Local Teachers

Our Friends

Our Friends

We have an incredible resource of Talented, Local, Professional Musicians in the North East, who are also musical instrument teachers in their field of expertise. 

In this current economic climate  many professional musicians are struggling, so the income they make from teaching has become an important lifeline.Support our local music scene by employing our local professional musicians and learn the instrument you have always wanted to play.

Banjo,Mandolin,Fiddle,Guitar-Folk-Phil Tyler

Phil Tyler teaches Banjo ,Mandolin, Fiddle and Guitar .He specialises in Folk style.

He is an experienced player and a regular performer on the local and National Folk scene.His latest Album the Ox and the Ax ,which he created and performed with his partner Kath is a fantastic piece of work and definitely worth a listen .CD's of the Album are for sale at Curvy Sounds for £10.

Please contact him on : philtylr@gmail.com or 07732405268

Bass Electric Guitar-Jamie Shields

Bass player of Holy Moly and the Crackers ,Jamie Shields is a tutor with15 years experience and he performs nationally and Internationally.

He has a Bachelor of Music: in Jazz,popular and commercial music.TVU-Grade 8 bass guitar.

Jamie teaches the electric Bass Guitar to students of all abilities, with both practical and theoretical instruction in a wide range of styles.

He offers flexible teaching hours .Half hourly rate £15, Hourly rate £25

Contact Jamie : 07540240250

Drum Teacher-Tom Furniss

Im a drum teacher and run a drum school just off the coast road called newcastle school of drums from my studio. I teach a range of ages and beginners to advanced. I have a degree in music from newcastle university and also a masters degree in music from their too, grade 8 distinction in drums from trinity college london too. I also have a full enhanced dbs and public liability, there is a waiting area for parents too.

My number is 07860778294 

email is: info@newcastleschoolofdrums.co.uk

the website is: www.newcastleschoolofdrums.co.uk.

Drum & Percussion Teacher-Drumkit, Congas,Mallets

Kieth Hill is a professional drummer and percussionist with 25 years experience.He has taught for 'Drummed In' and currently works for Skimstone arts and Dance City.He has played and performed in many  bands over the years , with a wide range of styles, most recently as a member of Uberloon and as a guest with the Bagdaddies!

He teaches the drumkit,the Congas and any variety of Mallet playing-Vibes,Xylophone,Marimba.He is DBS checked .He charges £25 per hour for a lesson.

Contact Kieth on:07931487622

Flute,Saxophone,Clarinet,Mandolin-Kieran Szifrs
KIERAN SZIFRS BMus Hons in Folk and Traditional Music
www.kieranszifris.co.uk ,szifty@gmail.com ,078756
Currently teaches privately and with Northern Music Centre.
Instruments taught:
:Flute up to Grade 8 classical, specialism in Folk and Tradition playing as well
:Saxophone & Clarinet upto grade 5 Classical and Jazz
:Mandolin,  British and American folk styles, no classical. 
:Other instruments:
                              Octave Mandolin, Bouzouki, Mandola, tenor banjo.
Over the last 10+ years Kieran has been involved in many exciting music projects like Monster Ceilidh Band and Kathryn Tickell. Playing Live on BBC Radio3 a number of times and playing the biggest festivals in the UK and was meant to be touring Europe this summer before Lockdown came into effect.
Kieran Says 
"I teach by guiding the musicians interests and helping the learner explore what they are interested  in whilst keeping a solid eye on the foundations of playing. Rather than a prescriptive march through boring tutor books and Grades.
I currently teach at Northern Music Center, privately from my home in the North East and recently online! During the Covid-19 outbreak I'll be hosting all my lessons online. These will include a free trial session to make sure we sort out any technical difficulties.
I personally learned mandolin this way from Mike Marshall in Germany and Evan Marshall in LA.
I use a program called ZOOM which is very simple to use. I send you a link which you click and it pops up in your browser. You can also install the app if your using an ipod/tablet.
My hourly rate is £30 and I offer half hour lessons. Lessons are paid for  in blocks of four and dates for the next lessons are agreed on the day of the previous lesson. You don't have to have concurrent weekly lessons.
If you are interested in learning an instrument with me you'll have to own your own instrument, be able to make a sound and be motivated to learn.
When you contact me please state your instrument; whether you are a beginner, intermediate or advanced student; Style of music you would like to learn and what you are interested in learning to improve."


Guitar Teacher Indie/Rock/Psych/Improv-Adam Soper

I have over five years teaching guitar and bass experience, I am CRB checked, and have 100% graded exams pass rate.

I am a PhD researcher in Music and hold a M(mus) (Distinction), BA in music (1st Class Honours), Grade 8 Guitar, and Grade 8 Popular Music Theory.

I have toured the UK in bands and played at numerous UK festivals like Latitude and Secret Garden Party.

My teaching specialises in Indie, Psych, Shoegaze, Rock, and Improvised musics.He will teach all ages (5+) and abilities.

Contact Adam on: 07599132504 , email : adam.soper@gmail.com 

Guitar Teacher Rock/Pop/Blues-Cameron Sharp

Cameron Sharp is a young and very talented Guitarist.

He teaches beginner to advanced levels .

He will teach both the theory and the practical aspects of playing Guitar, electric and acoustic.

He specialises in Rock, Pop and Blues styles.

Contact him on :07484520639

Violin Teacher-Lucy Desbrow

I've been teaching violin for over 6 years now, teaching from pre-Grade 1 up to Grade 6. I'm happy to teach up to grade 7 standard though.

I'm Newcastle based, and my details are:




Guitar teacher Stuart Turner-Rock & Roll,Jazz,Blues&Country
Stuart Turner.
Stuart is an experienced guitar player/teacher specialising in Rock N Roll, Jazz, Blues & Country. His qualifications include Grade 8 Guitar and Grade 5 Music Theory. 
Stuart currently has availability for online lessons. Any ability level and most styles are catered for.
For more information, please contact:


Guitar Teacher, songwriting,stage craft,music production -Daniel Huges

Daniel Huges Guitar Teacher

Dan Huges offers a huge amount of skill and knowledge as a teacher- in guitar technique, songwriting ,stage craft and music production.

He is a professional Musican, producer and songwriter.

He is police checked to work with vulnerable Adults, and is looking into applying for a CRB to work with kids.

He will teach all ages and abilities in most genres on request.His rates are £30 for an hour and £20 for 40 minutes. He will teach online and in erson once allowed.

For more information about him here is his website www.danhughesmusic.com

You can contact him to arrange guitar lessons on:




Violin/Fiddle , Mandolin and Guitar Teaching Niles Krieger

Niles Krieger is an extreemly Talented  Folk and Americana  and multi Genre Fiddle ,Mandolin and Guitar player.

He has worked for many years at the Sage teaching children  and Adults in the Folk works programme.

He will teach intermmediate to advanced pupils of all ages in Folk , Americana and other Genres on request.

He asks for £30 for an hour , £15 for a 1/2 hour .He will teach online and in person once it is allowed again.

 Contact him on  :07787330852