He started playing the guitar at the age of 10 and by 13 had won a scholarship to attend the Royal College of Music Junior Department. After leaving school he studied for 4 years at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London graduating with distinction for performance.

Dean teaches at a number of prep and senior schools in Surrey, including Epsom College, and regularly prepares students for ABRSM, Trinity, Rockschool and LCM exams. In recent years he has helped 6 students to achieve music scholarships to Dunottar, Epsom College, St John’s, Ewell Castle and Hampton. Dean also enjoys a busy playing career, which has included performances for Sir Richard Branson and Nelson Mandela.