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.
ANDREA TURCOTEACHES: DRUMS
Andrea began playing drums at age 11 and has continued his passion ever since, achieving a number of qualifications and playing at some of the most prestigious festivals and venues around the world.
Shakila KarimTEACHES: VOCALS
Biyanka LetaifTEACHES: PIANO
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 WrightTeaches: 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 has performed and worked alongside a large variety of artists and bands in the studio and live. His positive and driven attitude has lead him to multiple, major, headline performances at some of the UK’s biggest festivals such as Glastonbury and Standon Calling, together with numerous large European tours as a session musician.
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.
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.
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.
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.