Teaching...

WRITING SESSIONS

  • Need help editing something you've already written? 

  • Need a song for a special occasion? 

  • Have an idea but need help turning it into a song?

Workshops

Workshops could be anything from an 8 week two hour night class to a one hour one off workshop at a festival. Class sizes could vary from three to thirty... get in touch if you'd like to arrange a workshop.

 

Workshop ideas:

Songwriting

Group Music Making (group work\band)

Song Accompaniment

Guitar Traditional (Scottish\Irish) Tune Accompaniment

Ukulele

 

 

TEACHINGCV

2016

  • Songwriting Retreat with Karine Polwart at Moniack Mhor Creative Writing Centre

  • Teaching songwriting and 'Ensemble with Song' at The Folkworks Adult Summer School.

  • Organising and tutoring at Glasgow Songwriting Festival 2016.

  • Working as a mentor for Music+ at The Scottish Music Centre

  • Songwriting and Intermediate Guitar at Adult Feis Rois, Ullapool

  • Ukulele workshops in Dumfries and Galloway Schools for Feis Rois Ltd

  • Examining Scots Song end of term exams at the Royal Consevatoire of Scotland

  • Glasgow Fiddle Workshop adult upper intermediate ukulele class.

  • Various private students in guitar and songwriting.

2015

  • Teaching the songwriting module at the Royal Consevatoire of Scotland.

  • Songwriting Retreat with Karine Polwart at Moniack Mhor Creative Writing Centre

  • Perth College music day lecure in songwriting for students on their music program.

  • Working with Music+ at The Scottish Music Centre.

  • Ukulele workshops in Dumfries and Gallow Schools for Feis Rois Ltd.

  • Senior Feis Rois teaching songwriting and guitar to teenagers in Ullapool.

  • Feis Spe teaching groupwork and guitar to teenagers in Aviemore.

  • Teaching songwriting with Louis Abbott (Admiral Fallow) to the winners of Music+/Scottish Music Centre's 'Hit the Road' project. 

  • Teaching Traditional Music themed groupwork at Aberdeen International Youth Festival's 'Splore'. 

  • Guest tutor at Inverness Songwriting Festival.

  • Teaching songwriting at Castle Huntly Prison with Louis Abbott and Donna Maciocia for Vox Liminis

  • 'How to Teach Songwriting' Tutor training day for Feis Rois. Working with Becci Wallace teaching other Feis Rois tutors songwriting techniques.

Selected teaching work 2014 and earlier

  • Royal Conservatiore of Scotland- Groupwork, guitar, songwriting, recording & producing

  • Various Feisean over the years including Feis Rois (Rosshire), Feis Spe (Strathspey), Feis Bharraigh (Barra), Feis Chataibh (Sutherland), Feis Nairn (Nairn), Feis Dhunn Eideann (Edinburgh) Feis Arrain (Arran) and many more PS: A feis, pronounced Fay-shh, is a week of music tuitions for primary and/or secondary age children.

  • Sunshine Coast Fiddle Camp, Canada- Various years- Guitar, Groupwork, Scots Song, Songwriting

  • Goderich Celtic Roots Festival Celtic College, Canada- guitar and Scots Song

  • Calgary Folk Festival 'Boot Camp', Canda- guitar and groupwork

  • Get Reel after school classes for kids and evening classes for adults- Guitar

  • Workshops at Festivals in Scots Song, guitar, songwriting and/or groupwork. Including Cambridge Folk Festival, Warwick Folk Festival, Ely Folk Festival, Celtic Connections and many more.

  • Teaching adults at Glasgow Fiddle Workshop guitar and ukuelele for 10 years.

One to One Lessons

One hour one to one lesson in guitar or ukulele. I specialise in complete beginners. 

  • Acoustic Guitar

  • Ukulele

  • Song Accompaniment

  • Traditional (Scottish\Irish) Tune Accompaniment

Testimonials

-"Thanks for what was a great day for all concerned. All of the children had a wonderful time and one youngster who has asbergers for today was just another average kid playing an instrument best behaviour I have seen from him in the last 2.5 years."

Mr Ferguson, Sanquar Primary School after Feis Rois Ukulele Day

"Findlay Napier's song writing class was just superb. He was practical, creative, and very focused with his praise and suggestions for improvements. Just excellent."

Adult Feis Rois 2016 Participant

"I would like to recommend Findlay Napier taking the intermediate guitar in particular. Findlay was the best guitar tutor that I have experienced... His pace in the class and his ability to recognise where people needed assistance and the mixture of teaching and playing was ideal."

Adult Feis Rois 2016 Participant

"For guitar, I think it will be hard to beat Findlay as a teacher, he was so organised and on the ball all the time. You could tell that he was an experienced tutor, no time was wasted. We went from easy phrases and chord sequences to new and more challenging ones. He involved us straight away, listened to us and patiently repeated phrases until we got them."

Adult Feis Rois 2016 Participant

Findlay Napier, Scottish Singer Songwriter, Glasgow, Grantown on Spey, Guitar, VIP, Very Interesting Persons, File Under Fiction, Out All Night, Queen Anne's Revenge, Back of the Moon, Hedy Lamarr, The Man Who Sold New York, Sweet Science, Mickey Mantle, Boo Hewerdine, Watercolour Music, Nick Turner, 1970 Company, RCS, RSAMD, BA Scottish Music, Folk Singer, Compere, Festival Organiser, Hazy Recollections, Glasgow Songwriting Festival, Chris Sherburn, Last Night's Fun, Eddi Reader