Zach Dawson

  • Prices: £20 per half hour / £35 per hour
  • Location: B16 9HY / Mobile Teacher. I also offer online music lessons
  • Instrument(s) Taught: Trumpet, Composition, Music Technology, Music Theory
  • Ages: Children (3+) & Adults
  • Genres Covered: Classical, Pop, Rock, Metal, Hip-Hop, Rap, Electronica, Contemporary, Ambient, Experimental, Alternative
  • Contact: [email protected]

Teacher's Biography:

Highly experience composer-performer based in Birmingham. Commissioned by acclaimed international organisations, extensive experience performing my own work & playing trumpet in a variety of settings. I manage a company producing live new music events.

I am a highly experienced freelance professional composer-performer, curator, and teacher. I hold degrees from Leeds College of Music (BA Hons in Classical Music) studying as a trumpet player and Royal Birmingham Conservatoire (Masters in Composition) studying as a composer and reader in music. I am a current PhD candidate studying at the University of Birmingham with cross-institutional support from De Montfort University, Leicester funded by AHRC’s Midlands4Cities Doctoral Training Partnership.

I have previously received commissions from established music organisations throughout the UK and Europe such as Ensemble Klang, Orkest de Ereprijs, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, Post-Paradise Series (through organisations such as NMC Recordings), Roderick Williams and the Coull Quartet, Ensemble Decibel, and The Schubert Ensemble. My music has been broadcast on radio in Prague and I have performed my own work in venues and at festivals such as The Orgelpark (Amsterdam), Royal Birmingham Frontiers Festival, Ideas of Noise Festival, Supersonic Festival, Centrala Art Gallery, Stryx Art Gallery, and Eastside Projects. 

I am Co-founder, Curator, and Project Manager of Post-Paradise Series, a new music concert series supporting composers and producing projects funded by Arts Council England, RVW Trust and Hinrichsen Foundation. I have extensive experience working for various arts organisations in Birmingham (Eastside Projects, Birmingham Big Art Project, Arts Council England) and as a project manager and producer. I perform my own composed music in an electronic music duo (7Balcony) and play trumpet in a variety of musical settings including; experimental theatre and opera, orchestras, and chamber groups.

Composition, Music & Music Technology, Music Theory:

I have 8 years’ experience as a composition tutor giving workshops and private lessons (ages 8–18) as well as group classes using music technology (ages 7–10, GCSE and AS/A level students). I have also taught GCSE music and theory lessons privately.

I am equally able to teach and work with students interested in writing notated and instrumental music as well as those exploring electroacoustic or music using electronic means and techniques. I have extensive experience using software such as Logic Pro, Ableton Live, Reaper, Cubase, and Sibelius, having previously taught composition students on such programmes privately and in one of Birmingham’s leading primary schools. At this school, I used music technology as an aid to teach composition to groups of children, some of whom had no previous instrumental or compositional experience. I am also well-equipped in teaching music theory to beginner and intermediate students. 

I have an in-depth knowledge of western classical music, with particular interests in renaissance and baroque periods, through years of working and performing as a trumpet player, composer and reader of music. I am equally well-read in 20th Century music and current compositional practices and techniques in the 21st Century. Some current and previous research areas include; net-art, new media art, conceptual art/music, electronic and computer music, as well as the use of avant-garde practices in experimental pop music. 

I can transfer the knowledge I’ve gained from years of research to teaching students experimenting with contemporary approaches, popular, classical and romantic styles, and have the ability to clearly articulate aesthetic and technical aspects of a wide range of music.


I have 9 years’ experience as a peripatetic tutor teaching trumpet in schools and to private students of various ages and abilities.

I believe it is crucial to engage with students from the very first lesson, showing true enthusiasm and personality. I am hugely passionate about my work and feel this energy and drive comes across in my teaching. I can easily adapt my teaching style depending on ability and musical experience and I am always quick to understand a student’s needs and what they want to get out of the learning experience. 

I apply a simple and straight forward approach to teaching trumpet. I focus on fundamental principles that are intrinsic to an early development of technique, ensuring students are able to maximise their concentration and really understand their actions in order for them to grasp exactly how they’re able to produce sound.

My approach falls into two essential basics, breathing and singing. I get my beginner students to sing everything they play on the trumpet in order for them to understand how important it is to be able to hear pitch before they play. I ensure that my students understand that they are in control both physically and mentally. 

I apply similar teaching techniques when teaching composition and music technology. When teaching a student with no musical experience I avoid using confusing musical jargon. I have found simple language and analogies to be a useful tool when trying to explain complex technical terms such as structure and I am able to break down theoretical aspects in a very clear and simple way.

Music Qualifications / Achievements:

Education and Qualifications:

  • University of Birmingham and De Montfort University (Leicester) – Current AHRC funded PhD candidate (full-time), (2020-2024)
  • Royal Birmingham Conservatoire – Masters in Composition, Distinction (2012-2015)
  • Leeds College of Music – BA (Hons) Classical Music Performance, 2:1 (2009-2012)
  • ABRSM Grade 8 Trumpet – Advance Level in Music Performance (2009)
  • ABRSM Grade 5 Theory of Music – Intermediate Level in Music Literacy (2008)

Awards and Commissions:


  • AHRC Doctoral Studentship Award, Midlands4Cities Doctoral Training Partnership  (£15,285pa for 3.5 years)


  • Hinrichsen Foundation, Project Grant – Post-Paradise Series


  • Arts Council England, National Lottery Project Grant (£15,000) – Post-Paradise Series
  • RVW Trust, Project Grant – Post-Paradise Series
  • Hinrichsen Foundation, Project Grant – Post-Paradise Series


  • Arts Council England, National Lottery Project Grant (£10,000) – Post-Paradise Series
  • RVW Trust, Project Grant – Post-Paradise Series
  • Hinrichsen Foundation, Project Grant – Post-Paradise Series


  • Orkest de Ereprijs (Netherlands based music group), chamber composition commission prize (£2,000)

2014 (Educational):

  • EMI Bursary Prize (for Postgraduate study)
  • Birmingham Conservatoire Scholarship Prize (for Postgraduate study)


"Zach is a great tutor. He has a good sense of humour and prepares for lessons well. He is also flexible enough to be able to tackle problems that you have had in the week with your own practice. He brings a wealth of experience in a variety of styles and can quickly turn problems into exercises that help you overcome difficulties." - Student

"Zach is a very thoughtful and skilled musician/composer. I am sure he would work hard to help students understand the techniques and concepts thoroughly. He is a conscientious and kind person." - Student

"As an absolute beginner to trumpet and music in general, Zach has been excellent with providing me with an excellently structured course of lessons. His teaching style is brilliant and he knows exactly what he is talking about. I couldn't ask for a better teacher!" - Student

"I have had both face to face and online lessons with Zach. He is a first-rate teacher - really supportive and encouraging, constructive in his feedback and there's clear progression in the lesson structure. No hesitation in recommending him to others." - Current Student


To book your first lesson with me, or to find out more about my lessons, don't hesitate to get in touch by emailing me on [email protected].

Has Been Teaching Music For

5 Years+


B16 9HY / Mobile Teacher

Youngest Student Age Taught


DBS Certification


Public Liability Insurance


Genres Covered

Classical, Pop, Rock, Metal, Hip-Hop, Rap, Electronica, Contemporary, Ambient, Experimental, Alternative

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