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Mr Zachaeus Dawson
Mr Zachaeus Dawson

University of Birmingham - PhD in Music (current)
Birmingham Conservatoire - Masters in Composition (Distinction)
Leeds College of Music - BA (hons) - 2:1
ABRSM Grade 8 Trumpet
Instruments: Trumpet (Beginner to Advance)
Music (Primary, KS3, GCSE, AS/A Level, Degree)
Composition (Primary, KS3, GCSE, AS/A Level, Degree)
Music Theory (Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced)
Music Technology (Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced)
Genre/Style(s): All
Ability Levels: Beginners to Advanced


Composition, Music & Music Technology, Music Theory:

I have 8 years’ experience as a composition tutor giving workshops and private lessons (ages 8–18) as well as group classes using music technology (ages 7–10, GCSE and AS/A level students). I have also taught GCSE music and theory lessons privately.

I am equally able to teach and work with students interested in writing notated and instrumental music as well as those exploring electroacoustic or music using electronic means and techniques. I have extensive experience using software such as Logic Pro, Ableton Live, Reaper, Cubase, and Sibelius, having previously taught composition students on such programmes privately and in one of Birmingham’s leading primary schools. At this school, I used music technology as an aid to teach composition to groups of children, some of whom had no previous instrumental or compositional experience. I am also well-equipped in teaching music theory to beginner and intermediate students.

I have an in-depth knowledge of western classical music, with particular interests in renaissance and baroque periods, through years of working and performing as a trumpet player, composer and reader of music. I am equally well-read in 20th Century music and current compositional practices and techniques in the 21st Century. Some current and previous research areas include; net-art, new media art, conceptual art/music, electronic and computer music, as well as the use of avant-garde practices in experimental pop music.

I can transfer the knowledge I’ve gained from years of research to teaching students experimenting with contemporary approaches, popular, classical and romantic styles, and have the ability to clearly articulate aesthetic and technical aspects of a wide range of music.


I have 9 years’ experience as a peripatetic tutor teaching trumpet in schools and to private students of various ages and abilities.

I believe it is crucial to engage with students from the very first lesson, showing true enthusiasm and personality. I am hugely passionate about my work and feel this energy and drive comes across in my teaching. I can easily adapt my teaching style depending on ability and musical experience and I am always quick to understand a student’s needs and what they want to get out of the learning experience.

I apply a simple and straight forward approach to teaching trumpet. I focus on fundamental principles that are intrinsic to an early development of technique, ensuring students are able to maximise their concentration and really understand their actions in order for them to grasp exactly how they’re able to produce sound.

My approach falls into two essential basics, breathing and singing. I get my beginner students to sing everything they play on the trumpet in order for them to understand how important it is to be able to hear pitch before they play. I ensure that my students understand that they are in control both physically and mentally.

I apply similar teaching techniques when teaching composition and music technology. When teaching a student with no musical experience I avoid using confusing musical jargon. I have found simple language and analogies to be a useful tool when trying to explain complex technical terms such as structure and I am able to break down theoretical aspects in a very clear and simple way.

Contact Zachaeus

Address: 17 Vineyard Road
Phone: Show Number
Mobile: Show Number
Fee (30 minutes): £20.00
Fee (60 minutes): £35.00

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