About Morris Music

The musical outlet of Peter Morris

Biography of Peter Morris

Peter Morris playing double bass

I am a professional musician and teacher born and raised in Durham. I have over ten years’ experience as a professional musician playing in venues across the country and in Europe. This includes recording commercially-available albums, playing festivals with rock and pop bands and working as a member of the orchestra in musicals such as Oliver, West Side Story, Grease, High Society and Phantom of the Opera. Although my main instrument is bass guitar, I have also obtained grade eight standard in guitar, grade seven in pianoforte and I am currently studying towards diploma standard in double bass through ABRSM.

In addition to being an active musician, I also consider myself a passionate educator. After completing my undergraduate degree in 2007, I have worked as both a lecturer in music and a peripatetic teacher of bass and guitar in schools and colleges across the North East and have experience in teaching people of all ages and backgrounds. My qualifications and experience have allowed me to tailor resources that promote theoretical insight and practical application. My former students have gone on to study music at prestigious institutions such as The University of Newcastle upon Tyne, Leeds College of Music, The Royal Scottish Academy and Berklee College of Music. In addition to teaching, I actively outsource opportunities to expand my own learning. I have recently completed a Master’s Degree (MLitt) in Music through the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, which informs my teaching on the FdA in Roots and Popular Music at New College Durham. My research encompasses the influences of ideology in orality, literacy and improvisation in popular music, which seeks to reveal a broader insight into the ways in which these factors shape the culture of popular music and how, in turn, popular music shapes culture.