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I am a retired schoolteacher who now lives on the south coast of Devon (UK) -


Teaching in the early 1980s

Originally from Southend-on-Sea, Essex, I spent four years studying in London before qualifying as a secondary schoolteacher in 1973. Following a year back in Essex where I taught science, the remainder of my career was spent living in London and working in Inner London schools where I initially taught maths but later taught exclusively computer studies (as Head of Department). For much of this time I was also a single parent of two children.

Playing at the Grange, Bridgwater, 2003     [Photo: Stuart Viney]

I acquired my first guitar in 1969 and was content to play mainly acoustic styles as a self-taught hobby for some 20 years. Realising a need to extend my repertoire of guitar skills, I then undertook a more serious study of guitar (lead, electric, jazz) and music with Robert Percy (from 1992). When a change of direction was needed, I recognised a lifelong interest in music, guitar and recording. Thus, in 1996 I retired from schoolteaching, assembled a 16-track home recording studio and returned to university to study Musical Instrument Technology, specialising in the design and construction of solid-bodied, electric guitars.

On Dartmoor, 2015

After graduating, I worked freelance as a guitar teacher and technician until I moved to Devon in 2002. Here, I have occasionally worked (also freelance) providing home and office computer support but I am otherwise fully retired. In addition to local walks and photography, I enjoy spending time with my two granddaughters.

Qualifications and Recognition:

BSc (Hons) Chemistry - University College, London (1972)
PGCE Chemistry/Mathematics - Brunel University (1973)
BSc (Hons 1) Musical Instrument Technology - London Guildhall University (1999)

Roope Prize - Institute of Musical Instrument Technology (1999)