Meet Our Staff

Graham Smith

Lead Tutor

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Graham is an accomplished Percussionist & Drummer with Grades in Trinity Guildhall School of Music. As well as The Drum Kit, Graham also plays the Piano, Marimba, Xylophone, Timpani, most Untuned Percussion and composes for large ensemble groups. Graham started playing music when he was 13 and the Drum Kit was the first instrument he tried playing. He found that the wide expanse of rhythmical techniques and expressions that the percussive side of music offered created endless possibilities for not only playing, but also creating music.

 

After a year of Drum Lessons, Graham joined a local percussion group called 'Percussion School'. Here he learnt how to perform and teach about African Drumming, Samba and Garage or 'Stomp' Percussion. Graham Spent 6 years working with 'Percussion School' and in 2008 he helped write and perform a piece that they performed in the Royal Albert Hall in November 2008. ​When Graham joined University he turned his focus onto composing more varied music, this included a full orchestral score for Pirates of the Caribbean and The Lion King, both performances Graham worked closely with the percussionists to create a new percussive sound in the performances.

 

By the end of University, Graham had found himself as an accomplished composer and had worked with Ogilvy Advertisers in London to create demo tracks for BP Adverts and had scored the soundtrack to the latest Motorola Defy 'Life-proof' Advert.

Chaz Cameron

Tutor

Chaz has one of the most eclectic tastes in music you will find. This means you will never be lost for new musical ideas in your lessons.

Chaz is new to drum teaching however this has not stopped her from making fantastic progress with her students. Chaz joined us in January 2019 and had all of her students perform in our annual showcase in June!

With a fun and innovative approach to music in general, Chaz promises to give a varied and wide ranging experience of knowledge in her lessons.

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