More Than Music Lessons!
Our aim is to get you playing music right from the start. There is no such thing as not good enough to play music.
Mango Music was born out of a passion for people to learn to play and understand music, to use it for fun, relaxation, therapy and for work. It is important to us that music in all forms is presented as fun, not a stumbling block or chore but a tool to express yourself and enjoy freedom in learning. We provide private lessons, group lessons, and deliver workshops in various instruments throughout Scotland.
Based in the south side of Glasgow in Giffnock, and the Westend, public transport is plentiful:
South – 3 minutes walk from Giffnock railway station on the East Kilbride line from Central Station. There are several bus routes too. Lessons are taught in the Maccabi Center in Giffnock. Johnny McAdam is the full-time guitar teacher with Kenneth Belsham teaching in the Westend
West – Subway to Kelvin Bridge, turn left, walk for 4 minutes to Hamilton Park Ave on the right. There are lots of busses to here too. We are near the top of Byres Road on the next block from Viper.
Johnny McAdam – Teacher / Founder
Johnny has been teaching music for over 15 years now. He started in schools with younger pupils then moved on to cater for all age groups and now runs classes, workshops, and private and group lessons all week. After studying music in Perth, he now teaches here in Glasgow and lives with wife Elanor and sons Zion and Malachi on the south side.
Johnny has played bass and guitar in many bands, touring the UK, USA, Europe and Scandinavia covering genres from rock to reggae, blues, bluegrass, funk/soul and others. Bass guitar is Johnny’s first love (other than his wife of course) and has the vision to expand into contributing to the community in many ways!
Andy Urquhart – Guitar Tutor & Drum Tutor
Andy has been playing guitar for 26 years and teaching all ages and abilities of students for 10 years both in Greece and Scotland. He attended lessons at the Berkley School of Guitar under the expert guidance of Eric McCracken. A keen and fast learner with an endless appetite to develop further as a musician, he moved onto Bass Guitar, Drums and Piano.
He found success in various Rock and Metal bands in his mid-twenties and even went onto form his own music production company writing, recording, performing and producing soundtrack music for film and TV projects, notching up a number of composer credits. He found his true passion was in teaching and helping others to realise their own musical potential and has been teaching ever since.
Kenneth Belsham – Guitar Tutor & Bass Tutor
Kenneth has been playing guitar for over 20 years, and teaching for 14. He specialises in rock, pop, funk, blues, jazz, soul and metal, but in more recent years has developed further into classical and fingerstyle acoustic guitar. If you’re looking to ‘fill in the gaps’ with regard to fingerstyle technique, reading or theory, get in touch!
Whether you’re beginner (young or old), self-taught but want to move things on, take your grades, learn a new aspect such as improvising, or just re-discover the fun in playing, Kenneth will plan your lessons to ensure progression and relevance. Kenneth is a member of the PVG Scheme through Disclosure Scotland, and the Musicians Union.
Michael Longden – Keys & vocal Tutor
Michael grew up in a musical family, listening to everything from Bach to Queen and everything in between. He took up piano lessons aged 7, and singing in his mid teens before studying for a music degree in Bath, in which he was awarded first class honours, and won the annual performance prize. He moved to Glasgow and continued his training in both voice and piano at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and was awarded his Master’s degree in 2016. Since coming to Scotland he has added Scottish folk and Trad to his listening and added whistles to his learning.
He now works as a singer, pianist, conductor and teacher across genres and styles. He has appeared as a soloist in Opera and Musical Theatre, sings regularly with the professional choirs at Glasgow Cathedral and Paisley Abbey, through to appearing as a backing singer and as even as a singer in the recent Netflix film Outlaw King (he was fortunately not required to do this in a Scottish accent!).
Any questions? Please feel free to contact us …