Finn Le Marinel (Guitar/Bass/Ukulele)
Finn is our Guitar tutor who has over 10 years of experience teaching one to one lessons as well as groups. He has worked extensively teaching music in schools through the Youth Music Initiative. His passion for improving mental health and well-being motivated him to lead a popular guitar group for a number of years with the Mental Health Charity Theatre Nemo.
Finn is an established songwriter in his own right and has recorded and released a number of records whilst touring and performing shows around the UK. In terms of teaching style, Finn aims to develop his students into rounded musicians. This may include working through grades (generally following the Trinity and Rockschool Syllabuses) as well as developing technique, music theory, composition and listening skills.
Tony Young (Piano/Voice)
Coming from a line of musicians, Tony learnt piano from an early age. He began teaching while he was at school, where he achieved a Merit in his Grade 8 just before his
In the last few years he has specialised in tutoring Piano and, this year, now also offers tuition in Voice and Song-writing. In his Piano lessons, Tony teaches the fundamentals of note recognition (reading music), hand exercises (scales) and learning to feel comfortable with the keyboard, by getting the student to create sound studies using the whole keyboard. This is then built upon by a progression of understanding the basics and beginning to read the notes and start fairly soon (after the first 5 weeks) on pieces that are simple arrangements of recognised melodies in the genre that the student is interested in, to maintain their enthusiasm for learning.
For his voice lessons, the student begins learning diaphragmatic breathing techniques and voice toning exercises as well as simple physical movements and techniques that help to relax the jaw and facial muscles. He then supports the student’s confidence in vocal expression within the genre/s they are interested in, by learning songs appropriate to their vocal range and interests. Tony also leads the First Chorus Choir, based at our West End Music Studio at CC Music in Otago Street.
Tony is also an experienced composer and is often able to incorporate this aspect of learning into his lessons too, should the student wish to express themselves creatively. This works by taking the student’s ideas and helping them structure themes and melodies into a song using voice or piano/keyboard. This can be combined as part of the piano or vocal lessons.
Kerry Lynch (Piano/Flute/Guitar)
Kerry’s musical education began when she was accepted into the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Juniors’ (RCS Juniors’) when she was just 12-years old. During this time Kerry began to develop a foundation in music with direction from some of the country’s most inspirational musicians. Since leaving the Juniors’ Kerry has advanced her education at both the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS), and the University of Glasgow.
In recent years Kerry’s secondary focus has been fixed on Music Therapy, in particular, Meditation, Mindfulness, and Alexander Technique. Kerry has centred her knowledge of Music Therapy within the core of her Methodology as a tutor, and as a performer. She aims to pass on these techniques to her students, nurturing in them the tools that they need to overcome challenges and to connect fully with their instruments and the experience of playing them.
Currently, Kerry enjoys working with her musical partners in two dynamic Glasgow based duos: ‘Floboe’ (Flute and Oboe) and the ‘JKL Duo’ (Flute and Guitar). These duos allow Kerry to play a diverse repertoire, which pushes boundaries; exhibiting Kerry’s technical capability for the flute, showcasing her talents in many different forms. From her involvement with both these Duo’s Kerry gets so much enjoy traveling around the world doing what she loves!
Presently, Kerry has begun work on a new and exhilarating project in collaboration with both the Scottish Ballet and the Citizen M Hotel – Floboe, armed with a newly arranged version of Stravinsky’s ‘Rite of Spring,’ will premiere an audio-visual composition that is aimed to showcase the Citizen M Hotel. Kerry will also spend the summer traveling across Europe with the JKL, performing a repertoire that is closely associated with the South American/Tango style.
Kerry tutors’ students in Flute, Classical Guitar, Piano and, the Ukulele, aimed at all ages and abilities.
Kerry’s rational approach to teaching, which is balanced by her holistic approach and her love of music, and this is what sets her apart as a music tutor; her focus is on the needs of each student, both mentally, and physically; making for fantastic results come exam time.
Tom Walters (Guitar/Bass/Ukulele)
Tom is a versatile musician and producer with a love for all styles of music. The music doesn’t have to be complicated but the groove is #1. Since playing Glasgow’s 02 Academy at 16, he’s gone on to perform alongside established artists Portable aka Bodycodes in Paris and
When it comes to teaching, making sure the student is learning material they enjoy is important to Tom. Technical aspects of music and theory can always be applied where necessary to ensure they have a well-rounded lesson. As a keen composer, he loves helping students to express themselves by writing their own songs. Lessons are light-hearted yet focused on helping students achieve their musical dreams.