Marco Frankland wrote his first song over 35 years ago and has written, arranged, recorded and performed his own material since then.
He is a guest artist at music venues and festivals around West Sussex and is a performer at private parties and workshops.
Marco's teaching is about empowering creativity and expression through guitar, ukulele and vocal performance.
He is a musician that believes in grass roots music development and is passionate about supporting his community. In 2010 he was a founding member of MADhurst, Midhurst’s annual Music, Arts and Drama festival and founded the South Downs Ukulele Orchestra in 2013.
Marco’s song writing themes are drawn from his own experiences and his ‘sound’ is influenced by time spent studying, performing and recording in the USA. He writes for himself, for his students and takes commissions.
The songs he writes for schools are largely to entertain and engage his young audience whilst developing their ukulele skills. As a children's songwriter Marco has been published by Out of The Ark Music Ltd.
His other songs are drawn from the people and events that have shaped his life. He has released three EPs: ‘Big Sky’ in 2008 for UK charity Dreams Come True; ‘The Nashville Sessions’ in 2012 which was produced by Kim Copeland at Ragtop Studios, Music Row, Nashville; and more recently 'Please Don't Ask' released Spring 2021.
Marco’s teaching philosophy is about empowering creativity through music at all ages and capabilities.
He supports his students through all aspects of guitar, ukulele and vocal performance; nurturing their courage to explore, play, write and perform.
He works as a peripatetic music teacher in primary and secondary schools across West Sussex and Surrey and also provides one-to-one private lessons in students’ home settings and on line.
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Marco is available to perform at live music events and festivals in West Sussex, Hampshire, Dorset and Wiltshire.
He showcases his students and fellow musicians at entertainment venues in and around the Wessex area.
He also offers workshops and parties for those looking for something a little bit different for a special occasion and can tailor the event to your setting, timescales and budget.
WHAT PEOPLE SAY ABOUT MARCO
My youngest daughter’s confidence and ability with the ukulele have really taken off under Marco’s care. His enthusiasm for music is infectious and Beatrice is a confident performer who is happy to give anything a go.
My eldest daughter has recently started learning to play the guitar with Marco and she is finding her lessons both fun and engaging. I am delighted with their progress and give Marco full credit for creating such an enjoyable experience for them at every lesson.
There are ‘personable people‘ and ‘people people’
Marco is both.
I’ve know this talented chap for some 30 years and he still exudes boundless energy, enthusiasm and total commitment to whatever he puts his hand to.
Clearly an experienced and gifted musician Marco is a pleasure to know and has been a joy to work with.
Marco is an inspiring teacher who shares his musical knowledge and is willing to learn from his students too.
He is all about collaboration; empowering his students to explore their type of music and encouraging them to step out of their comfort zone musically to expand their skills.
Marco is supportive and encouraging which gives his students confidence. Thank you.’