We would like to introduce you to one of our tutors, the irrepressible David McLean.
In addition to his full time studies at the University of Aberdeen, he is the Musical Director of the RGU Singers and the Director of the University Opera Society.
He has recently been appointed as a National Youth Choir of Scotland (NYCoS) Aberdeen Area Choir tutor and the interim conductor the Elphinstone Chamber Orchestra.
What first inspired you to do music?
I have done it for as long as I can remember; my first memory is of singing ‘Rudolph, the Red Nose Reindeer’ when I was in nursery. Things have just escalated from there!
Who are your favourite composers/songwriters?
Chopin is my favourite for piano compositions, Vaughn Williams for everything else.
At the moment I am listening to The Pixies and The Smashing Pumpkins.
Do you have any hobbies?
I like watching films in my spare time. I can’t pick favourites, I enjoy so many!
How would you describe your teaching style?
My approach is influenced by the Kodaly method of teaching (concentrating on pitch and developing the inner ear). I like to teach people what they want to learn. My lessons are informal but we get the work done!
Do you have any words of wisdom for beginners?
It’s important that your teacher is adapable, and can teach you what you wish to learn, and not what they think you should know.
Always make sure you are having fun and enjoying your lessons!