Simon has a First Class Honours degree in Music and a Masters in Composition for Film, TV & Theatre from The University of Bristol and a Masters in Jazz Studies from The University of South Florida. Simon was Head of Jazz at Bradfield College in Berkshire, England and taught jazz piano, composition and musicianship at Trinity College of Music in London for 13 years. In 2019 he was awarded a Fellowship to study jazz composition with Grammy nominated composer Chuck Owen at The University of South Florida. 

Following scholarship awards to partake in Winter Residencies at The Banff Centre in Canada in 2013 and 2014, Simon developed his unique ‘It’s All Music’ educational concept which he has presented to both specialist and non-specialist audiences in the U.K, Canada and The States.