Our team

We have a great team of qualified tutors; all of whom are PVG disclosure checked, qualified to Masters degree level minimum, have a 100% exam pass rate and are usually working on various music projects or gigs as well as tutoring.  We are also flexible and happy to work with various examination boards for grades including ABRSM, Rockschool and Trinity.

GEMMA

 

Qualifications

MA Music & Songwriting – University of the West of Scotland

BA Commercial Music – University of the West of Scotland

Diploma in Contemporary Vocal Teaching – VIDLA

HND Sound Production – Jewel & Esk Valley College

HNC & NC Music – West College Scotland

 

Current Positions

Owner of Stirling Music Centre / GW Music

Instrumental Tutor at Stirling Music Centre / GW Music since 2012

 

Gemma grew up with an absolute love of music and learned keyboard from a young age.  She worked in various business and finance based jobs before returning to study music in her early 20’s.  Gemma started working as a freelance music tutor in 2012 and worked for Clackmannanshire Council and Horsecross Arts, Perth as well as setting up her own tutoring business GW Music.  In 2013, GW Music partnered with Joanne Greer Music to create Stirling Music Centre based within Stirling Enterprise Park.  Gemma has used her business training and experience to develop and grow SMC while tutoring piano, keyboard, singing and music theory.  Gemma is currently taking a break from teaching after having a baby in 2021 but still deals with all aspects of running the business.

 

 

CATHERINE (CAT)

 

Qualifications

PhD Music (ongoing) – University of Huddersfield

MA Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies – Iowa State University

BMus Music with Theory & Composition

 

Current Positions

Instrumental Tutor at Stirling Music Centre since 2017

Research Seminars Coordinator for the International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM)

Assistant Editor for Cambridge University Press (Popular Music)

Deputy Conductor of the Stirling Gaelic Choir

Freelance Artist, Musician & Tutor

 

Catherine grew up in Minnesota, USA where she got her Bachelor's Degree in Music Theory and Composition and went on to teach music lessons and write jingles for local businesses. She obtained her Masters at Iowa State University in Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies, devising a quantitative method to compare abstract similarities between art and music. She jumped the pond and moved to Aberdeen in 2013 where she taught music and art before moving to Stirling in 2016. She is currently obtaining her PhD part-time at the University of Huddersfield, conducting research in Evolutionary Musicology. Cat’s lessons are built around her students' wishes and goals; most of her students pick their own repertoire, learning the music they enjoy while building practical mechanics, technique, and expression. Cat is classically trained in voice, piano, theory, and composition, and has played guitar professionally for over 10 years. Cat believes that learning any musical skill at any age should first and foremost be a joyful experience with mindful goal setting, recognition of progress, and consistent feedback and collaboration between student and teacher. Cat’s mantra is that if you're happy, she’s happy!

 

 

AMY

 

Qualifications

MMus Musicology Research – University of Glasgow

BMus Music – University of Glasgow

Trombone Studies - RCS Junior Conservatoire

 

Current Positions

Instrumental Tutor at Stirling Music Centre since 2018

Freelance Musician & Tutor

 

Amy grew up in Fife where she began her musical journey. She started piano at a young age along with singing in the Dunfermline Abbey Choir. After taking up Trombone in Primary school, she was fortunate enough to continue her studies at the RCS Junior Conservatoire.  She holds a Bachelor of Music and Masters of Musicology Research degrees from the University of Glasgow where her research topics included social media and opera criticism. Along with her freelance career as a Trombonist she has been teaching piano and brass instruments since 2009 and works with music schools and students all over Scotland.  Her wide range of experience from brass bands, to teaching those with additional support needs to classical and jazz piano lets her provide education tailored specifically to each pupils needs.

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