Stuart Ironside

Stuart Ironside

Guitar & Music Theory Teacher in London

Email: [email protected]

Teacher Info

I am a Guitarist, Composer, Teacher and Ethnomusicologist based in North London.

I grew up studying classical guitar, honing my technique before reaching university. I was then exposed to Indonesian gamelan, West African guitar music and English folk melodies and fell in love with all these soundworlds. Since then, I’ve been performing, arranging and composing a wide variety of music with the guitar as my instrument of choice while still maintaining close traditional instrumental links.

As a teacher, I have taught large group workshops at Cardiff Guitar Festival and have been teaching beginner students one-to-one. My lessons are performance focused, as I believe everyone has a natural performer inside of them. I’ve been sharing a whole world’s worth of music for many years now, and hope to do so for more to come.

Music Qualifications & Achievements:

I have a First Class BMus degree in Music from Cardiff University and am currently studying for a Masters in Music at SOAS University of London.

I have studied up to Grade 8 in the Trinity College London syllabus.

I’ve been performing across the country for the best part of five years, and have recorded an impressive collection of music. This includes my debut album ‘The Wallace Line’, a collection of original songs and arrangements, inspired by my work with African, Indonesian, Classical and Folk music. I am especially proud of this album, recorded at my home during the COVID lockdowns and being a true expression of my own language as a musician.

As I’ve been stepping into a more creative and fulfilling period as a performer, I’ve been inspired to begin teaching and help others develop their skills – I want every musician to be the most creative versions of themselves they can be.


1/2 hour£28.00
1 hour£40.00


I offer online and mobile music 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 6, 2022

Stuart has been teaching my 8yr old Daughter guitar for about 4 months. He is super patient, very encouraging, and my daughter says he is ‘super smiley’. The lessons have progressed really nicely and Jenny looks forward to them each week. We started lessons face to face but with Covid we had to adapt and now they are via Zoom. It’s working really well for us. This means of course that Stuart could teach anyone….anywhere! Big thumbs up from us 👍!

Leigh Atkinson