Teacher Profile: Alfie Carroll

Alfie Carroll

Alfie Carroll

Instrument(s): Guitar, Ukulele

City: Orlando

Education: London College of Music

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    About Alfie Carroll

    Alfie began his music career whilst still at school, playing in a rock band supporting artists Donnovan and Hawkwind on the summer festival circuit in the U.K. With a thirst to improve, he started to travel regularly to London to further his music education. He enrolled on various courses at the Guitar Institute, and eventually auditioned for a full time place to study at the London College of Music. Whilst at the college he studied with great teachers who were well known in the music business including John Etheridge (Soft machine, Nigel kennedy, Stephane Grappelli) , Dave Kilminster (Roger Waters, Steven Wilson), Paul Stacey (Oasis, Black Crowes), Hugh Burns (Paul McCartney, George Michael, Steelers Wheel), Terry Gregory (Steve Hackett, Martin Taylor) and many more. Alfie was successful in his studies coming out as the highest placed student of his entire year group. After graduation Alfie stayed in London to continue as a professional musician.

    After a continued interest in studying Jazz, Alfie formed his own group which had the good fortune of playing support to acclaimed bands and solo artists including Average white Band, Tal Farlow, Ritchie Cole, Red Holloway, The James Taylor Quartet and Mother earth. He was also selected for a role as musical director for an episode of channel 4’s T.F.I. Friday and became involved in recording sessions at Abbey Road for the EMI Classics label. Alfie wrote and arranged a number of pieces including compositions for the Royal National Theatre. Alfie has toured and recorded with Avant Garde artists such as drum wizard Seb Rochford and performed in big bands with top London swing singers Peter Grant and Iain Mackenzie as well as a stint with internationally acclaimed songwriter Don Mescall.

    Alfie has been teaching since 1991 and for over 25 years was tutoring for music services within London. Before relocating to central Florida Alfie was lucky enough to enjoy over 15 years teaching at the prestigious Arts education School in Chiswick who’s president is Andrew Lloyd Webber and has the highest rate of success of all the performing arts schools in the United kingdom.

    Alfie has a wealth of experience as both a teacher and a working musician to inspire and motivate his students. He is well-organized and can cater to individual needs in order to bring out the best in each one. Alfie believes that every student has their own voice and sound which should actively be nurtured through creative use of the material they are learning.

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