The Village School of Music
Scott has been the Village School of Music's principal guitar tutor since we first opened in 2003, he is also is a fully registered teacher with the UK’s Registry Of Guitar Tutors.
While specialising in electric guitar Scott is also an exceptional classical guitarist and has the ability to teach all styles of guitar from beginner to advanced level, so whether students want to achieve Grade Exams, National 5s, Higher, or just for leisure, it’s all covered.
One of our most experienced and talented tutors, Sean attended Glasgow School of Art, winning several awards including the Maclaine Watters Medal and 1st Watercolour prize in the John and Mabel Craig Bequest Fund Competition.
A co-founding member of the JSD Band, who pioneered Folk-Rock in the early 70s, Sean and the band went on to produce three studio albums and three singles. Throughout their career they played and toured with legendry acts such as Gerry Rafferty, Staus Quo, Rory Gallagher, The Kinks and David Bowie's Ziggy Stardust tour.
Mairi Thérèse Gilfedder MMus, BA Hons
Violin/ Fiddle Tutor
Originally from South Uist, Mairi Therese was surrounded by Traditional Music from a young age and took violin lessons from Deirdre Morrison from the age of 11. Her West Coast Style of playing is highly influenced by the Gaelic songs and piping tradition of the Western Isles.
Alongside traditional music, Mairi Therese received classical lessons from Duncan Johnson and went on to study BA Applied Music at Strathclyde University where she was immersed in numerous styles such as traditional, classical, jazz and contemporary. She has recently completed a Masters degree in Music from the University of Glasgow.
Craig McMahon BA Hons, PDGE
Piano/ Keyboard Tutor
An insanely talented multi-instrumentalist, and award winning composer, Craig was accepted to the RSAMD at the tender age of 16 where he studied classical trombone. It was at the RSAMD that he honed his skills on a multitude of instruments including piano, brass, guitar, ukulele, banjo, bass, drums, and percussion – and as a composer. Craig later graduated from Strathclyde University's Applied Music course before going on to complete a Professional Graduate Diploma in Education in 2015.
Specialising in piano, keys, brass and percussion, Craig currently writes, performs, and tours with Indi-Muso’s ‘Pronto Mama’, and Jazz Fusion juggernaught ‘Fat-Suit’.
Prof Rob Mairs
Rob has been a pro musician for 30 years. He is also Professor of Radiation Oncology at the Cancer Research UK Beatson Laboratories.
An accomplished 5-string banjo player, he has recorded bluegrass (with Old Hickory), ragtime (with Banjo Cocktail) and folk-rock (with the JSD Band) and appeared on a range of festivals, TV and radio shows. He regularly plays in North Carolina as part of a Raleigh-based old time country music band. Last year, he shared the Glasgow Concert Hall’s stage with Billy Connolly and Ralph McTell
Piano/ Keyboard Tutor
Katie MacMillan, one of our youngest piano/ keyboard tutors, has been studying classical piano under Marjory Tiffany for the last 6 years. Currently at Glasgow University working towards a Masters in Education, she is also a talented singer and multi-instrumentalist, playing piano, guitar and ukulele.
While listing Erik Satie, Mozart and Chopin as some of her favourite pianist/ composers she also has a love for rock, pop and electronic music such as Sam Smith, Kings of Leon, 2 Door Cinema Club and Arctic Monkeys. Katie firmly believes the best musicians are diverse and enjoy as many genres as possible.
Michael Smith BA Hons
Our guitar and bass tutor - and captain of RockClub - Michael Smith, is another hugely talented multi-instrumentalist. Michael started playing drums and guitar at the tender age of 10 and has been fixated with all things rock ever since.
When not practising mind-bending, prog-rock riffs, Michael is the lead guitarist in his successful band, 'The Detours', who shot to fame after appearing on channel 4’s Orange Unsigned Act in 2008, and winning Live and Unsigned in 2009.
Andrew Cowan BA Hons
As a young teenager Andrew was the first guitarist to be accepted to the RSAMD (now RCS) Junior Academy of Music, where attended music lessons for 4 years. After school he was accepted as an undergraduate on the RSAMD BMus course, specialising in classical guitar under Philip Thorne and Allan Neave.
Throughout his time at RSAMD Andrew became interested in jazz, and after his third year of classical studies he was accepted onto Strathclyde University's BA Applied Music course. Here he spent another three years, this time specialising in jazz and graduating with honours in 2013.
Marianne MacGregor BA Hons
Marianne recently graduated from the Academy of Music & Sound Glasgow with a BA (hons) degree in Music Performance Industries, specialising in singing.
As a versatile musician Marianne covers many areas of singing including pop singing, jazz and improvisation, soul, folk, classical and group singing.
Her career has so far has allowed her to be involved in such experiences as singing with Scottish Opera, appearing on The Voice UK, performing at Belladrum Festival, playing in the BBC Proms in the Royal Albert hall, and performing regularly in music venues across Glasgow.
Ross Neilson BA Hons
Principle Drum Tutor
Ross has always had a love for music; playing piano and trumpet from an early age until discovering drums at secondary school, which soon became his main focus. Ross was often heard before he was seen in the Duncanrig practice rooms and once had his drumsticks confiscated by the head of music, as she claimed they were “too loud!”
Being part of a successful band from the age of 12, Ross has gained a hands-on knowledge of the music industry. His band, 'The Detours', shot to fame after appearing on channel 4 and 4Music’s Orange Unsigned Act in 2008, and winning Live and Unsigned in 2009. They have since recorded in the renowned Longwave Studios in Cardiff, released music videos on Kerrang! and played at festivals around the country.
Sarah is our resident ukulele tutor, and another multi-talented instrumentalist playing ukulele, guitar, and drums – not to mention a phenomenal singer too.
With her exuberant personality and her wicked sense of humour Sarah is immensely popular with all her students, and staff alike... which is why her ukulele groups have swelled in size since coming on-board with VSOM.
At the weekend you’ll find Sarah singing and playing in some of Glasgow and East Kilbride’s popular music venues.
Originally from the Outer-Hebrides, Lucy came to the Village School of Music to take on the role of manager and principle class-coordinator in December 2014, allowing Colin to finally "retire".
In her short time here she has breathed new life into our little school. Many of the recent changes - discount structure, new website, and new classes - ukulele - vocal groups - violin groups - are all down to her hard work and immense organisational skills.
Some may recognise Jamie from our sister shop Village Music, but you might not know he is director of the Village School of Music. He is also responsible for the yearly concerts and the student videos and recordings.
Drumming from the age of 8, Jamie studied under Alan Gregory and Sandro Ciancio - but states he learned the most from his dad Colin. Jamie currently plays drums with alternative/ dream-pop outfit - 'Le Thug' (Song by Toad Records).