Music Lessons

Piano Lesson Subscriptions

Your music lessons hotline with Mark Deeks!

Having played piano for more than 30 years, Mark is an extremely experienced performer and teacher. Passing Grade 8 at the age of just 12, he began teaching aged 15. Mark was also the theory specialist during 8 years as the leader of a college music department. Classically trained and equally comfortable across a wide variety of styles, Mark specialises in popular music.

“Mark taught me skills that I use to this day, and gave me a belief in myself to carry on towards my dreams.” (Adam, ex student)

The Key to the Keys subscription is designed with modern life in mind. Rather than committing to a regular piano or theory lesson time slot, this allows you to purchase an amount of Mark’s time each month to flexibly use as you wish.

* Lessons in person with Mark

* Remote lessons via Skype or FaceTime.

* Over the phone, your Key to the Keys package lets you just use the minutes of the call.

Essentially this is the most flexible music tuition you could ever want. What’s more when you sign up for Key to the Keys you SAVE money as well on our usual hourly rate. PLUS the more time you buy, the more you SAVE!

Group Lessons

Learn together! Ideal for families or community groups.

Musical Director Mark Deeks is available to run group music lessons of all sizes and ability levels, whatever the project. Mark has particular specialisms in:

* Piano and keyboards

* Composition and arrangement

* Music theory (both classical and popular)

* Vocal groups and choirs

* Ensemble and band coaching

* Performance skills.

Mark has built up a wealth of experience teaching groups of many kinds. During his career as a lecturer and freelance musical director, he has both coached one-off sessions and been responsible for the management of more extensive projects, from beginner to expert levels.

“Everyone really enjoyed it and that is largely thanks to you.” (Metro Radio)

Whatever your group’s requirements, please get in touch to discuss how Mark can help.

Staff Development

Give your staff a musical boost!

Mark is delighted to offer a range of musical staff training experiences, either in the workplace or at a venue of your choice. Whatever the ability level of the group, you can be sure that your team will come away feeling uplifted and invigorated.

They may even have made a nice sound (although this is harder to guarantee!)

“The project went brilliantly!” (South Tyneside Council)

Mark has led successful projects for BBC Newcastle, South Tyneside Council, Metro Radio amongst others, and would love to work with your team.

Particularly popular are groups who take advantage of Mark’s extensive career as a Musical Director of community choirs.

No previous singing experience is necessary, just a willingness to have a go and work together. Singing as a group develops commitment, a collective will, and team spirit, and the results are hugely worthwhile.

Whatever musical staff development you want for your team, please get in touch for a chat via the Contact Form.

Music Lecturing

Further and Higher Education Lecturing

Mark Deeks has extensive experience as a music lecturer in a wide range of both practical and theory-based specialisms. The majority of his lecturing career has primarily focused on piano, music theory and arranging.

However Mark has worked increasingly in more cultural and musicological areas, gaining his PhD from the University of Leeds in 2016, looking at National Identity in Northern and Eastern European Heavy Metal.

“Potentially groundbreaking – the first work in metal studies to comprehensively consider album art, lyrics and musicology in the context of nationalism and identity.” (PhD examiners)

The majority of Mark’s lecturing career involved running a music department in a Further Education college. However, he has also lectured at Higher Education level, and presented research papers at a number of conferences nationally and internationally, such as Prague, and the one pictured here at Bowling Green State University, Ohio.

Mark is happy to consider both one-off guest lecturing opportunities and projects that are longer term. Please use the Contact page to discuss your ideas.