Teacher Feature - Hugh Clarke

Updated: Oct 25, 2019

Hugh Clarke is a piano and violin tutor at Fingal Academy of Music. He joined the teaching faculty in 2016 and spent last year producing his own material as 93 Acres and touring Europe with Irish band All The Luck In The World.

This term, Hugh rejoined the faculty and recently released a single "Alone Now".

At FAM, we believe that a teacher should lead by example with their musical approach. That is why so many of our tutors, conductors and facilitators are high-level music professional with blossoming careers of their own. As well as teaching, they are performing, recording, producing and composing. We believe that this professional experience - a knowledge of the realities of working as a musician - is what makes them such inspirational educators.

Writing music has always been a passion of mine. More recently, I've spent a lot of time improving my recording and audio engineering skills so that I could produce and release my music on my own. Endless hours of research into search of new techniques. Each exciting new discovery is accompanied with a sense of wonder. How will it sound? How could I incorporate it? How much more is there to learn?!

Hugh created 93 Acres "to facilitate the artistic collaboration of multiple talented artists fostering collective creativity". In 2017, Hugh curated a weekly YouTube series entitled "A Beat A Week". During this series, he wrote, recorded, produced and released a song every 7 days.

Hugh uses his creative energy to inspire every one of his students at Fingal Academy of Music. With his infectious passion for music, Hugh teaches piano and violin to many of our younger students and he will be a camp leader for our SOUNDS GOOD! Halloween Music camp from 29 October - 1 November 2019.

I find it to be very important to keep myself in a world of learning, throwing myself into uncomfortable depths. New challenges aren't only beneficial for myself, but for my students also. I would argue that it is vital for an educator to be able to understand and empathise with their students. Comprehending the test that is learning a musical instrument, surrounded by a totally new environment. Becoming comfortable and prosperous in that new environment takes time, effort and patience. Yet this is such a small price to pay for the results on the other side, and I intend to do all I can to facilitate anyone embarking on their own musical adventure!

You can follow Hugh's music as 93 Acres at this link.

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