I believe in a holistic learning environment that is based on the interests and goals of the individual. Having worked with full classes, small groups, and over 20 indivual students, I view teaching as a collaborative exercise, working with the individuals to create a unique an indidual plan that will create fantastic results. In my teaching experience, this approach to learning has always developed learners for life, who enjoy exploring and creating through music, achieving high results.
In a typical lesson you can expect to see:
- Warm up exercises to prevent injury and relax the core muscles needed for play.
- A review of previously learned material, discussing and constructively working on targets to get you where you want to be.
- Technique and creative composition based on the targets of the individual, unlocking key skills to take your practice even further.
- Repertoire and performance development, learning new compositions to provide a real world context for our learning.
All lessons come with a lesson overview and student practice log for home practice and reference. Additional professional advice and business lessons are available in sessions to build a full 360 degree awareness of music.
I look forward to working with you to guide you to achieve your goals!
Studying music and composition for 14 years, I have always pushed myself to learn in all areas of my craft, gaining a Masters in Music at Leeds College of Music, specialising in composition. Throughout this time, I have worked professionally and collaborated with musicians, producers, and multi-media creatives to compose and design soundscapes and works for many different briefs. In-depth music theory, knowledge of traditional and experimental composition, alongside instrumental fluency on the guitar, bass guitar, and double bass inform my creative process. Furthermore, I view the role of education in music to be vital to a greater appreciation of the craft, through practice, awareness, and reflection.
Examples of this in my career include composing ambient soundscapes to graphic scores and installed artwork to up-tempo folk and field recorded sound design, all publicly performed and showcased as installations in the United Kingdom. A recent creative project of mine was to write a children's story, composing an ambient soundtrack and audiobook to further child engagement. Additionally, I have experience in the recording process, microphone usage and remote recording with a continual desire to learn that in turn positively impacts my teaching practice.
Taking this practice further, I have had a wealth of live, studio, and session work experience in a variety of genres from folk to heavy metal. Working as a musician, I enjoy being able to study and then implement technique and practice into a wealth of genres. This has allowed me to work on live albums and shows with a variety of artists and in a variety of venues.
I offer very competitive rates that range from 30 minutes to 1 hour of teaching.
30 minutes - $40
45 minutes - $50
60 minutes/1 hour - $60
I am a hard working, friendly, and energetic individual and musician who strives for excellence. Practising music for over 14 years, I have studied music to a Masters level, graduating from Leeds College of Music, England, on my specialist instrument, the bass guitar. Studying has made me aware of reading music, music theory, feel, time, and using online presence and marketing tools effectively to develop my communication skills in order to sell my music and services. This also required key people skills in order to best interact with audiences and colleagues, working as a part of teams to produce the highest quality work to the best of my ability. Furthermore, my ambition to compose, learn, and perform drives me in my career and has seen me constantly demonstrate professionalism and creativity in my work, musical and non-musical. Working actively as a professional musician for 8 years, I have learned from my experiences about the importance of versatility and collaboration in the modern workplace. Furthermore, working as an educational professional I have over 4 years of music education, I have always strived to find creative solutions to challenges, embracing feedback and knowledge from those around me, working as a part of a team. I aim to compose soundscapes to the brief, channelling the wealth of my experiences alongside my theory and instrumental practice to make an effective and immersive soundtrack that can encapsulate audiences. This has always and will continue to be at the core of my practice. Moving to Newark, California, I want to bring my high drive to succeed into new work, building upon the skills that I have developed in England, utilising my passion for the arts. It is for these reasons that I believe that I am well equipped and driven to work for your advertised job position as a sound designer.
Leadership and Team Skills – Managing and being a part of bands over the past five years has given me invaluable skills in keeping up morale, working in a team and being a team player.
High Motivation - I have always strived to learn and push myself to achieve the very best of my ability. I hold myself to high standards to maintain a high-quality level of work at all times.
Communication – Developed through live performance, promotion, networking, teaching and concise writing for tuition purposes.
Computing – I am well acquainted with using computers to aid music profiles including my own personal website. I am also proficient in Excel, PowerPoint, and Word.
Problem Solving – Used practically to organise transport, finances, and any setbacks prior to a concert or practice.
People Skills – Working with musicians, audiences, and venue staff. People skills have always been key to my practice and I pride myself on maintaining a friendly and professional character.
Music Theory and Transcription - Writing two books has developed my theory and transcription skills, increasing my skills with hand transcription and Sibelius. Furthermore, I have studied and implemented theory in my professional practice, continuously learning and developing.
Performance (live and studio) - I am continually practising my performance skills through the projects that I work in.
Composition - Working in different projects hand genres has allowed me to sound design to briefs, using my skills to build immersive worlds to explore through sound.
Digital Audio Workstations (DAW’s) - I have experience working with Logic Pro X, Ableton, and Pro-Tools, with live and midi equipment suitable for remote session work. I have also worked on projects using all of these softwares extensively.
September 2017 - October 2018: Teaching Personnel, West Yorkshire, England
I worked as a primary (3-11 years of age) substitute teacher in the West Yorkshire area of England. My role was to be engaging, professional, and responsive to situations that were present in the education system present within the schools I was placed within.
January 2017 - June 2017: Silent Strategies in the South West
I created and managed a monthly music night that showcases live ambient and instrumental performance.
September 2016 - July 2017: Sherston C E Primary School, Sherston, Wiltshire,
I worked as a reception (Kindergarten) teacher on a ten month maternity contract. I was responsible for whole class, curriculum teaching, including whole class music.
February 2016 - January 2018: Signe (recording and live performing artist)
Working with this artist I was responsible for listening to the wishes of the songwriter and then creating original bass lines, on the double and electric bass, in order to aid the song crafting process.
January 2014 (on-going): Lauren Bradford
I am currently working in a folk trio as a practising artist. My roles are to create double bass lines, book recording time, keep morale high and maintain a constant level of professionalism.
October 2013 (on-going): Art Banymandhub - Musician and composer
Managing and writing material for my own solo project has enhanced my perspective on effective time management and how to maintain morale in stressful situations. This has also allowed me to develop my creative skills by creating and maintaining my own personal online presence. I have also worked on many soundscaping and sound design projects, working as a session artist on recordings, and writing to compositional briefs.
January – July 2013: Sally Brinkworth Band
Electric bassist and online presence manager.
December 2010 - January 2012: Call to Arms Band
.2017 - 2018 Leeds College of Music: Masters in Music (Mmus) - Passed with Merit
.2015 - 2016 Bath Spa University: PGCE in Primary and Early Years Teaching (3-7) - School-based training - Passed with Outstanding and QTS
.2014 - 2015 The Institute of Contemporary Music Performance: Rockschool Level 6 Licentiate in Music Tuition - Distinction
.2014 - 2015 The Institute of Contemporary Music Performance (University of East London): BMUS (Hons) Popular Music Performance (year 3) - 1st Class Honours
.2012 - 2014 BIMM Bristol: BA (Hons) Professional Musicianship (years 1 and 2)
.2010 - 2012 Leeds College of Music: BTEC Level 3 Extended National Diploma in Music - Distinction*, Distinction*, Distinction
.2005 - 2010 The Crossley Heath Grammar School: 11 GCSEs (A* - B)
September 2015 - July 2016: Samuel White’s Infant School, Bristol, BS15 3PN
I undertook this work in a year 2 classroom during my PGCE placement, teaching the KS1 national curriculum alongside whole class music tuition.
June – August 2012: Le Conservatoire De Musique, Quatre Bornes, Mauritius
I have worked as a member of teaching staff where my duties were to attend to the children, assist in drum and rhythm classes, and complete the new school library containing both reference and notation works.
Writing – Writing tuition books and researching different approaches to playing the bass and double bass guitar has proved to be a key outlet of my spare time, nurturing my organisation and literary skills.
Socialising – I believe that having a good balance between work and social life is the key to living a happy and productive life.
Composing - I regularly compose instrumental and group music for mixed media including books, films, and dance. This is a passion of mine that I like to explore as part of my career development, working and collaborating with others.
.I created and ran my own monthly music event in Bath, England.
.Work is currently underway on my third tuition book.
.I have written and released two solo bass instrumental albums, and am performing these pieces in venues around the country.
.I played the Tour De France as it passed through North Yorkshire in Summer 2014.
.I was able to perform at the prestigious South Bank Centre in London with Lauren Bradford.
.I set up and participated in a tour of Mauritius with the Lauren Bradford band.
.I have self-released two tuition books for the bass guitar.
.My sound design and composed works have been publicly displayed in the United Kingdom.
Art Banymandhub Music Website: (concealed information)
Art Banymandhub Music BandCamp: (concealed information)
.I am a permanent resident of the United States and am legally allowed to work in the United States.
.I have Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)
References are available upon request.
He is always professional and gives thoughtful and helpful feedback. He provides a supportive learning environment and has a brilliant understanding of the instruments he teaches.
I have known Art for three years since I moved to the UK, and during this time I have been able to observe that he is an excellent musician, music teacher an human being.
Apart from his first-class academic qualifications, I have had the chance to be amazed by his musicality and his students' high standard performances.
If I had to recommend an organized, disciplined and trustworthy bass or guitar teacher, I would have no doubt about it, Art is the man to call.
My name is Matthew McCracken, I studied my Masters degree with Art at the Leeds college of music, during which time we collaborated on a number of projects together. As well as being an extremely talented and virtuosic performer and composer, Art has a great way of explaining his thoughts and ideas in an approachable way, which made collaborating easy. I believe this also comes from his past experience as a teacher. When collaborating with Art there was never a dull moment, with his endless list of ideas on how to use music in new and exciting ways. I believe Art would make a great tutor as he approaches everything in music with passion, excitement and most importantly ... fun!
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