Our Tutors

Finn Le Marinel (Guitar)

Finn is our Guitar tutor, he 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. He has a passion for improving mental health and well-being and has ran a popular guitar group for a number of years with these goals for Mental Health Charity Theatre Nemo. Finn is a established song-writer in his own right and has recorded and released a number of records and toured 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 Rockshool Syllabuses) as well developing general technique, music theory, composition and listening skills.

Tony Young (Piano/Voice)

Coming from a line of musicians, Tony learnt piano from an early age and began teaching while he was at school, where he achieved a Merit in his Grade 8 just before his A Levels at 17. Tony achieved a degree in Biology from Oxford whilst also writing and performing in original Musical Theatre Productions at University there. He went on to do a Masters in Community Education at Moray House, Edinburgh. 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 first 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 a 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.

Michael Hamilton (Guitar/Bass)

Michael first picked up a guitar when he was 10 years old and over the years has developed into an accomplished guitarist, bassist and composer. In addition to writing and producing his own music, as a professional musician, Michael has worked with various high-profile artists and producers including Graeme Duffin (Wet Wet Wet), Max Murphy (The Voice), award-winning producer Sandy Jones, and internationally acclaimed tenor, Martin Aelred. This diverse musical background has given Michael knowledge of a wide variety of playing styles and genres, which he can impart to his students to get them to where they want to be with their playing, whatever the direction. Whether students would like to develop their technical ability, compose their own music, or simply play along to their favourite songs, Michael’s approach ensures that his students develop into self-reliant musicians with a firm understanding of both their instrument and music in general. This may involve learning the fundamental techniques for playing guitar/bass, ear training, reading music, understanding and applying scales and other theoretical concepts, and techniques for improvisation and composition. And having completed the SQA – Higher Music course and Advanced Higher Performing Skills unit himself, Michael is also happy to help students prepare for formal music listening and performance exams.

Dominykas Snarski (Drums)

Dominykas Snarskis is an exceptional and award winning drummer born in Vilnius, Lithuania. He currently studies jazz drumming at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. He has won several awards for his exceptional drumming including 3rd place and the special prize for ‘The Most Percussive Performance’ in the international drum competition ‘Drum Day 2018’. He first encountered music when listening to the Jimi Hendrix tapes in his father’s car, and since then he has never looked back. Since the age of 14, he has been involved in many fantastic and unique musical activities, from creating theatre music for Lithuanian Association of People with Disabilities, to playing concerts in a war-base, or popping up with an orchestra at a homeless shelter. He has recorded many studio records, as well as toured throughout the Europe (UK, Germany, Lithuania, Netherlands, Latvia, Poland, Estonia). He has a 10-year experience of playing wide range of styles, whether it is pop, jazz, rock or classical music. Same as in life, in the music classes Dominykas seeks to inspire his students. The lessons start with a good set up of a posture and physical movements. In the first weeks it is important to lay down the basis of drumming, which are the essential rudiments and snare drum techniques. After a few sessions, students get to taste different styles of music and reading the notes, especially exploring the genres they are most interested in. Drums are essentially communicative instrument, so the lessons are engaging with ensemble playing – percussion duets or collective improvisations along the entrancing rhythms.