Read about the staff behind the creation and delivery of AMS Online music courses. All industry professionals offering quality tuition through our online platform.
Kimwei McCarthy, Head Mentor
Kimwei was the piloting Tutor for AMSonline and is especially passionate about personalised learning, for which distance learning courses provide the perfect environment. He is excited to be involved in the continued development of online education.
In his independent career as a singer-songwriter he has been featured on BBC Radio and Sky Arts and self-released one EP and five albums, two of which were crowdfunded. Kimwei sees music as a tool to create community and encourage blending between the performance arts. He is currently the Grand Bard of Exeter, a position he will hold until 2026.
Being exposed to such a mixed range of arts, from performance to visual, and from written to spoken, allows him to bring diverse ideas back into his AMSonline teaching.
Robin Dymond, M.Mus mentor
Robin Dymond is a guitarist, composer and producer, who is working towards a Phd on the composition processes of Michael Kamen (Die Hard, Band of Brothers) via the Kamen archive in London. This has included working with and interviewing Bob Ezrin (Pink Floyd), Blake Neely (The Flash and Arrow), Lorne Balfe (Assassins Creed) and Mark Snow (X Files, Starsky and Hutch).
He has had a range of music synchronised including companies such as the BBC (football focus). Also as a guitarist he has played with artists such as Julian Cope (teardrop explodes), 999 and Chris Collins (Dream Theater).
Andrew Hall, M.Mus Mentor
Andrew Hall is a composer, performer and music researcher based in South London. He has performed around the world as a trumpeter and pianist, in a range of styles including jazz, contemporary classical, hip-hop, reggae and a diverse range of world music. His original music has been performed across the UK and Europe, and featured on BBC Radio.
Recent compositional work has explored collaborative improvisational forms, manifested in original projects such as the Mirrors of Hall Big Band and the improvising collective Arcadio. Andy is also the Music and Sound Research Consultant for Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, where he specialises in researching uses of new music and sound technology in healthcare. He has created new digital instruments for stroke patients, built systems to link music playback to live patient data, and written guidelines for the effective curation and implementation of recorded music and sound in clinical areas. For more info visit his website.
Rich Millin, supervisor
Rich Millin is an experienced music teacher, with his own school in the musical hub of Berlin.
He splits his time between Music Education as well as Music and Artist Management – having worked with the likes of Josh Kumra (Sony UK, achieved a UK No.1 with Wretch 32 – plus Josh is AMS UK alumni) and The Ruling Party (aka. The Bells), who previously toured with stars like Alicia Keys.
His other projects include composition, sound design and music supervision for film, TV commercials, games and mobile apps.
Rich also works on live and studio sessions, playing for or recording with over 1000 artists worldwide, including members of Oasis, High Flying Birds, Suede, The Manic Street Preachers, Losers, Cooper Temple Clause, Bullet Height, Marakesh, Siamese Youth, Asaf Avidan band, Jesus Jones, The Stylistics, Celine Dion’s band, belarus, and XTC.
Rich is currently the drummer for Berlin Synthwave artist Siamese Youth.
Rachel Button – vocals teacher and BA mentor
Rachel Button is a British singer, Songwriter, fiddle player and vocal coach. At the forefront of the British folk music scene, she has performed at venues like The Royal Albert Hall, The Roundhouse, Kensington Palace and The Great British Folk Festival.
With a Masters degree from the London College of Music, Rachel has 10 years experience as a vocal coach at some of Europe’s leading music schools, including AMS Online and the Academy Of Music and Sound UK. She also developed the first Popular Music Vocal Course for Langley Community Music School in BC, Canada.
Rachel has recorded with artists such as Grammy award-winning producer Paul Worley (Lady Antebelum, Dixie Chicks) and Juno award winning producer David Kalmusky, (Journey, John Oates, Emerson Drive), as well as collaborating with fellow British country artist Fiona Culley and Canadian artist Ashley Robertson. Their song ‘Heatwave’ was nominated for ‘Best Song of The Year 2015’ at the Manitoba Country Music Awards.
Rachel has played violin since she was 4 years old through the Suzuki method, and continues to incorporates her fiddle into her own music, fusing her love of folk with contemporary vocals.
James Gordon, Foundation Degree and BA (hons) Production Mentor
James Gordon is a guitarist, singer and composer who dabbles in art, video production, motion graphics, writing and procrastination. He has been fortunate enough to play and record all over the UK and Europe with a variety of acts (from an Iron Maiden tribute band to punk stalwarts Blitzkrieg alongside Jax Chambers of Girlschool to headlining acoustic stages at small festivals). He has written, recorded and released music with bands and as a solo artist, acting as songwriter, artist, and producer, most of which are available on Spotify / iTunes, etc. He has taught guitar full-time for more than a decade to hundreds of students from all ages and abilities.
James studied with AMS online and has a first class BA(hons) degree in music and a Master’s degree (MMus) in Popular Music Performance, in which he achieved a distinction.”
Find out more about James here – www.jamesgordonguitar.com
Sean Ivens – BA (Hons) Supervisor
Sean Ivens is a drummer based in Wiltshire. Having played drums since the age of 9, his playing is firmly rooted in the realms of Rock & Pop although he is well-versed in a wide range of styles including Funk, Jazz-Fusion, Reggae, Blues and Progressive Rock.
An ex-AMS student, Sean graduated with a First from the BA (Hons) Performance Industries course in 2015 and was presented with the Shaun Baxter Award for Performance.
After graduating from AMS, Sean returned to the former Swindon centre as a member of staff, eventually moving up to F.E. Course Coordinator and Drum Tutor until the centre’s closure in 2019.
Sean now teaches drums both privately and in schools as a member of Swindon Music Cooperative. Outside of education, Sean’s main focus is with band All Ears Avow with whom he has toured the UK since 2013. Their most recent EP was awarded 4 K’s in Kerrang! Magazine and the band have appeared at many major UK festivals including 2000 Trees Festival in 2019.
Sean also works as a freelance session drummer in both live and studio environments.
Pablo Urbina – BA (Hons) Mentor
Pablo Urbina is a young Spanish conductor graduate from the Royal College of Music London, semifinalist of the 2017 Maestro Solti International Conducting Competition and a 2018 Nominee for the Nestlé & Salzburg Young Conductors Award. Currently the Music Director of the London City Orchestra and Assistant Conductor of the Balearic Symphony Orchestra of Spain, he was also recently appointed Principal Conductor of London based Orchestra Vitae. In 2019 he was associate conductor at the Al Bustan Festival in Lebanon, and remains as Associate Conductor of the festival Suoni dal Golfo in Italy.
Pablo has worked with orchestras that include the Balearic Symphony Orchestra, Navarra Symphony Orchestra, City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong, The Hallé Orchestra, Tunisian National Symphony, Malaga Philharmonic Orchestra, Orquestra Classica de Madeira (Portugal), National Youth Orchestra of Portugal, Malaga Symphony Orchestra, Savaria Symphony Orchestra, Grand Philharmonic Orchestra London, Navarra Chamber Opera and the Royal College of Music Student´s Film Orchestra (which he co-founded). He has assisted conductors such as Leonard Slatkin, Jonathan Cohen, Gianluca Marciano and Pablo Mielgo among others, and has also worked with other acclaimed musicians such as Bernard Haitink, Leo Nucci, Jorma Panula, Cristi Macelaru, Vladimir Jurowski, Cecilia Bartoli, Juan Diego Flórez, John Williams and Randy Newman. In 2019 saw Urbina´s debut at the Queen Elizabeth Hall of London. Pablo has a great passion for music outreach and teaching, and wants to use classical music as a vehicle for social change.
Zoe Green – Foundation Degree Mentor
Zoe Green is a UK singer song writer with her originals Blues/Rock band ‘The Zoe Green Band’. The band have achieved a big following and have been busy touring their debut album (released in 2017) around the UK and Europe playing at prominent Blues festivals and venues such as The Great British Rhythm and Blues festival, The Great British Rock and Blues Festival, The Rock and Blues custom show and the 100 Club. Zoe is taking time out from gigging in 2020 to write and record her next album.
With a BA honours degree from the Liverpool Institute for the Performing Arts (LIPA), and 20 years of performing experience across all genres of music from rock through to soul, jazz, hip hop and funk, Zoe has been delivering vocal coaching, stage craft and music business content to some of the UKs most prestigious music providers, as well as online to global distance learning students.
As well as singing and performing, Zoe also has a back ground in dance choreography and set design, working with companies such as Aardman animations and Edinburgh festival.