At HCM Music College, not only are our tutors qualified and inspiring educators, but each one has an impressive past career in the music industry… and is still very active in it today too!
We only select the best tutors here at HCM Music College. Not only are they qualified in education and well versed in the ways people of all ages learn, they’re also passionate about music… and really know what they’re talking about.
We know this, because we only employ tutors who’ve had a successful history in the music industry, and continue to push musical boundaries today.
We encourage our tutors to have their own musical projects outside of HCM music school, because this is what makes them great music teachers. Every day they eagerly pass on their expert technical skills and first-hand knowledge of the music business to our students, helping to produce amazing musicians and ‘industry-ready’ graduates. They live and breathe music, which means they’re well-connected to the music industry… and happy to connect our students to it too.
Across their careers, our music tutors have done some amazing things. Like touring the US, Europe and Australia. And performing with artists including Lily Allen, Billy Bragg, Frank Turner, Eric Clapton and Kim Wilde. Like playing in iconic global venues such as the Hammersmith Apollo, Sydney Opera House, Shepherd’s Bush Empire, Royal Festival Hall and Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club. And arranging vocals for a grime opera.
Like proudly endorsing some of the best instrument brands in music. And taking part in unique performances at the BBC, Google HQ, Sound of Essex Festival, the Hop Farm Festival and on Later… With Jools Holland. Like composing music for films, TV programmes and advertisements around the world. And remixing Marvin Gaye and Sarah Vaughan.
Daniel ValaitisTeaches: Vocals
Daniel is a dynamic and skilled vocalist, who breaks down the mystery of technique and tone in a no nonsense way.
Holly RoseTeaches: Vocals & Performance
Holly Rose is no stranger to the big stage. She has toured with Mica Paris and Ocean Colour Scene, headlined at the Venice Music Festival and opened for The Who.
Tom HollyleeTeaches: Guitar and Drums
Tom prides himself in inspiring his students to develop their own passion for learning to play their instrument, he does this by initially identifying the students favourite Artists and showing them exactly how their idols started off in the music industry.
Ajit GillTeaches: Drums
Ajit Gill has been working in the music industry as a producer and drum tutor and has headlined stages at festivals around the country such as Glastonbury and Standon Calling
Rachel LundTeaches: Piano, Singing, Theory, Clarinet & Cello
Rachel Lund studied the cello, clarinet and piano at Trinity College of Music and then followed the PCS course at Guildhall School of Music.
Andy HorriganTeaches: Guitar
Andy Horrigan is a guitar tutor who, throughout his years of playing has been in many bands and has performed at various venues in and around London and the southeast.
Zane MaertensTeaches: Bass Guitar, Guitar
As a professional musician Zane has performed and toured all over the world in a range of musical settings from international tours with musical theatre stars to small select private functions, and has been involved in many recording sessions in all the major studios in London.
Stacy PlantTeaches: Drums
Stacy has been playing the drums for almost 20 years and in that time has studied with top UK drummers Steve White, Pete Riley and Darby Todd.
Shane Lee SmithTeaches: Band, Drums, Guitar, Performance
Shane has been playing Guitar for the last 24 years. He was brought up on Rock and Roll / country music as a Child and by the age of 10 years old, he started playing lead guitar for his dads band.
Marie LeeTeaches: Piano
Marie Lee is dedicated to her teaching and teaches both group and one to one lessons with an aim to make lessons fun, educational and engaging, across all genres.
Alex ForryanLead Tutor: Teachers Business, Diploma Courses, Drums
Alex Forryan started playing drums at the age of 5. Early in Alex’s playing career he played with both County and National Youth Jazz Orchestras and participated in a number of tours of the UK and Europe.
Joe HannisTeaches: Guitar
Joe Hannis is a guitar tutor who gained a degree in Professional Musicianship from The Bristol Institute of Modern Music, where he was selected to be a session guitarist for the institute in their house band, starting his playing career.
Jo HarrisTeaches: Choir, Piano, Vocals
Jo Harris is a Hertfordshire-based singer/songwriter who teaches vocals and piano lessons at HCM, she also previously worked with Rock Choir as a leader for the Hoddesdon, Enfield and Bishops Stortford Areas, and continues to work with independent choirs in the area.
Chris JenksTeaches: Music Theory & Piano
Chris Jenks started learning the piano and violin when he was 5. He carried on studying for many years, graduating from conservatoire in 2001.
Marc RapsonCurriculum Manager Music Production/Programme Manager – Performance Pathway
Marc has 25 years’ experience as a gigging musician, performing with artists such as Kim Wilde and Ben Westbeech (Brownswood Recordings), as well as working in high end function bands as a musical director, Marc has a broad range of experience as a live player.
Roisin QuinnSenior Diploma Lecturer, Vocals
Roisin Quinn is a freelance vocalist, songwriter, arranger, educator and musical director. She holds an undergraduate music degree, a PGCE focusing on 16+ education, and a master’s degree in Songwriting.
Peter HedleyDiploma Lecturer, Drums
Peter Hedley is an accomplished professional drummer and tutor who has worked with a broad array of artists across many genres.
Thomas E. BrownDiploma Lecturer: Music Production/Guitar
Tom Brown is a score composer, producer, musician and educator based in Hertfordshire and London. He has a Higher Diploma and BMus in Popular Music Performance, specialising in the guitar, as well as a Distinction-level Master’s degree in Composing for Film and Television.
Dave EvansDiploma Programme Manager (MKC) and Lecturer: Performance Pathway/Bass Guitar
Dave Evans is a diverse musician and versatile electric bassist, double bassist, composer and arranger whose skillset also includes strong vocals and guitar.