Ed Allen

Ed Allen

Guitar & Songwriting Teacher in Leeds

Email: [email protected]

Teacher Info

My name is Ed and I am a professional guitar player and songwriter based in Kirkstall, Leeds. I teach guitar to all ages and abilities and work with students to develop both their technical ability and their creative ideas. I cover most genres with a particular focus on Jazz, Blues, Rock and Pop.

I started playing the guitar as a teenager and went on to continue my studies at Leeds College of Music where I received both a Degree and a Masters Degree. I received jazz guitar tuition throughout my university education from accomplished tutors including Jamie Taylor and Ulrich Elbracht and have gone on to play jazz guitar professionally for a number of artists and groups as well as having weekly residencies at the Domino Club and Sela Bar. I have played jazz guitar alongside artists including John Surman and Jean Toussaint at prestigious events such as the Montreux Jazz Festival.

Aside from working as a jazz musician, I have played the guitar at a very high professional level for both function and commercial bands as well as in original rock, pop, soul and funk bands. Through doing this I have played for large audiences at venues and festivals including Boomtown, The Hootananny (Brixton), The ICC (Birmingham) and many others. Music I have written, produced and played the guitar on has also been featured on radio stations such as BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio 6 Music, Rock Current and many local and regional stations.

Music Qualifications & Achievements:

Ed has a masters degree (MA) in creative music specialising in composition from Leeds Conservatoire (formerly Leeds College of Music) as well as 1st Class Degree in Popular Songwriting and Jazz Guitar (BaHons) also from Leeds Conservatoire.

Ed also has ABRSM Grade 5 Music Theory, Music GCSE and A Level Music and Music Tech.


1/2 hour£12.50
1 hour£25.00


I teach my lessons from a teaching space located on Glebe Avenue, Kirkstall, Leeds, LS5 3HN, UK. My full teaching address will be provided upon your first lesson booking. I also offer online and mobile lessons (subject to my availability and your location). For more information about my music lessons simply get in touch.


To book your first lesson with me, or to find out more about my music lessons, don’t hesitate to get in touch by emailing me on [email protected].

Rated 5 out of 5
June 22, 2021

Ed is one of the most competent musicians I’ve met; someone who is adaptable and authentic across all genres thrown at him. He’s incredibly knowledgable in music theory and music production, while also being boundlessly creative. If you’re looking to improve your technical proficiency, deepen your theoretical understanding and/or to push yourself creatively, I’d recommend Ed Allen as a teacher.

N. Widdowson (Guitar and Composition student)