My name is Carl Eden and I have had a passion for music for as long as I can remember.
I started learning the piano and music theory at the age of nine and became an Associate of the Victoria College of Music (AVCM) when I was seventeen. Concurrently I also had a strong interest in music technology, such as it was back then, and formed my first band in which I played keyboards. We recorded our first highly pretentious album on a four track Tascam Portastudio which I got as a result of winning the 1982 North West Schools Songwriting Competition!
In 1983 I won a place at Bretton Hall in West Yorkshire which was then one of the most sought after arts colleges in the country. I completed my university course having had my fill of education and so got a job as a salesman with a large music retailer. For the next two years I sold hi-tech instruments and really honed my skills in that area.
However, I always knew that my heart lay in music teaching and so eventually I decided to take a postgraduate course in education, qualifying in 1991.
Since then, I have worked as a music teacher and later a head of department in a number of schools. Alongside this I continued to teach privately, play in various bands and also worked as a freelance media composer for a wide range of clients including the BBC.
Until recently I was a standards verifier (moderator) for Edexcel’s suite of level 2 and 3 BTEC Music and Music Technology courses.
I am married to Isabel and have three grown-up children.
Thanks for getting this far,
Carl Eden BA(hons), PGCE, AVCM