img_1966Having taught music and creativity at every level from Reception to Postgraduate Degree for over 25 years, it becomes apparent to me that every single step is crucial to the development of the individual. The importance of this and the role music education plays cannot be stressed enough; it is the most universal subject. It has profound learning potential that helps develop students way beyond its perceived scope. It is widely accepted that music education contributes greatly to the engagement and development of many important life skills. Whether learning an instrument or creating new music and songs; as a group, individually, in a band, an orchestra, in a studio or even in a choir; the benefits are endless.

The objective of music educating is not just to create great musicians of the future (although that is always wonderful to witness) or even competent music professionals and practitioners but also and more importantly rounded individuals who can become great contributors to society in whatever field they choose. The journey of musical ‘understanding’ brings with it a  realisation that we are all human. This universal connection is paramount within music partnerships and is taught and enjoyed in some form all over the world in every country. The cultural understanding and social skills developed are of enormous value giving a deeper appreciation of the arts and aesthetics: the nurturing of the imagination, confidence-building, achieving goals, developing concentration, feeling good, understanding empathic response and engaging emotive consciousness, understanding the relevance of cultural history and improving language skills, nurturing confidence and communication are all connected through the many layers of the music world that surrounds us every day. This then coupled with a willingness to share developing musical skills through Inspiration, Composition, Performance, Singing, Playing and Listening brings everyone together no matter what stage of their personal journey. This is why I have devoted my life to sharing the gift that is music… and what a gift it is.

Personally I have always felt indebted to all the amazing guides who have helped me on my way to becoming who I am today whether Conservatoire professors, Primary school teachers or those who had the ability to share their insight into this amazing and often invisible world. I have been fortunate to study music with some of the worlds’ best and with this appreciation I have always wanted to share my own insights into creativity and musical communication. As mentioned in my biography I am a composition tutor and music technology tutor at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire but I also do much more and have visited many schools, colleges, universities, healing and wellness centres to give and run courses, guest lectures, workshops, projects, school song days and music days as a leader, mentor and practitioner and a pianist, conductor, composer or songwriter. I am fortunate to have worked all over the UK and in countries around the world

Some past programmes and projects  –

RECENT UPDATE – THE ECHO ETERNAL PROJECT WON THE UK NATIONAL PEARSON GOLD AWARD FOR IMPACT THROUGH PARTNERSHIP 2020. I was very grateful to receive my gold badge for being the composer of the culmination piece of the concert – Shalom –  bringing all of the many schools and participants together across England. May we all learn and appreciate the value of our light even in the darkest of times. This is an ongoing project and will be performed again in 2022 at the Birmingham Town Hall UK.

Ruskin College Oxford (HND and BA in lyric based song writing), Cambridge University Engineering Dept. (88 Pianists), University for the Arts London (Degree and Post-Graduate guest lecturer), Orchestras for All Modulo program Composition and Creativity leader for the lockdown online sessions, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire LEAP Ensemble nationwide outreach work as an advisor, performer and composer, The CORE Academy Trust Birmingham (Echo Eternal Project) National Teaching Award Winner, Songwriting for Health and Wellbeing at the Benn Centre Rugby, Arts Uplift Songwriting Leader for the ‘Inside Stories’ Zoom songwriting workshops for Shielded Children, Warwickshire, WWI songwriting project at Mary’s RC School Worcestershire and later chosen to be performed at ‘Enlighten, Lighting The Trail For Armistice Day’ to mark a century since the end of WWI, A Global Gathering project for the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and 13,000 school children, The Hope Academy Merseyside (GCSE composition), Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Junior Department – Music Theory, Jazz piano and Composition, Netherfield Primary School Nottingham (School Song/Film Project), Old Park Primary Telford (School Song/Film project), Dingle Primary School Dudley (Composer-in-Residence), Standish High School Greater Manchester (GCSE music composition), Ashby School Leicestershire (GCSE and A’Level music composition), Park House School Newbury (GCSE and A’Level music composition), Beechan Cliff Boys School Bath (GCSE composition), Theale Green School West Berkshire (GCSE and A’Level music composition), St Anselm’s Derbyshire (School Song Composition Day), Southern Sinfonia Composer-in-Residence giving workshops throughout West Berkshire’s Primary and Secondary Schools sing playing and creating, King Edward’s School Birmingham on behalf of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Warwick School (Music Technology Creativity week) and the In Harmony program (to develop music in less advantaged areas). Among many other projects as well as some individual tuition (Piano/Composition/Song Writing/Music Technology)

It is always a pleasure and privilege to help develop the potential that everyone possesses through music using formative and informative approaches. There is no “one size fits all” policy, each project is bespoke and seen on an individual basis accommodating all kinds of needs, situations, aspirations and of course having fun!


D C Turner – Head of Music Hope Academy Merseyside

“As soon as Mr Riley came in he engaged the class, generating such enthusiasm for the GCSE composition element that the pupils produced as much music in that day as the rest of the year combined. I would whole-heartedly recommend him at any level. A great help to this sometimes difficult subject”

C Mathews – Head of Music Ashby School

“I learn as well as the students. Thank you for my CPD!”

If you would like to arrange a workshop/music day or longer for your establishment or some individual lessons please contact using the form below.


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Jo Hodges
    Feb 22, 2015 @ 09:55:22

    Teaching is clearly very important to you. Good call. Brilliant.



  2. Cecilia Le Poer Power
    Apr 13, 2011 @ 18:44:25

    Wonderful. Genius! xxx



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