“I don't look for recognition of myself here, I look for recognition of the needs of students and the programs."
Tanith: Your passion for music and education have come together over the years including roles at music institutes including your recent move to ICMP and constant support of The Global Youth Awards. Why do you think providing music education and recognition is so important?
Ace: Music education is a really great thing as it has two sides. One explores and pushes the boundaries of creativity and creates a social tool kit that you can use anywhere in your life. Learning an instrument is incredibly fulfilling, it's a collaborative art and it builds a community around you of like-minded people who share a passion for art and creativity. I find the demographic is incredibly diverse and welcomes people from all walks of life with different social and economic backgrounds coming together through one medium.
I've been involved with music education for 25 years, starting as a masterclass guest, mentor, moving on to a tutor, course writer and module leader to creating and forming my own schools, then moving into the industry side of creative development for students outreach. I don't look for recognition of myself here, I look for recognition of the needs of students and the programs and people that will support them to create long-lasting careers with flexible multiple income streams within today's music industry. Being surrounded by students and dual professional tutors, is a really energising and uplifting experience, and another reason I love to do this job. When I was young, the secret of success was; Talent, Drive and Focus. Now I’m older it has shifted into; Precision, Velocity and Impact. 98 AWARENOW / THE UNITED EDITION