Our Teachers

All of our teachers at RS Music are highly qualified and experienced. Please read more about them below.

Roderick Seed graduated from the Royal Academy of Music in London, where he studied flute performance and 2nd study piano.  He is an Altus Flutes Artist and gave his debut at Carnegie Hall in New York in 2010.  

As a teacher, he has over 11 years' experience and has given classes in USA, Europe, Japan, Canada, and UK, including classes at the Royal Academy of Music in London and Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music in Budapest.  

He is the author of "Mastering the Flute with William Bennett", a book of exercises for flute players, based on the teaching of William Bennett, his professor at the Royal Academy of Music

Roderick is a founding faculty member of Fluting with Friends, Vancouver Flute Festival & RS Music

Roderick believes in teaching with a good foundation, where technique is supported by good awareness of the body, inspired by studies in the Alexander Technique. Technique always serves the music and helps find greater ease and enjoyment of music.  

He teaches flute to students of all levelsRoderick has a DBS clearance and his own car to travel to students.  He also teaches online and in London (at either the Blüthner Piano CentreBeethoven Room at the Fidelio Cafe, or Studio at Falkland Lodge

Nigar Mirzayeva - violin

Nigar is from Azerbaijan and began to play the violin when she was 7 years old. At the age of 12 she made her concerto debut, performing Paganini's 'Violin Concerto No.1 with the Azerbaijani Symphony Orchestra in Baku. She gained a place with a full scholarship at the Yehudi Menuhin School in Surrey, UK in September 2002.

Nigar attained a Bachelor Degree with First Class Honours at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She subsequently completed her Masters Degree with High Distinction at the Royal College of Music.

Nigar is based in Romford. She can teach in students homes in North, East and Central London and online.

She has 10 years of teaching experience. As a teacher her aim is to create an enjoyable learning experience for all of her students. She believes that each student needs a different approach and it’s important to be flexible with each individual. She teaches the violin to students of all ages. Most of her students do ABRSM grades but she lets her students decide themselves whether they would like to prepare for an exam or not, as some prefer to expand their repertoire without the pressure of taking an exam.

Isobel Gathercole - voice 

Isobel is a singing teacher who trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She specialises in popular song, jazz, musical theatre, improvisation and vocal technique, but also teaches classical singing, general musicianship, theory and songwriting.


As a teacher Isobel likes to focus on creating well rounded musicians with experience of a wealth of different styles and genres, as well as the theoretical knowledge to understand it all!


She teaches the ABRSM syllabus and Rock School grades but is also more than happy to adapt your course of study to whatever is going to suit you best. She is based in North West London and is able to teach from her home in Harrow or travel to your home, all levels and ages welcome! 

Matyas Hofecker - double bass & bass guitar

Matyas Hofecker is recognized as one of the leading musicians among the younger generation of jazz bassists in Europe. He studied music at Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest. In 2012, he won a scholarship at University of Music and Performing Arts Graz, where he studied under the tutelage of Wayne Darling, and received his bachelor degree with distinction in 2013. Upon continuing his studies, the bassist became a graduate student of Music and Arts Private University of Vienna.

Hofecker recorded a CD with Sheila Jordan - former singer of the band of Charlie Parker - and has performed with many of great musicians such as Jesse Davis, Pete Van Nostrand, Dusko Goykovich, Don Menza, Stjepko Gut, Jim Rotondi, Renato Chicco, Mark Taylor, Michael Abene

He teaches the double bass and electric bass to students of all ages and abilities. He teaches from home, travel to you, or teach online.

Alex Hitchcock - saxophone

London-born saxophonist Alex Hitchcock is regarded as one of the UK’s most virtuosic young jazz musicians. His group AuB, which released its debut album on Edition Records in 2020, was described as ‘ready to make cataclysmic waves in the sound of UK jazz’ by Jazzwise. Performing highlights include North Sea Jazz Festival (Netherlands), Jazz à Vienne (France), Fano Jazz Festival (Italy), Festival Mas i Mas (Spain) and Glastonbury Festival (UK) as well as at the Barbican, Cadogan Hall, and Glyndebourne Opera House.


Large ensemble work includes the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra at the O2 Arena, the BBC Big Band and the Laurence Cottle Big Band. Live and studio recording ranges from work with Channel 4 and the BBC to Spanish and Egyptian national television.


His original compositions have received airplay on BBC Radio and JazzFM in the UK, and internationally on France Musique and Spanish RTVE.

Alex has a Bachelor degree from Cambridge University and he completed his Masters degree in Jazz Saxophone at the Royal Academy of Music. 

He teaches saxophone to students of all ages and abilities.

Tamás Gyurcsó - saxophone

Tamás is from Hungary and completed his Bachelor degree in jazz saxophone in Trento, Italy and his Master degree in Milan. 

He has performed with various artists, such as Lorenzo Lombardo, Claudio Ottaviano, Simone Daclon, Giovanni Agosti, Rudi Manzoli, Marco Rottoli, Claudio Phan, Andrea Bruzzone, and many others. 

In 2015, he was selected to participate at the Rotary Vittoria Jazz Award, organized by the world-famous Francesco Cafiso. He reached the semi-finals, out of hundreds of musicians. 

In September 2015, Tamás moved to London, where he now works as a music teacher at London Saxophone School and Hackney Music School and a freelance saxophone player. 

Jo Ranger - Theory and composition

Jo is a multi-instrumentalist and composer with a Master's in music and 15+ years experience playing in various ensembles. She plays both the piano and trombone and has played as a session musician in film, having also been fortunate enough to play and record in places such as Abbey Road. Through her composing work,  Jo has produced music for a variety of projects including short and feature film, production library, and artist albums.  From Jo: "Music for me helps tell a story, and speaks when words fail".  


Jo has worked with young people and older adults in a variety of ways, and the importance of the arts and creativity beyond simply school and academia is at the heart of what she does. She has helped people utilise music to tell their own stories, develop their creative thinking, and ultimately have fun at the same time! Encouraging pupils to tell their own stories through their music is central to her approach to lessons.

Jo has been making and learning music from a very young age, and has worked with people of all ages over the years. From Jo: "If taking grades is something you want to achieve, then I would be very happy to enter you and help you reach that. I can provide you with the tools, techniques, and knowledge needed to attain your music goals, and enjoy yourself in the process."

Ruta Di - Guitar

Ruta is a guitarist, singer and song writer. Her original compositions have received airplay on BBC Radio. Ruta has performed at Guinness Jazz Cork Festival, Cheltenham Jazz Festival, Festival De La Crea, Pizza Express Live Holborn. She was also scouted by The Voice UK. At the moment she is working on her second album.


Ruta has a Bachelor degree from Lithuanian Academy Of Music (jazz guitar) and guitar teacher qualification. She has been teaching guitar privately, at secondary and primary schools for the last 16 years. She can help to prepare for guitar grade exams (Trinity College Rock and Pop) as well as music GCSE exams. She teaches guitar and ukulele to students of all ages and abilities online and at her place in Forest Hill, also can travel to your place within a reasonable distance. 

Catrin Meek - harp

Catrin graduated from the Royal College of Music, studying with Ieuan Jones, and graduated from the Royal Academy of Music with MA Distinction studying with Karen Vaughan in July 2018. She won the Young Musician of the Valleys 2012, the Nansi Richards Scholarship 2015, and is the 2019-20 winner of the Philharmonia Orchestra Martin Musical Scholarship Fund. She is a deputy on the Phantom of the Opera at Her Majesty's Theatre, a deputy on the English National Opera’s Man of La Mancha at the London Coliseum, and regularly performs with the London Musical Theatre Orchestra.

She was a harp assistant teacher on the Glasbury Arts courses from 2011 - 2017, and was also Assistant teacher on Claire Jones’ International Music School 2017-2019. Catrin has experience leading classes and rehearsals, doing group projects, leading workshops and teaching Trinity and ABRSM grade examinations. Her goal is to make the harp available to children at all schools in London, as it is a beautiful instrument which is not taught at many schools in England. 

Stuart Beard - tuba and trombone

Since completing his five years of study at the Royal Academy of Music under the tutelage of Patrick Harrild, Stuart has been busy managing a freelance player career. He is currently a MMSF Fellowship Holder with the Philharmonia Orchestra, and previously a Chamber Music Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music (2018-19)


Stuart has appeared as Guest Principal Tuba with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Philharmonia Orchestra and the London Sinfonietta. For the latter, he has made appearances in solo roles in major works of Stockhausen (Taurusaus Tierkreis, Lucifer in Disguise - Donnerstag aus Licht), and returned in 2020 to perform two solo works by Mauricio Kagel. Stuart has commissioned multiple new solo works for Tuba, including concertos, ensemble and unaccompanied works. He also maintains a busy Chamber Music schedule performing at Petworth and Buxton Festivals, Colston Hall and on several occasions for BBC Radio 3’s In Tune.


Education and work in communities form a pivotal part of Stuart’s life as a musician. He has facilitated workshops all across the country, including Bedford, Leicester, Wolverhampton and beyond. Working with some of the UK’s leading Animateurs he has developed practical skills working with people from all ages and backgrounds. Parallel to this, Stuart has years of experience in private one-to-one tuition, looking to encourage and inspire some of the next generation of young musicians.

Stuart Beard

Tuba and trombone teacher

Catrin Meek

Harp teacher

Roderick Seed

Flute teacher

Matyas Hofecker

Double bass teacher

Jo Ranger

Theory and Composition teacher

Isobel Gathercole

Singing teacher

Nigar Mirzayeva

Violin teacher

Alex Hitchcock

Saxophone teacher

Tamas Gyurcso

Saxophone teacher

Ruta Di

Guitar teacher

© 2020 by Roderick Seed.  Photos of Roderick by Adolfo Perez

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