and also facilitated larger group workshops as a specialist youth worker for various music organisations in the East Lothian and Edinburgh areas. Chris has studied a variety of different genres of playing, and the theory that goes behind them, including rock, pop, metal, jazz and acoustic. He currently plays in a number of alternative rock bands and in a guitar duet that plays jazz music for function events.
Andrew is a versatile and experienced musician as well as tutor. He has a good knowledge of a variety of instruments but his main focus lies in vocals, guitar and ukulele. Andrew has many stylistic influences ranging from rock to R&B as well as Hip Hop, but is happy to work with pupils interested in any genre.
Having just received his BA in Music Performance, Andrew is currently working on his BA Hons in Music at Edinburgh College. He also achieved a Distinction in his Grade 6 theory from London College of Music.
Andrew has experience on the music circuit in Edinburgh playing with his band ‘Exit The Theatre’ and as a session musician, he is now currently working on a solo release. On top of this Andrew volunteers at Edinburgh based ‘Dad’s Rock Academy’ and works as a lifeguard.
Luke Cunningham – Guitar / Piano / Music Theory
Luke is currently in his final year of BA (Hons) Popular Music at Edinburgh Napier University. He loves to teach music, working on teaching projects around Edinburgh City Centre, in the Glasgow area and has also spent two summers tutoring in the United States. He understands that no two students are the same but that passion, learning, determination, enjoyment and achievement are mutual goals for all.
Luke studies Guitar with a focus on jazz but he also has a keen interest for folk and contemporary acoustic guitar playing as well as rock/pop/blues electric guitar playing. Luke also studies jazz piano but started out learning and working through the traditional classical piano grades.
Luke enjoys exploring popular music theory and performance by putting this to good practical use, as is evident in his one-man variety show which had a full run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2016.
Garry Hall – Guitar / Bass Guitar / Drums / Piano / Bagpipes / Music Theory
Garry is a professional musician and tutor, who teaches at various youth workshops and music classes and has lots of experience with both one-to-one and group lessons. Garry graduated from Edinburgh University with a BMus (Hons) Music Technology after having completed a HNC Music Performance at Stevenson College. With a range of experience in different styles including rock, jazz, folk and classical, Garry also plays lots of instruments including the guitar, bass, drums and piano as well as the bagpipes and whistles. He is also a grade 8 classical singer and former member of the National Youth Choir of Scotland. Garry plays professionally in the swing band ‘Radio Pachuco’ as well as the ceilidh group ‘Ceilidh me Home’, and using his technology degree, Garry does all the recording and mixing work for his own band.
Callum Stevenson – Guitar / Bass Guitar / Piano / Keyboard / Music Theory
Callum is an Edinburgh College graduate, with a BA degree in Music. Having played keyboard since 7 years old, Callum also went on to learn guitar and is now an expert in both. Since graduating, Callum has been tutoring pupils privately and also working for the Dads Rock Academy in Edinburgh, assisting children and their parents as they work towards their annual end of year show. As a guitarist and keyboardist, Callum has built a respectable reputation in the industry, working in various genres including blues, funk, hip hop and electronica. Callum has also worked as a guitar tech for bands including Idlewild, created music composition for a computer game and worked at WHALE teaching song-writing to pupils of all ages. Callum plays in an indie/ska band, The Begbies, who have performed at venues and festivals across Scotland.
Scott D Whitefield – Violin / Viola / Fiddle / String Group / Music Theory
Scott is a professional musician and tutor who has vast experience of teaching groups and individual pupils of a wide range of ages, abilities and social backgrounds. With a Bachelors of Art in Music Performance, Scott has previously worked as leader of Fiddlesticks Orchestra and has facilitated and conducted at numerous rehearsals and sectionals with this orchestra. Scott can teach both classical and folk as well as advising on technique and posture. He aims to make lessons enjoyable whilst helping you learn or improve your playing.
Kimberley Harper – Cello
Kimberley began her cello studies at high school and is currently studying HND Music at Glasgow Clyde College. She has vast orchestral experience and has played in Fiddlesticks, Edinburgh Orchestral Ensemble and Edinburgh Open Orchestra, plus has participated in concert tours across Europe.
Kimberley has worked alongside professional musicians in the Scottish Opera and assisted in music workshops with young children. With a distinction in ABRSM Grade 5 Theory, Kimberley incorporates this knowledge into her teaching.
Kimberley aims to make cello lessons fun and enjoyable for everyone – regardless of age or ability.
Shuna studied music at Edinburgh College and Abertay University and has a BA Honours Degree in Music Performance. She is an experienced songwriter and performer and has been gigging as a solo artist for over 4 years as well as performing regularly in events bands. Shuna has a real passion for music and brings that passion and enthusiasm to all of her students – her lessons are relaxed, enjoyable and fun for everyone. Her own music styles lie within blues, pop and soul but Shuna is happy helping students within any of their preferred genres of music.
Morgan Gilday – Vocals
Morgan completed BMus Degree in Professional Music Performance, specialising in Vocals from The Academy of Contemporary Music in Guildford in 2011. Since then Morgan has been singing and performing professionally in a variety of venues alongside various function bands, playing at parties, weddings and charity events all over the country, Europe and the USA.
The subject of performance anxiety interests Morgan greatly and she considers it highly important for performers of all ages and abilities to understand and learn skills and strategies to cope with their own performance anxiety.
Lessons with Morgan are fun and relaxed and can cover a wide range of genres from pop to musical theatre and many in between. Focusing on technique, warm up and healthy practice, breathing, posture, performance skills, and microphone technique, she will be able to help pupils strengthen their voice and develop confidence.
A graduate of Napier University, with a BA Hons in Popular Music, Emily started songwriting and performing at a young age. With singing has her main focus, Emily has now been studying and teaching voice for 7 years. In addition to vocal coaching, Emily also teaches guitar and songwriting and would be delighted to work with all ages and abilities, for example established guitar players looking to add singing to their performance, or singers looking to start accompanying themselves on an instrument.
Emily has led choirs, harmony workshops and often performs with community choir Big Big Sing. She has recently toured the UK, Europe and performed at the Folk Alliance International conference in the USA with her band The Jellyman’s Daughter. Their debut album was included in The Herald’s Top 50 Albums of the Year, and the band have enjoyed sell out shows and performances across the UK, plus airplay on BBC Radio Scotland.
Emily’s own passion lies in bluegrass, americana, blues, jazz and country however, she is a very versatile musician, and enjoys tailoring lessons to the personal music tastes of pupils and their preferred genres of music.
With a BA Music from Abertay University, Lesley is currently studying in Edinburgh for her Bachelor of Music (Hons), through Kingston University in London. Lesley is also skilled in mixing and recording and works freelance on this aspect of her music.
Singing since the age of eight, and playing trumpet since age ten, Lesley has experience in many music styles in both instruments, from classical to rock. Lesley has performed with the National Youth Choir of Scotland for many years, her highlight being a performance at Proms in the Park. She plays trumpet and sings in a band called ‘No Quarter’ who regularly play in various venues and festivals across Edinburgh. She is also a member of the Edinburgh College Big Band, who play the Jazz Bar regularly.
Lesley’s music taste is extremely varied, her passions lie in jazz, blues, classical, soul and funk but she has experience of teaching vocals and trumpet in a vast range of styles and very much enjoys working in all genres – concentrating on the personal tastes of each pupil and making the lessons of utmost value to them.
Simon Walker – Drums / Music Technology
A graduate of Napier University, Simon has been involved with playing music for over 20 years, with many years of experience teaching music from everything from large groups to one to ones. Simon has played with various bands over the years, taking him all over the world. He has played some of the biggest music festivals including Glastonbury, T in the Park and toured supporting the likes of The Charlatans and Eliza Doolittle. Simon works as a tutor and professional musician playing with various function and original bands, he is also a live and recording sound engineer.
Ryan Cairney – Drums
Ryan has a BA degree in Music Performance at Edinburgh College, and is an experienced and accomplished drummer and tutor. His specialised styles include funk, latin, afro-cuban, jazz, blues and rock. Ryan was involved in the creation of the Dads Rock Academy in Edinburgh and as such, has taught a wide age range of pupils – always aiming to provide a fun but educational approach to lessons. Extremely motivated and passionate about music (especially drums!) Ryan has performed in bands and projects across the country.
Jeanne is a graduate of Napier University and has a wealth of experience teaching in schools as well as being the lead tutor in numerous music and arts projects across Edinburgh and Midlothian. Jeanne specialises in drum kit and percussion tuition but is well versed leading classes on guitar and keys too. Her experience also includes numerous groups teaching people with additional support needs. She is very active on the Scottish music scene and is involved in many bands; regularly playing drums in both function groups and rock bands throughout Scotland.
At the age of ten, Michael Ready began learning the flute, and has not stopped playing since. From Edinburgh, during his high school years, Michael played with several local wind bands and orchestras as well as many of the ensembles in his high school. Michael then went on to study for a BA Honours at Edinburgh Napier University, specialising in flute performance under the tutelage of Andrea Kuypers.
Whilst at University, Michael played principal and second flute positions with the Edinburgh Napier Chamber Orchestra and the University’s Contemporary Ensemble. He also acted as soloist with the ENCO and was the first recipient of The Wind Section Prize for Woodwind and Brass. Michael also played in the Edinburgh Napier Flute Ensemble during university, playing in many concerts and notably going to Malta on their Flutes En Vacances Tour.
Michael has also played principal flute with the Edinburgh Youth Orchestra, various parts with several Edinburgh-based orchestras and recently with the Lung Ha Theatre Company.
Jennie has been playing saxophone and piano since she was eleven years old and has been involved in various different ensembles and groups since then. Jennie is currently in her final year of an honours degree in Classical Music where she specialises in saxophone studies. Jennie has a lot of experience teaching both individual and group lessons and has taught students from the ages of 5-50. Jennie always aims to create a happy learning environment and to make lessons fun and enjoyable for every student.
Penny Jackson – Piano / Recorder / Music Theory
Penny is an experienced music teacher who teaches individuals to a high standard and has an excellent pass rate in Associate Board and Trinity Guildhall examinations. However, making music is firstly about enjoyment for Penny, and therefore exams are an option, not a necessity – Penny’s main aim for all pupils being to pass on her own enthusiasm, love of music and musical creativity. Penny has qualifications in practical music, musical theory, dance and music composition, she plays regularly at wedding ceremonies, as well as being Music Leader and Kirknewton and East Calder Church where she also runs a vocal group who perform each Sunday and at events in the Church Calendar.
Samantha Swan – Piano
Samantha studied piano at Napier University and has been teaching over the last ten years, specialising in beginners offering them an encouraging and supportive experience as they start their musical journey. Samantha offers combined piano and theory lessons and can assist with pupils looking to sit exams. Samantha has also trained as an Occupational Therapist working in the field of mental health and as such is enthusiastic about teaching piano to anyone who feels piano could be of therapeutic benefit to them with their current life circumstances – retirement, unemployment, bereavement, health. Samantha is based at Lamp House Music during daytimes and therefore is particularly suited to adults interested in piano lessons.
Elaine is an experienced tutor who qualified from The Royal College of Music in Dublin in both Piano and Violin. She has taught both instruments for pleasure and at exam level for many years. She has both a Traditional and Classical background being an “All Ireland Ceol Slogadh” bronze medallist whilst also playing within many ensemble/groups in schools and with The Galway Youth Orchestra. Elaine enjoys teaching at all levels and believes that her lessons should be a relaxing experience which is enjoyable and fun and brings out the best in her pupils. Elaine is based at Lamp House Music during daytimes, therefore is particularly suited to adults and home schooled children who are looking for daytime lessons.
For more information or to book please call 01620 825630 or email us, we’re always happy to help.