Dr Derek, PhD, BMus, FTCL, LMusTCL, DipTeach, DipTchg
I teach Piano and Theory of Music including ABRSM and Trinity College grade and diploma examinations as well as for public performance. I offer lessons locally in Edinburgh or online via Skype Music Tuition. Fee: £40 per hour, reducing to £30 if lessons are purchased in advance. First interview is free of charge. Details on website.
I also offer instruction in Composition, Arranging and Music Technology. I will travel to your studio for lessons in Music Technology. All other lessons are held at my studio in central Edinburgh, or online.
Alongside my career as an educator, I have been self-employed variously as composer, conductor, musical director and record producer for a range of international clients, including The University of Edinburgh and Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, EMI Music, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Caroline O`Connor, Sir Robert Helpmann, Sir Howard Morrison. My work has featured in performances at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Royal Albert Hall and Garrick Theatre (London), Sydney Opera House and Melbourne Hamer Hall (Australia), the Australian Embassy (New York), Sala Accademica di Santa Cecilia (Rome) and Edinburgh University.
I have been orchestrator, associate composer and musician for 27 feature films, television documentaries, mini-series, and 15 album titles and have been a frequent conductor of studio orchestras, including Melbourne Symphony Orchestra for the feature film Frauds. Many of the media to which I have contributed have themselves achieved critical and popular acclaim, including BAFTA Award (The Making of Longbird), Best Film Score (Crush), an Oscar (The Adventures Of Priscilla, Queen Of The Desert), Triple Platinum record sales (Come In Spinner - ABC) and an Australian Aria Award nomination (Cash Landing â EMI Music).
Stars in films I have orchestrated include Russell Crowe, Cate Blanchett, Hugo Weaving, Phil Collins, Josephine Byrnes, Lee Majors, Jack Scalia, Bob Peck, Guy Pearce, Terence Stamp. I worked with Torvill & Dean as arranger and pianist for their album Here We Stand. I have performed extensively as keyboardist, including over 400 performances of Andrew Lloyd Webber`s show Cats (Really Useful Theatre Company) and Phantom of the Opera (Cameron Mackintosh Limited), and as musical director for independent productions.
My most recent commissions have been to arrange, conduct, mix and master the vocal and orchestral music for the Glenfiddich 21yo Whisky ad campaign, so far reaching 1.7 million hits, viewable on my YouTube channel below, and to score the music for Ruaridh M Turner`s multi award winning short thriller, `The Beast in the Storm`. My current commissions are to compose a new 4 movement symphony for The Orchestra of the Canongait in Scotland, and a new trio for the Hindemith Trio in Parma, Italy.
I have the digital technology necessary to work in-house in my private studio in Edinburgh`s Old Town and at The University of Edinburgh, as well as with live ensembles of any size as Arranger, Conductor or Producer. Testimonials in all these fields are available on request.
Other services available are listed on my website.
Availability: Late mornings, afternoons and evenings.
Willing to travel: Home Only
Experience: TEACHING EXPERIENCE
2007- present The University Of Edinburgh [Old College, South Bridge EH8 9YL]
Lecturer, Tutor, Examiner (Associated Staff)
1986-2006 New South Wales Department Of Education & Training [GPO Box 33, Sydney 2001, Australia]
Teacher of Music, Software Design & Development, Information Processes & Technology, Computing Studies
1989-2006 New South Wales Board Of Studies [117 Clarence Street, Sydney 2000 Australia]
Higher School Certificate (HSC) Music Examiner & Computing Studies Advisor
Conducting live music performance examinations for the Higher School Certificate examinations
Examiner for Composition & Computing Studies examination candidates for the Higher School Certificate
1995-2006 Sydney Community College [2A Perry Street, Lilyfield 2004, Australia]
Lecturer Steinberg Training Centre (part time) Authorised Trainer
Designing and delivering a range of courses in Music Technology
1984 Progeni Systems Ltd/Polycorp secondment [14-18 Pretoria Street, Lower Hutt 5011, New Zealand]
Computer Programmer of educational software for New Zealand schools
1979-1985 New Zealand Ministry Of Education [PO Box 1666 Wellington 6140]
Teacher of Music, English and Computer Awareness
1979 Waiariki Technical Institute [Mokoia Drive, Rotorua 3046, New Zealand]
Lecturer Theory of Music (part time)
1974-1978 New Zealand School Of Music Ltd [157 Symonds Street, Auckland 1010 *NB wound up in 1978]
Founder / Director / Teacher
1973-1974 Auckland University Conservatorium Of Music [Private Bag 92019 Auckland 1142]
Lecturer, Tutor & Examiner (part time) Harmony & Aural Training