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Sam Macadam - Harp/ Clarsach, Violin/ Fiddle, Piano Teacher in Glasgow

Sam Macadam Harp Teacher (Glasgow)

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  • Professional Qualification Diploma in Theory (AMusTCL), Grade 8 Violin, Grade 8 Lever Harp, Grade 8 Piano
  • Professional Qualification Diploma in Higher Education - Music Education (Royal Conservatoire of Scotland) HND Classical Music Performance (Distinction)
  • Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS, formerly CRB) Check PVG for children
  • References References are available upon request

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I'm a teacher, performer, and composer of clarsach/harp, piano and fiddle based in Glasgow. I am involved in teaching, leading and assisting children's workshops along with teaching and tutoring on a one-to-one basis for both children and adults.
Which subject(s) do you teach?
I teach the piano from beginner to advanced, and all styles.
I teach the lever-harp (Clarsach) from beginner to advanced.
Classical violin or fiddle at every level.
I teach/tutor ABRSM theory to grade 8, and Trinity theory to diploma.
I am also available to tutor for Highers National qualifications

I am a great believer in tailoring lessons to the individual and the way in which they learn.
I teach using a mixture of aural and sheet music depending upon the individual, and will teach music theory as we progress to create a greater understanding of the music played.
With adults I like to start with discussing your aims and intentions which we can address and reach for.
Tell me about your qualifications.
Piano: Grade 8 with distinction (2015)
Clarsach/ Lever harp: Grade 8 with distinction (2011)
Violin: Grade 8 (2007)
Theory: AMusTCL (2014)
HND Classical Music Performance, Distinction (2014)
Diploma in Higher Education - Music Education (2016) - from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

Currently studying Scottish Harp, pedal harp, and piano at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in my final year of a BMus(Honours) degree.
What kind of experience do you have?
I am experienced with teaching children - having previously run music workshops, being a tutor on the SCO's community Vibe project for both violin and clarsach, and organised a music day for a year of school children. Along with this I often teach for the Edinburgh branch of the feis, teaching groups and individuals traditional Scottish music on both violin and clarsach.

I teach children both violin and harp and have experience leading them towards graded qualifications. I am greatly interested in the education psychology behind teaching and using techniques that allow each particular pupil to greater understand the lesson and practice requirements. I am studying BEd course at the RCS to lead into becoming a classroom music teacher. This has an emphasis on teaching psychology which I will bring into the lessons.

I teach adults both violin and clarsach and have been preparing pupils for graded exams. I enjoy teaching adults, and appreciate that busy schedules might not allow for much practice in between lessons. In these situations I can help prepare a practice plan to fit into the allotted time.

I also have experience as a classroom assistant for a music class working with adults with learning disabilities, which I found highly rewarding and stimulating. I greatly enjoyed this, and would be keen to be involved with something similar again. I am also aware of many alternative teaching resources and software to help aid learning dependent on each pupil's requirements.
How much do you charge?
I charge £12 for a half hour lesson.

For groups of two or three I charge £16 and £20 respectively.
Where do you teach?
I teach at my home, or I can travel.


If I am to travel, I would request to use your Clarsach. However, I always suggest coming to mine as my teaching materials are here and it provides greater flexibility during the lesson.
When are you available?
I am available all year around (regardless of school holidays - however school pupils may wish to have no lessons during half term, but that is down to you).

I teach on every day - however spaces are limited during some days. If you give me a list of when you are free I will be able to match up our timetables and give you options.
Which ages and levels do you teach?
I teach from beginner to advanced.

I teach children (from 5) to adults. With younger children with shorter attention spans I would suggest a 20 minute lesson (£8) but this is entirely dependent on the child's development and not something decided strictly from age. Equally, with very young children, I often suggest a more general 'music skills lesson' learning notation, trying different instruments, musical games and song whilst gradually introducing the instrument of choice.
Which qualifications do you prepare your students for?
I can prepare students for:

ABRSM and Trinity exams (violin, lever harp, pedal harp, piano and theory) and the RCS folk exams (fiddle and clarsach). I am willing to discuss the various merits of the two different exam boards and give advice on which one might be preferable.

I also play piano which allows me to accompany violin students to prepare for exams.
Do you have an up-to-date DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service, formerly CRB) Certificate?
I have my disclosure (PVG). (This is the Scottish version of the DBS)
Describe your arrangements for online tutoring.
I use skype, and a set up of microphones. For this I would ask that all music is swapped prior to the lesson so it can be printed out as switching between windows is time consuming and distracting.
Where and with whom did you train?
Currently training with Heather Downie and Corrina Hewat on Scottish Harp, and Sharron Griffifths for Pedal Harp.
I have studied up to HND level for classical music performance at Edinburgh college.
Tell me about some of your current students.
One of my students is a professional, learning clarsach as a hobby. He is greatly enthusiastic and finds it exceptionally relaxing from his high powered job.

One of my violin students is currently learning fiddle tunes, and enjoys learning by ear.
Do you have a personal message for students?
I believe that a tutor has to be enthusiastic about both teaching and the subject. I prepare lesson plans for each student, and have a wide range of materials which will allow for a diverse selection of music to study and enjoy.

Ultimately music is a beautiful thing, and lessons should encourage that, rather than become a chore. I aim for my lessons to be instructive, but relaxing and fun, focussing on technique, musicality, and the pupil.