I am a London Music School graduate with 10+ years teaching experience. During my time teaching guitar, bass guitar, drums & vocals some beginners piano. I have worked for many organisations including;
The Berkshire Meastro's - Formally The Berkshire Young Musicians Trust, Music 4 Slough, The Rock & Pop Project and Bracknell & Wokingham Council (STARS). I have also taught in the following schools as a peripatetic: Charters (Ascot), Garth Hill (Bracnell), Strodes 6th Form (Egham), Farnborough College (Farnborough), Yately School (Yately), Leighton Park (Reading), Sandhurst Comprehensive (Sandhurst) and many more.
As a musician I have played 2000+ gigs with 100's of bands ranging from covers, wedding and function bands to original rock and pop bands. I have toured Europe playing in Holland, Italy, Hungary, Germany, The Czech Republic, Latvia and The Middle East - Dubai.
I have written and recorded three albums;
Talk On Corners (2006)
A State Of Delirium (2008)
Moments Of Magnitude (2011)
You can SEE AND HEAR MORE HERE.
Up until March 2019 I was based at The FBC Centre in Finchampstead (Wokingham) where I taught drums, guitar, bass guitar, vocals and beginners piano. I taught 6 days a week and had in the region of 80 students. You can see just a few of my students who passed their grades below. I'm currently teaching online.
In 2018 I started working as a group helper with local disabled charity Linkable. LinkAble helps children and adults with learning disabilities in Woking and Surrey Heath and offer people activities and experiences that they struggle to access in the wider community, supporting them to learn new skills, form lasting friendships and lead fulfilling, independent lives. I work with Linkable during half terms and the Summer holidays to provide respite days for people with learning disabilities, parents and carers. I also worked with Actables, Linkables acting and drama group.
I have the following certifications:
- First Aid (Basic Life Support)
- Health & Safety
- Hoist Trained
- Full clean driving licence
"Simon is an AMAZING music tutor. Over the last few years he has tutored both my daughter and son in guitar and drums. Over the recent period he has continued with online lessons meaning the situation did not affect my Sons progress. I would highly recommend him to anybody who is looking for a music tutor .. the lessons are of quality and are good value price wise. My daughter has now gone of to Uni but my son loves his lessons and finds them engaging!"
"My son loves his guitar lessons with Simon, he started as a complete beginner and is now an accomplished player. Simon keeps him engaged and has really encouraged his love of playing and to always push a bit harder. I wholeheartedly recommend Simon if you are looking for a music teacher."
My son has been coming to Simon for quite a few years, first for guitar lessons and now for drumming. Simon has a really good rapport with the students he works with and is highly knowledgeable on all aspects of music playing and teaching.
Simon has been teaching my son guitar for many years. He has been a great mentor to him and has a vast knowledge of music. Simon is supportive, approachable and always responds quickly to emails/texts. Thanks largely to Simon, my son is soon to take his grade 6 guitar exam and is going to study at the ACM college in Guildford. Simon is very professional and organised and I would recommend him without hesitation.
"Simon has been teaching my children electric guitar and bass for the past year. His musical knowledge and teaching ability is first class. He explains things very clearly and patiently and as a result his students make excellent progress. Highly recommended."
Simon teaches both of my sons, one on the drums and one guitar. They started with him when they were 7 and 9 and they instantly loved their lessons. He is extremely good at coaching them through the inevitable frustrations of learning an instrument and manages to inspire and challenge them. I thoroughly recommend him.
"We highly recommend White Dog Music! Simon is knowledgeable, professional and great with his clients, young and old! Our son looks forward to his lesson every week. Not only is this because he loves playing the instrument but mainly due to Simon’s relaxed, friendly and enthusiastic teaching! Thank you Simon!"
Simon is patient, knowledgable and inspiring. He makes lessons interesting and tailors his lessons to the individual.
‘As a somewhat ‘older’ learner I was pleased to find Simon happy and willing to take me on. I have been learning drums with him for 18 months now and he has always been flexible, knowledgable and encouraging. With his help I have progressed further than I thought possible. He is always ready with a good tip on how to improve technique and makes lessons enjoyable and fun!’
Simon is easy going and gives us our boys confidence in what they are doing, both our boys have Aspergers and are very comfortable in his presence.
'I would highly recommend Simon. He is a great teacher who is clearly dedicated to teaching music and sharing his expertise. He is reliable, flexible and friendly. He has taught my son from starting out playing drums to taking Grade 7 and 8 in the very near future.'
"Simon has endless patience with his students - he’s very adaptable and responsive when there is something particular they want to try, and his positive energy is infectious."