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Hanah Mack (Director)

DipABRSM, BMus (Hons)

Piano, Flute, Music Theory, KeyNotes, Mini Musicians

Music has been a part of Hanah’s life since primary school. Over the years she has been involved in many ensembles throughout Edinburgh, taking part in various choirs, orchestras and bands. Hanah began learning the piano at the age of 9, and picked up the flute aged 14.

She went on to study music performance, at the University of Aberdeen and graduated with a BMus(Hons) degree in 2015. She has also recently completed the Piano Teachers’ Course and is currently studying for her DipABRSM qualification in piano teaching.

Hanah founded Forth School of Music in 2022, rebranding from her formerly established teaching practice, Hanah Mack Music Tuition, which she began in Edinburgh in 2016. She is excited to be able to extend the amount, and variety, of services the team can offer in and around Edinburgh.

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Hannah Fleming (Studio Manager)

BMus (Hons)

Piano, Singing, Music theory, KeyNotes, Nursery music

Hannah graduated from the University of Aberdeen in 2017 with a BMus (Hons) degree in performance. She has been teaching piano since moving to Edinburgh in 2018, and joined the FSM team (then HMMT) in 2019.

As well as piano, Hannah studied singing at university. She loves performing and her main passion is for musical theatre. She has been involved in a number of well-established amateur musical theatre companies in Edinburgh over the years, as both cast member and musical director.

 

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Laura Preston (Administrator)

BMus (Hons)

Voice, Music Theory, Solfa Singing Groups, Nursery Music

Laura graduated from Edinburgh Napier University in 2017 with a 2:1 BMus (Hons) degree in Classical Music Degree, under the vocal tutelage of Joan Busby.

From the age of 8, Laura has been involved with National Youth Choir of Scotland, including its area choir and the National Girls and Young adults choir, and achieved a NYCoS Gold award for theory and Kodaly musicianship in 2011. Before leaving school, she worked with the Scottish Opera Connect programme and was awarded the Leng Gold Medal for Scottish Singing and Dundee Vocalist of the Year.

Since graduating university, Laura has provided vocal coaching and music directing for Edinburgh Little Theatre for several musical productions including in the Edinburgh Fringe. She enjoys working with choirs and ensembles and runs our Solfa singing groups for kids.

Francesca Collyer-Powell

BA (Hons)

Trumpet, Piano, Music Theory

Francesca is a trumpet player currently studying at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, in Glasgow. She has a Bachelors in Philosophy and Masters in Late Antique and Byzantine Studies, and has a lot of experience working with children and young people from her previous career as a school librarian in London.

In the summer of 2020, Francesca returned to her first love of music and has progressed quickly, gaining a Distinction in her Grade 8 Trumpet and earning her place at Scotland’s prestigious conservatoire.

Francesca brings fresh enthusiasm to her lessons at FSM, creating an exciting learning environment for every student. She wants every student (adults included) to have fun while learning trumpet and exploring the world of brass!

Fraser piano teacher smiling at camera
Fraser piano teacher smiling at camera

Fraser Hume

BMus (Hons)

Piano, KeyNotes

Since graduating from the University of Aberdeen in 2015, Fraser has been sharing his passion for music with people of all ages. He currently assists weekly classes for Captivate Theatre, working with children to develop their creativity and confidence in performing.

He has a decade of experience in arranging music for and leading various groups both vocal and instrumental, most notably for function bands and a cappella ensembles. This has also led to opportunities to deliver workshops in various aspects of performing including improvisation and arranging.

Whether it’s through performing, directing ensembles, or delivering workshops, Fraser always seeks to maintain a high standard in everything he does while also emphasising the fun that can be enjoyed through music.

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Aaron Wilson

BA (Hons)

Guitar, Bass Guitar, Ukulele

Aaron is a lead guitarist, guitar tutor and session musician based in Edinburgh, who graduated with a first-class honours in his BA(Hons) Music and Sound course from the University of West London.

Aaron has been a lover of music for as long as he can remember, starting his musical journey at just 7 years old with his very first guitar. He has been passionately dedicated to playing and progressing with guitar in all ways ever since. Aaron has since developed a playing style rich with feel, groove, and technical advancements that have compared to the guitar greats, such as Guthrie Govan, Allen Hinds and Mike Stern.

Aaron has studied guitar at multiple different music institutions, including the Academy of Music and Sound Edinburgh. He is currently a college lecturer there, and teaches guitar as a freelance tutor throughout Edinburgh and in the Borders.

With experience in several forms of live and recorded music, and fluent genres including Blues, Rock, Jazz, Fusion, Finger-Style Acoustic, Scottish Trad and Bass Guitar, Aaron has become a proficient, young professional session musician and teacher. Aaron works with multiple pop artists and bands across the UK and runs a trad duo consisting of violin and guitar called Stravair.

Aaron Wilson Guitar Teacher Edinburgh smiling at camera

Laura Macleod

BMus (Hons )

Violin

Laura graduated from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in 2021 with a BMus Hons Degree in violin performance. Whilst studying at the Conservatoire, Laura also received an endorsement in Social Impact through Music and a DipABRSM in violin teaching.

Before starting her studies at the Conservatoire Laura was fully involved in musical activities. She was a member of the National Children’s Orchestra of Scotland, National Youth Orchestra of Scotland (Symphony), Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Junior Orchestra and leader of the Borders Chamber Orchestra. She also performed alongside the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. During this time, Laura also gained her Grade 8 with Distinction at the age of 14 and her DipABRSM in Violin Performance in 2017.

Laura began teaching violin in 2015 and has loved it ever since! She currently teaches at music schools in the Scottish Borders and also teaches privately online and in person. She regularly performs throughout the country at weddings and events.

Laura is classically trained but also loves to play a variety of other genres such as folk, pop and jazz. When teaching, Laura tailors each lesson to suit the students needs.

Olivia McCormack

Junior Teacher in Piano

Olivia is an enthusiastic musician, reaching grade 8 standard on the recorder, flute, piano and singing. She was awarded a music scholarship by her school and took part in many extracurricular music activities including the school concert band, orchestra, and chamber choir.

Olivia has also taken part in the Edinburgh Competition Festival, most recently winning the Wind Medal for her flute performance in 2023. She is also a member of the National Youth Choir of Great Britain.

Olivia received an A for her Higher music exam and an A for Advanced Higher in Music. She is taking some time out before continuing her studies and is excited to have the opportunity to teach at Forth School of Music during this period.

Olivia discovered her enjoyment for teaching music to younger people after helping younger singers and flautists, as well as conducting choirs and an orchestra at school.

Student testimonials

My daughter, Eloise, has been having piano lessons with Hanah for 5 years and she has loved learning with Hanah from the start. Hanah always makes the lessons interesting and keeps Eloise motivated to learn and to enjoy playing for fun too. Hanah is a fantastic teacher and we would recommend her to anyone.
Flora
Piano lessons
My son had a block of singing lessons with Laura. He really enjoyed it. It is set in a fun and friendly environment. I would recommend it as a starting point to explore singing, individually or as part of a choir, or to build on current skills. The lessons were always tailored around his needs interests.
Irene-marie
Singing lessons
Our two children started lessons with Hannah Fleming during lockdown last year. Despite the obvious challenges of using Zoom, the children have continued to progress and Hannah F is a friendly and patient teacher.
Olly
Piano Lessons

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