Music Teacher in London & Online

Hi! I'm Iona Catherine. I run learnhowtomusic.com.
I offer lessons online and in East London.
 
I am an enthusiastic and experienced tutor with 15+ years of  hands-on professional and academic music experience.

I offer a range of one-on-one music lessons in East London, from violin to songwriting to composition and production.

The bespoke and personalised music classes that I offer can benefit students of all levels, whatever your goals and ambitions are.
 
I’ll work with you to provide both in-person and online one-to-one music lessons to bring you to the level that you want to reach – whether that’s learning how to play an instrument in London or releasing your own fully-produced songs to the world!
 
You know that when you come to Learn How To Music, you’re learning from the best music teacher in the region.

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  "Iona is an extremely talented young woman - she knows what she's talking about! Her songwriting analysis session inspired me to get writing straight away and then we moved onto Logic, which she was very patiently teaching me. I never felt like the lessons were rushed, they were nicely personal and I felt like I was getting to know her. I'll be back when time allows!"  
- Lara, 2021 

  "Iona is a fantastic and insightful tutor - she's hugely knowledgeable about music production and is really fun to work with." 
- Hugo, 2021 

  "Iona is patient, knowledgable and encouraging. I thought an hour of tuition might drag a bit but quite the opposite - the time flies by. I’ve learned a lot so far and it’s only lesson two."  
- Bill, 2021

   "Iona is a great tutor! She taught me songwriting and production. Super supportive, organised and fun! I learnt a lot and definitely got out of the lessons what I wanted. She’s got loads of experiences and resources that make up the high quality education she delivers and she teaches however you want her to and to whatever style suits you!"   
- Roderick, 2021 

Learn Music with a Pro Musician

I am a professional musician, specialising in music production, mixing, songwriting, composition, pop/folk violin, music business, and film scoring.
 

 

 MY QUALIFICATIONS:
* 1st Class Honours BA in Music from Goldsmiths, UoL 
* Currently studying MA in Popular Music at Goldsmiths, UoL
* D*D*D* BTEC Music Performance, A Level Music, AS Level Business, EPQ
* Grade 8 Scottish Violin, Grade 7 Classical Violin, Grade 5 Music Theory

 RECENT CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
* Live folk violin for Black Metal artist Myrkur at a London gig
* DSP release of my own music artist project INCONNIA
* Scoring of short LIAF nominated short film 'Amputee Undefined' for Paralympian Sophie Kamlish
* Tuition of 40+ 1-1 music students
* 15+ years of professional music experience 👍

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   *MUSIC PRODUCTION*   

So you want to learn how to be a music producer?

Whether you're a total beginner who has never opened a DAW before (e.g. Logic Pro) and is here to learn the basics, an intermediate looking to brush up their skills and push their craft to the next level, or an expert looking for tips, tricks, and a different perspective, I am here to help.

What is music production?
At its simplest, music production is the careful and beautiful creative process of capturing and showcasing the raw recordings of a track, arranging them in the sonic sphere in such a way that a listener can truly connect with the artist's intention. 

More complexly, it can build an intriguing world of sound around the core songwriting elements through synthesis and sound design, extra recorded or MIDI instruments, field sounds, and piles of SFX and plugins such as reverbs, delays, pitch shifts, EQ's, compressors, distortions, and more, surrounding the listener with energetic aural intricacies. 

I teach all of this and more, from how to use music production software and put sounds together, leading through to how to create successful fully produced and mixed music projects.

I'm ready to learn, what now?
Great! Head over to contact and let's discuss further. I can't wait to hear from you 🎵

 

ready to learn? head over to courses, pricing, or contact me today 👍

ABOUT THE TUTOR: IONA CATHERINE

When did you first develop a passion for music? 
My passion began when I was very small and fell in love with playing the violin. I grew up in a culture of folk music, a life coloured by sitting in firelit durgy pubs, and summer and autumn outdoor folk festivals. When I was a teen I fell in love with writing music which has filled my life with endless interesting stories and experiences.

Is there a particular type music or artist that you listen to on a loop without it driving you crazy? 
I have listened to and played huge range of music including experimental contemporary to classical, EDM/IDM, heavy metal, alternative pop, noise/industrial, folk/world, and so much more. I am able to work in a diverse range of genres and pull on a huge pool of influences from Beabadoobee to the Beatles as I create to make things that sound really unique.

Explain your teaching methodology?
I like to work 1-1 with my students depending on their individual interests, pushing for the best sound and creations in each area. I like to employ plenty of discussion and interesting practical challenges that push the boundaries of what they already know to gain new knowledge that will last a lifetime.

What are your keys to success?
Fun, determination, a willingness to experiment, and a keenness to learn. It is important to have all four of those in equal measures.

Provide a valuable anecdote related to music?
"There is no such thing as a wrong note... play it again and it will sound like you did it on purpose".

What are the little touches that make you an excellent tutor?
I ensure that I am empathetic, listening, and full of enthusiasm. I always have words of encouragement to give and ideas to bring to make my students feel heard, supported, and passionate about moving forward with their craft. I regularly send personalised resources and helpful links to my students. And, most importantly, I believe everyone has it in them to make music.

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