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).
Dave Phillips, FD mentor
Dave Phillips is one of the busiest musicians working in the UK today…. considering he runs a multi-faceted business alongside tuition, it’s not surprising!
Dave’s philosophy on maintaining professional and high quality work in the music industry and education fields centers on honing multiple skills and multiple income streams. He manages, produces and plays with top level tribute shows that tour the UK including DS:UK, Genesis Legacy and Seriously Collins. As an audio engineer graduate of SSR, he produces local artists at his studio, White Room, in Southampton; alongside producing marketing and promotional material for acts and groups in the south of the UK. No two days are the same – his daily work is an eclectic mix of production, rehearsal, marketing, event planning, graphics production, client relations, contracting and writing.
Coming from a family of teachers, he gravitated the Academy of Music and Sound teaching Music Technology which led him to eventually manage the AMS UK Southampton Centre and then back into teaching when he left in 2015 to build his current work. He sat on the Curriculum development panel in 2015 and still continues a relationship with the school today by producing the course material for multiple courses across the Music Production portfolio.
His affinity for music education has also led him into authoring. He has one published book on the iTunes Book Store “The Music Student’s Guide to being a Music Student”, and is currently working on companion books aimed at Music Production Students.
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.
Ben is a former recording artist (formerly known as Bgenius, DJ), currently working as a music producer/lecturer across several genre’s, with over ten years first hand music industry experience in a variety of positions. He has published a large number of releases and gained various production credits within the Trap, UK Hip Hop and RnB genres.
Ben started out as a local club DJ before progressing to producing his own music and rapping, releasing a number of independent Hip Hop releases before signing a development and marketing deal with Park Street PR. He has experience producing full length projects for release, plus experience of the music business as an artist touring the UK supporting a number of UK and US based acts. As a full time event promoter/manager for a National event group Ben also has experience in overseeing a number of successful club events and concerts.
After studying on the Academy’s BA. course I continued my study gaining a Masters degree in Music production at the University of Bath Spa and I specialise in electronic music production specifically Urban and Electronic Dance music and also have a wealth of knowledge audio to video and soundtrack composition.