Hi! I'm Iona. I am an experienced tutor with 15+ years of hands-on professional and academic music experience. The bespoke and personalised music classes that I offer can benefit students of all levels and ages, whatever your goals and ambitions are.
Key Tutor Highlights:
* Female Music Tutor
* One of only a handful of Folk Violin Music Tutors in London
* One of only 1% of Professional Female Music Producers Globally
* Trinity and ABRSM exam coaching
* 1st Class Honours BA in Music from Goldsmiths, UoL
* Grade 8 Scottish Folk Violin, Grade 7 Classical violin
* 200+ hours of teaching to all ages and abilities both online and in-person * Great exam results from students * Clear DBS check
I like to work with my students depending on their individual interests, pushing for the best sound and creations in each area with bespoke lesson plans and approaches. I like to employ plenty of discussion and interesting practical challenges that push the boundaries of what they already know to gain new knowledge that will last a lifetime. I’ll work with you to provide flexible in-person and/or online one-to-one music lessons to bring you to the level that you want to reach.
VIOLIN LESSONS: My violin lessons are for anyone, no matter how young or old, who wants to learn to play the violin within the context of folk, pop and/or rock. For beginners, we will look at the basics of classical violin technique to ensure safety whilst playing, as well as how to read music and basic music theory. We will look at folk, pop, and rock repertoire, and begin to look at the techniques that can be used to make these genres come alive on the violin. Standard violin, electric violin, and 8ve violin can all be explored, as well as how effects pedals such as loops, reverbs, delays and distortion and more can be used to modify the sound of your playing into something truly unique and expressive. For more advanced students all of the above can be explored, as well as a more personalized look at performance technique, pushing the boundaries of artistry, violin composition, and advanced violin technique. Sessions will be presented in a supportive way through the exploration of repertoire, practical tasks, practice plans, and constructive discussion. I am trained to grade 8 level in Scottish folk violin, grade 7 in classical violin, grade 5 in music theory, and level 3 in pop/rock performance. I have been gigging and recording in folk and popular genres for over 10 years, developing a strong sense of musicality, technique, and performance. I have worked with major artists including Myrkur (black metal band), Ehsan Imani (metal guitarist), Hogwash (ceilidh band), and also host a folk night. MUSIC PRODUCTION LESSONS: At its simplest, music production is the careful creative process of capturing and showcasing the raw recordings of a track, arranging them in the sonic sphere in such a way that a listener can truly connect with the artist's intention. More complexly, it can build an intriguing world of sound around the core songwriting elements through synthesis and sound design, extra recorded or MIDI instruments, field sounds, and piles of SFX and plugins such as reverbs, delays, pitch shifts, EQ's, compressors, distortions, and more, surrounding the listener with energetic aural intricacies. I teach all of this and more to my music production students, beginning with the basics of how to use music production software and how to put sounds together, leading through to how to lead and create successful fully produced and mixed music www.*** am a professional music producer working on regular commissions for the likes of BBC Radio 4, Bill Dare (of Spitting Image/Dead Ringers), Ehsan Imani (metal guitarist) and more. COMPOSITION/SONGWRITING/FILM SCORING LESSONS: My lessons are for anyone who wants to learn the art of songwriting or of composition. For songwriting, we can look at everything from the basic components of a song and how they fit together, to the analysis of existing songs, understanding a wide range of literary devices and how they are used in lyric writing, song forms and structures, music theory, composing music for songs, idea generation, how to express yourself creatively, development of your own musical identity, and, of course, learning how to write great songs! For composition lessons, the focus will be on the analysis of existing works, understanding the components of a work, instrumentation, texture, timbre, tonality, harmony, tempo, rhythm and structure, and, similarly to songwriting, how to express yourself creatively and the development of your own musical identity. For film music lessons, the focus is inclusive of elements from both composition and songwriting but will also include the learning and use of film scoring technology (DAW's) and production techniques as well as the ins and outs of film scoring techniques which do differ from those in regular songwriting and composition. More advanced sessions in all of these areas can also include teaching in recording and production with access to music studios and professional recording facilities included, as well as, if wanted, industry guidance and support. Sessions will be presented in a supportive way through constructive discussion, practical tasks, worksheets, and writing sessions. I am a professional songwriter, composer, and film composer, completing regular commissions and constantly building on my research and knowledge into the field, including scoring 'Amputee Undefined' animation for Paralympic Sophie Kamlish, Royal Television Society award winning film 'Go For Alayna', and the launch of my own music artist project 'INCONNIA'.
"Exceptional and very patient teacher. I was a "mature student" who had never touched a violin before but was immediately put at ease with a tailored training programme that focused on the type of music I enjoy. Most recommended!!!"
"Iona was lovely and made me feel really comfortable as a complete beginner (at songwriting). She obviously really knows her stuff and is great at explaining and coaching. Would recommend her!"
"Iona is a passionate, dedicated and highly intelligent individual who has the ability to make what seems impossible, possible. Her (composition) lessons are fun and tailored perfectly to the needs of the student. If you want to learn music, then learn here!"
"Iona is a very patient and fantastic violin teacher! My 6 year old son loves her lessons and looks forward to them every week. He has learnt violin so quickly and I am grateful for all Iona’s help."
"My 12 year old daughter wanted to learn music production. Being Windows based we went down the Ableton live route (Industry standard). I had no idea about the software at all. We came across Iona whom was "local". Her in depth knowledge of Ableton and her strong music background have been a perfect fit for tuition. My daughter has a weekly 1 hour lesson via zoom and has progressed with basic setup to compiling beats and working towards songs. She has covered midi, instrument selection and use of microphone. Ableton is far more complex than I realised and having 1:1 with Iona I have seen great progress. My daughter looks forward to lessons and most importantly has fun with Iona making music!"
"My experience of learning music production with Iona has been overwhelmingly positive. She has excellent knowledge which she teaches in an accessible easy to understand way for a complete novice like myself. Also, she is a brilliant facilitative teacher, encouraging you to put things into practice. I was totally intimidated by the parameters of Ableton but now I’m beginning to get my head round it and have fun with it thanks to Iona."
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