I specialise in teaching Scottish fiddle, however in my day job I teach strings in all different styles.
I particularly enjoy coaching beginner string orchestra, giving children their first experience of playing together and the skills to enjoy it.
I often create my own arrangements to suit the musicians taking part.
I’ve been teaching since 1999, starting with individual pupils in their homes, of all ages and levels. I went on to teach in the studio at Glasgow Violin Shop, where I was working as a student.
I gained experience with groups of mixed instrument and mixed ability teaching while working freelance for Fèisean nan Gàidheal, Glasgow Fiddle Workshop, and other music festival workshops.
This made use of the Community Music specialism in my Applied Music degree from Strathclyde University. This is about bringing people together through music, finding ways to share music and collaborate, and making use of the skills and experiences that individuals bring along.
I went on to start the YMI Celtic Music Project for Angus Council in 2009.
The members chose the name Skirdechal when we released our CD in 2012.
The group is now known as Angus Youth Folk Group, or Skirdechal.
I played my last concert with Skirdechal in September 2022, at Kirriemuir Folk Festival. It has been a joy to teach them all and I am confident that they will go on to great new adventures.
We got a great review in the Living Tradition Magazine!
When the YMI funding stopped, the parents of the group members got together to keep it going. It continues as a Council group run by the parents. We celebrated our 10th Anniversary at Kirriemuir Folk Festival in 2019 and we look forward to many more!
You can keep in touch with the group through our facebook page
and if you are a young musician in Angus you could join the band!
While we’ve all been at home I have been posting tuition videos on youtube.
I’ve also been learning to make group videos to bring our musicians back together.
My time is limited so I am not taking on regular private pupils but I do consider requests for teaching work.
Please email Lovaig.Music@gmail.com with queries.