A new lecturer at Cornwall College St Austell is certainly hitting the right notes with music students.
David A Jaycock is a Cornish guitarist, composer and arranger whose music sits within the folk and experimental-psych-folk genres. He received critical acclaim in the national music press as well as continued airplay on BBC and independent radio stations.
David has now joined the teaching team as Music Lecturer for the diploma programmes offered by the College through its Creative Academy.
With his passion for teaching, it’s an exciting prospect of helping students to not only develop technically, but to create their own material, according to Team Lead for the Creative Academy Jess Leonard.
“We feel so lucky to be working with someone as experienced as David,” she continued.
“Having our students learning in industry-relevant situations from the get-go is what we are all about in the Creative Academy. We are so happy to welcome David to our team of passionate, practicing industry specialists. With his wealth of high-quality experience and expertise, I am sure he will take the course to new heights.”
David said he is “really excited” to be able to pass on his professional practice and technical skills to the next generation of musicians.
“I can guide students and give them the knowledge needed to achieve their goals and ambitions within the music industry,” he added.
The Level 3 Diploma in Music Performance at Cornwall College St Austell combines a range of practical knowledge including sound recording, music production, composing, improvising and marketing with more specialist industry and employability skills.
Alongside technique, David also hopes to develop the students’ creativity in composing and song writing.
“It is important to have very high expectations for what we as human beings can achieve both technically and creatively,” he explained.
“I enjoy awakening and developing minds. To install belief into the student is the first step. It’s nice to try to get students to think creatively outside the relative norms of the current pop and rock scene.”
David has a range of experience as a songwriter, recording artist, touring musician and composer for film.
His latest solo album The Decline of the Mobile Library was released by Static Caravan and saw him being interviewed by Stuart Maconie on his BBC Radio 6 music programme The Freak Zone.
He has also co-written and toured two albums with singer Marry Waterson, from the legendary folk family, The Watersons. These records, one of which was produced by Portishead guitarist Adrian Utley, received critical acclaim in the national music press and led to performances at the BBC6 music festival. Additionally, David received two BBC Radio 2 Folk Award nominations for his song writing and guitar work with Waterson.