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Music Facilitators

Monica Neeling

In 1988 Monica graduated in music from Edith Cowan University, Australia.  She runs regularly fun music sessions (based on Kodaly and Orff) for the under 5’s and teaches privately keyboard and piano lessons to children and adults. Over the years she has accumulated a wide range of experience in music and music education with a specialisation in the under-five age group. Her aim is to provide children with a varied, high quality, fun filled music experiences which stimulate creativity and a love of music, which they will carry with them throughout their lives. Since 2012 she also became the Artistic Director of Artsplay Highland.


Sarah Smith

Sarah is an experienced piano and violin player. She graduated from Minnesota University in 2000 with a Bachelor of Arts with emphasis in classical piano performance. She has also studied with the British Kodaly Academy and obtained a certificate for Early Years Music Methodology.  She provides private music lessons and teaches weekly Kodaly-based classes for preschool and primary children through the National Youth Choir of Scotland and the charity Artsplay Highland. In the past year she provided a preschool-p1 class in the Farr community hall for children in the Strathnairn region.  She is an experienced performer on the fiddle and in years past taught group fiddle classes for children and established a youth ceilidh band for Feis Inber Narain. She is currently pursuing a Masters of Music Education,  Kodaly Concentration, which is a summer based programme at University of St. Thomas in Minnesota. 


Marc Rollins-McKie

Marc graduated in 2006 from the University of West London with a BA (Hons) Music Technology. He has over 20 years of experience playing and teaching drums. In 2014 he set up I Hit Drums!, a drum tuition service aimed at children and adults. Over the years he also worked as a professional musician, playing many festivals such as Glastonbury, WOMAD, Latitude as well as playing on live radio and television.


Ben Hesling

Ben is graduated from James Watt College, Greenock with an HNC Music Perfromance and Promotion. He has been teaching Guitar to children and adults for over 10 years. He writes, records and performs original music with various groups. He is also experienced in sound engineering and has worked as a music event manager for several years.


Jamie Mackenzie

Jamie is teaching keyboard at SMI.


Moteh Parrott

Moteh is taking group singing/ukulele fun sessions and keyboard.

He holds a Bachelor of Music with Honours in Professional Music Performance awarded by Middlesex University in London. He also has a Higher Diploma in Songwriting and Artist Development.

As well as having taught primary school age groups as part of ACM Junior, at The Academy of Contemporary Music in Guildford, Moteh has over 10 years of private tuition experience. He is currently a songwriting and guitar tutor for Music Plus, a mentoring scheme for 14-19 year olds run by the Scottish Music Centre and supported by Creative Scotland’s Youth Music Initiative and The Robertson Trust.

Moteh’s studio experience includes recording as a session musician many times at Rockfield studios, where ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ and other classics were recorded, and he is currently recording original material with grammy award winning producer David Donaldson, producer of The Great Gatsby and Love Actually soundtracks. He has played as a session guitarist for several artists, and in 2013 performed a showcase with a band in Tokyo.

For over a decade Moteh has performed live on a weekly basis, having toured several major UK festivals and venues with his original bands. He is now also part of a function band, playing weddings and other events regularly across the highlands.



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