Bmus(hons) ATCL PGCE
From an early age I was already getting involved with teaching. During my 'A-Level' studies I was invited to return to my old high school and help tutor maths and music to students who needed extra assistance. I also seemed to work very well with more challenging or special needs individuals and unknown to me this trend would continue throughout my teaching career. During my time at The Welsh College of Music and Drama I taught lots of brass students and was invited to judge some youth solo competitions. One very memerable time was completing a brass band course run by Robert Childs which covered conducting and adjudication. I really learnt a lot from his disciplined and clear no nonsense teaching style.
I went on to complete a PGCE in Secondary Music and Instrumental teaching combined and a number of my assignments were used as examples for future students. I generally excelled in all areas of what was and still is a very difficult course. This was all completed alongside performing in brass bands and solo projects, I don't remember sleeping much during my PGCE year! At the time I was undecided between teaching in the classroom or as a brass teacher but decided to apply for my first full time teaching post as soon as I could. This saw me get offered a job as a music teacher at Windsor High school in Halesowen and it was my first ever teaching job interview!
I taught at Windsor High school for 2 years where I taught music across the secondary age range including GCSE, created schemes of work, directed ensembles and organised events. I also completed a mentoring course through the University of Central England which gave me the chance to help assist trainee teachers. I then decided I wanted to pursue my interest in special needs and accepted a job as head of music in the Rosewood school which is a special school in Dudley, West Midlands for secondary aged boys with emotional, social and behaviour difficulties. When I started, there was no music department so I was in charge of setting it up from scratch. I wrote schemes of work, policies and managed a budget. I taught students to play the guitar, the drum kit and even use DJ decks along with a whole host of other things. It was an extremely rewarding role. During this time I also kept a small brass teaching studio and even played guitar in a rock band for a while, again all alongside my role as a euphonium player!
I taught at the Rosewood school for 6 years until I decided it was time for a change. I was considering various jobs but finally settled upon the idea of moving to teach brass in Singapore. Since moving here I have established myself among the highest quality brass teachers in Singapore. I have taught in a selection of International schools and local Singaporean schools, given masterclasses and also been asked to work as a relief classroom teacher. Most recently I have been appointed as Principal Study Lecturer of Euphonium at The Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts. I have lots of ideas and projects that I would like to do in Singapore and feel that I am very lucky to have had such a varied and interesting career so far.
If you would like to discuss any teaching projects with Mark then please click 'contacts' to get in touch. Mark is a confident and experienced teacher of all brass instruments and all abilities from beginners to postgraduate level. He can also teach the guitar and the drum kit along with being able to give workshops, not just in brass playing but also in Samba, African drumming, GCSE music revision and areas of study, performance in general and teacher training just to name a few! He enjoys a fun, disciplined teaching approach which focuses on getting basics right before moving on and is an extremely organised person with a real passion for teaching!